County transferring up to $50,000

STEUBENVILLE – Jefferson County commissioners on Thursday agreed to take up to $50,000 out of the water and sewer department to pay for the cost of moving a water line at the Jefferson County Airpark.

The water line has to be moved because of a runway extension project. About 1,500 feet of the 12-inch line will have to be relocated.

Geary Bates of the county’s airport authority said the county received $1.5 million in state grants for the runway extension project, but the grants don’t cover relocating utilities.

Shannan Gosbin, county water and sewer department director, said the piping will cost $30,000.

County water and sewer department crews will install the line.

Commissioners noted county crews can work on the job because it is on county property.

A portion of the county sales and use tax is earmarked for water and sewer department capital improvement projects, and there is currently $263,000 in the account, according to the county auditor’s office.

Commissioners also appointed Brandon K. Reese of 500 Lurary Drive, Wintersville, to an unexpired term on the airport authority board.

Gosbin also updated commissioners on income surveys to a water line extension project in the Bradley area outside Smithfield. Gosbin said about one half of the 80 residents have responded to an income survey. She noted the state wants about an 85 percent return before awarding grants based on low- to moderate-income.

Commissioners also heard from Joe Boni of the county’s data processing department about doing an analysis of any possible high-speed Internet needs at the Towers building on Market Street. Commissioners recently completed the purchase of the building.

Commissioners told Boni to provide price quotes before any work begins.

Boni said there is a fiber optic line into the building for county offices already there but it may have to be expanded if more offices in the building want such a service.

Commissioners also agreed to advertise for bids on behalf of the county engineer’s department for the township road resurfacing project, funded mainly through the Ohio Public Works Commission. Roads in Island Creek, Wayne and Wells townships will be paved. The engineer’s estimate is $340,242.

Commissioners also agreed to enter into a contract with Shelly & Sands of Rayland for paving work on county Road 15 at a cost of $154,966. The engineer’s estimate was $173,016.