The Vinton County Commissioners say the county is now debt free. As of March 4, the commissioners paid off the last of its existing loan. Within the past few years, the county has paid off loans for the courthouse's elevator and HVAC systems, for a juvenile center and for several computers.
On Monday, March 7, the Commissioners met in regular session:
- Commissioners met with representatives from the Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau to declare March 13-19 National Agriculture Week (see related story).
- Commissioners met with Tammy Riegel, mobility manager for Jackson-Vinton Community Action. They discussed the transportation options in the county and how to better promote them to residents who need the assistance.
- Commissioners met with Holly Tucker, a representative from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, who works out of a Logan office. The commissioners said they supported the efforts of Ohio's EPA, though Commissioner Mike Bledsoe criticized the scope of the national EPA.
- The Commission signed applications for several U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grants.
- Commissioners met with Bill Faught, who leads the Vinton County Emergency Management Agency. They discussed the tornado siren situation in the county following a string of siren tests so far in 2016. Most are working; a siren in Allensville is inoperable and will need to be replaced. The county will be searching for potential grant money to put up a working siren in the Allensville area.