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County Signs Year-Long Economic Development Contract
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 9:40 PM

The Monroe County Commissioners met for their weekly meeting on Jan. 7 with a full agenda.

New business addressed by the commissioners outside of their appointments was the consideration of a new service agreement with Jason Hammon and Silverlode Consulting out of Cleveland. Hammon was signed to a one-month contract in December to act as the county’s economic developer. Considered was signing Hammon and Silverlode to a one-year contract.

Commissioners seemed satisfied with Hammon’s work during the short-term contract. “He’s done a lot,” said Commissioner Pyles. “Jason is involved in several things right now, and he’s done a good job for us,” added Commissioner Price. Price made a motion to sign the one-year contract, and the motion was carried. The terms of the contract will be the same as those in the short-term contract, which includes a fee of $3,600 a month for up to 24 hours of economic development services.

Highlighting the appointments of the day was a decision to change the standard road usage agreement the county requires oil and gas companies to sign before using county or township roads.

Laborer unions across the state have been lobbying counties to require that those repairing road damage from oil and gas activity be paid prevailing wage. According to the unions, this helps guarantee that local workers will be used and that the work done on the roads will be high quality.

To bring the lobbying efforts to Monroe County, Daniel Kurczi of Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) met with commissioners on Monday. Kurczi said to commissioners, “Of all the work that is done in the oil and gas industry, this is the part you have control over.” 


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