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By Nancy Schaar
CARROLLTON – Carrollton Schools board of education members are making plans for a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning of construction for the new school building.
The event is set to take place May 18. State dignitaries have been invited along with local officials and business leaders.
Superintendent Dave Quattrochi said there will be a canned food drive for students to participate in to benefit the Akron Canton food bank. For every five cans of food brought in by each student, they will receive a ticket to be placed in a drawing in which 20 students, two from each grade, will be chosen to participate in the ground breaking ceremony.
The new facility will be located at the school property on SR 332, just south of the village of Carrollton, and will house grades 6 to 12.
Additional information will be released as plans are completed.
By Carol McIntire
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 kicked off its 2017 construction program last week with the announcement $223 million would be spent on 141 projects in the seven counties that comprise the district.
The majority of the funds will be spent in Belmont County, where a public relations event was held to kick off the program. ODOT plans to spend more than $75 million on 39 projects in the county, the largest of which is major reconstruction of the US 40 and SR 332 interchange at a cost of just over $19.5 million. A new 1.6 mile connector from the intersection of Mall Rd. and Banfield Rd. and a new bridge over I-70 to connect with Phase I of the Commons Mall Crossing project is scheduled for construction at an estimated cost of just over $10.3 million. Resurfacing four lanes just west of Mall Rd. to east of Exit 20 is expected to cost nearly $13 million.
By Jacquie Humphrey
Dellroy Council voided the appointment of Damon Spurgeon to village council during the April 10 meeting.
Spurgeon was appointed to fill a vacant seat during the March meeting.
Treasurer Candice Ruby said she discovered Spurgeon’s residence is not wholly within the village limits when she attempted to register Spurgeon with the Carroll County Board of Elections.
Mayor Doug Ruby told council he is very disappointed with the news as Spurgeon has already become active in the village. Council discussed annexing the Spurgeon property, but took no formal action at this time.
By Carol McIntire
Carrollton – Carroll County slipped three spots in the County Health Rankings, released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The county fell from 42nd to 45th among the 88 counties in Ohio. The rankings, released each year for the last eight years, measure the overall health of communities across the United States, based on several areas, including length of life, quality of life, health behaviors, clinical care, school and economic factors and physical environment.
Carroll County ranked as high as 28th in health behaviors, which includes information on smoking, adult obesity, physical inactivity, access to exercise opportunities, excessive drinking, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted diseases and teen births, and as low as 73rd in clinical care, which includes information on uninsured residents, access to primary care physicians, dentists and mental health providers, preventable hospital stays, diabetes monitoring and mammography screenings.
The study indicated about 11 percent of county residents are uninsured. The ratio of residents to doctors is 4,700 to one, ratio of residents to dentists is 2,780 to one and ratio to mental health providers is 3,090 to one.
By Nancy Schaar
After several years, and several administrators, the village of Malvern finally has a water contract with Colfor Manufacturing.
Colfor has been paying $2.99 per thousand gallons of water while the village has attempted to reach an agreement with them for permanent rates.
Village administrator Marcus Benson told village council during the April 3 meeting, he and village solicitor Chad Murdock successfully worked out the agreement with Jason Lowe, plant manager at Colfor, for a rate of $6 per thousand gallons of water. The contract will run from May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2019.
Murdock said the rate will adjust automatically the same percentage charged village residents when this contract expires.