Harrison roads laid out in the 1920s vacated

CADIZ – Harrison County commissioners on Wednesday approved a request to vacate several alleys in Tippecanoe.

According to Doug Crabtree of the county engineer’s office there was no opposition to the closure of roads mapped out for the unincorporated and unrecorded subdivision once known as Walnut Grove.

“Basically there were roads laid out and lots plotted for a development to house coal miners in the 1920s,” Crabtree explained. “These roads were never built and the closure will not affect any township or county roads.”

Commissioners viewed the property in question on Monday and confirmed the assessment.

“We are closing roads that were never built,” commission Chair Don Bethel explained. “It is a corn field.”

Crabtree also asked commissioners to approve a request to increase appropriation into the engineer’s road and bridge account.

“Due to money rolling in from the county Road 10 funding and the road construction project in Scio, we are requesting that the amount be raised from $800,000 to $1.6 million,” he said.

The board approved the request, and Commissioner Dale Norris asked Crabtree about the agreement with Global Seismic.

“They are putting roads with wires in the county right of way and my question is just who is responsible if the county mower gets into those,” Norris asked

Crabtree said he was not sure of the details in the agreement with the company for use of county roads but would review the contract and get back to the board.

Commissioners also approved an agreement with Cardinal Gas Services for a pipeline right of way. The agreement for $3,200 will cover boring under the bike trail.

Sheriff Ronald J. Myers reported the total for one-way traffic into the Scio construction site for Atlas Gas was up to 69,843 vehicles passing the speed sign in the last month.

Scott Blackburn, director of the county Department of Job and Family Services, asked the board to approve an appointment for the District 6 Youth Council vacancy. Angela Manteleone was approved for the vacant seat.

Blackburn met in executive session with the board, Common Pleas Juvenile-Probate Judge Matthew Puskarich, Auditor Patrick Moore, Assistant Prosecutor Michael Washington and Treasurer Vicki Sefsick. There was no action taken but the 45-minute session prompted a comment from Bethel. “Sometimes the responsibility you have to take on as a county turns into a financial headache,” he stated. “But it is a responsibility you cannot ignore.”

In other business, the board:

Approved a resolution allowing the board to apply for the CIC Small City Block Grant. Washington reported that the agreement with CIC was signed and ready to go.

Heard from Sefsick who reported her office was preparing for the second half tax season.

Learned the county approved a contract for the dog licensing services online, which should be available to access next week. According to Moore, no contract is required as the company is a service provider and will charge customers a convenience fee to cover their costs. There will be no cost to the county.