Ferry projects continue

MARTINS FERRY – City council reviewed ongoing projects in preparation for winter during its regular meeting Wednesday.

Mayor Paul Riethmiller reported that Lash Paving’s recent street paving work is nearing completion. He thanked Councilman Russell Armstrong for his efforts in arranging for the project.

Service Director Charles Bennett reported grass trimming and cemetery maintenance and the planned removal of dead trees. He commended the water department for its work during recent water breaks.

Auditor Rita Randall reported a finance committee meeting will be necessary to approve an appropriations ordinance. She noted her office does not have sufficient funds to cover appropriations. Funds will be reviewed and adjusted. The meeting is set for Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m.

Also, she noted the city will borrow $432,000 for the new fire engine. With interest, the amount will be $480,000 during a five-year period. Council may approve it at the next meeting.

Regarding streets, Armstrong reported trading the city’s unused vacuum to Wheeling for a second street sweeper.

Council held the third reading for the transfer of real estate for Habitat for Humanity.

Bennett was authorized to advertise for bids and enter into contract for street repair.

Council held the first reading of an ordinance modifying penalties for building code violations.

Council passed an ordinance establishing a collection service fee for unpaid utility bills, property maintenance bills, hazardous waste bills, rescue bills, capital improvement bills, delinquent municipal income tax bills, and other legal obligations owed to the city.

Council passed an ordinance authorizing right of entry to enforce city building, housing or fire prevention codes.

Council passed an ordinance authorizing the mayor to enter into a debt collection agreement with Capital Recovery Systems Inc. for the collection of any and all outstanding debts owed to the city.

Businesses are invited to participate in a Halloween Trick or Treat in the park event Oct. 27, noon to 2 p.m. The last planning meeting is set for Oct. 17 after the regular council meeting.

Regarding the park, council is considering the use of $30,000 for finishing a concrete sidewalk for the playground, along with a concrete work by first base, repairs to the drainage, and a stone wall from the concession stand to behind the backstop, refurbishing the restrooms and providing handicap accessibility, landscaping, installing retaining and decorative walls. This will complete upgrades began and carried on by the Lions Club through volunteer effort and donations. Civics and other volunteers have contributed to the upgrades.

A safety committee meeting has been set for Oct. 15, 5:30 p.m.

A Meet the Candidate Night will be held Oct. 16, 7 p.m. at the high school.

A Picnic in the Park planning meeting was set for Nov. 13, 6 p.m.

A city wide cleanup day was set for Oct. 20, 8 a.m.-noon. Bellaire Recycling will be present to take unwanted electronics.

The Chamber of Commerce will be given $1,500 for Christmas decorations.

Dick Flanagan, candidate for sheriff, spoke about his campaign.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com