Local Elected Officials Discuss State Assistance for Zanesville Masonic Temple Fire

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MUSKINGUM COUNTY, Ohio- State Senator, Tim Schaffer came to meet with elected officials today to get a first hand experience of the aftermath of the Masonic Temple fire.

During the gathering community leaders talked about the memorable stories during the time of the fire and focused on what should be done to recover for staffing and the workplace.

“Today was really a discovery experience for me to come in and try and ask a lot of questions, see the building itself as demolition is starting because I want to take that message back to Columbus. If I have pictures, if I have a mental image in my head, I can make the case a lot stronger to our state friends that we need some help here. This was a big disaster for downtown Zanesville,” Schaffer stated.

Ron Welch, the Muskingum County Prosecutor, attended the meeting and talked about how it took a lot of work hours for employees in the office to move files and relocate due to the fire. 

“We’re going to recover. There’s no doubt about it. You’ve got some fantastic local elected officials who got started immediately and remediating and taking care of business, and keeping the business of the County going during and after the fire,” Schaffer said. “We’re looking, we’re searching for help, we’re networking and so this is really important for me to describe personally what the site is like.”

Schaffer said with so many concerns and questions, the community should know that his staff has already been speaking with Federal and State resources and is trying to find sources of clean up expense reimbursement.

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