Taylor County Commission talks business during short meeting


TAYLOR COUNTY—Commissioner Tony Veltri called the May 8 Taylor County Commission meeting to order with a light docket and an absent commissioner, as Commissioner Orville Wright was out having surgery.

On hand, just to visit one of her areas that she’s covers for Mon Power, was Elizabeth Durr. 

After introductions were made Durr responded by saying, “I would like to say that we are happy to serve the citizens of Taylor County, and I hope we can continue to do so with as reliable service as we possibly can.”

A letter was then read from City Manager, Kevin Stead, asking if the commission would like to help sponsor the 14th Annual Spirit of Grafton Festival. The commission agreed to donate $3,000, as they have in past years. 

Patricia Henderson gave an update on the Bank Renovation Project, “We did have a progress meeting today and everything is moving along beautifully. They expect next week to start hanging some of the dry wall.”

Henderson went on to say that they are slightly ahead of schedule and had received two quotes for the roller shelving for bookshelves. 

The commissioners decided to go with AJ Allegheny Systems, which came in with the lowest bid at $186,396, which includes freight, assembly, and removal of any remnants.

Commissioner Sam Gerkin read a letter from the Taylor County Emergency Squad recommending Beverly Wolverton to fill the open spot on their board. Gerkin voted to approve Wolverton and Veltri seconded.

Then in some courthouse news, carpet cleaning for the courthouse was approved at $1, 261.40, as well as replacing three broken street lights behind the courthouse for $975.

Veltri then read a letter from the GHS Basketball team asking for help with their funding for their trip to the State Tournament.

“Orville, I think, had previously talked with the sports people and told them that any expenses they incur, that we would cover,” said Veltri. 

With that being said, the commissioners voted to cover the expense of $1,358.

In the Elected Officials Report, Gerkin shared about attending the Opportunities Zone meeting with Henderson and Karen Temple. He said that Wood County has a beneficial “pitch book” that they use to attract businesses to the area that they are willing to share with Taylor County.

“It’s basically a program to try and get investors interested in investing in places that they would have not before to save some tax dollars on capital that they have received from selling a business or any other way,” said Gerkin.

Veltri reported on the progress of the Sheltered Workshop that will reopen hopefully in the near future. He said the building is back up in usable condition and has been inspected and passed fire codes.

He reported that New Horizons Industires have also decided to partner with Pace Industries which have had great success with this in the past.   

The next meeting of the Taylor County Commission will take place Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m., in room 111 of the Taylor County Courthouse.

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