As expected, Muskingum County's investments continue to not gain much growth due to the economy.
Monday afternoon was the monthly Investment Committee meeting between the County Commissioners and the Treasurer's Office. The two entities, discussed the current state of these investments, which county operations depend on. However, more importantly, there is a critical tax date coming up in the next week.
"The most important thing right now is to get your taxes paid,”...
The Muskingum County Commissioners received an update from the Director of the Sewer Department about the project that had an unexpected error in the estimate.
"We have some issue down there in the Avondale area. For the sewer line to go through there and our estimate that came back in from the engineers was an underestimate of about a half a million dollars. He came back in today because some discoveries that they found," said Muskingum County Commissioner, Jerry Lavy.
Muskingum County will be seeing a several thousand dollar increase in its insurance policy premium for this year.
Monday afternoon, the County Commissioners met with their insurance provider, County Risk Sharing Authority to discuss the 2.86%, increase which equates to about 12 thousand dollars. Corsa provides insurance for 65 of the 88 Ohio counties and Muskingum county was below the average of 3%,
"Which is lower than pool wide, that is really still pretty good,...
Today the Muskingum County Commissioner's met with the Executive Director of the Port Authority to review both The Ohio Enterprise Zone agreements and a local company that hasn't met the requirements.
Under an Ohio Enterprise Zone agreement, the Bilco Company, which manufactures parts for the housing and building industry, has failed to meet the job creation requirements. The company agreed to create 60 new jobs, but has only created 35 because of the downturn in the housing market....
Southeast Area Transit nears 100,000 riders for the year.
The Transit Director of SEAT said they've seen an increase in ridership and through November had 95,500 riders. Howard Stewart said that is partly to do with a fixed route added in October that travels the east end of town. Stewart believes their success depends on being efficient.
"Before we were sparse out and trying to be everything to everybody and we can't be everything to everybody and be efficient," said...
The commissioners received an update on grant activity throughout Muskingum County.
Community Development Director Sheila Samson delivered information on Formula Grants, Moving Ohio Forward Grants and the 2012 Community Housing Improvement Grant. These grants will help provide needed changes like sewer and street improvements throughout the county.
"We have a 2012 Formula Grant that we will be working on. That's to help various communities with mainly street paving...
Thursday afternoon, the Muskingum County Commissioners reviewed and discussed a preliminary budget for next year.
The report shows revenues for the county at $23,000,000, with costs for the county totaling over $29,000,000 for 20-13. Commissioner Jerry Lavy said this year's carry over will determine if cuts will need to be made in order to make the budget work.
"The estimated revenue is a lot lower than what the budget is, so we're hoping for a carryover for this year,...
Mayor Jeff Tilton met with Muskingum County Commissioners Thursday May 31st to discuss an application that must be filled out by June 30th to get the $445,000 that will be used to tear down vacant and abandoned homes.
The money is part of a grant of $75 million Ohio received after the federal government announced a $25 billion settlement with five banks involved in foreclosure nationwide. This will be the first round of demolition for the county.
One township in our area is about to save money on their electric bills.
In November, Perry Township passed a measure to allow the Muskingum County Commissioners to act as their aggregate to ensure better electric rates. Currently, those joining the program save 18% on the generation portion of their electric bills.
"It's the power of numbers," explained Palmer Energy Consultant Bill Bradish. "There's also some grant money that's available from the supplier that...