MOUNT VERNON — Representatives from the Knox County Ohio State University Extension Office met with the Knox County Board of Commissioners on Thursday to update them on activities and to thank the commissioners for supporting Extension Office efforts in the county.
Master Gardener Pat Barnes also thanked the commissioners for assisting in the Mount Vernon tree inventory. She said the recent gardening workshop was a success, with 13 vendors and 83 participants. A Gardener Speakers Bureau is being created for the community groups which want to learn more about gardening, and said the annual test garden plots are being planted at the extension site on Harcourt Road.
Jim Oakes, grant coordinator at East Knox Local Schools, talked about the after-school program associated with the 21st Century grant. He said the Extension’s Larry Hall and Andrea Daubenmier have been assisting with developing activities for the participants, and expressed special thanks for Hall’s assistance in forming a school-based 4-H club.
Hall gave the commissioners a written outline of the Extension’s work in the community, including 4-H Youth development activities, agricultural and natural resources workshops, classes and trainings. Hall also provided a list of upcoming events for this spring.
Official business conducted by the board in the 11 a.m. session included the approval of a salt brine permit request from Olen Corp. The commissioners granted a permit for salt brine to be applied to No. 9 gravel as needed for ice control on the driveways at the Olen plant on Hyatt Road.