By TOM GIAMBRONI
LISBON - Columbiana County commissioners have received payment from Chesapeake Energy for the last of the $3.2 million owed them for leasing county property.
Approximately $1.5 million was transferred into an escrow account, which represents money commissioners are making available to help resolve the lawsuit between the city of East Liverpool and the Buckeye Water District. The money would be applied toward the judgment owed East Liverpool, with the BWD eventually repaying commissioners.
Commissioners last week voted to transfer the remaining $1.7 million in lease money into a new capital projects fund they created. Money in this account can be spent only on building improvements and repairs.
"This has been the desire of every commissioner, to be in a position to be able to properly maintain county buildings" and prevent them from falling into disrepair," said Commissioner John Payne.
By creating a special fund, commissioners are increasing the chances it will be spent for the intended purpose, although it can be transferred back into the county general fund.
Commissioners also acted last week to approve two more road-use maintenance agreements with companies developing oil and gas drilling sites in the area. The RUMAs are for: 0.3 miles of Stookesberry Road in Elkrun Township, where a well permit is to be sought for the Ralph property; 1.3 miles of Teegarden Road in Salem Township, where a permit is to be sought for the Mueller permit.
Finally, commissioners approved contracts between the county Department of Job and Family Services and the following county agencies to assist the JFS in collecting child support payments:
Clerk of Courts, $135,441.
- Common Pleas Court, $114,874.
-Juvenile Court, $295,457.
- Prosecutor's Office, $215,701.
The JFS receives 66 percent reimbursement from the federal government for every child support collection dollar it spends.