Highland County Commissioners accept payment for lumber sales; discuss improvements to the pound

Highland County Commissioners Jeff Duncan, Terry Britton and David Daniels accepted a check for the county’s allowance for local timber sales from the Ohio Forestry Division at their meeting on Tuesday, December 7.

The meeting was held a day earlier than usual due to the attendance of the commissioners at the Ohio County Commissioners Association winter conference from December 8-10.

Ben Kelley, Forest Manager of Pike State Forest, presented the payment of the net value of logging revenue from sales of state forest timber from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The total payment was $ 41,257.07, with $ 10,314.27 each for Highland County and Brushcreek Township and $ 20,628.53 to distribute to local Adams County / Ohio Valley schools.

“As you know, you have tree forests in your county in the far east,” Kelley said. “We actively manage our timber, so we are constantly harvesting in and out of different areas, the whole range that goes with our harvest program. There are maybe only 400 or 500 acres in total in Highland County.

“It’s your share for the year. Sometimes Highland County gets nothing, sometimes Highland County gets more than that, but that’s the split for the year. It’s a little over $ 41,000, which is pretty good.

Pike State Forest covers 12,531 acres in western Pike County and eastern Highland County.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (odnr.gov), “Stumpage sales are sales of standing trees. There are three main types of contract stumpage sales that the DOF uses based on best business practice and economics for each specific circumstance, ”including flat-rate stumpage sales, cut sales, and sales. negotiated on wood.

“In a nutshell, we sell lumber in different ways,” Kelley said. “It’s a way of giving back to the community. “

Commissioners thanked Kelley for making the trip from Latham on Tuesday morning to hand over the check.

In another discussion:

• Britton said the county is awaiting the design of a new facility at the Highland County Dog Pound, which he hopes will be finalized in the coming weeks.

As previously reported, the commission voted in August to approve a contract with DS2 in the amount of $ 16,500 for a “possible upgrade” to the animal shelter.

“For a while DS2 scratched these setups so that we could kind of figure out what we’re going to be doing there,” Britton said on Tuesday. “We’re hoping before the start of the year that they’ll give us something that we can really sink our teeth into and move on.

“It’s going to happen, and I just wanted to let you know that it’s still something we’re working on.”

In recent years, the commission has heard reports of several issues with the impound building, including water damage and issues with flooring, walls and windows that were resolved in 2020. In 2019, one volunteer reported “unreliable” electricity, “bad” ventilation, “bad” five gallon water heater “leaking” and “a rotting front door”.

“This book has served us well, but it’s time to update it,” said Britton. “It needs a lot of updating. I know we’ve talked about it from time to time, but we’re starting to get to a place where we could start doing something.

• Duncan announced the hiring of Ashleigh Willey, who is expected to start working as a commission clerk on December 20.

As previously reported, longtime clerk Nicole Oberrecht has agreed to administer the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for at least the next four years. Due to the new role of Oberrecht, Deputy Registrar Mary Remsing has been promoted to the post of Oberrecht.

• Britton also reported that the county is working to complete the 2022 budget.

“Our last invoice file will be on the 15th,” said Britton. “As for the budget, we are close to finalizing it, so we will probably approve it within the next week.”

Highland County Commissioners and Auditor Bill Fawley announced last month that the total estimated resources for 2022 were $ 12.4 million.

In another action, the auditors approved the following resolutions, each by a 3-0 vote:

• An additional appropriation from funds not allocated to Improvement of fixed assets – Hi-TEC – Other expenses in the amount of $ 10,000.

• A modification in A-00 of Transfers to SCORJDC – Juvenile in the amount of $ 20,161.91.

• An additional credit from unrestricted funds to P-50 Lakeside Sewer in the amount of $ 1,000.

• An amendment within the county in the amount of $ 26,000.

• A modification in the budget B-00 – Dog and kennel in the amount of $ 3,800.

• A budget amendment within the T-28 FY20 Proceedings Diversion in the amount of $ 1,511.67.

• A request to establish a position in T-30 PSI FY20, Refunds, and a budget amendment with T-30 in the amount of $ 731.37.

• A request for a decrease in credits in the T-31 JRIG FY20 in the amount of $ 9,868.77.

• An additional credit from unallocated funds in the T-36 ATP FY20 in the amount of $ 1,285.

• An additional credit from unforeseen income from the Q-02 recycling subsidy in the amount of $ 5,000.

• A resolution approving the reappointment of Michael Richards on the Developmental Disorders Board for a four-year term, from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022. 31, 2025.

• A budget modification within A-00, Tax card – Equipment and software, in the amount of $ 100.

• A budget modification within A-00, commissioners, in the amount of $ 12,000.

• A budget amendment within P-03, Rocky Fork Lake Sewer District, in the amount of $ 1,140.

The commissioners also voted 3-0 to approve:

• Two requests from the Highland County Court Clerk, including one for the relocation of the TRAC Jury and database migration and one for the migration from CourtView to MSSQL 2019.

• A disbursement request from Miller-Mason Paving Company, Inc. for the CR11-D and CR10-A / B improvements.

The commissioners tabled a resolution for a budget modification within the treasurer in the amount of $ 3,000.

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Not discussed during the meeting, but included in the agenda, the following points of correspondence:

• Two emails from David Gingerich regarding solar projects. One email contained links to studies that citizens of Clinton / Highland County concerned about solar farms wanted the commission to consider. The other was a request to meet with the commission and Senator Bob Peterson.

• A letter from Duke Energy regarding rate adjustments.

• A letter regarding a potential opportunity for higher Internet speeds for businesses and residents of the county.

• A letter informing the commissioners of their annual assessment fees for 2022 as members of the Ohio Utilities Protection Service.

• A letter from two residents requesting that the county not grant a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) for Dodson Creek Solar.

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