Belpre mayor hints at future growth

BELPRE – Businesses could be locating to Belpre soon, but the mayor was limited in what he could say.

During his mayor’s report during Monday’s City Council meeting, Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz said he met with a developer that is planning to bring businesses to Belpre.

“They are in the process of purchasing two plots of ground on Washington Boulevard,” Lorentz said.

The mayor said he could not discuss specifics on what the businesses would be or where on Washington Boulevard they would be located.

The mayor and Safety Service Director Dave Ferguson also met with people who are reopening and refurbishing the Blennerhassett RV Park on Beach Drive.

“This could be a welcome addition to this area,” the mayor said.

Developer Denver Horn of Parkersburg briefed council about a group of condominiums he is planning to build near the duck pond behind the Kroger along Lee Street.

“My general intent is to build some high end condos there,” Horn said.

Horn is planning to develop 10 lots with two-family condos on each lot.

He is looking at how high he will have to build these buildings in dealing with the floodplain.

The mayor also announced AEP is planning a large infrastructure project for the city in the coming year.

“AEP will replace many poles and a huge amount of electrical lines,” he said. “A good part of this is also going to remove a lot of poles and lines that are way out of date.”

With the start of the new year, Lorentz said there have been replacements on the city’s committees and commissions. Marian Duvall will sit on the Planning and Zoning Board while Darwin Mayle, John Underwood Sr. and Karen Waller will be new additions to Civil Service Committee.

Council approved a motion to allow the mayor to apply for a $50,000 ODOT Safe Routes To Schools Grant, which is due March 1.

“They have granted me the authority to submit for grants, but this one could add to our manpower roster if accepted,” Lorentz said.

Alex Lowe, a local 18-year-old who has organized the Easter Egg Hunt at Civitan Park for the last few years, informed council this year’s event will be 1 p.m. March 30 at Civitan Park.