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Harrison officials raise awareness

October 4, 2012
By MIKE PALMER - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

CADIZ - Harrison County commissioners on Wednesday observed Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Cathy Campbell, executive director of the Tri-County Help Center Inc., asked for a proclamation honoring the month.

Paula Planey, community educator for the center, also spoke to the commissioners emphasizing the importance of making everyone familiar with the resources and programs available in the county.

"Domestic violence is an ongoing problem in our counties," said Planey. "Last year over 500 primary victims received services."

Planey introduced Stephanie Gilmore, legal advocate, who runs the Harrison County office. Gilmore invited the board and area residents to an open house set from noon to 3 p.m. Friday at the Tri-County Help Center, 109 W. Warren St.

In other matters, Doug Crabtree, representing Engineer Rob Sterling, talked about the road modifications in Conotton.

"They need to turn the road liability back over to the county to allow traffic to travel on the property they have used to widen the roads to allow for their truck traffic," Crabtree said.

Joyce Brown, representing the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Service, asked for approval of a hire at DJFS. The board approved re-hiring Rhonda Bland as a unit support worker II.

The board also passed a resolution establishing a prevailing wage for all work done in relation to road-use agreements associated with the drilling boom.

"We have contacted all of the local paving companies and asphalt contractors and they unanimously support this resolution," Commissioner Don Bethel said.

Harrison County Treasurer Vicki Sefsick said she is continuing her efforts to implement change and modernize her office,

"The next step is adding a system to allow taxpayers to use credit and debit cards to pay their bills," said Sefsick. She explained the new system should be online in November.

The commissioners also received a check for $15,535.35 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry.

Forest operations officials told the board the money was the required 65 percent share of profits from the harvest of timber in Harrison State Forest. Harrison Hills City School District will receive $7767.67, while the county and Archer Township both will receive $3883.84.

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