Perry County Commissioners

The Board of Perry County Commissioners conducted business in their new office space in the Jobs and Family Services building on Main Street.


NEW LEXINGTON — The Board of Perry County Commissioners had a full slate of business at their regularly scheduled Wednesday morning meeting on Sept. 22. All three commissioners, Jim O’Brien, Scott Owen, and Ben Carpenter, were present. Following a 30-minute session to complete paperwork, Steve Baker was first on the docket with an issue for the commissioners.

Baker requested vacating Short Street in Harrison Township. He is building a house adjacent to Short Street, which has long been unused. However, the street is still located on the Perry County map. The commissioners voted unanimously to grant Baker’s request.

After a brief recess, the board moved to executive session where no decision was made. Chuck Booher and Randy Ayers from Simplified Business Solutions made their monthly report on the insurance update/renewal plan for county employees. They were very impressed with a new program they proposed to the commissioners called an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

An EAP is specifically aimed at counseling and well-being for employees dealing with heightened stress from COVID-19. Saying that overdose deaths nationwide were up 20 per cent over last year, as well as suicides being on the increase during the pandemic, the pair highly recommended adding an EAP to Perry County employees insurance plan.

After a brief discussion on this issue, the commissioners agreed with the proposal and voted unanimously to add it to the county employees’ insurance plan.

Nathan Simmons and Sean Brooks followed with an update on the Babb House restoration project in Somerset, and collected signatures for the contract awarded to Knight Grading, LLC for repairing the dam at the Perry County Gun Club.

Next on the morning’s agenda were Tara Layne and Tara Moore from Fairview Assisted Living, to discuss their need for a Perry County credit card. With the Perry County Auditor attending the meeting via telephone, the necessity and regulations governing the issuance of a Perry County credit card were clarified. The commissioners agreed and voted to issue credit cards to both Layne and Moore.

The final business of the morning was a report from New Lexington Village Administrator Bo Powell, about the ongoing sidewalk project in the village. Powell reported that the village council voted in favor of splitting the cost of the sidewalk repair near the courthouse. He also discussed a water line project that will need to be undertaken soon.

Following Powell’s presentation, the meeting was adjourned.

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