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I-70 project fight continues

November 14, 2013

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A lengthy debate on aspects of the I-70 connector project and whether the county would commit $....

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Nov-14-13 9:56 AM

After reading this article, does it come as any surprise to anyone that Ohio County (WV) has significantly outperformed Belmont County in terms of attracting new business to their county? The Belmont County commissioners are a dis-functional "train wreck" (with no disrespect intended to "train wrecks"). The current commissioners need to get their collective act together and take the appropriate steps to enable the new developments to happen. With the economic boom taking place in our area, companies will be looking for places to locate their retail, hotel, and restaurant businesses. The question is ... will there be any suitable, shovel-ready places in Belmont County available or will The Highlands continue to capitalize on the new business opportunities?

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Nov-14-13 10:25 AM

I agree with poster below and for the first time, with Mr. Bigler. Get it going for crying out loud. Development will happen with or without this project. The question is, do our commissioners have the guts and long-range foresight to capitalize on where those developments happen?

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Nov-14-13 11:41 AM

Promo...I think the 3 commissioners are currently answering your question with a resounding "NO"! We need business people in the county commissioner roles ... not politicians that constantly worry more about votes than doing what is in the best interest of the county as a whole. Favede and Probst need to get on board or get out of the way.

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Nov-14-13 9:16 PM

Seems no one wants to listen to anything that would help bring businesses in.I remember calling someone 4 yrs ago that did the work at the O.V Plaza[ wal mart] and i told them, why did you not make an EXIT ramp that would have been connected to I 70,West,BETWEEN CIRCUIT CITY and LOWES? There is only 50 yds separating Lowes from interstate I70 W.That way people at Christmas time wouldnt be trapped in that plaza like a bunch of rats trying to get out,especially if you live in ST.C or anywhere going West.As you know, there are only two ways out of that plaza. A third way out would have been nice.It would have cost nearly nothing to put a road 50 yards long, from Lowes onto I70 West.. hIs answer was' Thats a good idea but it's too late now'

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Nov-15-13 8:46 AM

Agree JPC. The problem with having business people in public roles is that A: they are used to making decisions and being able to act quickly, and B: common sense rules those decisions. A business person wouldn't be able to stand it for very long. My message to any politician is this: make a D#*M decision that's best for the county/state/country and STAND BY IT. You aren't going to please everyone but they WILL know where you stand.

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Nov-16-13 10:12 AM

So, you want the county to spend taxpayer money on a road that a private individual may be required to pay for by a judgement in a court of law....yeah, that makes a lot of "business" sense

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