Ferry to take credit cards for payments

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

MARTINS FERRY - Mayor Paul Riethmiller announced at Wednesday's night council meeting that the city of Martins Ferry will now take credit cards, debit cards and will allow customers to pay utility bills and mayor's court payments on line.

Riethmiller appointed council members Chris Cleary and Robert Kraynyak along with service director Chuck Bennett to accept proposals from several different companies for this project.

This will cut down on cash transactions.

Riethmiller asked council to support and approve Permanent Improvement Funds to fix the major drainage project on North Fifth Street. Councilman Bob Hunker made a motion to approve the $7,500 for this project.

Council also considered the police department request for $45,000 for a new police cruiser and giving the K-9 Unit the older four wheel drive SUV. The SUV will be safer for Ecko and more reliable. Council voted and approved.

"I am very grateful to council for approving this request and just want to thank them for this," said Police Chief John McFarland. "We have invested a lot of time and money into Ecko, we want him to be safe and we feel the giving him the SUV will help ensure that."

Bennett stated in his report that the city has had multiple water breaks on the same stretch of Hill'N' Dale. He also addressed the large numbers of delinquent utility accounts that are well over 90 day limit.

The water department passed out more then 150 water shut off notices. He also stated that city offices will be closed on Nov. 28 - 29 for Thanksgiving and sanitation will not be picked up that Thursday or Friday. Those days will be combined on the Wednesday route.

The first annual Christmas in the Park will be held on Nov. 29-30. The festivities will begin at noon and the lighting of the park will be held at 5 p.m. The Christmas Parade will be held on Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Van Dyne may be reached at kvandyne@timesleaderonline.com