JB Green Team may call Tiltonsville its new home

TILTONSVILLE – Members of the JB Green Team board of trustees toured the Tiltonsville Municipal Building Monday evening as the search for a new home for the organization’s Jefferson County offices continues.

The trustees will hold their September board meeting in Steubenville City Hall and are expected to look at office space that may be available for lease.

The JB Green Team Jefferson County offices are currently located in the former Wintersville Elementary school building on Fernwood Road.

“Our current lease in that building goes to November 2013. But since the Jefferson County Christian School has purchased the facility and is now holding classes there, we would like to move out as soon as it is possible,” said board Chairman Bob Chapman.

“We have already moved our recycling trucks from the Fernwood Road site to the recycling cell at the Jefferson County highway department complex on state Route 43. The county also is allowing our employees to clock in at their facility. So our next step is to find a new home for our Jefferson County offices,” Chapman explained.

Chapman said the JB Green Team has already signed a one-year lease renewal for the Belmont County offices in St. Clairsville.

“At this point, we are looking at the current and former municipal buildings along with a former hardware store in Tiltonsville as well as the Steubenville City Hall. No decision has been made yet on the new home,” Chapman noted.

The trustees had previously considered the former DiNovo & Sons dealership facility on North Third Street in Steubenville.

“But because of anticipated reduced revenue as we go forward, we no longer believe we can afford that building,” added Chapman.

That reduced income also was discussed during the nearly two-hour meeting.

“We agreed to place a proposed mini-line operation at our recycling cell on hold at this time. The idea for that project was to separate glass and bottles from commingled recycling items and save us money. But we placed that project on hold as well as a suggested compactor at the recycling cell,” Chapman remarked.

“We are in a sound financial position for this year, but are looking at reduced income in 2013 from the Apex Landfill tipping fees. So we are tightening our financial belts at this point,” Chapman declared.

The trustees also placed a litter enforcement program on hold.

The board did approve an additional $15,000 for the purchase of a yard loader at the recycling center.

“We had previously approved $50,000 for that purchase, but the cost came back at $65,000,” said Chapman.