Nichole Hannahs

Port Gives Over 1 Million to Commissioners

by Nichole Hannahs on March 26, 2012 at 2:23 am

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority spreads the wealth, as it turns over $1(m) to the Muskingum County Commissioners.

The Port Authority recently cashed in from the sale of land at Eastpointe to the Halliburton Company allowing them to reinvest in the county.

The commissioners over time have given over $5(m) to the Eastpointe project in the last fifteen years. At Monday’s meeting the Port Board agreed to give the county a little over $1.9(m).

"The county as far as cash flow was in dire straights," said County Commissioner Jim Porter. "This will definitely help. I’m not saying we’re going out and spending this money. We intend to set some of it aside for future development."

The Port Authority is also taking a portion of the $5.7(m) sale and talking to engineering firms about other job ready sites

"We’re going to be retaining an engineering firm in the near future to study future sites for development," said Port Authority Executive Director Mike Jacoby. "We would like to find another big site for development. We looking at 2-3 different options, preliminary. Once we get to the the engineering firm on board we can dig in a lot more depth."

The Port Authority is also discussing expanding sanitary sewer in Eastpointe along US 40 and adding a third rail spur to the Eastpointe Rail Transfer station.

Jacoby also reported that Halliburton was in Zanesville meeting with officials to talk about approvals needed for building and to take soil samples. They hope to ground break in April.