By 1812Blockhouse

The Richland County Board of Commissioners convened on Thursday morning to discuss a handful of issues concerning county infrastructure and community development. The meeting, attended by Commissioners Darrell Banks and Tony Vero, was highlighted by the county’s continuing commitment to improving its roadways and utilities.

Infrastructure Upgrades

One key resolution authorized the Richland County engineer to adopt stormwater management practices for county highway, bridge, and drainage improvements. This resolution underlines the county’s dedication to sustainable and efficient infrastructure management, particularly for projects involving state or federal highways. These projects will adhere to the Ohio Department of Transportation’s practices, ensuring compliance with state standards.

Enhancing Local Control and Maintenance

The commissioners also passed a resolution allowing the county engineer to utilize force account labor, equipment, and materials for the construction, reconstruction, improvements, maintenance, or repair of county roads. This resolution empowers the county engineer to deploy his own staff for repairs, avoiding the need for external bidding in certain situations. It’s a strategic move to streamline operations and enhance local control over infrastructure projects.

Additionally, County Engineer Adam Gove requested to join several professional associations, including the County Engineers Association of Ohio, the American Road Transportation Builders Association, and the National Association of County Engineers for the year 2024. This move signifies a commitment to staying abreast of industry standards and practices, which is crucial for the county’s ongoing development efforts.

Addressing Utilities and Public Inquiries

The board also reviewed a utility permit application from a local farmer seeking to bore a new water and electric service line under Ganges East Road. The proposal, which plans for the line to run north and south at a minimum depth of six feet, reflects the ongoing efforts to improve utility services in the county.

The agenda then shifted to survey monthly delinquent sewer bills, a routine but essential aspect of municipal governance. This reflects the board’s ongoing efforts to ensure fiscal responsibility and efficient service delivery.

The meeting adjourned at 9:34 AM.

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