Stories tagged with: Mike Sims

November 22, 2013 - 5:14pm
2 years 11 weeks ago

The city of Zanesville has a new public service director.

Starting on December 3, James Sawyer will replace Mike Sims as the city's public service director. Mayor Jeff Tilton made the announcement Friday afternoon and says he's excited to bring Sawyer on board.

"We have went through the process of looking at applications and went through resumes and we picked the top four, and Mr. Sawyer was our pick and we're glad and happy that he agreed to come on board," explained...

October 29, 2013 - 5:46pm
2 years 15 weeks ago

It's the time of year when the City of Zanesville begins leaf collection.

It started Monday for wards five and six and the trucks will stay there until the first of the month. Then during November 4th through the 8th, it will transition to wards 3 and 4 and continue moving throughout the wards until mid December.

"Then we will move November twelfth and thirteenth between wards 1 and 2,” said Public Service Director, Mike Sims. “Into 3 and 4, 18 through the 22,...

July 26, 2013 - 3:46pm
2 years 28 weeks ago

The City of Zanesville wants customers to know there will be changes in the way water bills are distributed.

Water bills usually come every two months, but the city is now switching over to a single month model . The city includes six divisions and depending on where you live you can start to see changes in the format and frequency of the bill starting any where from August 26th to October 15th.

"We're going to send this first one out to district three on Monday. It will be...

June 24, 2013 - 8:18pm
2 years 33 weeks ago

The Zanesville Police Department has qualified for the 2014 High Visibility Enforcement Overtime Grant from the state. If awarded, the police department would be able to use the funds for overtime on holiday's and during dangerous traffic time periods throughout the year. The police department is expected to hear about the status of the grant by September.

In other council news, council also passed an ordinance at Monday's meeting that will move the city to monthly water bills starting...

June 10, 2013 - 7:50pm
2 years 35 weeks ago

Monthly billing has been in talks for several years and at Monday's city council meeting, an ordinance was proposed for the City of Zanesville to move towards monthly billing as soon as upgrades are in place in the utility building office.

"Part of that reason is fixed incomes. It's easier for people to budget for one month period as well as tenant/landlord issues where we have extremely large bills run up by tenants and then they escape and get stuck with the landlord,...

May 17, 2013 - 7:00pm
2 years 38 weeks ago

A small part of downtown Zanesville will soon be receiving a makeover.

Fifth Street will be seeing changes after the city received grants from the Ohio Department of Transportation and Public Works. The project is estimated at $ 1.8 million but the city only had to pay for a small portion of the work out of pocket. Public Service Director, Mike Sims says the work done will be similar to the changes on Main Street and Sixth Street.

"It will include decorative lighting and...

April 19, 2013 - 4:59pm
2 years 42 weeks ago

Zanesville residents will have to get used to the new phone system. All calls made to Zanesville City Hall will be consolidated into a new system with an automated attendant. Public Service Director Mike Sims says the new system will eliminate about 15 unused land lines and says it will save the city around $7-8,000 dollars a year.

"All offices in City Hall will be combined into a system and any call made to City Hall from the phone listings for city hall in the phonebook will...

April 8, 2013 - 8:23pm
2 years 44 weeks ago

Public Service Director Mike Sims says the Fifth Street enhancement project has been in the works for about five years and says the city was short funding for a year or two, causing delays in the project.

"This is the final year we can get it done and we were able to team up with ODOT funding along with Ohio Public Works funding to pull off a roughly 1.2-million dollar project for 43-thousand dollars out of the city so I think we utilized our grant sources to the max there,"...

February 25, 2013 - 10:04pm
2 years 50 weeks ago

A moral claim filed by a City of Zanesville resident has brought up interesting information about sewer lines with-in the city.

When Joseph Norris had problems with his sanitary sewer he first contacted a plumber and when they couldn't fix it, the city was called.

The city discovered through some work that Norris' home was on a private sewer system that was tied to at least four homes in his neighborhood, the line was only six inches, much smaller than city code.


February 4, 2013 - 8:46pm
3 years 1 week ago

After such a mild season last winter, the City of Zanesville had an overage of salt and struggled with where to store this excess.

The city is required to buy 80% of the total bid amount that the city placed with the Ohio Department of Transportation the year before. Prices vary from year to year because they are dependent on the weather of the winter prior, therefore, due to the quiet winter last year, the reflective price was lower. 

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