Timber harvest proceeds total $45,226 for Harrison County

CADIZ – Funds from the past year’s timber harvest at Harrison State Forest were presented to the county during Wednesday’s Harrison County commissioners’ meeting.

Gregg Maxfield, district forester for the forestry division of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, presented commissioners a check for $45,226 as its portion of funds generated from harvesting timber at the 1,345-acre state forest in Nottingham Township.

Maxfield told commissioners the township would receive $11,306.58 from the harvest, and Dana L. Snider superintendent of the Harrison Hills City School District, who was present, learned the district would receive $22,613.15 or 50 percent of the timber harvest share.

Meanwhile, Harrison County Auditor Patrick Moore reminded commissioners of levies on Tuesday’s ballot. There are three county-wide levies. The county’s emergency management agency and 911 center are asking for the approval of a 0.75-mill, five-year levy for upgrading and enhancing the current emergency response system. In addition there is a 0.5-mill, five-year renewal levy for children services; a 1-mill, five-year renewal levy for the Board of Developmental Disabilities; a 0.75-mill, five-year renewal levy for the Harrison County Council on Aging for senior services to county residents; and a renewal for the sheriff’s department.

Moore noted passage of the renewal levies will not increase taxes. He noted the library levy will only affect the Harrison Hills City School District and not residents in the Buckeye Local or Edison districts. The library levy also is a renewal.

Moore stated that voters in the county will be asked to approve two replacement cemetery levies in Cadiz Township and one in Franklin Township.

Rhonda Zimmerman offered support for the Harrison Community Hospital EMT service.

“It is very close to me, it is very important to me because I recently had an incident in where they saved my child’s life, Had it not been for the EMT, my son would not be here today, I just do not want anyone else to have to go through any of this. I just don’t think the volunteers are enough,” Zimmerman added. “I think we need our hospital EMTs to help keep us all safe and keep us all from having to suffer.”

Commissioner Chair Don Bethel said a subcommittee has been working on that issue and is expected to report on Nov. 6.

“I think the EMTs understand that they are going to need some type of additional help from someone, whether that is the hospital or that is another party.”

“Patient care is of the utmost importance,” said Doug Crabtree, president of Harrison County’s EMS Association.

The next county EMS meeting will be at 7 pm. Nov. 6 in Piedmont at the fire house.

In other business, the board passed road use maintenance agreements with Chesapeake Energy for portions of county Roads 4, 25, 3 and 43, with with Hess for county Road 11.