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Harrison bringing back canine unit

July 26, 2012
By MIKE PALMER - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

CADIZ - Sheriff Ronald J. Myers told the Harrison County commissioners Wednesday that his department will be reviving the K-9 unit.

"It has been a while since we have had the canine program, and we have done some internal interviewing," Myers stated. "We want to start the canine program back up because we think it is vital to the residents of Harrison County."

"I was able to purchase the dog through funding I have set aside for special projects. We have talked to Ohio Valley Canine LLC, and they are going to supply us with a dog," Myers added.

The request was approved unanimously.

The sheriff said that after a three-month selection process conducted by outside handlers, Chris Parrish had been selected as the canine officer.

The dog will be shipped from Hungary and then must spend a five-day adjustment period before beginning training. It will go through a medical process before arriving at Ohio Valley Canine, located on Gundy Ridge Road near Bowerston, where the training will be conducted.

"Hopefully, by mid-August the training will begin," said Myers, explaining that the close proximity of the facility will save the county money which would usually be spent on putting an officer up in a hotel during training, which in the past had been conducted in Columbus.

The board voted to contract with the Columbus law firm of Crabbe, Brown & James located in Columbus, and approved the Cobra/Lighting Pipeline Project at the county fairgrounds set to begin in March.

Commissioner Barbara Pincola stated that she believed that Cobra had been purchased by Enterprise Products Partners LP and would be the company that Steven A. Davis, a partner in the firm, would be negotiating with for the county.

"We are happy to have Mr. Davis representing us," said commissioner Don Bethel. "He is a Fairfield County Commissioner, and he has vast experience in dealing with pipelines."

Treasurer Vicki Sefsick delivered the quarterly investment board report. She announced that the county had made $2,730.88 from loan revenues and had renewed three certificates of deposit in the amount of $1,000,000 each at an increased interest rate of 0.3 percent interest.

In other business, commissioners approved an appropriation request from the sheriff for $15,000 to be placed into the levy account.

Commissioners also approved a request from emergency management to transfer $3,000 into their supplies account, and approved three requests from common pleas court for community corrections appropriations including six months of their $45,901 in grant money.

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