Fulton County Loses Out On Airport Lighting Funds

By: James Pruitt

Fulton County won’t be getting any funding to install obstruction lighting at the airport next year.

The state’s Office of Aviation informed the Auditor’s Office of its decision in a letter dated Aug. 18. The county’s application did not receive a priority rating high enough to justify funding. The state did encourage the county to apply for 2018 funding.

The commissioners approved a request from the United Way of Fulton County to use the first floor of the Detwiler Manor for a food packing event. The “Day of Caring” will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 17.

Executive Director Gina Saaf stated in her letter she is qualified to run of the events. She expects 40 volunteers to show up for two shifts. The goal is to pack 5,000 meals to be used exclusively by Fulton County residents through local and school pantries.

The commissioners also approved extending the completion date of the Detwiler Building to Sept. 16.

The commissioners approved a proclamation declaring September to Kinship Appreciation Month. The document shows the board’s appreciation for caregivers who take care of their family members.

According to JFS Director Amy Metz Simon, 200,000 Ohio children under the age of 18 live in homes where the householders are grandparents or other relatives. Of these, 180,000 live with grandparents who are householders and 45,000 live with other relatives who are householders.

The county will accept bids for the county’s pavement marking program until 10 a.m. Sept. 16 in the Commissioners room. The bids will be opened at 10:01 a.m.

The board approved an water service agreement with North State BlueScope Steel LLC to access water through the county’s system.

The company will pay $4.93 per 1,000 gallons for the first 74,800 gallons; $4.79 per 1,000 gallons for the next 1,122,000 gallons and $3.76 per 1,000 gallons for the next 7.48 million gallons. These prices include a 75 percent surcharge. There are also surcharges of 29 cents per 1,000 gallons for Fulton County and 37 cents per 1,000 gallons for Lucas County.

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