Washington County commissioners give update on proposed board of elections move

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Several long-term developments were discussed at Washington County commission Thursday, including updates to the proposed board of elections move as well as a new school resource officer.

The commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding between the Washington County Sheriff’s office and Warren Local Schools. It provides for a full-time school resource officer to work at all of the district’s schools. The officer will be paid for by the school district.

“His duties will include obviously school shooter preparation, training, those sort of things, security at the schools," Major Troy Hawkins said, "and building that rapport with the student body for other crimes such as drug activity, domestic in homes.”

After finishing regular business, commissioner Ron Feathers made a public statement regarding the board of elections. He discussed the findings of a study done by an outside engineering firm for 202 Davis Avenue, the proposed relocation site for the board.

He expressed his disappointment in the findings that say nearly $500,000 in renovations would purportedly need to be made.

"I do not believe this figure is realistic," Feathers said, "and certainly is not in keeping with the board of commissioners collective desire to keep the costs of any move as negligible as possible."

Feathers proposed a different shuffling of agencies to accommodate the board of elections.

The board of elections and Job and Family Services would remain at 204 Davis avenue with JFS as the lead tenant. The rest of JFS will move to 202 Davis. The Ohio State Extension, county health department, and behavioral health board will move to 1115 Gilman ave, current home of JFS. And Family and Children First Council and the board of developmental disabilities will move to the children’s home on Muskingum Drive, the current office of the health department.

Commissioners David White and Kevin Ritter, however, voted to table the motion until next week.

The commission also signed a notice of commencement for landslip repair to begin on county road 42 nearly Stanleyville. There’s been a temporary signal and single lane closure for a year and a half and the repairs are expected to cost over a million dollars.