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Car Dealership Could Buy Naming Rights To Highlands Sports Complex

Photo by Joselyn King Ohio County Development Authority board members Raymond Helbling, left, and John McCullough collect their thoughts before the start of Tuesday’s board meeting.

WHEELING — Bob Robinson Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac and the Ohio County Development Authority are in talks to put the car dealership’s name at The Highlands Sports Complex.

“We have been discussing the naming rights for some time,” said Ohio County Commissioner Randy Wharton, also OCDA president. “Bob Robinson Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac has approached the board for the naming rights to the fieldhouse.”

OCDA members unanimously passed a motion giving County Administrator Randy Russell the authority to negotiate a naming rights and signage agreement with the car dealer.

The OCDA took a number of actions following a closed-door meeting lasting for more than one hour. The session was called to discuss lease agreements with John Aderholt of Century Equity, leasing manager at The Highlands.

Following the session, OCDA board members approved separate leases with two undisclosed tenants to locate in the Power Center at The Highlands.

The first tennant would occupy the 17,440-square-foot space that previously housed Michael’s Craft Store, and the other is coming to the 7,440-square-foot storefront where Dressbarn was located.

They renewed a lease with Old Navy, and accepted a letter of intent for the sale of the Wendy’s property.

The board also provided the AT&T call center with a one year extension on their lease in the Town Center Building.

The OCDA members met in person in the county commission chambers on Tuesday. Most recent meetings had been conducted by phone.

The regular meeting of the commission began following the ODCA meeting, and commissioners unanimously voted to appoint an additional 19th member to the OCDA board.

Jeffrey Doyle will join the board and represent Clearview, which previously was not represented on the OCDA.

Lou Vargo, director of the County Emergency Management Agency, officially announced that recently retired Wheeling Firefighter Tony Campbell has been hired as deputy director.

The commissioners will next meet at 6 p.m. on Aug. 3. A public hearing for Massilon Cable Television (MCTV) to become a cable and internet vendor in Ohio County will take place at the beginning of the meeting, Russell told commissioners. The company has purchased the former Warwood Cable system, and is expanding in the county.

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