City of St. Clairsville
City of St. Clairsville

August 15th, 2016 Council Minutes


August 15, 2016

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, August 15, 2016 with the following present

Jim Weisgerber, Council President Terry Pugh, Mayor

Mark Bukmir, Council 3rd Ward Jim Zucal, Service Director

Linda Jordan, Council-At-Large Jeff Henry, Police Chief

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large Cindi Henry, Finance Director

Jake Olsavsky, Council, 1st Ward Richard Myser, Law Director

Frank Sabatino, Council 2nd Ward Tom Murphy, Planning & Zoning Administrator

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

David Trouten, Council, 4th Ward

The meeting was called to order by Council President Jim Weisgerber


Minutes of the August 1, 2016 meeting were distributed to Council. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Jake Olsavsky and seconded by David Trouten.

Roll Call Vote

Bukmir Yes

Jordan Yes Sabatino Yes

Oprisch Yes Smith Yes

Olsavsky Yes Trouten Yes

Roll Call Vote: Seven (7) Yes Zero (0) No Motion Approved

CITIZENS HEARING: Matt Coffland, County Commissioner

Good evening Council thank you for having me. I am your County Commissioner, I have been your County Commissioner for the past eight years coming from eighteen years as a Township Trustee. I am just here to announce that I am running again and I ask you for your support. I believe that I have a record that shows that I support this City very much. I have helped you with a lot of projects. When I first became Commissioner I sat down with Mayor Vincenzo at that time and he requested some of the things he would like to see done. One thing was the Sherriff’s Residence, that is completed and off the books. Mall road is done for our part. I am also the Vice-Chairman of the T.I.D. I have worked with Dennis Bigler for quite a few years bringing that program along. I work every day it is my full time job. It is all I do, I still help my son with his business. Commissioner is what I do every day. I take it very seriously. I work hard at it. I see that the County has come a long way. I could sit here all day and tell you what is being done. You read about it, you see it I will answer any questions you have, If you have any concerns, you want to know what is going on in the County. The Mall Road bid will be in somewhere around December 15th. That project is moving forward. We had the ribbon cutting for the Senior Center. We are meeting with the Cafaro’s in the next couple of weeks to see what exactly is going on at the other side. It is all good. We will be having a round table on August 31st. We feel that the Oil & Gas Industry will be coming back the end of the year. We just want to sit down and talk about R.U.M.A’s and talk about what you should get out of them. Cindi Henry: Jim Zucal and I attended the meeting you had last week and we thought it was a very good meeting.


Service Director: Jim Zucal

Thank you Mr. President and good evening every one. I want to assure Council that the water pump issues at the Water Plant are all resolved. It is running at capacity and smoothly. We had a lot of good help out there and pump #1 is back in operation and what that means is we are not taking any County water into our system right now. The R.B.C. project which is Rotating Biological Contactors, at the Waste Water Plant has started. We have an Inspector on site and they are doing some demolition and removal currently. Brian Kralovic and I attended an Urban Tree Conference at Mount Union College last Friday as I am a certified Arborist and I love trees I believe as much as Brian does. We learned a lot from the people and shared some ideas with our peers and want to keep the beautiful things with the flowers and trees going in the community. It was a great trip and time well spent.

Mayor, Terry Pugh

We have been in a lot of meetings over the last two weeks since the last Council Meeting. It is very refreshing to have a team effort by everybody. In fact because of Cindi everybody is aware of where we are in the budget and what money we have to work with and where we might have to go after grant monies. The other thing is there have been a number of meetings concerning St. Clair Commons involving a couple more I’s to be doted and T’s to be crossed that hopefully will be resolved very shortly. It is all moving in the right direction.

Police Chief, Jeff Henry

The Sam Mumley Race went well this past Saturday. We had no incidences. The night race coming up this Saturday, August 20th at 8:30 is the American Cancer Society Relay for Life the “Glow For Goal” It should go until about 10:30. Mike Smith: I would just like to thank the Chief and his staff for the Saturday Race they did a really good job. Everything went smooth.

Finance Director, Cindi Henry

I want to echo what the Mayor said about the meetings that we have held. I feel as though we have got a lot more comradery going here. Not that there wasn’t before but there seems to be a lot more brought out and taken care of more hands on at this stage of the game. Our GAAP report was finalized two weeks ago and it is filed on time with no extensions which is a first for the last four years.

