Bianconi seeks commissioner appointment

FORMER BELMONT County Commissioner Mike Bianconi is seeking the appointment to fill Chuck Probst’s unexpired commission term.

Probst recently announced his resignation as commissioner.

The Democratic Central Committee is now governed with the authority of appointing an individual to fill Probst’s unexpired term. Bianconi is seeking to succeed Probst during Thursday night’s selection meeting.

“I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve as a Belmont County commissioner for eight years. Throughout my tenure, I always kept the county’s best interest at the center of each decision made,” Bianconi said. “My decisions never represented any one group or special project, but instead represented what I believed to be best for the county as a whole.”

Bianconi pointed out some of the accomplishments during his tenure as county commissioner:

  • More than 200 million dollars in new business and economic development projects

During my tenure and that of my colleagues, four of the largest development projects within the entire State of Ohio, Mayflower Vehicle Systems Plant, Ohio Valley Plaza, Belmont Correctional Institution and Ohio Coatings all together employing more than 2,400 workers with an annual payroll of 51 million dollars at that time, were completed. Also the Fox Commerce Park, water and sewer improvements exceeding eight million dollars and a state-of-the-art radio and communication center providing services to all county residents were developed.

  • The commission enacted a 1/2 percent tax; this sales tax was dedicated to infrastructure, water and sewer, roads and bridges. It provided the revenue to make water and sewer services a reality to our residents that lived without this necessity of life and was there to maintain our county roads and bridges.

“Before, during and after serving as a commissioner, I have dedicated my life to Belmont County. The current condition of the county concerns me. I know from my experience that county commissioners are faced with endless challenges on a daily basis,” Bianconi said. “Experience has also taught me that making the decision that is best for the long term development of the county is not always the most popular decision. I may not have always made popular decisions, but I always made decisions that I believed were best for the county.

“I have always been a strong advocate against wasteful spending and not putting additional burdens on already heavily taxed residents. I have not been afraid to speak out on issues that I believe are not in the best interest of my constituents,” he continued. “I will continue to be a voice on behalf of the people to ensure that tax dollars are wisely spent. I care about the future of Belmont County and want to be a part of its continued growth for our next generation. I ask for your vote to appoint a proven leader to move Belmont County forward. I ask for your vote to provide strong and decisive leadership to our county government.”

Bianconi has a lengthy relationship with local fire departments while also being devoted to community service.

He is a Brookside resident.