County seeks $40K grant for mobile morgue

LISBON — Grant money to purchase a mobile morgue is being sought by the county Emergency Management Agency and county health department.

County commissioners at its last meeting voted to send a letter in support of the $40,000 grant being sought from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase a mobile trailer capable of holding up to 18 bodies at a time.

“A morgue trailer regionally stationed would provide for a readily available resource prepared for quick deployment” in the event of incident or accident that results in mass casualties, according to the letter.

Commissioner Tim Weigle said the grant, which is being sought through Summit County, makes it clear the mobile morgue would be available for use by other counties in northeast Ohio, with the EMA and health department retaining control of the trailer.

“I hope we never have to use it,” he said.

The $40,000 is part of a pot of $657,000 in Homeland Security grant money available to counties in northeast Ohio.

In other action, commissioners awarded a contract to replace street signs in East Liverpool to S.E.T. Inc. of Lowellville, which submitted the low bid of $64,933. The project is being paid for with a portion of the commissioners’ 2016 state CDBG grant allocation, with East Liverpool contributing $12,579. Approximately 528 new signs will be installed.

Weigle also reported the county will pay $877,331 in 2018 for continued participation in the Multi-County Juvenile Attention System, an eight-county consortium that operates state-mandated detention facilities for juveniles and related services. He said this is $102,000 less than 2017 because county usage of the detention facilities is down.