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Grants to support farmers’ markets

The Washington County Home requested to change its domain name from washingtoncountyhome.org to washingtoncountyhome.gov during Thursday morning’s meeting of the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

In the request letter, it states “the domain name request originates from the Washington County Home’s need of an online presence to maintain ‘online services’ to conduct business effectively with constituents, and to harden overall information systems security.”

Bradley Bates, IT specialist at the Washington County Home, said the .gov domain is a lot more secure and “will allow us to have authenticity on the internet.”

A resolution was also approved to allow the county home to participate in the state’s cooperative purchasing program.

“It’s my understanding, Deanna (Green, county home administrator), that this is just so you have state buying power,” said Commissioner Jamie Booth.

Power in numbers, Commission President Charlie Schilling added.

“This just gives us the ability to enter state contracts. States negotiate cheaper rates with manufacturers. This just allows us to get services a lot cheaper,” Bates explained.

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Booth said grants were being applied for to support the monthly farmers’ market in Beverly and the weekly market in Marietta.

“It is our goal … it is our wish that more local food suppliers supplied Washington County,” he said.

Fuel prices are sky high and it is breaking a lot of trucking companies, he said.

“I do not want that, personally, to fall over onto our local farmers … our dairy farmers and such,” he said. “If they can produce it here and sell it here and it doesn’t have to get transported that far, it saves cost. Farmers work on a hairline budget, so that saves them money which allows them to stay productive.”

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Dates to Remember:

¯ Regular commission meeting, 9 a.m. Thursday, commissioner assembly room.

¯ Proposed Class II injection well – ODNR public meeting, 6 p.m. June 2, St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Little Hocking.

Source: Washington County Commission Clerk.

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