It’s time to renew the 911 levy.
Madison County Sheriff Jim Sabin on Monday brought that fact to the county commissioners’ attention during their weekly meeting. It is a .8-mill levy which raises $614,264 annually.
Sabin said the amount raised by the levy “is close to the annual expenditures.”
“It’s a good use of taxpayer funds,” Sabin said. “We’ve been able to upgrade the system and have one of the better systems in the state.”
Having one of the “better systems” in the state Sabin said is important, particularly since two interstate highways traverse the county.
The deadline for filing a petition to have an issue placed on the Nov. 4 ballot is Aug. 6.
In other business, a closer look at the flora along the Prairie Grass bike path will take place Saturday, July 26. John Silvius, a professor emeritus of biology from Cedarville University, will conduct an on-site educational talk on the native wildflowers and prairie plants along that section of the path. Wayne Roberts, speaking on behalf of the parks and recreation department, said one flower of great interest is the salmon-colored royal catchfly.
Madison County is believed to be the only site of this blossom in the country. Robert said interested folks should go to the website of Madison County Parks and Trails and click on the news button. An RSVP email is requested.
Roberts said he and Alan Knowles have spoken to State Rep. Bob Hackett and asked him to have the term railroad written into the Ohio Recreational Useage Clause. It is an effort to make Class One railroads more comfortable allowing recreational paths, such as bike paths, run parallel to their tracks, Roberts said.
Roberts said Hackett felt there was “no political problem on either side” by writing railroad into the language.
“Our point is how can we work together to make this a safer situation?” Roberts said.
He said similar language in legislation has worked successfully with rails-to-trails organizations and the Class One railroads there.
In other business, the commission also held an additional hearing session on the ditch and drainage tile petition in the Blaugher Avenue area of Newport. Following the answering of questions by residents in the area, the next phase will be assessment.
Engineer David Brand said all drainage tile would be tied into a larger one which would carry water runoff northward to a creek. Though it will add some cost to the proposed project, it will be a more efficient means of removing the water.
Dean Shipley can also be found on Twitter @DeanAShipley and by phone at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1617.