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Careful considerations made by Hocking County Commissioners

LOGAN — The Hocking County Commissioners meeting began with grants, loans, and insurance deadlines in mind.

Hocking County Auditor Ken Wilson discussed the current state of county employees’ health insurance coverage for those 65 and older.

Wilson provided a letter and attachment to the commissioners that would need to be presented to the nine county departments with the qualifying employees with credible coverage.

This means that the coverage meets all of Medicare’s guidelines and employees would not need supplemental pharmaceutical plans like Medicare Part D.

The deadline for the employees to sign the letter is Oct. 11. Per request of Hocking County Commissioner Jeff Dickerson, the county departments will be receiving these letters in person.

Employees will be receiving a letter with their name on it and they will have to sign it acknowledging that they received the insurance information.

In other unrelated news, appropriations from the Hocking County Board of Elections was voted on and passed by the commissioners for advertising, printing, and for the amount of absentee supplies needed.

Another appropriation was passed for contracting election workers to vote with residents in nursing homes in absentee ballots.

A letter from the Ohio Department of Transportation District 10 was read to reiterate laws regarding political campaign signs; signs must be kept off highway right-of-ways.

The case of Murray City’s water and sewer project was also discussed and options were presented by Rural Community Assistance Program Kurtis Strickland, United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Area Specialist Gordon Parker, and Stantec representative Gary Silcott.

Previously, Murray City applied for a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, but it was not awarded due to not meeting village median income requirements.

The same organization released a report that the area creeks were high in acid content and fecal matter.

Monetary methods to pay for the sewer system would include grant funds if awarded, Rural Development financing, and potential bond issues.

The next Hocking County Commissioner meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m.

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