The Zanesville Police Department has qualified for the 2014 High Visibility Enforcement Overtime Grant from the state. If awarded, the police department would be able to use the funds for overtime on holiday's and during dangerous traffic time periods throughout the year. The police department is expected to hear about the status of the grant by September.
In other council news, council also passed an ordinance at Monday's meeting that will move the city to monthly water bills starting...
Monthly billing has been in talks for several years and at Monday's city council meeting, an ordinance was proposed for the City of Zanesville to move towards monthly billing as soon as upgrades are in place in the utility building office.
"Part of that reason is fixed incomes. It's easier for people to budget for one month period as well as tenant/landlord issues where we have extremely large bills run up by tenants and then they escape and get stuck with the landlord,...
Ordinance 13-27 was tabled at Zanesville City Council Monday night after three concerned residents petitioned to speak on the topic.
Residents were concerned about why the land, near the airport, hasn't been maintained and why it's not being used for recreation.
"It's a piece of property that has no actual road frontage. The access to the property has since been transferred to the Muskingum Valley Park District. It abuts Port Authority property that does have road frontage...
The City of Zanesville will soon search for new owners of a historic building.
At last month's City Council meeting officials passed an ordinance to allow the building at 131 Market Street to be turned over to the Community Improvement Corporation for sale. The boarded up building was once a passenger depot for the railroad.
The city hopes that by making this move it will allow someone to come in and revitalize the property.
A consulting firm gains approval from Zanesville City Council as the Y-Bridge Lift Station project moves forward.
The estimated cost of the hiring CH2M to oversee the project will be over $385,000. The company was hired based on their qualifications in handling projects of this size. They'll make sure the contractors stay with-in the perimeters.
"It's beyond our expertise when you're talking more than just a simple water, sewer line or a street improvement," said Public...
Zanesville City Council passes amendments of 1999 and 2002 agreement with Mattingly foods.
Port Authority Executive Director Mike Jacoby said that the company expanded two freezers on its property which required large investments. The agreements made years ago offered tax abatements to Mattingly. The company is currently adjusting their business model after losing a major contract with Bob Evans.
"One of the things they've done is change the ownership of the real property,...
Expansion could be in the future for two area businesses.
Tom's Ice Cream Bowl owner Bill Sullivan said it is his dream to expand his business and his wife's to have a gift shop. Sullivan is now attempting to make those dreams reality. He recently purchased a home next to the Ice Cream Bowl and plans to turn it into a gift shop. The gift shop will sell pottery and other items currently housed at the ice cream shop.
There's also plans for the outside of the proposed store.
An ordinance passes through Zanesville City Council hiring three temporary employees for the city.
The employees are retired communications officers and will be hired through a temporary employment agency to work at least 90 days. The hope is to allow current dispatchers take delayed vacations and save the city money on overtime.
The city has hired three permanent dispatchers that are in the process of training. Public Safety Director Fred Buck said this will elevate some stress...
Zanesville City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance regarding Ohio Environmental Protection Agency requirements.
The EPA has mandated the city to implement a storm water management program. Council President Dan Vincent said it requires the city to update its program rules for erosion and sediment control as well as storm water discharge resulting in construction activities.
"Anytime there is storm runoff, whatever the rain is washing away, it's going...