Stories tagged with: Jay Bennett

October 1, 2015 - 4:41pm
1 week 21 hours 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
6 weeks 1 day 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
9 weeks 21 hours 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. "...

July 29, 2015 - 4:30pm
10 weeks 1 day ago

Plans are in the making for the first move toward a city-wide revitalization in Zanesville. 

The city has already applied for a $300,000 city block grant and is waiting for a $200,000 planning grant to become available. Once it is, the city will apply for it with the hope of using it to redevelop what are considered underdeveloped areas. 

Public service director, Jay Bennett, said...

July 27, 2015 - 9:52pm
10 weeks 3 days ago

Zanesville City Council discussed a variety of ordinances and resolutions during the last meeting of July.

One resolution in particular supported the City's application to the National Park Service which would allow technical assistance through the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. The Comprehensive Plan Committee has been working on Parks and Recreation for the last several months. Public Service Director, Jay Bennett explained.

"One of the things they...

July 9, 2015 - 5:38pm
13 weeks 21 hours ago

Weather seems to be the problem delaying repairs on Center Drive in Zanesville.

Public Service Director, Jay Bennett, said Shelly and Sands is under contract to pave the damaged road by September of this year. Center Drive is one of many city streets in need of repairs, but Bennett said those projects have been pushed back due to rain.

"We still have a lot of paving yet to do, it's just been kind of wet all summer, so everything has been pushed back," Bennett said.

July 6, 2015 - 7:00pm
13 weeks 3 days ago

The Zanesville Ways and Means Committee met Monday to discuss a variety of topics, including raises for elected officials.

Budget & Finance Director, Rhonda Heskett, proposed to form an outside committee to compare current wages of Zanesville elected officials to those in other cities of our size. Specific job duties and experience would be a factor in the raises.

"I felt really good about it, I think that people recognize this takes away personalities or emotions and...

June 1, 2015 - 4:05pm
18 weeks 3 days ago

An aging playground at Riverside Park is the cause of a grant application from the city of Zanesville.  

The federal land and water conservation grant is  for $150,000. It will be decided on in the fall, but Zanesville Public Services Director, Jay Bennett said the city's application is strong. 

"I liked our application a lot because it talked about replacing something that was a community build in the mid '90s with something very similar but adding to it,...

April 13, 2015 - 8:52pm
25 weeks 3 days ago

Zanesville City Council held their first of two meetings for the month of April on Monday.

An ordinance allowing an application for grant funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund made an appearance on the agenda. The grant would go toward the replacement of the play structures at Kidzville at Riverside Park. Public Service Director Jay Bennett gave us an overview of the state of the play area.

"You know it was built in the mid 90's. The city has taken...

April 7, 2015 - 6:23pm
26 weeks 2 days ago

The city of Zanesville moves forward in hopes of leasing a Fairview Road property.

The city purchased the property at 1674 Fairview Road years ago for $665,000. The plan was to use it as a new Northpointe Fire Department, but that never happened, and the property has largely sat vacant for years now. A few weeks ago, the city received a bid from Columbia Gas to lease the property.

"Their broker has submitted a proposal for a ten year lease on the property with two options to...

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