MARTINS FERRY - City council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday and several items involving local businesses were discussed.
Kathy Gagin, director of development, approached council with several items. Gagin stated in her report that the city has more than 145 acres that can be sold to the oil and gas industry. They will shortly start taking bids.
According to Gagin, three new business have set up shop in the city and will have ribbon cuttings coming up soon. Another business, Studio Red, a hair salon located on Fourth Street, is looking to expand as well.
Service Director Chuck Bennett stated in his report that due to major issues that have occurred in the past week, the pothole patching had to be set aside.
"We have been working on culvert and sewer issues that in turn have combined into a water issue," said Bennett. "We have been working on replacing our clogged sewer line on North Fifth Street. We have about a 10-inch by 50-inch hole to do the necessary replacements."
Bennett also discussed the two water breaks that the city has faced. One of these breaks was located near East Ohio Regional Hospital. If the hospital would have lost water, then an evacuation would have occurred.
"I'd like to thank our guys, many of who came out off of their vacations, and the men who were already on duty for putting in many hours including many that went into the daylight hours. This list also includes our water superintendent Craig Harris, who stayed onsite until 8 a.m. when the last break was repaired," said Bennett.
The fireworks show is scheduled for tonight at the school complex. Food and entertainment will be available. In case of rain, the event is moved to Saturday. All offices will be closed on Friday and Friday's trash will be picked up today.
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