Belpre Council listens to company’s plan

BELPRE – Helping the city save money as more and more projects come up is the goal of a communications company that approached city council on Monday.

Brian Mills and Tim Henson with SMC Communications of Marietta spoke before council about their plan to save money on the city’s telephone bills.

“We have been working with Dave Ferguson (Belpre safety-service director) and looked at the city’s communication bills and we believe we can save the city money,” said Mills, an account executive with the company.

The city pays about $3,500 a month and SMC Communications believes it can offer the same service for about $350 less.

“We broker with all major carriers, which gives us the ability to give you savings,” Mills said.

Henson, vice president of sales, said the city would continue to receive service from current provider AT&T as SMC Communications would broker its service to give the city wholesale pricing.

“You would have the same service with more support,” Henson said. “The only difference you will see is more support and the bill will be a lot easier to take.”

Council president Will Neff said the issue will have to go to council’s utilities committee for discussion before the lawyer draws up legislation and council has three readings.

“Council will have to take time to discuss this and make some decisions before legislation can be drafted and passed,” Neff said.

It is unknown when the committee will hold a meeting for the discussions.

In other business:

  • The streets, sidewalks and storm sewers committee discussed allowing the Belpre Soccer Club to name the right of way from Washington Boulevard to Blennerhassett Avenue after the deceased former owners of the property. The family of those people still own the land.

“The soccer club would like to name it Moore Way and there doesn’t seem to be any negative thoughts,” said committee chair Bob Wallace.

Neff said council does not have the ability to name a right of way because it is private property.

“It is private property and I am afraid to cause confusion for people driving through who would see a sign and think it is a publicly maintained street, which it is not,” said city law director Tom Webster. “They can put up a sign, but it cannot be put up near Washington Boulevard.

“This is also a private issue between the soccer club and the Moore family who owns the property.”

Council chose to let the two entities work out the issue among themselves.