EMS has dealt with eight cardiac arrest in February and experienced “spikes” with 16 calls in seven hours on more than one occasion during the month.

The Jackson County Commission has agreed to act as applicant for a Small Cities Block Grant for the second phase of the Cottageville Public Service District sewer project.

Bob Leach of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council and Tandy Martin of the Cottageville PSD appeared before Commissioners Thursday in a Small Cities Block Grant first public meeting.

Martin said the sewer project is desperately needed for health concerns (sewage discharge and West Nile Virus included) as well as for potential revitalization and development at Cottageville. Martin told Commissioners that the PSD has used a $200,000 grant for design and study and has acquired 48 of 91 right-of-way permits necessary for phase two. Land must also be acquired for a lift station. Eighty percent of right-of-way permits and the land for the lift station must be in hand before proceeding for development loans, etc.

Commissioners agreed to acts as applicant for the Small Cities Block Grant for phase two of the Cottageville sewer project. It will be the only grant application for 2013.

be the only grant application for 2013.

Leach said a second public meeting will be held during the March 28 commission meeting.

Rhonda Shaffer and Kathy Garrett, representing the No Hunger Food Pantry, addressed Commissioners to request $5,000 to bolster general operating revenue.

The NHFP assists an average of 200 Jackson County families with some 60 pounds of food per week, and needs to supplement 70% federal government assistance with donations and food drives.

“It’s amazing to see how many people come in for food,” said Garrett, who has volunteered since November and has been named to a seat on the Board of Directors. “Churches have been wonderful in helping us, and we serve all of Jackson County.”

Shaffer said Ann Parker who had been director of NHFP and was named on the commission agenda to make the presentation was no longer with the food pantry and a new director would be sought.

Apparently that change came suddenly. Parker said she was informed by an email and told to leave her keys at the pantry.

Commissioners said they would consider the NHFP funding request.

Commissioners also heard a report from EMS Director Steve McClure.

McClure said new heart monitors have arrived. An in-service will be held Wednesday and the new units will be put into service aboard county ambulances Wednesday afternoon.

EMS ambulances responded to 385 calls in February, up from January, averaging 14 calls per day.

McClure said EMS dealt with eight cardiac arrest in February and experienced “spikes” with 16 calls in seven hours on more than one occasion during the month.

In other action, Commissioners:

• Approved an estimate for carpet in the circuit court room from Family Carpet in the amount of $12,400.

• Approved an estimate for asbestos tile abatement in the court room for $6,846 from Astac Abatement.

• Approved a grant application for $36,000 for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

• Appointed Ravenswood Mayor Michael Ihle to the Jackson County Development Authority.

• Approved a proclamation declaring the week of March 31-April 6 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Week in Jackson County.

• Approved exonerations as submitted by Assessor Brian Thomas and fiduciary paperwork as submitted by the Fiduciary Supervisor.