Muskingum Township seeks replacement trustee

During the weekly meeting of the Washington County Commissioners, the passing of a Muskingum Township trustee on Monday was noted.

Commissioner David White said he had known Robert Dunbarger since middle school and was shocked to hear of his death.

“It’s a tragedy for the township and the entire community,” he said.

The passing of Dunbarger leaves an open seat on the Muskingum Township Board of Trustees. President of the Board , Ken Schilling, said the hiring process has begun to find his replacement.

“We will be accepting resumes with cover letters until Nov. 15,” he said. “Then we will begin the interview process sometime around Thanksgiving.”

Schilling said that Ohio law indicates they must hire a replacement within 30 days of the vacancy posting. Qualified candidates must be residents of Muskingum Township and be registered to vote.

“We currently have five people that have applied for the position,” Schilling said. “I’m guessing we will end up with eight to 10 qualified candidates.”

To meet with state guidelines, Schilling said Dunbarger’s replacement will be chosen by the first week of December. The person hired will have the job until the next general election on Nov. 5, 2019. Voters will then decide who will finish the last two years of Dunbarger’s term.

People interested in applying for the position can send their resumes and cover letters to 26 Townhall Road, Marietta, or by email to For more information people can contact the township at 740-373-0189 or visit their website at

The Muskingum Township Trustees would not provide the names of the applicants for the vacant position on Thursday. The Marietta Times has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the township to obtain them.

In other business Thursday:

¯The commissioners approved the bid recommendation, contract and notice of commencement from the county engineer for the 2018 center line striping project. The project will apply center line striping on more than 42 miles of county roads to include almost five and a half miles on Welch Road, more than five miles on Sandhill Road and more than four and a half miles on Zion Ridge Road.

The county engineer put an estimate for the project at $41,809. The winning bid was received from A and A Safety Inc., an Ohio company with locations in Dayton, Cleveland and Cincinnati, for $36,894. The county’s engineer’s office said there is still no confirmed start date, but the project must be completed by Dec. 15.

¯The county engineer’s recommendation for the commencement of the emergency repair of four road slips in the county was approved at a cost of $145,783. On Monday, Bob Lane’s Welding will begin the repair of the first slip located at the 0.6 mile marker of County Road 33. The county engineer’s office said that repair of the first slip could take up to a week and a half to complete.

The crew will then move to the second slip on County Road 33 near the two mile marker upon completion of the first slip. Two more slips near the one and two mile markers of County Road 406 will follow the completion of the road repairs on County Road 33. The time line for the completion of the project will be determined by the speed of the repairs.

¯The request for the payment of the county’s bills for the month of November also crossed the commissioners’ desk on Thursday. The commissioners approved the paying of the month’s bills which totaled $1,155,642. The largest expenditure was for the annual payment on a loan for a previously approved renovation of the Juvenile Center and Washington County Joint Family Service building. The loan also covered the building of the Washington County Jail in 2004. This year’s payment on the loan was $350,000.