BELPRE – Belpre City Council cleared the way for a new business to open in Belpre at its regular meeting Monday night.
The council held a public hearing and approved all three readings of an ordinance making a proposed zoning change from R1 to C2 for property on Farson Street to allow construction of a new pharmacy.
Although previously zoned residential, the site had been used commercially for years. The new owners plan to start work in the near future to build a small pharmacy on the site.
Mayor Mike Lorentz said the water line project on Farson Street is nearing completion. The last connection to the hospital property is expected to be made by Saturday.
That should complete Farson Street except for paving, and the south side of Braun Avenue is well on its way to paving, he said.
The council unanimously approved the second reading of a resolution authorizing the city auditor to establish a special revenue fund to receive funds under the American Rescue Plan Act in accordance with Ohio House Bill 168. A final reading will be held at a future council meeting.
The council also approved all three readings of a pair of resolutions approving the creation of a OneOhio Opioid Solutions Fund and approving the fund’s governance structure under OneOhio’s memorandum of understanding.
As part of the Mayor’s Report, Lorentz said he and Safety Services Director Connie Hoblitzell met with Belpre City Schools maintenance representative Scott Trew to discuss the possibility of a road crew clearing snow on the property. of school during the winter months. The city’s road superintendent and service director will work out the costs and bring them to the council for discussion, he said, adding that the school system has neither the manpower nor equipment to accomplish the task.
Lorentz said he recently met with representatives from the Interstate Planning Commission, the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority and the Ohio Department of Transportation to discuss the feasibility of running a bus route through Belpre. Lorentz said funds are available to do a study on the issue, with no match needed from Belpre. He asked the council to be ready to act one way or another.