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Seat to open on Cadiz council

July 12, 2013
By ROBERT A. DEFRANK - Special to the Herald-Star , The (Martins Ferry) Times Leader

CADIZ Village Council is accepting applications for a council seat that will become vacant, as Councilman Mike McPeak plans to step down.

Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on July 23, officials said.

In other matters at Thursday's meeting, Rich Milleson, economic coordinator for the village, reviewed the month's activities, including a June 14 economic development summit at Sally Buffalo Park, including area politicians. There also were meetings with commissioners regarding the use of county land in the village limits.

Milleson said he will meet with Ohio Department of Transportation officials on Wednesday regarding possible state route upgrades in the village.

He noted further progress concerning oil and gas interests in the county.

It was noted that on July 22 the Ohio Rail Commission will begin discussions regarding re-connecting Cadiz with the rail of Central Ohio Railroad.

Milleson also will attend an Ohio Mid-East Governments Association training session to produce grants from the Natural Resource Assistance Fund.

In addition, ODNR's Division of Abandoned Mine Lands program is working on the reclamation of high walls at Sally Buffalo Park. Jim Bishop, heading the program, noted the 2,200-foot priority one highwall is adjacent to reclaimed area.

The initial design suggests a cost of $500,000 to reclaim the rest, looking at federal appropriations for 2014, with the project submitted in the 2014 grant and hopefully completed by 2017.

Council members noted cleanup continues in the aftermath of Wednesday's storms.

In financial matters, the village is obtaining prices for the proposed expansion of camping lots at Sally Buffalo Park. Since the lots will be rented year-round and command a higher price due to the availability of water and electricity, cost could be recouped in one year, according to preliminary figures.

In other business:

Officials said a new scissors lift is needed and the village is looking at prices. A portion of an $11,000 rebate check could be used for a matching grant, it was noted.

Officials are pricing software to assist with billing needs.

It was announced Eagle Scouts have volunteered to take on some improvements on the walking trail at the park, including six benches.

Some residents inquired about the village's permitting process. Zoning Administrator Charles Bowman said he is available Mondays and can be reached through the village clerk the rest of the week.

Council passed an ordinance re-zoning a parcel at 419 Lincoln Ave. from an R-1 zoning to C-1 zoning designation so the owner can remove the existing structure, including several trees and erect a steel building surrounded by a concrete drive and green acres to expand Mattern Tire.

It was noted that beginning in August, council meetings will resume the first and third Thursday of every month.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on July 25.

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