Madison County commissioners approved on Monday the board of election’s request to purchase nearly $60,000 in poll books for the upcoming November election.
Director Tim Ward said the board has selected the KNO ink brand poll pad, which was tested during the most recent election. Ward praised its performance.
“We go from three minutes to check in to under 30 seconds,” Ward said. “It eliminates the signature books.”
In the test conducted, the KNO ink poll book had 100 percent accuracy, he said.
The commissioners approved $59,500 for the board to purchase 37 of the poll books.
In other business:
• The commissioners are faced with a decision regarding county employees health care coverage.
Mike Kindell, a benefits specialist with County Employee Benefits Consortium of Ohio (CEBCO), said because of increases in claims, commissioners are faced with a decision to either absorb a premium increase of $295,000 or pass the increase onto employees or increase the co-pay and/or the increase in the deductible.
Kindell said options include raising deductibles to $1,100 for a single person or $2,200 for family.
Commissioner David Dhume was not pleased with the options. He said the county will either have to “eat” the premium increase or ask the county’s 272 employees to pay more for their health coverage.
Commissioners must make their decision by Friday, Sept. 25.
• The Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails had 135 youth bicycle riders go through its bicycle rodeo at the recent Madison County Safety Expo, according to president Wayne Roberts.
He thanked the West Jefferson Police Department for providing about 200 bicycle helmets to the youth.
Roberts said the organization is planning its next full moon bike ride for Sunday, Sept. 27. Riders will view a lunar eclipse.
• Julia Cumming, coordinator with Madison County Park Board, said the board commission and park board should consider purchasing some land adjacent to the trailhead as it becomes available.
While there is nothing pending at this time, Cumming said there is $4 million available through the Green Space Fund.
The Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails purchased land for its Roberts Pass Trailhead through the fund.
She said it has been suggested the park board provide some camping area along the trail.
• Commissioners moved to take the Carters Mill Road ditch petition to the second hearing. It was agreed additional drainage is needed to alleviate pending in the area and to eliminate rainwater rushing over the roadway on the eastern Canaan Township Road.
Preliminary estimates of cost will be mailed out to residents affected by the time of the next hearing date, which will be Dec. 14.
Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dead Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.