Comissioner Tim Ihle files the bond issue with the Board of Elections along with Sheriff Keith Wood. Election officials Angie Robson and Tammy Cline receive the certified bond issue filing. Photo by Lorna Hart.

POMEROY – The bond issue for a new Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and Corrections Facility will be on the May primary ballot. It was certified today to be placed on the ballot for Meigs County voters to decide on the bond issue.

Meigs County Commissioner Tim Ihle and Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood were at the Meigs County Board of Elections Tuesday morning, Jan. 31, 2017 to file the proposed 2.95 mills issue for the new facility.

“We came up with a plan on how to build a new jail. This filing is a way to begin moving the process forward, but it is up to the voters to decide if they are willing to pass the issue to build the jail,” said Commissioner Ihle.

Commissioner Ihle continued, “Every month the county spends on average $30,000 to house prisoners in other facilities outside the county. We would rather see those funds stay in the county.”

He said they would rather start now with this upcoming election on the process instead of waiting until the fall. Even if the issue passes, it will take six months at least to break ground according to Commissioner Ihle. He said the people have to back the bond.

Sheriff Wood joined Commissioner Ihle at the Election Board for the filing.

“It (the new facility) is much needed,” said Sheriff Wood. He expressed that he was pleased the Commissioners were moving forward with the proposed bond and new facility.

The original stories on this issue can be read in the links below.

Language approved for May ballot concerning proposed new Sheriff’s Office



Meigs Sheriff requests levy for new jail and offices