Board of County Commissioners

A Brief History:

The office of county commissioner was first established by the territorial act of 1792, which appointed two commissioners per territorial county with the authority to compile tax lists and levy taxes. Additionally the commissioners were responsible for drafting plans for and supervising the construction of a courthouse, jail, pillory (stocks), whipping post and several stocks (financial). Ohio’s first constitution in 1802 did not have any provisions for the office of county commissioner, by 1804 the General Assembly created the board of county commissioners which comprised of 3 elected officials for each county who served for 3 years. The early duties of the county commissioners included keeping records of their proceedings, assessing taxes, appointing a county treasure, and supervising the construction of buildings and local highways as authorized by the General Assembly. Beginning in 1816, the county commissioners became responsible for supervising and controlling work related to public welfare, including but not limited to, the establishment of poorhouses, a home for neglected and dependent children, a tuberculosis hospital, and programs to care for the elderly and indigent. In the 1900s the county commissioners were given additional powers over the county budget, animal control programs, and building regulations and zoning. The elected terms for county commissioners was eventually raised to 4 years.

Board of County Commissioners Function:

Today the Licking County Board of Commissioners hold a wide range of responsibilities mandated by the Ohio Revised Code. In order to fulfill the mandates described by the Ohio Revised Code the County Commissioners have established and actively manage various county agencies including: Building Code Enforcement; Planning & Development; Child Support Enforcement; Building Services; Job & Family Services; Recycling & Litter; Water/Wastewater; Animal Control; and Records & Archives. The goal of these agencies is to serve the public and ensure the overall wellbeing of Licking County and its residents. Additionally the Commissioners supervise departments that facilitate Licking County’s local governments including: Human Resources; Information Technology Services; Building Services and Maintenance.           

Licking County Records & Archives Center Holdings:

Below is a list of the permanent and historically valuable records held by the Records & Archives Center that were created by the County Commissioners’ Office. For other types of records created and maintained by the County Commissioners, such as recent meeting minutes/resolutions, bids, and contracts, please contact the Licking County Board of County Commissioners' Office (Phone: 740-670-5110).

 

Record Series

Years

Bridge Estimates Records

1880-1904

Indenture of Apprenticeship

1902

Register of Blind Persons

1904-1912

Petition

1911

Poor Relief Record

1933-1935

Blind & Dependent Children Relief Record

1936-1939

Record of Proceedings

1937

Annual Reports

2006-2014

Bicentennial Quilt

2008

Public Information Handouts

2013-2015

 

 

Bulk Record Series

 

Infirmary/Poor House/County Home                                                                  *See Table Below

1838-1987

Building Plans & Maps                                                                                          *See Table Below

1874-1995

Children’s Home Records                                                *See Table Below

1880-2012

Tuberculosis Sanatorium                                         *See Table Below

1932-1996

 

 

 

Infirmary/Poor House/County Home Records

Record Series

Years

Infirmary Journals

1838-1987 (with gaps)

Infirmary Register

1838-1970 (with gaps)

Infirmary Registers & Journals

1889-1909

Receipts and Expenditures

1889-1913

Accounts of Infirmary Inmates

1895-1912

Records of Outside Warrants

1899-1909

County Home Patient Records

1963-1967

County Home Microfilm Records

1970-1988

 

 

 

Maps

Record Series

Years

Maps of County Courthouse Lighting

1874 & 1995

Buckeye Lake and Vicinity Map

1955

Topographic Map of County Courthouse

1989

 

 

 

Building Plans

Record Series

Years

Plans for Construction of Tuberculosis Sanatorium

1931

Plans for Children’s Home Recreational Center

1961-1962

Plans for New West End: Soldier’s and Sailor’s Memorial Building

1969

Plans for the Historic County Jail & Children’s Home

1970

Plans for the Historic County Jail

1980

Plans for Addition to County annex Building

1982

Ground Plans for Infirmary Mound Park

Unknown

 

 

 

Children’s Home Records

[This record series contains restricted files]

Record Series

Years

Register of Admittance and Indentures

1880-1975

Correspondence

1895-1970

Microfilm Records

1915-1964

Receipts and Expenditures

1917-1977

Board of Trustee Minutes

1928-1945

Zerger Collection

1937-1989

Daily Notes

1940-1945

Children’s Home Superintendent & Matron Monthly Records

1940-1945

Paintings of the Children’s Home

2012

 

 

 

Tuberculosis Sanatorium

[This record series contains restricted files]

Record Series

Years

Diagnostic Chest Charts [Restricted]

1921-1996

Tuberculosis Hospital Building Commission Meeting Minutes

1931-1933

Journal

1932-1944

Main Patient Files [Restricted]

1932-1967

Tuberculosis Sanatorium Photographs

1933-1939

Main Patient Records [Restricted]

1961-1962

 

 

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