Stories tagged with: Jay Bennett

May 23, 2016 - 10:11pm
5 weeks 22 min ago

As part of Mayor Tilton’s work and desire to drive neighborhood redevelopment, there was discussion at council about the amount of under performing and under utilized properties within the county.

Public Service Director, Jay Bennett, said that last Friday they received a grant worth $550,000.

“This grant would provide a source of revenue for properties within the county that were classified as brownfield sights that would need to be examined. This gives us money to...

April 26, 2016 - 4:05pm
8 weeks 4 days ago

The City of Zanesville has completed its first comprehensive plan. Now city administration is releasing it for review and comment.

The committee which is made up of community members, dedicated two hours a week for more than a year to create the goals of the plan. One highlight of the plan is it provides a road map for Zanesville's future. And on Wednesday at the James Singer Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the city will host an open house.

"And then this Thursday Night...

March 28, 2016 - 10:39pm
12 weeks 6 days ago

In 2015, City Council sent in a submission to receive a federal grant of up to $150,000 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for the replacement of the existing Kidsville structure.

On Monday night, Zanesville City Council confirmed that the project will begin in 2016. Jay Bennett, Public Service and Community Development Director of the City of Zanesville said the project will be done at the same location of the existing Kidsville park.

“The concept is to...

March 14, 2016 - 8:52pm
14 weeks 6 days ago

Zanesville City Council passed an ordinance to join Muskingum County in an application for the Community Housing Improvement Program.

The jurisdiction partnership could lead to an over $800,000 grant if the application is accepted. The money will be used to help those homeowners who meet income requirements to make necessary repairs.

Public Service and Community Development Director Jay Bennett said the city and county have partnered in the past and seen success in the project,...

January 25, 2016 - 9:57pm
21 weeks 6 days ago

The city of Zanesville will work to replace the Putnam Hill water tank in the coming years.

Public Service and Community Development Director Jay Bennett said while there aren't health concerns to the public, the tank is simply past its prime. There have been suggestions from the state of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and support from City Council.

The city is applying for a grant from the Ohio Mid-Eastern Government Association for funding. Bennett said he's confident the...

October 22, 2015 - 4:36pm
35 weeks 3 days ago

As the winter months approach, there is a concern about the condition of our city roads.

Zanesville Public Service Director, Jay Bennett, said our roads are overall in fair condition-- that's according to a new pavement analysis report conducted by the city. The city received a 58 out of 100, which is below average. Now that the report is finalized, Bennett said the city is learning where it needs to make improvements when it comes to maintenance.

"Chip Saunders, the City...

October 13, 2015 - 11:57pm
36 weeks 5 days ago

As we head further into the fall season, Public Service Director Jay Bennett urges Zanesville citizens to take a look at the 2015 Leaf Collection Schedule.

Bennett also asks for the public's help in keeping leaves out of the roadways, which presents larger problems for the street department.


2015 Leaf Collection Schedule

10/26 - 10/30 - Wards 5 and 6
11/2 - 11/6 - Wards 3 and 4
11/9 - 11/13 - Wards 1 and 2 (Veteran's Day observed on 11/11)

October 1, 2015 - 4:41pm
38 weeks 4 days ago

After an 11.5 million dollar settlement to resolve an anti-trust lawsuit, Attorney General Mike DeWine is sending checks to 850 Ohio public entities.

Muskingum County will receive just over $50,000 of that settlement. Over $14, 000 of that coming to the city of Zanesville. Public Service Director Jay Bennett explained how the lawsuit with Cargill Inc. and Morton Salt Inc. began.

"My understanding is that during 2008 through 2011 seasons, that the state was alleging or...

August 26, 2015 - 5:40pm
43 weeks 5 days ago

After an accident at Military and Northpointe Tuesday, WHIZ New's Facebook page received many comments asking why something isn't done at the intersection.  

The Zanesville Police Department has responded to 21 accidents at the intersection since January 2014. Police captain Tony Coury said 12 of those have happened this year. 

However, despite public outcry for a traffic signal, he does not believe adding one would solve all of the problems. 

"With the...

August 6, 2015 - 6:05pm
46 weeks 4 days ago

The Community Development Committee is looking to south west Zanesville in hopes of improving the area.

The Brighton and Springfield Township area feature industrial properties that are underused. These are considered 'Browns field' structures. The development committee hopes to apply for grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to aid in the revitalization of the area.

"You go down that area, you certainly see some abandon properties," said Bennett. "...

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