Ferry council honors business

MARTINS FERRY – City council presented Bill and Jeanie Husek of Husek Floor Covering a resolution of appreciation for their 26 years of service to the city of Martins Ferry during Wednesday night’s meeting.

The couple decided to retire at the end of 2013.

“Thank you for the 26 years of service to our city,” said Mayor Paul Riethmiller.

In?other business, Service Director Chuck Bennett stated in his report that the Cemetery Road drainage issue has been inspected by Robinson Pipe Co. from Pittsburgh.

“As of right now, we are waiting for their final report and copy of the camera filming performed in the culvert pipe,” said Bennett. “Initial reports are not good.”

Bennett also added that the street department is currently working on filling the potholes in the community. As of right now, they have put down more than 30 tons of hot mix, though the continuing cold and rain have not helped. They have not started on the alleys and are dividing the paving as fairly as possible.

Council President Kristine Davis said that what they have done on Zane Highway is very noticeable.

Seasonal workers will begin and they will also start working on the cemetery as well.

Fire Chief Michael Reese said that the fire department is working on a program for fire prevention week, which is in October. The department will be giving fire detectors to needy families in the city. This was made possible by a $1,000 donation made by a resident. They are also working with Sam’s Club and Walmart to make this possible.

Larry Deaton, recreation center director, said that the pool will open at the end of May. He will begin to drain the pool soon.

Deaton said that it will take three days to drain and three days to fill. They will also have a spaghetti dinner at the rec center on Sunday to raise money for chemicals. The baby pool will be filled in and they hope to have grass growing by the time the pool opens.

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