LOGAN – The Hocking County Commissioners Council discussed forming a county broadband committee last Tuesday morning, September 28.
Buckeye Hills Regional Council (BHRC) Broadband Coordinator Ryan Collins joined the board via Zoom to discuss the county’s broadband concerns and the future of the committee. While nothing is official yet, the committee of four to five volunteers will assess the county’s broadband needs.
Board chair Jeff Dickerson expressed hope for a diverse and informed committee, adding that he would like an associate member from the Logan-Hocking School District to join.
Commissioner Sandra Ogle expressed concern about the affordability of potential internet services, especially for those in more rural areas of the county; Collins assured that pricing is something BHRC takes into consideration when researching Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
The design of the committee follows a September 14 meeting during which BHRC presented the Hocking County broadband profile via Zoom. BHRC Executive Director Misty Crosby, BHRC Broadband Coordinator Ryan Collins and Reid Consulting Group Communications Manager Sean O’Malley joined the Commissioners on September 14 to present the Internet access data of the county.
Commissioner Gary Waugh is a member of the CRBH executive committee, which has 15 members representing the two largest cities in the district, eight counties and five private sectors, according to CRBH website.
The commissioners also clarified their office’s mask policy on September 28, following their requirement for masks for entry to the Hocking County courthouse on September 23 (masks are available at the door).
Masks will also be required to enter the Commissioners ‘office and the meeting room (Commissioners’ rooms). Commissioners’ employees will also be required to wear masks when sharing their workspace with others.
Last Thursday, September 30, commissioners heard from Hocking County Health Department Health Commissioner Doug Fisher on the state of the coronavirus in the county.
When Dickerson asked Fisher’s opinion on wearing masks, Fisher explained that as the county health commissioner, “you talk to someone who cares about our deaths, cares about age. (s) of our deaths, cares about what families are going through. , etc. “
Fisher said he recommends that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people take as many health measures as possible – anything “to put layers between you and this disease.”
Tuesday, the Ministry of Health reported 200 active cases of COVID-19 in the county; compared to a week before when Fisher saw the Commissioners (September 28), the county had 268 active cases. The health department also reported Tuesday that 14 people are hospitalized, two of whom have been vaccinated (not all hospitalizations are in the county); and that 12 people have died from the virus since August 1, confirmed via death certificates.
Despite declining numbers, Fisher is not yet leaning towards cautious optimism. “I’m afraid to say things are getting better,” he said.
According to the preliminaries The data From the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) coronavirus dashboard on Tuesday, the county recorded 3,333 confirmed cases of the virus, 2,772 suspected cases recovered, 214 hospitalizations and 72 deaths.
On Tuesday, Commissioner Ogle read the September report from the Hocking County Accommodation Tax Administrator’s Office.
There are 1,282 known accommodation units in the county, including six hotels / motels with 289 additional rooms for a total of 1,567 units in the county; 14 units are not registered and the monthly payments worksheet shows 367 companies, of which 362 are paying taxes and the remaining 113 are overdue. Four new businesses registered in September and five started paying taxes.
The next meeting of the Commissioners will be held today (Thursday) at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Room, Hocking County Courthouse, 1 E. Main St. Meetings are open to the public and webcast live on the page Facebook of the Commissioners at www.facebook.com/HockingCommissioners/, where they can also be viewed at a later date.