Fulton County Commissioners Approve Airport Projects

By: James Pruitt

Commissioners reviewed a letter from the Veterans Service Committee about the rules for requesting extra flags and grave markers for Memorial Day.

The letter sets the rules that orders must be placed by the first Monday in April and the commissioners will review all requests.

The VSC will generate the list and then give to board.

Renovations to the Detwiler Building are estimated to cost around $260,000, but the board approved letting the job out for bid at its April 19 meeting.

Among the areas that need work include the roof, tuck-pointing, exterior, bricks and the gutter. Bids will be accepted until 10 a.m. May 5 at the Fulton County Commissioners room.

“Old buildings are old buildings and need to be updated,” Commissioner Paul Barnaby said.

The courthouse will receive some upgrades as well, County Administrator Vond T. Hall said. The cost will be spilt with the state he said.

The board approved a resolution seeking funding from the state to pay for obstruction lights on power poles near the Fulton County Airport. The county will a 5 percent match of the $75,000 cost.

The funding will come through the Ohio Airport Grant Program.

The board also approve a resolution seeking state assistance on placing turf runway markers for the grass airstrip.

The markers are white cones, 3 feet in diameter that show the outline of the runway. The markers were last installed in 2000 and are in need of replacement.

The county will pay 5 percent of the $16,000 total cost.

Ziad Musallam, director of Public Utilities provided a quarterly update.

Under solid waste recycling the department received no batteries, but did receive 250 tons of household waste.

With the low price for scrap metal, Musallam said it was cheaper to throw in the trash than recycling.

The board held the first public hearing for the Community Development Block Grants

Fulton County Planner David Wright said the county has been allocated $110,000. Communities can apply for the competitive grants for downtown or neighborhood revitalization projects or water meter replacement.

Applications from communities are due at 4:30 p.m. May 20.

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