Note: This profile appears in the Wednesday, Feb. 12 newspaper on Page A1.
Editor’s Note: This story is the final part of a series profiling the mayors of villages in Vinton County. Previous stories featured Michael Amerine, Terry Wiseman and Matthew Smith.
McARTHUR — Steve Hammond keeps busy.
To start, Hammond owns an insurance business in McArthur. In addition, he and his wife Melissa are currently working to restore the Louvee Theatre in Wellston, which they purchased in June of 2018. The couple also helps carry out the countywide “Blessing Box” initiative. Blessing boxes are outdoor, communal food pantries.
Hammond can add his new role as the mayor of McArthur to his list of responsibilities.
Hammond decided to enter the mayoral race after sitting on council for a few years.
He originally filled the vacant seat left by former mayor Kim Wortman when he was elected in 2016. Now joining Hammond as newly elected or appointed leaders to the village are J.C. Mullins, Adam Jones and Dave Gill. Tammy Smith was also re-elected to her seat in council.
Hammond was born in Columbus and raised in Massillon. He later moved to Dundas, then McArthur. He’s a graduate of Vinton County High School, and he continued his education at Ohio University. He’s worked at a variety of places throughout the years: Crownover Lumber during his time in high school, the paper mill in Chillicothe during college and a corporate position after.
The McArthur mayor has future goals for the village. He’d love to see a motel or hotel come to the village to keep tourists in the area longer.
Hammond said there are already a lot of businesses the village has to offer to travelers, pointing to the village’s restaurants and clothing shops.
McArthur has seen a few additions to the county’s collection of businesses in the past few years; monumentally, the introduction of a grocery store, but also a clothing boutique and a quilt shop.
But of course, a few other things need to happen before area tourism can get a boost. For example, the village of McArthur has infrastructure projects in the works. A storm sewer repair project is on the horizon, and the village also applied for grant funding for a culvert repair project. Hammond also noted that he and other village leaders may look into funding for McArthur’s roads.
McArthur Village Council typically meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m.