Martins Ferry readies for spring

MARTINS FERRY City council addressed several ongoing projects during Wednesday’s meeting.

Mayor Paul Riethmiller presented a proposed RV park ordinance to read and review. Council members will be invited to make suggestions and additions before the first of the three readings at the next meeting. Riethmiller noted that the portions detailing health code violations are particularly extensive. The park will be confined to the Industrial Park.

Also, a survey has been ordered for the property between the car wash and Pit Stop for the purpose of an off-street parking lot. The survey is expected to be completed in a few weeks. The city will also receive estimates for asphalt and striping.

In other matters, Service Director Charles Bennett reported that the city cleanup day is set for April 13, 8 a.m. to noon at the city garage. A list of items not accepted has been posted online and at several locations. A driver’s license or other information is required. Electronic recycling is being held that Saturday and Sunday at Martins Ferry Middle School.

Also, slip work is ongoing near Memorial Park Road. Hot asphalt patching will begin this week.

Thanks went to Development Director Kathy Wade-Gagin, since the OMERESA buying program she recommended has already yielded a savings of $200 in office supplies.

Bridgeport workers assisted in repairing and replacing a wall collapsed near Mackey Avenue.

Safety Director William Suto reported several officers are attending training and continuing education classes.

The EMS squad captain has resigned. Posting will begin for resumes to be turned over the mayor for appointments. Also, the stop sign by the former South School heading north on Pearl has been removed.

Gagin added that grant funding for J.B. Green projects should be received within a few weeks.

In other matters, a temporary benefits committee was established consisting of council members Robert Krajnyak, Chris Cleary and Robert Duncan.

Duncan also brought up the issue of litter in the city, adding that the problem must be addressed and curtailed. Councilman Bruce Shrodes noted that citizens are responsible for their own trash. A citizen is to have three garbage cans holding up to 35 gallons, and with sealed lids.

Riethmiller added that letters carrying 10-day warnings are being sent out to offenders and individuals with untidy or tarped vehicles. Failure to comply will result in citations into mayor’s court.

In addition, Fire Chief Jack Regis reported the annual department memorial service will be held May 5, 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Also, the new fire truck was picked up March 16.

Thanks were also sent to clergy who were present to aid in talking to firefighters after the recent tragic Bridgeport fire. Regis is looking into the possibility of obtaining a chaplain for counseling.

A Street Committee meeting will be held April 25, 5:30 p.m.

A cemetery and public relations meeting will be held 6 p.m. Krajnyak reported that repairs at the cemetery will begin as soon as the weather allows. Residents are asked to be patient. Also, the American Legion has ordered one gross of flags, sufficient to cover the cemetery.

In other matters, council motioned to pass a resolution authorizing Gagin to file for a CHIP grant.

Also, the Martins Ferry City School District thanked the city for its help and support by presenting council with the Purple Rider Award.

A community involvement clean up in the wards is scheduled for June 15.

All council members are invited to Sunday’s Hall of Honor ceremony at the Martins Ferry High School at 2 p.m. Numerous state and local representatives are expected to attend or sent acknowledgement.

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