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During a Washington County Commission meeting Thursday morning, Commissioner Kevin Ritter, right, talks about an 1899 diary of former Commissioner John Randolph that was donated to the commission, while Commissioner Charlie Schilling, right the left, observe. The county now displays copies of some of the newspaper pages in the County Commission meeting room. (Photo by Michelle Dillon)

MARIETTA — Washington County is displaying a piece of its history in the Washington County Commission meeting room.

During a commission meeting Thursday, Commissioner Kevin Ritter announced there is a new addition to the commission meeting room.

According to Ritter, copies of pages from an 1899 diary of former Washington County Commissioner John Randolph hang on the wall.

Ritter said Randolph’s granddaughter contacted him and she told him she had the diary and asked him if he wanted to display it.

Information on display includes copies of three pages of the newspaper, information about the current Washington County Courthouse and Randolph’s involvement with it, and an October 14, 1893 article from The Marietta Leader about Randolph when he ran for office. Washington County Commission.

Pictured is a page from the 1899 diary of John Randolph, former Washington County Commissioner. Copies of some pages of the newspaper are currently on display in the County Commission meeting room. (Photo provided)

According to information, Randolph was one of the Washington County Commissioners when the current Washington County Courthouse was built in 1901 and his name appears on the cornerstone of the courthouse.

“From boyhood to nineteen years of age he spent his life on the farm… Since his youth Mr. Randolph has devoted most of his attention to construction and has done considerable contract work for the county, always doing the same. work with honor for yourself “ said the newspaper article about Randolph and his career as a builder.

Ritter was pleased that Randolph’s family turned over his diary for display.

“We appreciate the family sending us that.” Ritter said of the diary.

Commissioner Charlie Schilling agreed with Ritter, saying: “That’s very good.”

Commissioner James Booth was also pleased with the diary’s display.

“Commissioner (Ritter), I really appreciate you taking the lead on that…that’s history and our history definitely needs to be preserved.” Booth said.

If you have questions about Randolph’s diary or the exhibit, contact the Washington County Commission at 740-373-6623 ext. 2011

Other topics discussed at the meeting include:

* Approved payment of invoices for a total of $1,185,846.22

* Additional allocations of $3,000 for engineering unemployment funds, $1,750 for uniform sewer funds, $21,151.37 for multi-purpose bond funds because debt tied to the fund has been paid in full.

* Transfers $15,000 of contracted services for the sewer department to a State Route 60 operation and maintenance fund.

* Two now and then items were approved, which are purchase orders over $100.

* Approved the Washington County Jail monthly report for April.

* Approved a modified grant agreement with the Washington County Health Department that extends the agreement through December 2025.

* Approved an agreement to house Monroe County prisoners in the Washington County Jail at a cost of $100 per prisoner per day.

* Approved a contract between the Washington County Department of Job and Family Services and EMAR for the repair of the DFJS elevator.

* Approved an invitation to bid for non-emergency transportation for Medicaid for DJFS.

* Approved an agreement with Foundant Technologies for the company to provide grant software for Washington County’s grant department at a cost of $2,988 annually.

* Passed a letter of support for House Bill 469 and the creation of the Ohio River Commission (ORCO). According to the bill, HB 469 seeks to create ORCO as an independent state agency within the department of development to develop and promote economic development, marine cargo terminal operations, and travel and tourism on the Ohio River and its tributaries. .

* Approved the management of a sanitary engineering pump project for Devola using a method called Construction Management at Risk (CMAR). According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency website, CMAR is when a construction company or construction manager is hired in the early stages of a project’s design and planning process, where the company or manager will then supervise The project construction and construction manager will advise the design firm during the design and planning phases of the project and often acts as the general contractor during the construction phase to select, schedule and sequence subcontractors to complete the project. construction work required.

You can contact Michelle Dillon at [email protected]

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