Zwelling Makes Final Push For Secrest Improvements

by Mark Bullion on November 28, 2011 at 9:32 am

Zanesville Mayor Butch Zwelling’s days in office are coming to a close and with that he is making one final push to city council to consider renovations to downtown’s Secrest Auditorium.

Those changes would add up to around 2.5 million dollars which includes adding more restrooms in the facility, easier access for those who are handicapped and a new roof. Zwelling wants five council members to be on board with him to draft legislation that council would take up at the next city council meeting.

"I am confident that i can get 5 votes to support my proposition for Secrest Auditorium," said Zwelling.

 But not everyone on council is confident in the mayor’s proposal. Councilman David Tarbert and Mark Baker expressed concern over financing the project and whether or not the mayor has looked into other means of financing it like grants or private funding. But Zwelling says now is the time to do it.

"Contractors are not going to be as hungry, bids are not going to be as good, interest rates are not going to be as low, so you have to do what the Rec Center Board is doing, what the Genesis Board is doing, what Zane State’s Board is doing," said Zwelling.

Council is expected to meet to discuss the project next Monday evening. In other council news, a resolution opposing centralized tax collection in the state was passed.