Stories tagged with: Jay Bennett

January 25, 2016 - 8:57pm
1 week 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 - 3:36pm
15 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 - 10:57pm
16 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 - 3:41pm
18 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 - 4:40pm
23 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 - 5:05pm
26 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. "...

July 29, 2015 - 3:30pm
27 weeks 5 days 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 - 8:52pm
28 weeks 1 hour 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 - 4:38pm
30 weeks 4 days 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 - 6:00pm
30 weeks 6 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...

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