At Zanesville City Council tonight, the first reading of an ordinance was passed that would authorize the city to contract out the food services at the Zanesville City Jail.
Aramark Corporation currently provides food to the Muskingum County Jail and has proposed a three-year contract with the city. If accepted, the deal wouldn't affect the jobs of the four employees currently working in the jail's kitchen.
Because the private company can do the job more efficiently, Budget Finance Director, Dale Rains, projects that into the year 2005, the city would save between $70,000 and $115,000.
In other council news, Port Authority, Larry Merry addressed members with an exciting announcement.
The Appalachian Region Commission approved the $318,000 grant for the extension of Jim Granger Drive. That's in addition to the $250,000 that the Ohio Department of Development has issued for the project.
The funding will be matched with an additional $80,000 of local money to build over a mile of road. It will be used for Dollar General to have an additional access to their facility, as well as opening up 300 acres of ground for development in East Point Park.