Ashland County Dog Shelter

The Ashland County dog shelter, located at 1710 Garfield Ave., houses around 26 kennels for stray dogs. It also serves as the county dog warden's office space.

ASHLAND -- Ashland County commissioners on Thursday took the next step toward a new dog shelter.

Commissioners approved advertising requesting statements of qualifications from design-build firms for the construction of a new dog shelter facility, due by Aug. 20.

“(The design-build firms) come in with qualifications and then the board will take the top three,” Commissioner Denny Bittle said.

Once the top three candidates are decided, the board will meet with each to determine who to hire, he said.

Homeward Bound Dog Shelter of Ashland County has offered to donate approximately $600,000 for the shelter construction, but commissioners decided Thursday to delay acceptance of the donation.

“We do have a donation coming, but I’m going to wait until we award the contract for the building to accept that donation,” Bittle said. 

Also Thursday, commissioners, following the recommendation of county Treasurer Angie McQuillen, decided to keep county financial deposits with Park National Bank for the next four years. The current contract with PNB expires at the end of August.

Two banks bid on the account, Park National Bank (the county’s current bank) and JP Morgan Chase. 

“As far as monthly fees, Park National came in about $110 per month less than Chase did,” McQuillen said. “But, Chase had a proposal in there that said they would waive the first year’s fees to try and establish association with us. 

“But in the long run, over the four-year period, it really didn’t make that much difference. They actually were still higher (than Park National)," McQuillen said.

Other agreements and transfers were authorized by the commissioners during their Thursday meeting, including several interest transfers from the board of education election security, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the sheriff and the sheriff’s evidence cash, and juvenile detention. 

“Those are committed projects and things that have been done,” Bittle said. “We're just paying for it now.”

The parking lot at the county jail facility will soon be expanded, as the commissioners entered a consent agreement with Ohio Edison and with Bartley and Bolin, Inc. for the expansion (to be paid from the jail operations fund). 

The commissioners also approved the hiring of Sandra Merrill at the Department of Job and Family Services as an attorney supervisor. The supervisor position is a non-bargaining unit position within the child support enforcement unit, effective Aug. 23. The hire is a replacement and not a new hire, Bittle said.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Commissioner Michael Welch said the county is seeing contamination from bags in the county recycling. Welch said residents should reuse bags and not discard them along with their recyclables. 

“It really is a big issue,” he said. “It wraps around bearings, and it’ll end up costing the county more and more with recycling.”

 

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Emma Davis is a 2021 graduate of the University of Richmond, from which she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and leadership studies. Emma reports for Knox Pages and Ashland Source through Report for America.

Emma Davis is a 2021 graduate of the University of Richmond, from which she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and leadership studies. Emma reports for Knox Pages and Ashland Source through Report for America.