The Sandusky County commissioners are weighing the prospect of hiring someone to expedite the county’s ditch maintenance and improvement efforts.
Three possible options discussed during the commissioners’ April 3 meeting were to:
• Hire a full-time employee for the Soil and Water Conservation District who could assist with ditch maintenance when not needed for the district’s other projects.
• Hire a full-time employee for the county engineer’s office and fund the position with revenues from a source other than gasoline taxes.
• Hire a full-time employee for the ditch maintenance office who could also be shared with the engineer’s office and the SWCD.
Jim Moyer, county engineer, indicated to the commissioners at the meeting he’d like to see more of the petitioning process for ditch projects to be moved to the SWCD and ditch maintenance office, according to minutes of the meeting. He said his office has been short staffed and that with his office receiving much of its funding from gasoline taxes, it puts a strain on the use of those revenues to pay for ditch-related work.
Personnel from the SWCD and ditch maintenance office were also at the meeting.
At the commissioners’ April 8 meeting, Moyer said he would recommend the commissioners allocate more money from the general revenue fund to his office to pay for a technician who would primarily be responsible for drainage issues but could work on other projects when not needed for ditch-related work.
In his April 4 newsletter, Moyer said two ditch petitions for Cedar Ridge and Alley Ditch are “very old” and two for Schwochow and Stahl roads are “in progress.”
His office has also received recent petitions for Miller Ditch and Hofelich Ditch and two more, Wolf Creek, north of the Village of Gibsonburg, and Toussaint Creek, have also been mentioned as possible projects.
Warren Brown, county administrator, said he planned to have the personnel issue on the agenda for the commissioners’ April 17 meeting.
“It appears from the reports that one of the departments needs an additional staff person to keep up with ditch petitions,” he said. “The question is which department.”