Commissioners approve airport cameras


The Highland County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of security cameras at the Highland County Airport at its weekly Wednesday meeting.

Commissioner Dave Daniels said the airport and Bob Prosek, manager of the airport, submitted a proposal for $6,775 from Greystone Systems, Inc. and asked the board to participate for half the cost, making the county’s share $3,387.50, which the board approved.

Daniels said they wanted to install cameras around the airport that would give video of multiple places, all of which would go to the airport’s office. He said the cameras might go were on both sides of the runway to see what is and isn’t approaching, takeoffs and landings, as well as around the gas pump area and hangars.

In other news, updates were given on fiber optics improvements being worked on in and around the county.

“We understand that South Central has started some test, they’ve done some test areas here in the county where they’re rolling that out, I know,” Daniels said. “But other than that, we haven’t heard any more. Now, I’ve been traveling around and I’ve seen splicing wagons out where they’re splicing and doing some work. So those efforts are still ongoing.”

Commissioner Terry Britton said he thinks all three companies — Spectrum, South Central Power and South Ohio Communication Services — are “diligently” working on the projects. He said SOCS is “kind of” doing the southeast area, South Central is doing its area and Spectrum is working in the northern part of the county and around Lynchburg.

The commissioners approved a letter of support to the city of Hillsboro for Appalachian Regional Commission funding for Beech Street improvements in Hillsboro. Daniels said some of those improvements include the sidewalks in and around the street down to Railroad Street as well as past the new Records Storage Building.

The commissioners also approved the purchase of 80 crane pumps and 15 control boxes for $123,550. Daniels said a few weeks ago that bids were opened for more crane pumps and appurtenances which would be delivered in phases, with the 80 being bought this year. He said that “if funding allows” the board might come back later this year to buy another batch of them.

The board of commissioners approved one authorization to execute, that being a fire maintenance contract with Johnson Controls at the Highland County Justice Center for $1,359.83.

The board of commissioners also opened the public comment period for two weeks as required by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control at 1st Stop in both Allensburg and Rainsboro.

Reach Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.

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