Temporary sanitary line installed in alley

Landscaping work planned at war statue

MARTINS FERRY — A new temporary sanitary line has been installed in an alley between North Seventh and Eighth streets and appears to be working well, said Martins Ferry City Service Director Chris Cleary.

Cleary said the line connects to a different manhole. The work was conducted in-house by city employees. The old line was destroyed because of a secondary slippage of earth related to the larger North Eighth Street slip. Damage to the line forced the manhole to back up, causing sewage to back up into one resident’s basement.

“It seems to be working properly. … I don’t want to jinx it,” Cleary said during a recent City Council meeting.

The city is working on a permanent solution for the problem with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The city still needs a easement from one resident in the area.

Meanwhile, the city still is working to secure additional money to cover the cost of a piling wall to remedy the giant North Eighth Street slip. The project is now expected to cost about $700,000. The city has secured $300,000 in grant money and hopes it will soon receive federal Community Development Block Grant money as well.

Cleary noted the city also recently finished and submitted its annual report for the EPA related to its plan to separate combined sewer overflows in the city.

“We have to file it every year. It’s a standard report that shows what’s been separated and what we plan to do in the future,” he said.

And as the weather permits, city workers have been doing some culvert cleaning in different areas, picking up litter and plan to soon remove Christmas decorations left on graves at the Riverview Cemetery over the winter.

Today is the first day of spring, the same day a local landscaping company and the Sons of the American Legion are planning to do some work around a World War I memorial statue at City Park. Travis Pollock, a landscape horticulturist, of Go Green Landscaping of Colerain was slated to be at the park this morning improving the plantings and mulch around the statue. The materials are being provided by the legion.

The plaque on the monument states it is, “In commemoration of the patriotism of our boys and girls who went forth at the call of their country to serve in the World War and in memory of those who died that liberty might live. … Erected by the Service Star Legion, Martins Ferry.”