CADIZ - The Harrison County commissioners were busy with oil and gas business Wednesday, passing seven agreements for road use and leasing of county property.
A road-use agreement with Cardinal Gas for 0.12 mile and 2.6 miles of county Road 45, 3.2 miles of county Road 22 and 0.25 mile of county Road 502 for pipeline construction.
Three road-use agreements with Chesapeake Exploration LLC for 2.3 miles of county Road 17, 4 miles of county Road 17, 1.4 miles of county Road 44 and 1.2 miles of county Road 17.
An agreement with Chesapeake Exploration to lease 34 acres and 187 acres of land respectively on the property where the County Home is located. The 34-acre lease is in Archer Township and was signed for $170,000, and 187 acres in Cadiz Township were signed for $935,000, both at $5,000 per acre with an 18 percent royalty agreement. The board also approved an agreement for 40 acres at the county fairgrounds for $200,000.
Meanwhile, Scott Blackburn, director of the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services, was on hand for the awarding of the bid for the renovation of two restrooms at the DJFS building. The contract was awarded to solo bidder Kinsey Construction Inc. of Harrisville, which proposed $21,640.
The two restrooms are not usable following repairs to the sewer lines in the building, and plans call for the renovations to combine them into one handicapped-accessible restroom. The bid names Smith Plumbing of Cadiz and D&E Electric, also of Harrisville, as subcontractors.
The commissioners also finished some end-of-year business concerning funds from shale leases. The commissioners appropriated $84.48 into examinations for final state-mandated costs for the airport; $3,700 for postage; $50,000 for the demolition of the adjacent Heinz Building.
The board also transferred $845 to ensure there are enough flags and markers for the 2013 grave decorations.
Commissioner Don Bethel explained, following, the recommendation of Harrison County Auditor Patrick Moore, that the county would transfer the funds to clear some of the county's long-term debt. Moore stated the transfers would clear up county debt that has been on the books for six to eight years.
Commissioner Barbara Pincola stated, "We are finally in the place where we are going to be able to clear up or at least catch up on some of that debt."