Belpre Council passes contract readings

BELPRE – City council worked on several pieces of legislation Monday necessary for the new year.

The rules of council were suspended to allow council to pass all three readings of a contract between the safety-service director and the Washington Soil and Water Conservation District.

“They are already doing work with us, so the earlier the contract is approved, the better,” said safety-service director Dave Ferguson.

The city has had a contract with the district since 2005 for the services of storm water specialist Kathy Davis regarding city ordinances for construction site and post construction legislation regarding storm water and runoff.

Council passed the first reading of a resolution to extend the city’s contract with the O’Neill Center for the management of the Belpre Senior Citizens Center.

“This year we have refined the contract agreement,” said Ferguson.

These changes include that the money from renting the facility for parties and groups goes to the city and not the O’Neill Center.

The fee paid to the O’Neill Center by the city for the management of the local center increased by $2,550 for a total of $43,350.

“I feel the senior center is one of the best investments we could have made in the community,” said Councilman Dewey Robinson. “The use has increased and people seem to be happy with the services.”

The second reading of the legislation will be during the Feb. 11 council meeting.

The contract includes the management agreement and operations of the Belpre center for the calendar year, which when passed will be retroactive to Jan. 1.

The Belpre Senior Citizens Center received an overhaul when the city entered an agreement with the O’Neill Center in Marietta in October 2008. Most of the changes to the programs and center itself took place in 2009.

Since the city partnered with the O’Neill Center in Marietta in October 2008, usership has more than doubled.

An expansion of the senior center is about 75 percent complete with windows in and electrical nearly finished, Ferguson said.