Ohio RV Park Geared for Oil and Gas Drillers
Editor's note: Located on the Ohio River across from Wheeling, W. Va., Martins Ferry, Ohio's oldest settlement, became an important rail hub and river port from where products were shipped all over the United States and beyond. Over the past 50 years, the town's population has decreased significantly as industries have closed or moved elsewhere. Today, the city's population of around 6,000 is less than half of what it once was.
The city council in Martins Ferry, Ohio, has given the OK to Mansuetto Roofing Contractors to build a recreational vehicle park on the former site of Scheele Produce on First and Center streets in the Industrial Park in that city.
Matt Mansuetto and Isaac Dieffenbaugher representing the company recently made a presentation to council. They own the property and will begin by tearing down the two structures currently on the property, level it and gravel the property, the Times-Leader, Martins Ferry, reported .
Afterward, 22- to 25-full hook-up RV sites will be installed. A security fence will surround the park. Each customer site would have its own utility hookup with water, sewer and electric. Propane access and free Wi-Fi will also be available.
They will install security cameras.
"Our goals are very simple. We want to beautify and utilize the existing property and the benefit is that it's going to create immediate income for all of us," Dieffenbaugher said. "We feel we can attract new money to Martins Ferry by doing so"
"These guys are going somewhere," he said, in reference to shale oil and gas drillers who are swarming into this portion of the state. "Let's give them a nice place to go."
He added that the location close to town and the interstate was a prime one. In the long term, when the transient worker population has moved on, Mansuetto will utilize the land for further expansions.
"It's a perfect stair step," he said.
A high-detailed ordinance will be provided by the law director in the interest of ensuring compliance with regulations. Such parks would be confined to the Industrial Park.
"We want to set this ordinance up so that it's a high-quality ordinance so that only the serious people are interested in doing it," said Mayor Paul Riethmiller.
They hope to be in operation early this spring.