Madison County Commissioners approved the annexation of two pieces of land from Jefferson Township to the village of West Jefferson on Monday. The annexation of 133 acres of land at the National Road Golf Course was approved as well as the remainder of land referred to as the “Russ Miller Annexation” along the southeastern corner of U.S. Route 40.
Approval was also needed to amendments made clarifying the annex boundary reaching to the center line of U.S. Route 40. This would allow property owners on the opposite side the opportunity to be incorporated. The southern portion of U.S. Route 40 was previously railroad tracks until converted to a highway, at which point its ownership was transferred over to the Ohio Department of Transportation. Previously, the annex was filed to include the right-of-way portion of the road, rather than the extra space up to the center of the road.
“I think the big issue for us was the center line issue,” commissioner David Dhume said. Bringing the boundary to the center of the road would ensure the incorporation of all pieces of the property. “I would like all annexations to go to the center of the road.” The difficulty with the land annexation is two-fold. The property on and around Route 40 falls in different municipalities as well as being owned by different entities.
There is also the concern with annexation of land that an “island” is not created where land is not incorporated into any of the surrounding areas. Commissioners found that, by taking the annex to the center line, this is not to be the case.
Commissioners also approved a continuance for the hearings on drainage tiles being replaced in ditches along State Route 142. After reviewing appraisal information for three separate ditches, County Engineer Bryan Dhume recommended the discussion be continued to Jan. 22.
Dhume discovered during appraisal research that sections of the drainage tile were not included in appraisals and not fixed. Part of the tile was the responsibility of the Ohio Department of Transportation and was not repaired.
“I would like to ask that one these property owners file a petition to investigate the tile system on the upper end,” Dhume said. He said he could then reappraise the system and go about getting funds to fix it.
Other business from Monday’s meeting included:
Commissioners approval of a bid to fix the roof of Department of Job and Family Services building. Five bids were submitted to the office but the job was approved for E. Lee Construction, a building restoration company out of Delphos, Ohio, for $95,960.
Approval of budgets submitted by Madison County Ag agent Mary Griffith. Commissioners also discussed making Griffith solely a county employee. As an OSU Extension Educator, Griffith was paid in part from the university and partly from the county.
Van Viney, CEO of MATCO Services, brought a group of workers to inform commissioners about work opportunities at MATCO, a company which offers a variety of vocational and community employment services. The company also supports individuals with developmental disabilities and October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. They are holding a community-wide open house Thursday, Oct. 26 to inform the community about changes and advancements in their business.
Reach Michael Williamson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619.