Planning & Zoning, Tom Murphy

The Newell Avenue storm water project is now complete. Theaker Excavating was the Contractor on the project and they did a great job with it. In a weeks time they had it completed. I think all they had to do was come back on Monday and do the asphalt work. Thanks to the County, they resolved a storm water issue that was created. I wanted to get out to that spot today to see how it all looked but unfortunately I was unable to get by there. There is a Planning Commission Meeting that has been set up for Monday, September 26th at 6:00 p.m. The item on the agenda, I am sure that everyone is familiar with the Dairy Dream site. That structure was recently torn down. The owner of the property wants to put a small office building in there. The purpose of that Planning Commission Meeting is to review the site plan and see if the Planning Commission has any questions or conditions. Council Members are welcome to attend. If you want to review the plans I have them in my office. Just give me a call to make sure I am available. Beth Oprisch: Is it a particular kind of office. Tom Murphy: Just a professional office building, its sounds like it will be definitely one Attorney. There will be two spaces maybe one Insurance Agency maybe an Attorney it is kind of up in the air at this time.


Finance, David Trouten

We had a meeting tonight but I have nothing other than Cindi’s report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino

Other than what Jim updated Council on about the pumps I have nothing to report.

Police, Mark Bukmir: No Report

Street North Side, Jake Olsavsky: No Report

Street South Side, Linda Jordan: No Report

Safety, Beth Oprisch: No Report

Building & Grounds, Mark Bukmir

Our new building has been put up, the Morton Building that we approved it looks very nice.

Planning Commission, Mike Smith – No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, August 24th at 3:00 at the Main Station.

Recreation, David Trouten: There was a meeting today but I was not able to attend it because I was in Court. One thing that Lindsay brought up to me was that the building needs a lot of work. One of the things is the fire safety system, water fountains, just the building in general. That is one thing that I think we need to talk about. Maybe it is something that Building and Grounds needs to look at or I could have Lindsay come to a Council Meeting and discuss these issues. Jim Weisgerber: I think it would be nice if Lindsay could come in we could put her on the agenda and let her address Council.

Park District, Linda Jordan

Community Day was a huge success. At one point it got so busy that Commissioner Ginny Favede had to step in to help. They also wanted to thank Chief Henry and his staff for patrolling. They said that you guys are out there quite frequently. The next meeting is August 22.


Law Director, Richard Myser

As you can see on your Agenda we have several Ordinances to go over tonight. For its third reading we have Ordinance No. 2016-33 that is the Ordinance regarding solicitation within the city limits. We also have for their second reading Ordinance No. 2016-34 & 2016-35. Those are the Ordinances dealing with chickens and golf carts. We will be going into executive session tonight per Ohio Revised Code Section 121.22 (G) regarding conference with Legal Councal regarding pending and past litigation.

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2016-33; AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PROVISIONS OF ORDINANCE NO’S. 705.04 AND 705.05 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AMENDING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A LICENSE APPLICATION FOR SOLICITATION WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS. A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Jake Olsavsky that Ordinance No. 2016-33 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote

Bukmir Yes

Jordan Yes Sabatino Yes

Oprisch Yes Smith Yes

Olsavsky Yes Trouten Yes

Roll Call Vote: Seven (7) Yes Zero (0) No Motion Approved

Ordinance No. 2016-33 was declared adopted.



CORRESPONDENCE: The Clerk read a letter from Chris Nolte praising Officer Greg Clark for stopping to help her change a flat tire. She stated that Officer Clark is a great example of what good policemen are. She thanked the Chief for having such great police officers in his department.

The Clerk also read a letter from Brianna Sowers a third year student at Ohio State University who was raised just outside of the city of St. Clairsville. She explained that she has had a long desire to become a doctor. While still attending school she is working as a research assistant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She decided to apply for a study abroad. She found a program for all of Spring 2017 semester in Quito, Ecuador. She is looking to raise $10,000 by December.


The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 7:30 at the Municipal Building.

There being no other business to come before Council a motion to adjourn was made by Jake Olsavsky and seconded by David Trouten.

August 15th, 2016 Council Minutes