Pictured (l-r) are Highland County commissioners David Daniels, Jeff Duncan and Terry Britton. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
Pictured (l-r) are Highland County commissioners David Daniels, Jeff Duncan and Terry Britton. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
In an early meeting Wednesday, Highland County commissioners Jeff Duncan, Terry Britton and David Daniels passed a resolution for the Concord Township school demolition project and briefly took care of other business before departing for KAMP Dovetail.

The weekly meeting, usually held at 9 a.m., took place at 8 a.m. because commissioners were planning to spend much of their morning at KAMP Dovetail grilling burgers for hundreds of volunteers and campers.

Among the four items of legislation passed by commissioners Wednesday was a resolution to award the Concord Elementary school demolition project to Advanced Demolition Services, LLC, in the amount of $62,645.

As previously reported, commissioners conducted a bid opening for the Community Development Block Grant project at their June 15 meeting. Advanced Demolition Services submitted the lowest bid.

Also approved were three budget modification resolutions, all affecting the Probation Department:

• A modification within Account 2680 in the amount of $7,000;

• A modification within Account 2675 in the amount of $25,000; and

• A modification within Account 2670 in the amount of $11,000.

In other discussion, Duncan said that repairs on the old jail are set to begin in the coming days, possibly as early as this week.

During the May 25 meeting, commissioners voted 3-0 to accept a quote not to exceed $33,000 from Wayne Dance for masonry repairs, including $9,369 to rent scaffolding for 28 days. At that meeting, Duncan said the tallest of the chimneys at the jail has “issues that need to be addressed.”

“Supposedly, they're going to set up scaffolding today,” Duncan said Wednesday. “There's a company that comes in and sets the scaffolding up because of the height of the project. They need a special kind of scaffold.

“Last time I talked to Wayne Dance, they were supposed to come today, and then that project will start as soon as they get scaffolding up.”

With Monday being a federal holiday and Wednesday’s meeting scheduled an hour early, the commission said they intentionally did not have much on the agenda. The meeting lasted just under 10 minutes, including talking about KAMP Dovetail and discussing supplies they needed to pick up before heading to Rocky Fork Lake.

The annual camp for children with special needs, presented by SATH (Supplementary Assistance to the Handicapped), is celebrating its 40th anniversary June 20-24 at Rocky Fork State Park. Commissioners said they also attended the opening ceremony Monday.

According to Duncan, it’s tradition that the commission helps out every year by grilling burgers one day during the week.

“It’s a great program,” Daniels said of the annual camp. “Everybody ought to go down and see what happens down there.

“You just go down there and you see what a wonderful program it is, and the volunteers on the board that have been working on this for 40 years — it’s inspiring. It really is.”

Britton added that KAMP Dovetail is “a huge undertaking” every year with hundreds of campers and volunteers.

“It gives the kids a chance to do some things that they probably would never be able to do,” Britton said. “Thank God for the volunteers that go down there and help those young kids.”

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Although not discussed during the meeting, commissioners received several items of correspondence in the past week listed on the agenda, much of which was related to solar development.

Juliana Graham-Price of the Ohio Power Siting Board emailed commissioners to notify them that the OPSB technical staff’s report on the Palomino Solar project has been filed. A copy of the report was attached to the email and can be read at: https://dis.puc.state.oh.us/ViewImage.aspx?CMID=A1001001A22F14B14155A00548.

According to Graham-Price, the staff report is recommending the approval of the proposed 200MW project in Dodson and Union Townships, east of Lynchburg.

As previously reported, the project is grandfathered under Senate Bill 52, aside from the county and townships each having representation through an ad hoc board member. (Those ad hoc board members are Highland County Economic Development Director Julie Bolender and Dodson Township Trustee Ty Smith, respectively.)

It was also noted by Graham-Price that the OPSB staff has proposed a list of 43 conditions “for the Board’s consideration” if the OPSB “determines that a certificate should be granted.”

The recommended “conditions [to] become part of such certificate” are related to a number of areas, including construction practices; permits; impact on the land, streams, vegetation and on various species living in the area; decommissioning; fencing; landscape and lighting plans; noise; cleaning up trees and/or weeds; drilling; and setbacks.

In a related email, attorney Thaddeus Boggs of Frost Brown Todd LLC wrote to commissioners about one of the aforementioned 43 conditions — the last one, which reads: “The Applicant shall implement a minimum setback from the project’s solar modules of at least 150 feet from non-participating parcel boundaries, at least 300 feet from nonparticipating residences, and at least 150 feet from the edge of any state, county or township road within or adjacent to the project area.”

“This is close, but not quite, in line with your setback criteria of 300 feet from non-participating residences to modules, and 200 feet from fencing to non-participating parcel boundaries,” Boggs wrote to commissioners. “This is promising because the OPSB Staff Report generally establishes the field of play for negotiation on final stipulated conditions.

“I had an introductory call with the applicant’s counsel prior to the Staff Report’s release, but I will follow up with her again now and see (a) if they are inclined to agree to the OPSB staff’s conditions, and (b) if they would stipulate to the 200-foot setback that is the county’s preference from fence-to-parcel boundaries.”

In other solar-related correspondence, commissioners received a copy of Clinton County commissioners’ resolution and press release to unanimously object to the proposed Yellow Wood Solar project. For more, see the story at: https://highlandcountypress.com/Content/In-The-News/In-The-News/Article/Clinton-County-commissioners-unanimously-object-to-proposed-solar-project/2/20/79470.