Taylor County Commission takes care of business

GRAFTON—Several orders of business were recently tended to by the Taylor County Commission, as they continuously work towards  county improvement.

Patricia Henderson, Taylor County Commission Support Staff, addressed commissioners on behalf of Community Corrections Director Tammy Narog regarding some construction and electrical work that needs completed at the Taylor County Community Corrections office.

According to Henderson, the restroom where drug tests are administered to those in the program is very small and does not comfortably allow the necessary room for the test to be supervised.

She informed commissioners that Narog had been working with R&R Services on the project details. The estimated cost to extend the existing restroom, as well as add a second location for test administration and relocate the office’s current kitchen area, which is used to offer cooking lessons, came in at $23,986.

Additionally, Henderson reported that the construction would require electrical work and would cost an extra $3,850 for Bolyard Electric to perform the job.

The commission granted the funds for the project to begin.

“We have to do what we can to properly take care of those in community corrections that are trying to turn their lives around,” commissioner Tony Velti expressed.

While on the topic of making improvements, they also approved a bid for $15,000 from Thrasher Engineering to begin the remodeling of the previous County Clerk office space in the Taylor County Court House.

Henderson, who has worked closely with Thrasher on this development, clarified that the renovations would be completed in stages, so not to disrupt early voting.

Sheriff Terry Austin also had a financial request for commission to make repairs to one of his department’s cruisers.

“Our K-9 cruiser is in need of a new motor, and it can’t be turned in under warranty,” Austin stated.

A brief discussion was had on whether or not it would be more beneficial to just purchase a newer cruiser with the one in question being four years old.

“This particular vehicle is our K-9 unit and has been altered with cages and such to specifically meet those needs. It is still in great shape as far as the body goes,” Austin interjected.

Commission motioned to pay for a new motor not exceeding the cost of $9,300.

Next up, commissioners heard from the Taylor County Dog Wardens Regina Whitehair and Bonnie Bolyard.

Boylard and Whitehair educated Taylor County Commissioners on the details of a grant that they were hoping to apply for. Whitehair indicated that the Taylor County Humane Society also applies for the grant, and if accepted it will award funds to these entities to support the spaying and neutering on both felines and canines owned by Taylor County residents.

“Through this grant, we are not able to use any of the money on shelter dogs. It is strictly for pet owners in the county that need or would like assistance in spaying or neutering their pets,” she revealed.

Bolyard added to her coworker’s announcement by speaking on the over population of cats in the county and how receiving this grant could potentially help get the population under control.

The pair told the commission that part of receiving this grant and the amount that is awarded can be dependent on funds that are already in hand.

With this information, the Taylor County Commission agreed to contribute $2,100 to the cause, which will allow them to apply for the grant in the amount of $10,000.

“Hopefully this will help with some of the over population. You two are doing an outstanding job, and we will do what we can to continue to work with you and the humane society, in order to care for the animals,” voiced Taylor County Commission President Orville Wright.


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