BONIFAY — County approves of appointing their two county engineers, County Engineer Cliff Knauer from Preble Rish and County Engineer Whitney Nelson from Melvin Engineering, as Project Managers to provide proper documentation for full Federal Emergency Management Agency funds during their Sept. 30 meeting.
Emergency Director Wanda Stafford was present to stress the importance of proper documentation and the need for Project Managers and after much discussion the board agreed that new Project Managers would meet with Stafford and the district foremen on a regular basis to insure that all proper documentation is submitted on expenses and requests for reimbursement.
“For example, you may have done $1 million worth in work, but if you’ve only got documentation for $30,000 or $40,000 then you’ll only get reimbursed for $30,000 or $40,000,” said Knauer. “Plus, since you’ve got mostly large projects you’ll be able to be reimbursed as you go.”
Commissioner Kenneth Williams said he was apprehensive because of the cost of the large projects have to be spent and then reimbursed but after Knauer explained that the projects could be reimbursed expense by expense Williams agreed.
“Work will have to be done one project at a time,” said Williams. “We don’t have the money needed to float them all.”
Attorney Jeff Goodman reminded everyone that even though they all had different jobs they would be working as a whole.
“We may have approved our county engineers as Project Managers but in the end we’re all Holmes County,” said Goodman. “We’ve got a long journey ahead but we’re a team. You can just think of us locked at the hip.”
Commissioner Bobby Sasnett asked if FEMA funds would help in acquiring a new grader for his district and a new loader for Williams’.
Stafford said she was sure that it would help lease the equipment but she would have to look further into the details to see how much it can help.
County Attorney David Whitaker informed the board that the recent Community Development Block Grant applied for wasn’t going to help North and South Ride and made a motion to put in an application for Idle Wood Court, Idle Wood Drive and Pine View Drive. The vote passed with a vote of four to one with Chair Monty Merchant voting “no.”
Board approved of Goodman’s recommendation for a four-man committee to review the applications for County Coordinator/Public Works Director.
“We want to be sure that whoever we choose is at least educated in the fields we need him in,” said Goodman. “We’ve got some applicants and I believe that with this group we can have something back by the next meeting.”
Board approved of Judy Powell and Sheena Hoagland as the newest members at large for the Holmes County Development Commission.
During their Sept. 24 meeting the Board approved of the Holmes County Correctional Institution of using the Holmes County Fair Grounds for their regular training sessions on Nov. 14, however with the electricity and utilities were turned off due to the Fair Board dissolving.
“They were responsible for the lights and utilities and it’s going to cost some money to turn them back on and to do so under our name,” said Merchant.
Williams agreed but he added that without lights there was also an issue with night security.
“Lights won’t stop them from vandalism, but it might deter them,” said Williams.
Board agreed to find out more information from the electric company and bring the matter up again at the next meeting.
The next scheduled meeting is set for 9 a.m. on Oct. 8.