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Lawrence first-half tax collections up

Mar. 28, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

IRONTON -- Lawrence County has collected more than $17 million in first-half taxes, according to County Treasurer Steve Burcham.

The treasurer's office is still reconciling accounts and currently estimates collections at $17,043,776, about $650,000 higher than last year's first-half tax collections of nearly $16.4 million, Burcham said.

The county's Neighborhood Investment Loan committee also has authorized a $38,700 bond for Windsor Township to refinance a previous debt at a lower interest rate. The township will pay only 1.5 percent on the bond for the next four years, Burcham said.

The board also heard a report from County Engineer Doug Cade on Thursday's lowering of the speed limit on County Road 17 from 55 mph to 40 mph. The change was requested by the Ohio Highway Patrol, Cade said. According to state law, only the Ohio Department of Transportation can approve changes in speed limits even on county or township roads.

Surveys also are under way to lower the speed limit along County Road 103 (Vesuvius-Ellisonville Road) from 55 mph to 35 mph, Cade said.

In other action, the board:

Learned Air Evac will begin operating a helicopter from St. Mary's Ironton Campus starting Friday, said Earl "Buddy" Fry, director of the Lawrence County Emergency Medical Services.

Made its final $167,000 payment this month on the County Department of Jobs and Family Services building. Commissioner Bill Pratt said it will improve the county's bond rating and free up money for other potential bonds.

Was notified there are three leaks in the dome at the Lawrence County Courthouse in Ironton. One estimate to make repairs was $27,500. The last time the county had problems with the dome in 1969, it cost $800 to make repairs, Pratt said. The county might seek a Neighborhood Investment Loan and pair it with needed repairs at the county jail, he said.

Heard a report on plans by the American Legion Post 433 in Ironton to bring the Vietnam War "Moving Wall" to the Ironton area from Aug. 15-19, providing the post can raise another $5,000.

Accepted the resignation of Brandon Best as a full-time supervisor at the ambulance district effective April 3.

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