CALDWELL, Ohio — The Noble County Commissioners recently approved the creation of a K-9 unit for the Noble County Sheriff’s Office.

Kris Presnell and Derek Norman of the Noble County Sheriff’s Office met with the Commissioners and informed them they had verbal pledges in the amount of $12,000 for trained dogs and a handler. The Commissioners voted to go forward with the K-9 unit.

Approval was also given for new water lines for existing restrooms in the Noble County Courthouse. It was decided these lines have been needed for some time and that the work can be done in conjunction with construction of the new HVAC system at the courthouse. The cost for the new water lines is around $31,000.

The Commissioners also approved an ODOT plan for new guard rails on county roads in Brookfield, Center, Jefferson, Marion, Noble, Elk, and Seneca townships.

On the recommendation of Mindy Lowe, director of the Noble County Department of Job and Family Services, the Commissioners approved the promotion of Cindy Frederickson to Eligibility Referral Specialist 2.

Also approved was the renewal of the mowing bid from Doug Hannahs.

The Guernsey County Water Department was given permission to excavate a portion of Jim Ball Road to install an underground water line.

Washington Electric Cooperative was given permission to excavate a portion of Dudley Road to install overhead electric service.