Pioneer and Historical Society Welcomes and Updates Commissioners
MIDDLEPORT – The pioneering and historic Meigs County Society hosted the Meigs County Commissioners at their regular session on Thursday, October 21.
The meeting was held at the Museum, formerly located on Butternut Street in Pomeroy, to mark its second anniversary at the Middleport location on 3rd Avenue. The Middleport property, along with three buildings including an 1872 furniture factory and a former Ford dealership, were donated to the company in 2017.
Commissioner Tim Ihle spoke on behalf of the group when he said: â€œIt’s nice to be here and see the progress being made. It is also a way for us to meet future needs.
Mary Cowdrey represented the Historical Society and briefed commissioners on receiving grants from the Ohio Humanities and Walmart.
A grant of $ 2,000 was received from the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The funds were used to produce photographs depicting events and historic buildings in the county. One was placed near the entrance to the museum, and the others on the 1872 furniture factory nearby.
Walmart’s $ 500 grant will be used to increase security in the museum.
â€œRestoring these buildings takes time, money and volunteers,â€ said Cowdrey. â€œWe are making progress but we still have a lot of work to do. It is difficult to get grants, but we keep trying and hope that future grant application opportunities receive positive responses. “
Cowdrey pointed out that the reason the Gifted Buildings were saved is because they have historical significance in the county and are best restored rather than demolished.
â€œOne of the buildings, we call it the 1872 building, was a furniture factory that was built that year, and the Ford building is 100 years old. We think they are worth saving, â€Cowdrey told Commissioners.
She said the Ford building is in desperate need of a new roof and that the Company has requested that the structure be added to the list of most endangered buildings in Ohio, which could put them in a better position for a funding.
â€œWe can imagine the wonderful things we could do with this building, and we need space to store and display all of the collections and artefacts that the Society has acquired over the years, but we cannot move forward until we don’t have a new roof. Each day that the roof is not replaced brings us closer to its eventual collapse, â€she concluded.
Commissioners have indicated that they are monitoring any funding they may pass on to them. Cowdrey also informed the commissions that the Company was planning to reintroduce the 0.5-mile levy that failed to pass on their first attempt in the spring poll.
In the remaining business, the minutes were approved as well as a motion to approve the bills of the week. Appropriations, advances and budget adjustments were made to the sheriff’s and veterans’ offices, as well as to the PA fund for child protection costs.
Ihle brought forward a motion to declare the official intention and reasonable expectations of Meigs County on behalf of the State of Ohio (the borrower) to repay its AL&G fund for C3LC, C16, C51A, C17, C28AGD , C32 paving, CR06Y with the proceeds of the tax-exempt debt of the State of Ohio. Miller seconded the motion and the motion carried with a yes of all three commissioners.
Meigs County Commissioners meet every Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Meigs County Courthouse, unless otherwise specified.
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Meigs County Commissioners Shannon Miller, Tim Ihle and Jimmy Will are pictured at the Meigs County Pioneer and Historical Society Museum following last week’s meeting with museum representative Mary Cowdrey.
Lorna Hart is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.