LOGAN — The Hocking County Board of Commissioners addressed ongoing sewer issues across the county during its meeting on Tuesday morning.

Tracy Shoults of Stantec joined the board to address two problems. A resident of state Route 328 said sewer runoff from Logan High School is mixing with hers, Commissioner Sandra Ogle read in a letter. Ogle also inquired about an ongoing manhole problem in Murray City.

Commissioner Ogle also read an announcement for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Logan Elm School District. The district will begin construction of its new pre-K–12 facility on Monday, May 10 at 4:30 p.m. The new school will “provide a modern learning environment” and serve approximately 1,700 students, the announcement said.

According to its website, the Logan Elm School District formed in the late 1950s and covers 198 square miles. In the early ‘70s, Laurelville along with Hocking County townships Perry, Laurel and Salt Creek joined the district. The school currently serves its students through six buildings.

District residents approved a bond issue in November 2018 to co-fund the project in conjunction with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, the announcement said. The building is expected to open in 2023. The ceremony will take place on the band and athletic practice field near Logan Elm High School, 9575 Tarlton Road, Circleville, Ohio.

Commissioner Ogle also announced a flower sale at Scenic Hills Senior Center, 187 S. Spring St., on Friday, May 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ogle also read an announcement from Kelly Bragg, program manager for the Center for Public Health Practice at The Ohio State University. Bragg reached out to the commissioners to collaborate on a Community Health Improvement Plan, or CHIP — not to be confused with the Community Housing Improvement Program.

Bragg previously performed a community health assessment with the Hocking County Health Department, the announcement said, therefore the next step is to develop a three-year CHIP to combat the most pressing health issues in Hocking County.

The commissioners met again Thursday morning to pay the bills and to host a bid opening for Laurelville parks and recreation facility and improvements. Board President Jeff Dickerson said he was excited to open the bidding, as the board has been waiting for it for a long time.

The commissioners also heard from Hocking County Lodging Tax Administrator Josh Givens on Thursday. Givens approached the board to propose the use of a software program to keep track of lodging rentals in the county.

Givens also discussed the lodging tax and its relationship with Airbnb, and said that he is working out a contract between the county and the company.

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