New Ferry Service Director Tackling New Duties, Projects

Photo by Shelley Hanson Scott Porter, new service director for Martins Ferry, listens during a recent City Council meeting.

While learning the ins and outs of a new city, Martins Ferry’s recently hired service director Scott Porter got members of city council up to speed on a variety of issues during a recent meeting.

“I’ve been going around and have been meeting with some of the residents and business owners. … I’m just looking forward to working with everybody as a team to make the businesses and residents of Martins Ferry proud and happy to be here,” Porter said.

Porter said efforts continue to patch potholes in various streets in the city. There are also plans to do more curb and crosswalk painting. Porter noted the city’s street sweeper still is in a mechanic’s shop.

“They think they’ve located the problem with it. It’s a warrantied item; it’s not an operator error,” Porter told council members.

Regarding water department issues, Porter said the city continues to replace outdated meters in people’s homes. Porter said there are some fire hydrants that need repaired or replaced.

“Mr. Suto does a fantastic job with his crew and keeps me well apprised of what they’re working on,” Porter said of Water Superintendent Bill Suto.

Porter noted a project to address a manhole and sinkhole developing in front of the Wayne L. Hayes tower would begin soon. The $15,220 job will be reimbursed by community funds from the Ohio Rural Water Association.

Porter added that he is sitting on a Brownfields task force to help the village get future grant money.

“There is nothing really to report on that. We’ve had a couple meetings. It’s a process and a lot of paperwork,” he said. “Other than that I just appreciate the opportunity to work in the city of Martins Ferry.”

Martins Ferry City Council’s next regular meeting is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the City Building on Fifth Street.

Porter, former administrator for the village of Bellaire, started his new job on Aug. 27. He was appointed by Mayor Robert Krajnyak, who chose Porter over two other candidates who applied for the job. The job pays about $39,000 annually.

During a recent Bellaire Village Council meeting, Mayor Vince DiFabrizio said he anticipated announcing his choice for the next village administrator during council’s regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday. Bellaire Village Council meets in its chambers, located on the second floor of the municipal building on Belmont Street.

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