Stories tagged with: city of zanesville

June 21, 2010 - 5:51pm
3 years 43 weeks ago

The Treasurer's Office created a financial forecast for five Zanesville City funds and it shows the potential for disaster.

The forecast is only an estimate of expected revenue and expenditures. It uses assumptions such as no growth in revenue, 4 percent wage increases and other costs.

The forecast currently shows if changes are not made, the city would be have a deficit in those five funds of more than $3 million next year and more than $21 million in 2014.

"It's...

May 26, 2010 - 6:15pm
3 years 46 weeks ago

A sewer separation project in downtown Zanesville will be put on hold.

It's located near the intersection of Marietta Street by 8th and Hughes Streets.

Zanesville Public Service Director, Mike Sims, says crews have run into a problem. The underground soil is poor.

"The contractor is supposed to be working out of a six foot wide trench, and due to the wet, sandy material, we're ending up with an extremely wide trench, " says Sims.

It's a trench that Sims says...

March 22, 2010 - 9:35pm
4 years 4 weeks ago

The City of Zanesville will now be able to pull from a finalized budget for the year 2010.

The ordinance outlining the budget passed unanimously at city council this evening.

"We're not out of the woods yet," said City Council President Dan Vincent. "These need to be continued to be looked at. Adjustments will have to be made along the way. Now there is a concern as far as comp time and how that's going to fan out."

Vincent said the overtime is down...

February 16, 2010 - 6:58pm
4 years 8 weeks ago

Zanesville city crews are attempting to clear the roadways after the third winter storm we've had in about a week and a half, and Public Service Director, Mike Sims, says the side roads are becoming a challenge.

"Just because of the extreme amount of snow and what we plowed two or three weeks ago is now frozen into moguls. The trucks are even having a difficult time moving it, " says Sims.

Another reason is people parking their cars on the roadways because they have no...

February 10, 2010 - 5:59pm
4 years 9 weeks ago

Zanesville's current financial situation has many people watching the 2010 budget closely.

Mayor Howard Zwelling says the city has a goal of cutting overtime in half this year, but the street department is racking up overtime trying to fight this winter's snow.

"We know we can't cut it out all together because then we would not be clearing the streets after hours. We would not be doing a lot of things, " says Zwelling.

Zwelling says he's not concerned right now....

February 10, 2010 - 5:55pm
4 years 9 weeks ago

The Zanesville City Street Department is working diligently to clear roadways, and it has had enough salt on hand to take care of everything.

"We have 300 tons on order, and we have the money left to order about another 300 tons. So, we're good for another 2 or 3 snows, " says Public Service Director, Mike Sims.

Most of the main and side roads have been treated. The next step is the alleys.

Sims says his office has been receiving a lot of calls, asking when...

February 9, 2010 - 7:00pm
4 years 9 weeks ago

The snow is making roadways across the area very slick, and Zanesville City snowplows are busy trying to keep up with the white stuff.

"The Street Superintendent said at this point, we are no longer concerned with what snow was left from the last storm, we have to concentrate on what we're getting and what the resulting wind factor may leave us, " says Public Service Director, Mike Sims.

And some residents are making things difficult for the snowplows.

"Our...

December 28, 2009 - 10:53pm
4 years 16 weeks ago

The Zanesville city budget is balanced, at least temporarily.

After an earlier budget meeting today City Council voted, with several amendments, to pass the proposed city budget for the year 2010.

"All in all for a temporary budget, it's balanced," said Councilman-at-Large Jeff Tilton. "We have a lot to do to get the permanent budget at the end of March."

After weighing the options over several budget hearings, council made three amendments to the...

December 16, 2009 - 1:16pm
4 years 17 weeks ago

Impending cuts to the City of Zanesville's budget is causing the Port Authority to rework their own.

At Wednesday's meeting Executive Director Jerry Nolder shared a letter written to City Council Members about a possible cut in the port's subsidy. A proposal in place would cut the port's funding in half from $100,000 to $50,000.

"Certainly the letter the Port Authority sends to the city would justify doubling the subsidy," said Zanesville's Mayor Howard Zwelling....

December 14, 2009 - 11:10pm
4 years 18 weeks ago

The City of Zanesville continues to battle over how the 2010 budget will be balanced.

Seven proposals by Budget and Finance Director Dale Raines would close the $2.6 million deficit by $1.1 million.

Five jobs would be eliminated from the city as well. Four of those would dissolve the Building Maintenance Department.

"Tonight we felt we needed to come and defend our honor," said John Benson, supervisor of the department. "We're proud that...

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