Belpre COuncil moves on sewer extension 

June 14, 2016

By Wayne Towner - News and Sentinel.com , Marietta Times

BELPRE - Belpre City Council is moving forward on efforts to get funding to repair and extend sewer service north along Ohio 7 from Belpre.

At Monday's meeting, council approved the second and third readings of a resolution granting permission for Mayor Mike Lorentz to apply for a public works grant through the federal Economic Development Authority.

The Ohio 7 Sewer Project will involve extending sewer service north along Ohio 7 from Belpre to add several new customers through the industrial plants along that section.

The EDA grant being applied for would be $1.5 million toward the project's estimated total cost of $3.2 million. The city of Belpre is working with the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority and businesses along Ohio 7 with the goal of extending sewer service from Belpre's limits to Blue Knob Road. The affected businesses will be helping the city of Belpre with a share of the project costs.

O'Neil Center Lease is extended

June 1, 2016

By Sam Shawver| Marietta Times          

The O'Neill Center lease was extended for an additional 90 days during Tuesday's special session of Marietta City Council.

"The lease is up today, and needs to be extended," said Councilman Roger Kalter, D-1st Ward, who chairs council's lands, buildings and parks committee.

He noted the lease extension is to give the city and the O'Neill Center board of trustees time to work out an agreement that would enable the board to purchase the municipal-owned building at 333 Fourth St.

The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority will assist with the property transfer when the transaction is finally worked out.The facility has been operated as a senior center for 30 years and leased from the city for $1 annually. During that time the city has borne major maintenance costs for the property.

Belpre COuncil Discusses sewers

24 May 2016 — The Marietta Times

By Wayne Towner

BELPRE - Belpre city officials are continuing to work on getting funding for a project to repair and extend sewer service north along Ohio 7 from Belpre.

This would include adding in several new customers through the industrial plants along that section.

At Monday's meeting of Belpre City Council, Mayor Mike Lorentz introduced Brett Allphin, development director of Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District, to discuss the continuing efforts to get grants and other funding for the Ohio 7 Sewer project.

Allphin said the Buckeye Hills office will be working with the city to handle much of the paperwork and other preparations for the project as project administrator.

Under new business, council approved the first reading of the resolution granting permission for the mayor to apply for a public works grant through the federal Economic Development Authority. With the first reading in place, Lorentz plans to meet with the other stakeholder businesses and with Buckeye Hills to move forward with the grant application process.

The EDA grant being applied for would be $1.5 million toward the project's estimated total cost of $3.2 million. The city of Belpre is working with the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority and businesses along Ohio 7 with the goal of extending sewer service from Belpre's limits to Blue Knob Road.

Council Votes 4-3 to approve butler st. sidewalk

April 8, 2016

By Sam Shawver - The Marietta Times

Legislation authorizing the installation of a sidewalk along the south side of Butler Street between Third and Fourth streets was narrowly passed by Marietta City Council Thursday.

Ordinance 62, allowing Marietta College and Dick Boulton Construction, Inc., of Marietta, to build the 6-foot-wide and 292-foot-long sidewalk on the city right of way, was adopted on a 4-3 vote by council. Due to the close vote, the legislation, originally presented with an emergency clause so it could be immediately enacted with the mayor's signature, won't become effective for 30 days.

 

Grae-con signs 5-year lease with ingenuity center

April 15, 2016

Marietta Times

The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority, Washington County's Economic Development Agency, announced Thursday that Grae-Con Construction, has signed a five year lease on the Port Authority's Ingenuity Center, a 35,000 square foot manufacturing facility located in the Seven North Commerce Park.

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