Commissioners approve agreement with consulting firm

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners on Wednesday approved an agreement with a consulting firm.

Commissioners approved the agreement with MAXIMUS Consulting Services, effective Jan. 1 until 2020. According to the agreement, MAXIMUS will assist the county with the “development of a central services allocation plan, which identifies the various costs incurred by the county to support and administer programs that provide services directly to citizens.”

The agreement will have MAXIMUS prepare indirect cost proposals for federal grants, as well as negotiate the completed cost plan with government representatives whenever possible. The county will pay MAXIMUS a fee of $7,100 a year for fiscal years 2017-19, officials said.

In other business, the commissioners:

¯ Approved appropriations for a number of departments, including the water and sewer district, Harrison County EMA and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

¯ Noted work had been done on the roof of the courthouse by Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal. The courthouse roof repair work has been ongoing since last fall to fix leaks during periods of high wind and rain.

The commissioners agree that the roof is in better condition than it was in the past.

“It’s definitely an improvement over this time last year, and even this time three months ago,” Commissioner Don Bethel said.

Bethel and Commissioners Paul Coffland and Dale Norris thanked the residents of the county for passing the tax levy renewals for the Ohio State University Extension Office and the Harrison County Council on Aging.

County Prosecutor Owen Beetham congratulated officials elected on Tuesday, welcoming them to office in the county and wishing them luck for their terms.

“We wish them well on behalf of the people of Harrison County,” Beetham said.

The commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the courthouse.