New economic director joins SOPA

By Chris Slone - [email protected]

The Scioto County Commissioners appointed their first board member to fill the new vacancies left by the six recent departures of the Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA) Thursday, approving the letter from Robert Horton, the county’s new economic director, to the SOPA board.

Scioto County Chairman Bryan Davis read Horton’s letter, which stated, “Please consider me for a position on the Southern Ohio Port Authority board. As the newly appointed economic development director, I believe that we can work together to bring news business and new jobs to our community. Thank you for your consideration.”

Other items on the agenda at the commissioner’s meeting included a Community Corrections Act Grant (CCAG) for the Jail Diversion program. The County received $37,775.75 from the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (DRC), which was sent to the Portsmouth Municipal Court.

According to Davis, the money is transferred from the DRC to the County and eventually to the court — it’s essentially a run through program to properly allocate the funds.

The Commissioners also touched upon county engineer, Daren LeBrun, and his efforts to continue working with Townships to buy specific items in bulk. Leburn has been saving his department and the Townships money by purchasing items such as cold and hot mix, as well as asphalt.

“ … Nile, Valley, Jefferson and Rush. He’s already signed with several other Townships. He continues to build on that program,” Davis said.

Davis said he expects Townships to continue signing on to this program as they hold their monthly meetings. With variations in Township meetings, this programs is expected to continue to grow.

By Chris Slone

[email protected]

Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1927, or on Twitter @crslone.

Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1927, or on Twitter @crslone.