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Notice is hereby given that the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Belmont, Ohio and Marshall Counties has been prepared in draft form and will be available for public review and comment. The TIP includes federal aid highway and transit projects and programs for which implementation is anticipated during the next four fiscal years beginning July 1, 2017.

The TIP will be available for review from March 27, 2017 through April 12, 2017 at the office of the Bel-O-Mar Regional Council, at the address shown below. The TIP, including highway and transit project listings, will also be available for review at the following website:


Notice is also given that Belmont, Ohio and Marshall Counties were designated as nonattainment of the 1997 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQs) for Ozone and PM2.5 (fine particulates). This designation required emissions analysis based conformity determination with regards to transportation plans and programs. The area was redesignated as attainment of the 1997 Ozone NAAQs in June, 2007 and PM2.5 NAAQs in September, 2013. 1997 NAAQs for Ozone and PM2.5 have been revoked by the USEPA, and conformity determination is no longer required.

Interested parties, including representatives of the affected public and transportation agencies, private providers of transportation, freight shippers, providers of freight transportation services and other transportation stakeholders who desire to present their views on the draft TIP, and/or submit written comments should contact:

Bel-O-Mar Regional Council
105 Bridge Street Plaza
P.O. Box 2086
Wheeling, WV 26003

Written comments should be directed to the Transportation Director, at the above address and must be received by April 12, 2017.

Aging Matters – February, 2017

Below you will find a link to the latest issue of the Northwestern Agency on Aging’s Newsletter “Matters”.

Highlights are:

  • Overtime Regulations
  • AARP Priorities
  • National Council of Nonprofits
  • Future of Fundraising
  • Lead With Your Values
  • Older Americans Month Theme Announced


Aging Matters – February, 2017

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Memo and Agenda – February 15, 2017

Above is the memo and agenda for the Technical Advisory Committee Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in the Belomar conference room. The meeting will be held at 1:30pm.

Press Release for Revisions to the FY2016 – FY2019 Transportation Improvement Program

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Click the image above for the latest press release concerning a revision to the FY2016 – FY2019 Transportation Improvement Program.

Regional Council Meeting – February 16, 2017

The quarterly Regional Council Meeting will be held at the Moundsville Country Club on February 16, 2017 at 12:00 noon. The memo and agenda can be downloaded by clicking here.

2016 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Plan Update


Click the image above to view or download the Belomar (Region X) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Plan Update for 2016.

Public Notice – Listing of Highway and Transit Projects

Notice is hereby given that the Bel-O-Mar Regional Council has compiled listings of highway and transit projects in Belmont, Ohio and Marshall Counties which received federal funding during the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Projects which were funded during this period may not have been completed or started as of June 30, 2016. However, federal action was taken to fund the specified projects. This information, which was provided by the respective state transportation agencies and the local transit authorities, is now available for review at the following location:

Bel-O-Mar Regional Council
105 Bridge Street Plaza
P.O. Box 2086
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 242-1800

The information is also available for review on the following website:


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Written comments regarding the above information should be directed to the Transportation Director, at the above address, and received by September 26, 2016.


The project listing can be viewed by clicking the link below.

FY2016 Annual Listing of Projects

Belmont County 2016 CHIP Program Application

Residents of Belmont County who own their home and meet low to moderate income criteria are eligible to apply for the 2016 Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program (CHIP). The 2016 Program will offer three activities:

  1. Home Repair – This activity to correct health and safety issues in the home. Types of things most corrected are lack of furnace or water heater, water or gas leaks, sewer issues, electrical issues, etc. Leaking roofs are considered on a case by case basis, roofs that have been leaking for a long period of time are generally not eligible. Home Repairs are 100% grant funded. Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis.
  2. Home Repair/Septic – This activity to correct deficient septic systems. Home Repair/Septic is 100% grant funded. Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis (although priority may be given to those with court order or nuisance complaints.)
  3. Private Owner Rehab – This activity addresses all main components or areas of the home. Roofing, windows and doors, electrical, plumbing, heating and weatherization, etc. are all considered. Private Owner Rehab is a principal reduction loan, reduced by 20% a year over a five year period. Applicants agree to remain the principal residents in the home during that period. (Some other restrictions apply.) Applications will be accepted during a specified time frame, and are scored based on a preliminary inspection.

Please download and complete the application in full and return it to Belomar Regional Council as soon as possible. You can download and print the application by clicking here.

Source Water Protection Plans (SWPP) for Cameron and Pine Grove


The goal of the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health (WVBPH) source water assessment and protection (SWAP) program is to prevent degradation of source waters which may preclude present and future uses of drinking water supplies to provide safe water in sufficient quantity to users. The most efficient way to accomplish this goal is to encourage and oversee source water protection on a local level. Many aspects of source water protection may be best addressed by engaging local stakeholders.

The intent of this document is to describe what municipality has done, is currently doing, and plans to do to protect its source of drinking water. Although this water system treats the water to meet federal and state drinking water standards, conventional treatment does not fully eradicate all potential contaminants, and treatment that goes beyond conventional methods is often very expensive. By completing this plan, the municipality acknowledges that implementing measures to minimize and mitigate contamination can be a relatively economical way to help ensure the safety of the drinking water.


  • Fulfilling the requirement for the public water utilities to complete or update their source water protection plan.
  • Identifying and prioritizing potential threats to the source of drinking water; and establishing strategies to minimize the threats.
  • Planning for emergency response to incidents that compromise the water supply by contamination or depletion, including how the public, state, and local agencies will be informed.
  • Planning for future expansion and development, including establishing secondary sources of water.
  • Ensuring conditions to provide the safest and highest quality drinking water to customers at the lowest possible cost.
  • Providing more opportunities for funding to improve infrastructure, purchase land in the protection area, and other improvements to the intake or source water protection areas.


The following Source Water Protection Plans can be downloaded by clicking the respective links below.

Pine Grove


The Belmont County Commissioners intend to apply to the Ohio Development Services Agency for funding under the Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program (CHIP), a federally-funded program administered by the state. The County, in partnership with the City of Martins Ferry, are eligible for $800,000 of Fiscal Year 2016 CDBG/HOME/OHTF funding, provided the County meets applicable program requirements. On March 7, 2016 the County conducted it first public hearing to inform citizens about the CDBG/HOME program, how it may be used, what activities are eligible, and other important program requirements.
Based on citizens input, local officials and Housing Advisory Committee assessment of the County’s and City’s needs, the County is proposing to undertake the following CHIP activities for Fiscal Year 2016:

Private Owner Rehab $ 504,000 HOME LMI
Home Repair $ 175,000 CDBG LMI
Home Repair (Septic) $ 40,000 CDBG LMI
Admin/Fair Housing $ 81,000 HOME/CDBG LMI

A second public hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 3:30 P.M. in the Commissioners’ Office at the Belmont County Courthouse, 101 W. Main Street, St. Clairsville to give citizens an adequate opportunity to review and comment on the County’s proposed CHIP application, including the proposed activities summarized above, before the County submits its application to the Ohio Development Services Agency.

If a participant will need auxiliary aids (interpreter, brailed or taped material, assistive listening device, or other) due to a disability, the courthouse is a handicapped accessible facility. Please contact Rick Healy at (304) 242-1800 prior to May 3, 2016 in order to ensure that your needs will be accommodated. Citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting to express their views and comments on the County’s proposed CHIP application. Questions may be directed to Rick Healy of the Belomar Regional Council at (304) 242-1800 for those unable to attend.

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