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Commission votes to purchase monitors

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted to purchase monitors for 19 lift stations in the county.

Commission President Kevin Ritter said the monitors are part of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

“It’s a high-tech diagnostic tool that enables us to diagnose problems more cost effectively,” he said.

The SCADA will monitor the water flow through the sewer system’s 10 sites to make sure there are no issues.

Ritter added the $66,500 cost of the upgrade will not be taken out of the sewer fund, but from the capital improvements fund.

“This is not going to cost sewer customers directly,” he explained.

Commissioner Jamie Booth noted the system will be monitored by cell phone signal, so up-to-date information for each lift station can be accessed.

In other commission business, representatives from the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley updated commissioners on the shelter.

Manager Scott Hatfield said the shelter is a little full with 62 dogs and 70 cats. There is a total of 17 dogs and 15 cats that were placed at the facility for evidence.

HSOV Secretary Jim Raney presented the commission with a contract proposal. There hasn’t been a contract between the county and the shelter since December 2019. Raney explained it is a one-year contract that could be renewed for a second year.

Ritter said they would present it to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office and it will be brought back before the board at a later date.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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