LOGAN — The Hocking County Commissioners conducted business as usual with many updates on many initiatives on Thursday, June 27 and Tuesday, July 2.

A representative from the Small Business Administration (SBA), Tamim Choudhury, presented information on funds that are available to residents who were recently affected by the tornado. The SBA is an agency that works alongside the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In recent meetings, concerns have been raised about effective communication techniques to be used when working between the Commissioners and the Union Furnace, Carbon Hill and Murray City residents on the sewer projects.

The use of postcards through “Every Door Direct” was the recommended method by Hocking County Prosecutor Benjamin Fickel, in order to have information sent in a cost-effective manner to every address.

A meeting about financial assistance with sewer bills is being planned for Murray City and Union Furnace residents for Tuesday, July 16.

The Commissioners agreed for interviews to be conducted for the job opening of 4-H Educator of Hocking County on Friday, July 26.

Discussion took place about nearly $56,000 that is owed in outstanding sewer invoices.

“Quite a few of the bills are way over a year past due,” commented Fickel.

The Commissioners agreed in the Thursday meeting to contact anyone who owes for more than six months with a letter outlining the amount they owe, the process for getting it paid and consequences for not getting it paid.

Fickel is checking with the Hocking County Treasurer’s office to see if payment plans can be set up to assist residents with getting the bills paid.

On Thursday, representatives from the Hocking County Humane Society, the Commissioners and Fickel, entered into executive session to discuss a contract.

After executive session, Commissioner Ogle recommended that the representatives take the proposed contract to their board to discuss.

With increased recognition over the years for work of the community’s first responders, the Commissioners wanted to recognize the Hocking County responders with an entire month of gratitude, as opposed to just a day.

The national day of recognition for first responders is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 28.

Commissioner Gary Waugh read a draft of a proclamation, recognizing the month of July as First Responders Month in Hocking County.

He explained the importance of these service leaders, shared his personal appreciation for them and explained that the proclamation will be finalized and given to a representative of each department or organization being recognized, this month.

“One day a month isn’t enough to appreciate what these people do. They are the first to run to a problem when we run away,” said Waugh appreciatively.

No meeting was held on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

The next regularly scheduled public meeting of the Hocking County Commissioners, will be held in the Hocking County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 9 at 9:30 a.m.

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