A policy to govern how annual grant money through the county’s solid waste district is used by the townships was adopted Wednesday by the Highland County Board of Commissioners.
This year the county received a $10,000 grant through the Ross Pickaway Highland Fayette Solid Waste District. The policy addresses how the townships apply for access to the money for recycling projects.
According to commission board president Shane Wilkin, the policy allows townships to apply for up to $5,000 through July 1, and the township must match the funds allotted for a project.
After July 1, any money not used can again be applied for if a township has other qualifying recycling projects.
The policy, which has been weeks in the making, was unanimously adopted on Wednesday.
In other business, local representatives of the Waw-wil-a-way Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution asked commissioners for permission for the organization to refurbish a plaque that was placed on the county courthouse in June 1930.
According to Pat Young, who is with the chapter, the plaque bears the names of Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Highland County. Young said there are nearly 150 names on the plaque on the south side of the building.
Chapter member Martha Saylor said the bronze plaque has become so dark it is difficult to read. According to Jane Stowers, vice-regent of the chapter, the organization is raising funds for the refurbishment.
Commissioners unanimously passed a motion allowing the organization to restore the memorial piece.
Representatives of the Alternatives to Violence Center (AVC) were on hand Wednesday as commissioners proclaimed April Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Each year, one of the activities that AVC performs to raise awareness is the Tea for Tweens, Teens and Queens, and this year’s is set for April 9 at Hillsboro High School from 9-11:30 a.m.
The event is free and open to females 11 and older. The morning will include a brunch, activities about teen dating violence, speakers from a Cincinnati-based anti-human trafficking organization, pampering stations and more. More information can be found on AVC’s Facebook page.
Also during April, AVC Director Julie Brassel said that as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 10-16) a poster contest is being held for youth ages 7-18 who live in Highland or Clinton counties.
Contest rules and more information can be found on AVC’s Facebook page, or by calling AVC at 937-393-8118. Flyers have also been distributed around the county and at schools.
Entries must be post-marked by March 26 or hand-delivered to AVC by March 25. Winners will be chosen on March 28.
If AVC uses a participant’s poster, the poster maker will get a cash prize or a gift card for dinner and a movie, according to a flyer distributed by Brassel on Wednesday.
Meetings of the Highland County Board of Commissioners typically begin at 8:30 a.m. each Wednesday, but the April 6 meeting of the will be at 10 a.m., and the April 13 meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. The meetings are open to the public.
Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.