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STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County commissioners took steps this week to protect valuable financial data in the event of a power outage.

Acting on Auditor E.J. Conn’s recommendation, commissioners agreed on Thursday to purchase an uninterrupted power supply unit as a backup power source for the county’s main servers.

“Without this UPS unit, the county’s main servers are subject to power outages that would cause an immediate system shut down,” Conn wrote, adding his office had looked into repairing the existing unit but, due to its age, found out that wouldn’t be feasible.

The new unit will cost just under $18,062.

“It’s a vital part of our computer backup and safety,” Conn said. “We felt it was a good price, something that’s necessary for us to avoid any potential issues with power interruptions.”

Commissioners also:

∫ Appointed Brian Harvey, a Brilliant resident, to the Jefferson County 911 board.

“I appreciate both candidates coming, applying,” Commissioner Dave Maple said. “It’s one of those choices you don’t want to make because you want (to choose) both.”

Commissioner Tom Graham said Harvey’s selection “gives the southern end of the county some representation.”

∫ Granted Marcie Albin a second term on the prevention and recovery board, and appointed Steve Wilson to fill a vacancy on the board. Wilson, who previously served as a member and chairman, told commissioners he’s interested in rejoining the board “as a way to serve the community.” Their terms will expire June 30, 2026.

∫ Awarded the contract for the county Road 77, city of Steubenville Sinclair Avenue and townships resurfacing project to NLS Paving, which bid $702,859.45.

The engineer’s estimate was $689,300.

The county highway department also released its work schedule for the week beginning Monday, including culvert flushing on county Road 77 (Permars Run-Sinclair Avenue); paving on county Road 16 (Hopedale Road); paver patching along county Roads 39 (Unionport Road) and 36 (Fairplay-Seminary Road); and slip repair on county Road 26 (Coal Hill-Fernwood Road) 0.03 miles east of the county Road 28 (Goulds Road) intersection. The road was closed to all traffic Tuesday and is slated to remain so for about four weeks, though department personnel remain hopeful the work could wrap up a little sooner.

Crews with the Jefferson County Water and Sewer District plan to continue grass cutting and yard clean-up, fixing meters at Hopedale and Crestview and taking lead and copper samples (O system), Supervisor Mike Eroshevich said.

Last week, he said water crews did daily system checks and work orders; completed temporary connections for the Norton Hill project; vehicle maintenance; completed a tap at 1304 state Route 213; installed an I-hydrant at Bergholz; and repaired three main like breaks at county Road 15, Rayland, and another at state Route 151, Smithfield. On the sewer side, crews focused on daily system checks and maintenance.

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