Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
The New Boston Village Council on Tuesday accepted the recommendation of the zoning board to approve a variance for Evangelistic Outreach Program to build a new facility on the corner of Stanton and Ohio avenues.
Rubyville Community Church purchased the former Stanton Elementary School property in New Boston for $45,000 during a public auction in April. Pastor Calvin Ray Evans said the church purchased the property as a gift to Evangelistic Outreach of Ironton, of which Evans is also director, to move to the village into a new 6,000-square-foot facility.
“We do everything from publish books, we send out Christian literature every month. We also mass produce our DVDs and CDs. Just multiple things. Also we ship bibles all around the world,” Evans said.
Councilman Junior Williams said the village zoning board met for a public meeting to allow questions and comments about the new building, and reported there were none. With no objection, he said the committee recommended council approve the variance to allow the program to build at 299 Ohio Ave. Council accepted Williams’ report from the zoning board on Tuesday and unanimously asked that an ordinance be brought to the next meeting to approve the variance.
Mayor James Warren then reported to council that Evangelistic Outreach has also asked the village to vacate an alley located behind their property on Stanton Avenue. Village Administrator Steve Hamilton said the program would like to use the alley as a private driveway to their back parking lot.
“That used to be where they brought coal in for the school,” Warren said. “What they would like is for that short alley … they own both parcels there so there’s no question about ownership of the alley if we vacate it.”
Councilman Ralph Imes asked if any village utility or sewer lines are located above or beneath the alley, and Hamilton advised him there are none. Council seemed supportive of the request, some said they didn’t even know the tiny road was a village alley. They unanimously requested the issue be turned over to Village Solicitor Justin Blume.
New Boston Village Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month, at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the Vern Riffe Community Center on Rhodes Avenue. The next meeting will be June 18.
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