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BELPRE – Belpre officials are in discussion regarding the possibility of extending the Easy Rider bus service to Belpre.

Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz said the Ohio Department of Transportation will share the burden and the city of Belpre will get a 20% match if the changes are approved.

He is due to meet with the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority today to discuss service parameters and the contract if service can be extended from Parkersburg and Vienna to include Belpre.

“Since I spoke to you all, I have interviewed the Senior Center, the board of the chamber of commerce and anyone who wants to listen. Everyone agrees that it is time. he said.

With the loss of a police officer who has filled in in recent months as a dispatcher, Lorentz said a lot of time has been spent on civil service business. An advertisement was returned as well as numerous phone calls seeking candidates and on Friday the city had seven candidates.

Belpre Police Chief Terry Williams chose to retire Sept. 15 instead of later this fall as he had planned, Lorentz said. On his retirement date, Lorentz will appoint an interim leader.

“At the moment the sergeants are dealing with day-to-day issues quite well, but they are quite busy. I have not appointed an interim because, if that happens, I understand that we are then under a deadline to test and “appoint a leader. I want our sergeants to have all the time allowed to study for the exam. We started the interview process from our remaining list of candidates on Friday,” he said.

In other business, the council approved the final reading of a resolution authorizing the city auditor to establish a special revenue fund to receive funds under the American Rescue Plan Act pursuant to Bill 168 of the Ohio House. Prior to its passage, council voted to amend the resolution to remove a clause restricting funding to water and sewer projects. It will now be available for use in any ARPA-approved project under the revised Ohio code.

Three committee meetings were scheduled for September 26, before the next board meeting on that date. The Streets Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. to discuss a request from the Town of Belpre School District regarding snow removal services on school grounds. The Police and Fire Committee will meet at 6:45 p.m. to discuss an emergency vehicle. The finance committee will meet at 7:15 p.m. to discuss supplementary appropriations.

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Earnest L. Veasey