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On Wednesday, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority Board authorized executive director Mike Jacoby to enter into a concession agreement with Savage Safe Handling, a rail transloader company. Jacoby says Savage Safe Handling will develop relationships with other companies and charge them to move product by railway and truck. They will then pay the ZMCPA a per car fee, bringing revenue into the county, and potentially bringing more investment into the Eastpointe Business Park.
Jacoby explained, "What we're really hoping is, when we have companies that may be oil and gas companies that are new to Ohio but their product is coming basically through our business park, we hope long-term that that will lead to more jobs and investment at Eastpointe."
In other Port Authority news, Jacoby is inviting the community to attend a public meeting to discuss potential brownfield sites.
"If citizens have properties they have personal knowledge about, maybe they worked there, maybe they were neighbors and they know that there are hazardous materials, this could be 40 years ago before laws were in place, and they're concerned about some of that material may have leached into the ground or be buried on site, we'd like to know to maybe include that in our application and see if we can get some assessment money."
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Brownfields Assessment Coalition is eligible to apply for a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency worth up to a million dollars. The public meeting will be held at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Welcome Center on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.