LISBON - With another drug house raided in Salem over the weekend, county Commissioner Mike Halleck took the opportunity at Tuesday's year-end meeting to talk about the increase in activity by local law enforcement and prosecutors regarding the battle against drugs.
"I would like to thank my fellow commissioners for what has been an exceptionally great year for our county," Halleck began, adding this year the county has had the opportunity to do a lot of things.
Included in the long list of projects completed, Halleck said one of the biggest has been the investment in the war on drugs. Halleck said investments in the sheriff's office and the drug task force have been paying off. Although he said he currently has no figures, Halleck said there have been increased arrests and prosecuted cases involving drugs.
"This has probably been the most active DTF in this county's history," Halleck said. "It has showed how bad this drug problem really was."
Commissioner Timothy Weigle also took the opportunity to thank his fellow commissioners and office holders for helping him to make a smooth transition into the job this year.
In other matters, commissioners:
- Reappointed Richard Cope to the county Planning Commission and accepted the resignation of another member of that board, Richard Simpson. Simpson had to resign the position due to his election to the Columbiana City Council. There is now an opening on the board.
- Reappointed J. David Buzzard to the Columbiana County Law Library Resources Board.
- Approved the preparation of a Community Development Block Grant for $600,000 for the construction of a sanitary sewer project in Kensington.