Chamber officers remain: BMV patronage urged

Cathryn Stanley

Enterprise Reporter

Due to ongoing issues with the Barnesville Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Barnesville Chamber of Commerce officers and board members will remain the same for 2009-10, with the exception of a new president-elect.

At the December 11 chamber Christmas luncheon, President Bill Steedle said John Rataiczak of WesBanco Barnesville, will serve as co-president while learning the to oversee operation of the BMV.

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, which has been reviewing the Barnesville BMV among other locations is in jeopardy of not having the contract renewed due to downsizing, is taking a second look and will allow the Chamber to re-bid the contract at the end of this year if the office can show significant improvement in revenue.

"We are in need of continued community support. The Barnesville BMV serves not only Barnesville, but many surrounding communities including Quaker City and Somerton, and is centrally located providing convenience for those who would have to travel much further to receive the services offered here in Barnesville," Steedle said, adding that through-the-door transactions must increase in 2009."

"The Barnesville BMV offers convenience for those who can't travel far or are confined to town, thus helping the significant older population of our area," he said. "Encourage everyone you know to use the BMV. It will be a real loss if it is gone."

Support for the Barnesville BMV was shown during an open house in November at which the Ohio Deputy Registrar attended.

In a related matter, Steedle said the Barnesville website -- -- has been updated to include information about the BMV.

Chamber Secretary Barbara Roby reported that the chamber-sponsored Christmas craft fair was successful.

Christmas parade organizer Tim Rockwell was thanked for his work again this year in making the December 6 event a success.

Chamber members voted to donated 12, left-over, frozen pumpkin pies to the three local nursing homes.