Fatal ODs, crashes up in Lawrence County
IRONTON - Lawrence County has had more fatal drug overdoses and automobile crashes already this year than all of last year, County Coroner Dr. Ben Mack said Tuesday during a Lawrence County Board of Commissioners meeting in Ironton.
There have been at least 19 fatal drug overdoses through earlier this month compared with 15 in all of 2017, Mack said. There also have been five fatal car crashes this year compared to only one or two last year, he said.
The board also heard a report from County Engineer Patrick Leighty that his office has received federal authorization to proceed with getting consultants to work on two severe slips along County Road 2 (Greasy Ridge Road).
The slips are near the one mile marker and 3.5 mile marker of the road in Union Township. There is a chance the roads could get repaired by the summer of 2019, Leighty said. His office is seeking federal funds to make the slip repairs, he said.
His office also is working with federal authorities on a bridge project in Mason Township along Township Road 225, Leighty said.
In other action, the board:
n Signed a $62,450 contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation for improvements at the Lawrence County Airpark along County Road 1.
n Heard a report from County Auditor Jason Stephens that 2019 dog tags will be on sale starting next week. The tags cost $12 each.
n Signed Ohio Division of Liquor Control permits for the 243 Pit Stop and Hughes Carryout.
n Approved the status change of Nathaniel Miskar from part-time to full-time paramedic at the county Emergency Medical Services.