Commissioners working on solution for replacement EMA vehicle

| December 30, 2015

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton County Commissioners spoke with Rob McMasters, Coshocton County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director, at their Dec. 30 meeting in regards to getting a new vehicle for his agency.

The vehicle EMA currently uses to drive to incidents, meetings and conferences is a 2000 blazer that has experienced several mechanical issues.

“Two fuel lines have broken and so has a brake line and both happened while responding to incidents,” McMasters told the commissioners. “Fortunately it happened after I got there and not while I was going down the highway. It’s beginning to become unsafe.”

Commissioner Dane Shryock said they unfortunately at this time are not in a position to purchase him a new vehicle. However, there is an out-of-service county vehicle that they feel he might be able to use instead of his current one.

“It’s a 1998 but has low mileage and is in better shape than yours,” Shryock said.

The vehicle has some dings that will need look at, but the commissioners were told that other than that it was in sound shape.

“At this point anything is better than what we’ve got,” McMaster’s said.

During the meeting the commissioners also reviewed the following agenda items:

  • Received the dog wardens report for the week ending Dec. 28, 2015 with two dogs picked up by the warden, one dog brought in as stray, two dogs destroyed, 11 citations issued, 22 calls handled, 16 dog licenses sold, four dogs sold, two dogs redeemed, two dogs per owner surrender, $30 in boarding fees collected for a total of $362 in fees collected.
  • Requested a motion to approve a blanket meeting request for the 2016 calendar year for the Coshocton County Coordinated Transportation Staff to attend meetings, trainings, conferences and seminars for the 2016 calendar year.
  • Requested a motion to sign Resolution 2015-96, a resolution permitting the payment of finance charges for the Coshocton County Coordinated Transportation Agency for the 2016 calendar year.
  • Requested a motion to sign a contract amendment between DJFS and Coshocton County General Health District/Family and Children First Council-Innovation Grant for Divorced/Separated Parent Program to change the termination date of the contract from Dec. 31, 2015 to June 30, 2016 as requested by Melinda Fehrman, DJFS director.
  • Requested a motion to sign a commercial office lease with Brian W. Benbow, Esq. for the lease of office space at 239 N. Fourth St. in the amount of $125 per month for the period Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016. Benbow is an attorney who has worked in the county for several years now and rents space in the public defender’s office.
  • Requested a motion granting permission to Brad Fuller for the use of the Court Square on Sept. 10, 2016 for the 2016 Bacon Festival from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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