MARTINS FERRY After the third reading, the ordinance increasing the city's income tax to one percent was passed unanimously by council Thursday night.
The one percent tax increase will began in August and will bring in more than $100,000 from August to December. After December, the increase will bring in over $300,000.
The additional funds will go into the general fund. The general fund is used to pay the police department, street department and along with other things needed for the city. The additional funds will help the city avoid layoffs and will allow the police department to keep its dispatchers.
Meanwhile, a resolution was brought before council members from the Belmont County Commissioners which urged residents of Martins Ferry to vote to support State Issue 1, which is the renewal of the State Capital Improvements Program. This will be on the May 6 ballot.
"The Belmont County Commissioners are asking for your support regarding the renewal of the State Capital Improvements Program," said Mayor Paul Riethmiller in his report. "The commissioners have given us a resolution asking us to support State Issue 1 and urging our voters to cast their ballots in support of Issue 1."
Riethmiller also addressed the plans of adding the turning lanes on Ohio 7 southbound at the Hanover Street intersection and southbound at the Aetna Street intersection. ODOT is asking permission to eliminate the curbed section of sidewalk.
"They do not want to encourage people to cross on foot at the intersection," Riethmiller said.
According to Christopher Varcolla, from the Office of Planning and Engineering, in an email, that the district is concerned with how safe it would be for pedestrians to cross at this intersection. If the sidewalks stay, then the department would be required to provide handicap ramps and signal heads.
They are discouraging pedestrians from crossing due to the crash history and the vehicular travel speeds.
On Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to noon, the city will be holding a city clean-up day at the city garage. This year, they will not accept the following:
They will also not accept televisions, computers or monitors. Those who participate must proof of residency by either driver's license or utility bill stub.
Fire Chief Jack Regis invited council and the public to attend the 2014 Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department Annual Department Memorial Service. It will be held on Sunday, May 4 at the St. John's Lutheran Church at 10:30 a.m. They will meet at 9 a.m. at the Ladder Station for a light breakfast before the service.
Following the church service, a brief service will be held at the Fire Department Memorial Monument at the city park. They will honor four individuals and their families for their service and sacrifice to the city this year. There will have lunch afterwards at the Liberty Engine Company, where the girl scouts will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser.
On Sunday, a Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the City Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone who would like to help set up must be at the park at 11 a.m.
The pool will open on May 31. They have hired four new lifeguards and have two returning.
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