LISBON - The final phase of the courthouse parking lot upgrade is nearing an end, and the finishing touch will be some landscaping.
County Commissioner Mike Halleck, speaking at this week's meeting reported R & R Paving of Lisbon was recently hired to blacktop the third and final section of the parking lot for $22,000.
The resurfacing project was broken down into phases to avoid the law requiring commissioners seek formal bids for any contract over $25,000. Halleck said he solicited informal proposals from blacktop companies each time before selecting one.
Like the other two times, the resurfacing contract was awarded without running it through a meeting and subjecting it to a formal board vote. The board is of the opinion commissioners are not required by law to run everything they do through a board meeting and vote on it, including routine maintenance work such as resurfacing the parking lot. This included hiring employees until recently, although they have resumed voting on hiring workers. Comm
The next step will be to complete landscaping planned for the parking lot to make it more attractive and aesthetically appealing. "It certainly enhances the courthouse and is a plus for the village," Halleck said of the project.
He expects the total cost will be about $90,000 when the project is completed. The money is coming from the $3.2 million to be received for leasing county property for oil and gas development.
In other action, commissioners hired Thomas Wire of New Springfield as a courthouse security officer and Carla Channell of New Waterford to replace assistant commissioner clerk Aubrey Rose, who resigned to return to college. Both are part-time positions, with Wire paid $10.45 and hour and $10 for Channell.
Finally, commissioners agreed to transfer $30,000 from the general fund to the clerk of courts to pay for publication of legal notices for delinquent property tax foreclosures. Clerk of Courts Anthony Dattilio said the fund was running short due to increased publication costs and the number of delinquent property tax foreclosures.