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ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County established a new working agreement with law enforcement this week; meanwhile, the work of removing rundown properties continues.

On Thursday, the Belmont County Board of Commissioners approved a tentative labor agreement with the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police/Board of Labor. Commissioner Josh Meyer said it was a three-year contract and covered all department employees.

“We are happy to have accepted this contract. We work very well with the sheriff’s department and the sheriff himself and the employees of that department. They do a great job there. Nationally, it has been a problem to retain staff,” Meyer said.

He added that the department faces similar issues.

“They’re understaffed, so I know they’re looking to hire. Hopefully this contract and the raises they are receiving will help the Sheriff’s Office retain who they have and hopefully hire more staff,” he said.

He said salaries would be increased at the start of the year, with further increases agreed over the coming years.

“It shows the teamwork we have and the good relationship we have with the sheriff’s department. Everyone has to work together and do these things together. … It speaks to the unity we have here,” Meyer said.

Meyer added that deputies and prison staff are doing a commendable job in dealing with the growing drug problems and related crimes.

“These people are doing a great job. They are on the front lines dealing with people who aren’t the best and it’s done day in and day out, 24/7. he said. “We really appreciate them.”

Sheriff David Lucas could not be reached for comment. Human Resources Director Katie Bayness was unavailable to discuss contract details.

According to the contract, a captain will receive $34.76 per hour in 2023 on probation, $35.78 on non-probation at three years and $36.92 for three or more years of service. In 2024, these amounts will increase to $35.46, $26.50 and $37.66 and in 2025 to $36.17, $37.23 and $38.41.

A trainee lieutenant will receive $30.90 in 2023, $31.80 non-probationary at three years, and $32.82 if they have been on the force for three or more years. In 2024, the amounts will be $31.52, $32.44 and $33.48, and in 2025 $32.15, $33.09 and $34.15. A trainee sergeant will receive $27.47 in 2023, non-probationary at three years $28.28 and three years or more would be $29.20. In 2024 they would receive $28.02, $28.85 and $29.78 and in 2025 $28.58, $29.43 and $30.38.

A probationary corrections sergeant will receive $25.15 per hour in 2023, $26.55 if not on probation for up to three years and $27.58 if three years or more, in 2024 the amounts will be $25.65, $27.08 and $28.13, and in 2025 $26.16, $27.62 and $28.69.

A probationary corporal on the road will receive $25.15 in 2023, $26.55 if not on probation for up to three years and $27.58 if three years or more. In 2024, it will be $25.65, $27.08 and $28.13. In 2025, it will be $26.16, $27.62 and $28.69.

A probationary corporal at the prison will receive $22.89, $24.50 if he is not on probation for up to three years and $25.64 if he is three years or more. In 2024, the amounts will be $23.35, $24.99 and $26.15. In 2025, it would be $23.82, $25.49, and $26.67.

Probationary assistants will receive $22.84, $23.82 if they are one to two years on the force, $24.84 at three to four years and $25.97 if they serve five or more years. In 2024, it will be $23.30, $24.30, $25.34 and $26.49.

Civilians on probation, office workers, cooks and others will receive $18.64, $19.45 for one to two years of work, $20.24 for three to four years and $21.16 for five years or more. In 2024, the amounts will be $19.01, $19.84, $20.64 and $21.58. In 2025, the amounts will be $19.39, $20.24, $21.05 and $22.01.

Correctional officers on probation will receive $20.65 in 2023, $21.56 with one to two years of experience, $22.45 with three to four years and $23.47 with five or more years. In 2024 the amounts will be $21.06, $21.99, $22.90 and $23.94, and in 2025 the amounts will be $21.48, $22.43, $23.36 and $24.42.

Maintenance workers on probation will receive $16.05 in 2023, $16.37 in 2024 and $16.70 in 2025. Maintenance workers not on probation will receive $16.64, 16 $.97 and $17.31.

Trainee janitors will receive $14.01 in 2023, $14.29 in 2024 and $14.58 in 2025, non-trainees will receive $14.12, $14.40 and $14.69.

In other county matters, the Belmont County Land Reutilization Corp., commonly known as the Land Bank, has made progress in demolishing 23 structures along the Ohio River and inside the county. Demolition is complete at three locations, opposite Riesbeck Food Market on the National Road in Bridgeport and properties on Trumbull and Guernsey Streets in Bellaire. TJ Hill, assistant treasurer in the Belmont County Treasurer’s Office, said plans are underway for the demolition of the next set of four properties.

“We have started to send offers for the demolition”, he said, adding that the land bank is able to demolish the structures thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Development. “We have sent offers for a few other properties.”

Hill said two of those properties were in Flushing, one in Barnesville and one in Bridgeport. He said the funding allowed the land bank to survey areas away from the Ohio River.

“These offers will be opened at the meeting of the land bank on November 1. We will make a decision and do another round of them,” he said.

He said they hoped to have 23 properties dismantled by the end of the year. He said there was a lot of paperwork involved.

“We had to get some of the properties into our ownership before we sent them. We were waiting for these acts to be registered,” said Hill. “All the (properties) will be ours. We can collect offers, send them in groups, hope to get a good response and drop them off. »

Hill said the remaining properties could also be bid on as part of a larger third project of a dozen or more.

Of the three properties already demolished, Hill said the Guernsey Street location had been transferred to a neighbor and ownership in Bridgeport would be transferred to the township of Pease. Pease Township administrator Michael Bianconi said the property would likely contain recycling bins. He added thanks to the Land Bank.



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