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TL Photo/CARRI GRAHAM Mayor John Davies, front left, talks about various road issues and paving projects at the Martins Ferry Town Council meeting on Wednesday. Next to him is service manager Andy Sutak. Behind them is council clerk Kay McFarlan.

MARTINS FERRY — A few different road issues were discussed at Wednesday’s city council meeting, including additional paving, ice and snow removal on branch roads and tanker trucks running on Ohio 647.

Martins Ferry Mayor John Davies told council that the town’s main paving project is now complete. however, officials decided to pave a few additional roads, including Pearl Street and Seabrights Lane, following a special meeting held over the weekend.

Davies also raised a “publish” with roads near the public school complex. He said the city annexed School Street and Alumni Road to the school board years ago, although it was never specified who would maintain the roads.

“The city does not own the roads. …Until we fix this, someone has to tell me what to do. If it snows, do we take care of the roads? he asked the council members.

Councilman Bruce Shrodes said the city continued to maintain the roads, regardless of ownership, to ensure the safe movement of students, teachers and staff.

“I think we should keep doing that until we decide what the future will be with this road – whether they’re going to maintain it or us,” said Shrodes.

He suggested setting up a meeting with the school board to find a permanent solution for the future.

Councilman Jack Regis Sr. agreed that the city should continue to treat the road for de-icing and snow removal for the safety of people traveling on it. He said it could be a dangerous area if left untreated.

Chief Legal Officer Paul Stecker said he believed ownership of the roads was meant to be transferred to the city, but that may not have been finalized. He said the matter will need to be brought to the school board’s attention.

Davies noted that he only wanted to bring the matter to the council’s attention. He said he had no problem maintaining the area and just wanted permission from the members before moving forward.

After some discussion, the council unanimously approved keeping the school roads until the property was established.

During his report, Service Manager Andy Sutak referred to another road issue involving tankers traveling up Ohio 647.

He said he would like to consider requiring these companies to obtain a pavement use maintenance agreement to drive on the road.

“Other places are doing it, and I think we probably could too. … This funding would hopefully go towards maintaining the maintenance of this national highway. We’re going to have more slides, we’re going to have more cracks” , he said.

Council members agreed, saying it was a good idea to look into the matter.

In other areas, a few upcoming events in the city were mentioned.

Davies reminded council that the Veterans Memorial will be dedicated at 2 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Riverview Cemetery. If the weather is inclement, the dedication will be moved to American Legion Bowling Alley, where food and refreshments will be served afterwards.

Director of Security Jack Regis Jr. said the city’s Christmas parade was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 26. He said he would follow his usual route starting on Center Street, heading to Zane Highway then Hickory Street and ending at the corner of Fifth. and the streets of Hanover. He noted that food vendors will be set up this year.

Council will then meet at 6 p.m. on November 16 at the Municipal Building, located at 35 S. Fifth St.

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