MARTINS FERRY - During a recent meeting, Martins Ferry council members gave a voice vote to give permission to Mansuetto Roofing Contractors to build a recreational vehicle park on the former site of Scheele Produce on First and Center streets in the Industrial Park.
Matt Mansuetto and Isaac Dieffenbaugher representing the company made a presentation to council. They own the property and will begin by tearing down the two structures currently on the property, level it and gravel the property.
Afterward, 22-25 full hook-up RV sites will be installed. A security fence will surround the park. Each customer site would have its own utility hookup with water, sewer and electric. Propane access and free WiFi will also be available.
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Matt Mansuetto of Mansuetto Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors, talk to the Martins Ferry city council about plans to install an RV park in the Industrial Park.
They will install security cameras.
"Our goals are very simple. We want to beautify and utilize the existing property and the benefit is that it's going to create immediate income for all of us," Dieffenbaugher said. "We feel we can attract new money to Martins Ferry by doing so. These guys are going somewhere. Let's give them a nice place to go."
He added that the location close to town and the interstate was a prime one. In the long term, when the transient worker population has moved on, Mansuetto will utilize the land for further expansions.
"It's a perfect stair step," he said.
A high-detailed ordinance will be provided by the law director in the interest of ensuring compliance with regulations. Such parks would be confined to the Industrial Park.
"We want to set this ordinance up so that it's a high-quality ordinance so that only the serious people are interested in doing it," said Mayor Paul Riethmiller.
They hope to be in operation early this spring.
DeFrank can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.