Development of the Eastern Ohio Regional Industrial Park took another step forward last week. At the Tuesday, Oct. 12 meeting, Barnesville Village Council signed an agreement with the Belmont County Port Authority to proceed with installation of a public water line from the village distribution system to the Industrial Park site. Under the agreement, the Port Authority will reimburse the village for all engineering and professional fee costs associated with the engineering contract with Poggemeyer Design. As part of the agreement, the village will provide the necessary inspection services during construction of the water line. Both the village and the Port Authority will assist in obtaining necessary easements for the water line construction.

Also as part of the agreement, Barnesville will take ownership of the waterline after it has been in operation for one year. During the one-year period prior to change of ownership, BCPA will be responsible for the maintenance and operation of the water line from the village limits to the Industrial Park site.

Barnesville Village Administrator Roger Deal said the agreement is needed to move forward with the development of the industrial park.

"The agreement shows the Port Authority and the village officially working together on the project," said Port Authority Director Larry Merry.

Barnesville, Warren Township and the Port Authority entered into a Joint Economic Development agreement on December 8, 2008.

Ground was broken for the Industrial Park in October of 2009. The village and BCPA jointly selected Poggemeyer through a Request for Qualification process and the village entered into the contract.

In other business, park advisory board member Dave Fitzpatrick again addressed council with a request to hire an activities director for the park.

He said without one, the Halloween activities at the park will not occur this year.

"The youth and the community looked forward to the activities," Fitzpatrick said.

Park committee member Dale Bunting suggested the committee meet with the park board to discuss the issue.

Bunting, sitting in for Mayor Tom Michelli, announced that the village received another $1,779.30 check from worker's compensation for having no lost-time incidents and participating in the St. Clairsville Chamber of Commerce's safety council.

"It was a good job on everybody's park. Keep it up," Bunting said.

Bunting said participation in the program results in great savings for the village and a better work environment for employees.

Councilman Brad Hudson presented council members with meetings from a Sept. 29 Safety Committee meeting and requested another meeting.

John Favra, candidate for Eastern Division Court Judge, addressed council. Village Solicitor Marlin Harper said Favra was a "fair judge", having known him for 12 years. Favra said he had been acting judge after the retirement of Judge Davis.

A purchase order for $160 to Braido Memorials from the cemetery fund was approved.

A cemetery committee meeting was scheduled for Friday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. in Deal's office.

A building permit was approved for Beverly Justice, 122 Cherry St., to raze residence.

The next meeting of the Barnesville Village Council will be Monday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. in council chambers at the village building.