City of St. Clairsville

January 17th, 2017 Council Minutes

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January 17, 2017

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 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 Tom Murphy, Planning & Zoning Administrator

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

Frank Sabatino, Council 2nd Ward Cindi Henry, Finance Director

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

John Tomlan, Council 4th Ward

The meeting was called to order by Council President Jim Weisgerber.


Minutes of the January 3, 2017 regular meeting & January 11, 2017 special meeting were distributed to Council. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Jake Olsavsky and seconded by Mike Smith.

Roll Call Vote

Bukmir Yes Sabatino Yes

Jordan Yes Smith Yes

Oprisch Yes Tomlan Yes

Olsavsky Yes

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


There were no Citizens present who wished to address Council.


Service Director: Jim Zucal

We are working on the vehicles with logos and decals. We have almost every vehicle completely assigned with a number and a city logo. That will be important in our maintenance schedule.

I have been meeting basically every day with the Mayor and Finance Director, preparing the 2017 goals that we want to accomplish this year.

We are wrapping up some of the water projects. Today at 10:00 the Mayor and I met with the group from CTI Engineers, Inc. and the contractor Workman Industrial Services, Inc. We did the final walk through of the RBC project at the Waste Water Plant. It is now complete. There will be a little clean up in the spring when the weather breaks. It was a very successful project and very nice state of the art equipment. We are good for 30 years plus.

Mayor: Terry Pugh

I want to thank the Post 159 American Legion for the donation to the Police Department for the defibrillator which will be in Officer Jeff Gazdik’s car. Officer Gazdik is our school resource officer.

Every Month I read you the Police Report. Tonight I have the 2016 yearly report.

Police Report for 2016

Calls and Complaints 2,708

Special Teams Call Outs 11

Accidents 155

Arrests 283

Parking Tickets Issued 454

Traffic Stops 667

Miles put on Cruisers 71,923

Gasoline Used 6,939.2 gallons

Police Chief, Jeff Henry:

Out of those accidents we had no serious injury accidents. As much flack as Council got about lowering the speed limit to 25, it is paying off. With all the miles on the cruisers, we need a cruiser.

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:

We received our certificate from the County Auditor that our appropriations are in line. There shouldn’t be any adjustments to be made. There was money appropriated for an additional cruiser.

Planning & Zoning, Tom Murphy:

I gave each Council member a report from the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission had a meeting on January 12th. The Developer requested that the St. Clair Commons Preliminary Plat approval be extended for six months. The permit approval was good for a year. It currently will expire in March. They are requesting an extension to September 2017 because of weather and other factors that are delaying the construction of the infrastructure. The Planning Commission and the City have no issue with that. The Planning Commission voted 4 to 0 to recommend approval to City Council. Council will need to act on that. There is an Ordinance tonight that Richard has prepared. Beth Oprisch: The Ordinance has emergency language? Tom Murphy: I am glad you asked that question. It does have emergency language but you do not have to approve it tonight. You can have the three readings and at the end of the third reading it will become effective and that will be fine.

The second matter that came before the Planning Commission but does not need to come to Council is the final plan approval. The Planning Commission did approve that final plan. They actually submitted their application for the zoning permit to start construction. The construction of the structure will probably take a while to initiate. If you have questions on the final plan feel free to ask me.

The Planning Commission will meet on Monday, February 6th at 6:00 P.M. There is one matter on the agenda. You may recall the property on South Marietta Street owned by Jack Malik. They have petitioned for a zone change that was tabled. The Planning Commission requested a traffic study be done because of the traffic concerns in that area, mainly the access to the property. Hull & Associates and the Maliks are interested in initiating that and have that meeting extended. They want to meet with the Planning Commission and try to clarify what exactly the Planning Commission wants in that traffic study. No decision will be made. The public will be invited. It is not an approval of a zone change, it is just a clarification and at a subsequent Planning Commission meeting that is when an actual hearing on the zone change request will be extended.


Finance, Mike Smith: No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:

It was good to hear Jim’s report on the completion of projects. Progress in the infrastructure is always good for the city.

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: No Report

Planning Commission, Mike Smith: No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino

The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 25th at 3:00 p.m.

Recreation, Linda Jordan:

We had a meeting yesterday. The biggest thing that they talked about was the Roller Hockey League that they are going to start at the end of March. They are going to have a program to train children and also parents. They have sponsors for this program.

They are discussing selling season passes for their different sports.

Community Days will be July 1st this year.

Park District, Linda Jordan: No Report


Law Director, Richard Myser

We only have one Ordinance this evening. It is the Ordinance that Tom Murphy explained to you regarding extending the final plat for the St. Clair Commons subdivision.

Beth Oprisch has asked that we go into Executive Session tonight under Section 121.22 (G) (3)

Conference with an Attorney regarding legal matters.

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2017-03; AN ORDINANCE EXTENDING THE TIME TO FILE THE FINAL PLAT FOR THE ST. CLAIR COMMONS SUBDIVISION FROM MARCH 17, 2017 TO SEPTEMBER 17, 2017.


The Clerk advised Council that we will have some openings at the Community Garden this year. Anyone interested should call the Mayor’s Office.


The Mayor’s Collection for December 2016 was $3,310.00. A motion was made by Jake Olsavsky and seconded by Linda Jordan to accept the Mayor’s Report.

Roll Call Vote

Bukmir Yes Sabatino Yes

Jordan Yes Smith Yes

Oprisch Yes Tomlan Yes

Olsavsky Yes

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


A motion was made by Beth Oprisch and seconded by Mike Smith that Council go into Executive Session per Ohio Revised Code Section 121.22 (G) (3) Conference with an Attorney regarding legal matters. Richard Myser: I have been instructed to request that the Executive Session be of Council Members only, and I assume Legal Counsel.

Roll Call Vote

Bukmir Yes Sabatino Yes

Jordan Yes Smith Yes

Oprisch Yes Tomlan Yes

Olsavsky Yes

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

A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Mike Smith that Council return to Regular Session.

Roll Call Vote

Bukmir Yes Sabatino Yes

Jordan Yes Smith Yes

Oprisch Yes Tomlan Yes

Olsavsky Yes

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

The next regular Council Meeting will be Monday, February 6, 2017, at 7:30 in the Council Chamber.

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

January 17th, 2017 Council Minutes