Martins Ferry City Council Talks Cemetery, Pool Projects

Martins Ferry City Council members discussed several projects Wednesday night, including releasing an endowment fund for Riverview Cemetery.

Councilman Tom Burns suggested releasing the fund and placing the more than $180,000 into the permanent improvement fund so that it could be used for cemetery repairs.

“We don’t have any money for repairs. We need roadwork done. We have stones that are toppled over. We need wall work done,” Burns said.

Mayor Robert Krajnyak said the endowment was established in the 1940s or 1950s, with the money not to be used until the cemetery was completely full.

Also, the state has identified the need for the removal of 2 inches and the resurfacing of 2 inches of asphalt on Ohio 7 to the north corporation limit. The project is about $147,000, with Belomar Regional Council providing a grant of $100,000. Council motioned to cooperate with the Ohio Department of Transportation and provide maintenance. Martins Ferry Service Director Scott Porter said 2020 would be a tentative project date.

Meanwhile, Porter will submit an application for grant funding for repairs to the pool at the recreation center by Nov. 15. Porter said the north wall of the filtration building has an iron beam that had badly deteriorated from chlorine. The city intends to install a concrete beam and rebuilt the north wall, as well as construct a splash pad.

Porter noted that 6,500 people per year make use of the pool. Porter said it was a $120,000 project, with the city’s share about $60,000, with the city using in-kind services to reduce its amount. The council will know if the grant is approved by early December.

This Saturday’s Veterans Day program will be moved from the park to inside of the recreation center because of expected cold weather. Events will begin at 1 p.m., with speakers and music by the Martins Ferry High School band. The Elks Club will have a free turkey dinner free for all veterans at 3 p.m. afterwards. There is a fee for guests.

The council also approved the closing of Hanover Street from Fourth to Fifth streets, and Fifth Street from Hanover to Carlisle Street for Winterfest celebration Nov. 23 and Nov. 24.

Street sweeping will begin Friday and into next week, on the north and south routes through town.

Councilman Rick Rodgers reported dilapidated property on Dehass Street and a fallen tree branch between Mackey Avenue and Ohio 7.

Also, the Floto monument at the Floto Field will be moved to the Liberty Fire Station to safeguard against possible vandalism.

A finance committee meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the city building.

A full council of Suzanne Armstrong, Burns, Jack Regis Sr., Jim Schramm, Rodgers, Bruce Shrodes, Robert Hunker and Council President Kristine Davis attended the meeting.