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Belpre: Few reports of snow-related problems

BELPRE — The city of Belpre weathered the recent winter snowfall well, according to city officials.

Belpre City Council held its regular meeting Monday evening. Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the Belpre City Building has been closed since Nov. 18, with all business conducted by mail, phone and electronically. Monday’s meeting was held by Zoom.

Mayor Mike Lorentz and Safety-Service Directory Connie Hoblitzell said the city’s street department did a good job of plowing and clearing Belpre’s streets during the winter snowfall which occurred over the last two weeks, including the largest snowfall on Feb. 11, with the city receiving many positive comments.

Hoblitzell said the city did receive some calls about wanting streets plowed which were not city streets. There were also a couple of issues involving items in the city right-of-way like basketball hoops being struck by plows. Such items should not be placed in the right-of-way, she said.

In other business, council approved the third reading of an amendment establishing authorized manpower for calendar year 2021. The purpose of the amendment was to correct inaccurate information in the first manpower ordinance.

The Finance Committee and the Utilities Committee both scheduled meetings in the period from 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 8, prior to the next council meeting, to review three resolutions. One involves supplemental appropriations for 2021 and the other two involve the annual contracts for the management of the Belpre Senior Center and for Soil and Water Conservation services for the city.

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