Ferry seeking water grant

MARTINS FERRY – City council gave Director of Development Kathy Gagin permission to move forward with a water grant from Environmental Protection Agency at this week’s meeting.

The grant will allow the city to replace pipes and possibly limit the amount of water breaks that the city has in the future.

Service Director Chuck Bennett said the sewer line and water line have been replaced on North Fifth Street by United Dairy.

“The hole has been filled and the road is again open with barrels and caution signs due to the extremely large repaired area,” said Bennett. “This will take awhile for the settling to finish so we can asphalt the patch. The break resulted in over 70 hours of overtime in the sewer department alone with some 125 tons of limestone needed for filling.”

Bennett thanked the men who worked over and that came off vacation to help with this break. He also added that they have started work on several of the potholes and hope to do many more in the days to come.

Councilman Bruce Shrodes asked if the speed limit on State Route 647 from North Zane Highway to Ayres Limestone Road could be reduced from 35 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour. Council is looking into this issue.

The tentative day for the pool to close is Aug. 16 because most of the lifeguards are leaving for school.

Council is asking that residents please keep the trees in the alleys trimmed. While the city can cut them if it poses a problem, the responsibility falls on the residents.

There will be a street department meeting on July 23 at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers. There will also be a service meeting on Aug. 12 at 5:30 p.m.

The next council meeting will be held on Aug. 20. The Aug. 6 meeting has been canceled due to Betty Zane Days.

Van Dyne can be reached at kvandyne@timesleaderonline.com.