Martins Ferry councilman wants streets evaluated

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON MARTINS FERRY officials, clockwise from left, Mayor Robert Krajnyak, Council President Kristine Davis, Council Clerk Lee Ann Cleary and Service Director Chris Cleary participate in Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry Councilman Rick Rodgers believes hiring a company to evaluate the state of all the city’s roads is a good idea, but his proposal died Wednesday for a lack of a second to his motion.

Rodgers said the street committee met recently with Tim Herbst of Midwest Paving Analysis and Design of Delaware, Ohio. After hearing Herbst’s presentation, Rodgers said he believes the $5,900 fee that would be charged would be worthwhile for the city.

Herbst, he said, would drive on all the city’s streets, evaluate their condition and what could be done to fix them, including the best materials to use.

Councilman-elect Thomas Burns, who will be sworn in at a later date, said he attended the meeting and agreed hiring the company was a good idea. He believes it would help prioritize which streets need done first.

“I urge council to seriously consider spending that $5,900 — and we do have that,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers’ motion to have council take a vote on hiring the company failed for lack of a second.

Council President Kristine Davis noted the matter could be taken up at a later date. After the meeting, Rodgers said he believed the company would also provide cost estimates for needed work.

In other matters, Hanover Street resident Stephanie Dolfi asked the city for helping in fixing sinkholes forming near her property. She said she is concerned the holes will eventually impact her garage. Service Director Chris Cleary said he would call Dolfi to set up a visit.

Officials also reminded residents the city’s Christmas parade is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24 and participants will begin lining up at the Liberty Fire Station on Center Street about 4 p.m. Coinciding with this year’s parade will be the city first Winterfest.

Winterfest is slated Nov. 24-25 and will be centered around the Hanover Street gazebo. Organized by the Project Forward Group, the festivities will include food vendors, a variety of craft beers and live music on both days.

Nov. 24 entertainment will kick off with music by Shannon Canterbury from 4-6 p.m. The parade will follow at 6:30 p.m. and after it a tree lighting ceremony will be held. There will also be music by Hit Play from 8-10 p.m.

A Winterfest Art Show also is set up at the Ohio Valley Lending building, located at Fourth and Walnut streets, featuring artwork from Martins Ferry High School students. A reception for the show is slated from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 24.

On Saturday, Nov. 25, at 9 a.m. a Jingle Bell Run for children 10 years old and younger is planned. From 10 a.m. to noon, Santa Claus will visit children in the gazebo and be available for photos. Ice skating will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at synthetic rink that will be set up on Fifth Street.

A craft and vendor sale will also be held from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 25. Musical entertainment will include: 4-6 p.m. Bill Gorby with the Musical Mercenaries; Greg Molnar from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; and 8-10 p.m. MSM. An Ohio State University Buckeyes football tailgate party also will be held starting at noon Nov. 25 at the gazebo area.

In other business, council voted to change the regular final meeting of the year from Dec. 20 to 6 p.m. Dec. 27 to allow city Auditor Rita Randall more time to tally year-end financials.