The Vinton County Commissioners held their reorganizational meeting Tuesday, Jan. 5. Mark Fout was voted to serve as the Board’s President, while William Wellman was elected to the Vice President’s position.

President Fout won his second term in November and thanked his fellow Commissioners for having confidence in him. The Commissioners also voted to keep Cathy Mountjoy as the clerk and will keep their weekly meetings on Tuesday mornings, beginning at 10 a.m.

Committee assignments for the 2021 calendar year were also made. Among the various committees on which the Commissioners will be serving are: (Solid Waste) - All three commissioners, with Commissioner Eberts serving on the executive committee; (Soil/Water) - Mark Fout; (Courthouse Security) - William Wellman; (Jail) - William Wellman; (County Commissioners of Ohio) - William Wellman; (Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission) - Tim Eberts; (Board of Revision) - Mark Fout; (EMA/LEPC) - Mark Fout; and (9-1-1 Committee) - William Wellman. The Commissioners also serve on the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail Board.

In other business from the Jan. 5 meeting, the Commissioners reported the large communications upgrade at the County Courthouse is nearing completion. A large trunk line was put into the courthouse, the new highway department and Sheriff’s Office by Freedom Linx of Circleville to set the base for the new high-tech phone service from Horizon.

Commissioner Fout said the new phones would be hooked up soon, at which time the county will have a first-rate communications system. The new Internet service will also enhance the county’s video arraignment system with the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.

The Commissioners made the decision to install the new system because the current one, installed in the 1990s, is outdated and communication problems have developed. The new system allows for dual use with cell phones as well as private phone-number protection.

The Commissioners will meet again Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m.