LISBON — A project to renovate the south wing of Columbiana County Jail’s minimum-security section to increase space is moving into the final design/tender stage.
County commissioners on Wednesday authorized commissioner Roy Paparodis to sign contract documents with Howells & Baird to provide final design drawings and bid phase services for the $25,000 renovations.
Paparodis said demand was growing and the goal of this project was to create more space in the prison. He said construction is expected to eventually begin later this year and be completed next year.
In other matters, commissioners approved the following contracts for the County Department of Employment and Family Services presented by CCDJFS Director Rachel Ketterman: Smith Oil Company, fuel vouchers for customers, October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023, $20,000 contract cap, funded through the Every Student Success Act (ESSA) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Community Action Regional Transportation System (CARTS), Ohio Works First transportation services for customers and applicants, October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023, contract cap $3,000, funded by TANF; Columbiana County General Health District Subgrant, Cribs for Kids, October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023, contract cap $72,255, funded by TANF; and Small Town USA, LLP, homemaker, chore and home support services, August 24, 2022 through December 31, 2022, contract cap $10,000, funded by the Senior Services Levy.
Commissioners also approved a proclamation declaring August 31 County Overdose Awareness Day as a way to “Remembering loved ones lost to overdose and ending the stigma of drug-related deaths.”
The resolution said “We are committed to playing our part in reducing the number of overdoses in our community, which claimed the lives of 51 Columbiana County residents in 2021, along with countless others forever affected.” The source of the death count was the Centers for Disease Control website.
Permission to hunt on County Home Road property has been granted to Derek Cox and Darryl Quensberry. No new information was available regarding the Elkton water and sewer project. Elkton resident Deborah Bins attended the meeting and asked for an update, but was told the county engineer was still reviewing the matter.
Bryan Weyant of the Columbiana Soil and Water Conservation District also attended and told the council that the district was looking at the effects of the Kensington Solar Project on water and wildlife in the area.
The next meeting of commissioners will be at 9 a.m. on August 31 at the courthouse.