County welcomes development

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County Commissioners noted business and development is coming to the area. During their Wednesday meeting, the board motioned to advise the Ohio Division of Liquor Control there is no request for a hearing for a new liquor license for Chipotle Mexican Grill on Mall Ring Road. This is for D3 permit spirituous liquor for on-premises consumption until 1 a.m.

“We see that they’ve applied for their liquor permit,” said Coffland, adding that although the restaurant has not yet signed a lease with the Cafaro Company, the commissioners assume the process is underway. “We’re very excited. It’s probably one of the most asked restaurants to the commissioners.”

He added that the commissioners frequently put the word out and ask businesses to consider their area.

“We work very close with our businesses in Belmont County,” he said.

Thomas added that the board expects the restaurant to be established in this year. They will probably use an existing building.

Also, the board does not request a liquor license transfer from Ohio Springs Inc., DBA Sheetz Convenience Store, 1210 Main Mt., Cuyahoga Falls, to Ohio Springs Inc., DBA Sheetz Convenience Store, 68500 Addie Way, St. Clairsville. This is for C1 permit beer only in original sealed containers for carryout only, C2 permit wine and prepackaged mixed drinks in sealed containers for carryout and D6 permit sale of intoxicating liquor on Sunday between 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. and midnight.

Commissioners also noted increasing activity on the Kettler’s Ridge development.

“There has been a lot of development that has taken place over the winter, regardless of the weather, which has been challenging for all developers,” said Commissioner Mark Thomas. “They’re making great progress in leveling the land, if you will, that abuts US 40.”

He added that the changes may be difficult to pinpoint with the naked eye, but it is evident from the side, west or north end. They will move electric transmission lines in the spring.

In other matters, Richard Hord, citizen, inquired as to any hiring results from the recent job fair. Coffland said complete results from the event organizers are not yet in but the initial impression was positive. Thomas added that employers are not required to report their hiring results to DJFS. Favede reported that she knew at least two hirings had been made during the fair itself.

Commissioners motioned to remove and replace the HVAC system at the county DJFS at the Martins Ferry building. Board turned over all bids received to the facilities manager for review and recommendation.

The clerk of the board was authorized to establish a date and time for the subdivision hearing in regards to the plat of Ohio Valley Place Access Road in Richland Township, Sections 28, 33, 34, T-6, R-3.

Commission adopted a resolution for the purpose of supporting State Issue I, the renewal of the State Capital Improvement Program.

Coffland was authorized to sign the quarterly subgrant report for the sheriff’s personal crimes investigator grant for the period ending March 31, 2014. Payment request of $10,322.06.

Commissioners signed vendor agreements between DJFS and four vendors, May 1, 2014-April 30, 2015 for transportation services. Contracts for the Barnesville Taxi Service is not to exceed $400,000; Martins Ferry EMS, $450,000; Neffs Fire Department, $450,000, and NCR Foundation, $50,000.

Board will advertise for bids for the radial collector well rehabilitation project for the sanitary sewer district.

Board accepted a proposal from Karras Painting for $3,245 for all labor and materials to paint the treasurer’s office.

Commissioners accepted a proposal from Carney-McNicholas, Inc. for $1,748 for the removal and replacement of contents during the renovation of the treasurer’s office.

Commissioners accepted a proposal from Flag Floors for $3,105 for installation of new carpeting in the treasurer’s office.

Commissioners accepted a proposal from Tim’s Custom Installation, Inc for $7,400 for custom cabinetry and countertops for the treasurer’s office.

Commissioners approved an estimate number from Erb Electric for $438.59 for additional work needed for repair to the auditor’s door switch on the Galaxy Card Access System.

Commissioners approved and signed a second addendum to the Master Client Services Agreement effective Dec. 1, 2012-Nov. 30, 2015 with Digital Data Communications, Inc. to include managed Antivirus, Anti-Malware and DNS Filter services at an added cost of $6 per machine per month.

Commissioners motioned to enter into Emergency Medical Services Contracts with 23 providers for a one-year term beginning April 9 to provide emergency medical services to county residents for $6,500 each.

Commissioners approved the trade-in and purpose of two vehicle purchases for Oakview Juvenile Residential Center.

Commissioners adopted a resolution authorizing Coffland to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Appalachian Regional Commission Governor’s Office of Appalachia Grant Program and execute contracts as required for the county fairgrounds sewage system project.

Board was scheduled to reconvene today.

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