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May 1st, 2017 Council Minutes

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COUNCIL MINUTES

May 1, 2017

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, May 1, 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

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large Cindi Henry, Finance Director

John Tomlan, Council 4th Ward

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

MINUTES

Minutes of the April 17, 2017 regular meeting were distributed to Council. A motion to accept the minutes was made by John Tomlan and seconded by Linda Jordan.

Roll Call Vote

Bukmir Yes Olsavsky Yes

Jordan Yes Smith Abstain

Oprisch Abstain Tomlan Yes

Roll Call Vote: Four (4) Yes Zero (0) No (2) Abstain Motion Approved

CITIZENS HEARING:

There were no Citizens present who wished to address Council.

REPORTS:

Service Director: Jim Zucal

The Mayor, Tom Murphy and I met with Belomar. We are pursuing a traffic study for the Commons Mall Crossing. We also expanded that to include all of Main Street back to the west that included Route 9. We want to look at the whole traffic pattern from Route 9 east. We also talked to Chief Henry, we want to look at the Thompson Drive area including the I-70 exit area. We are seeking some Federal funding and hopefully can get monies to do that.

The City applied for an Appalachian Regional Commission Grant to start the funding process for the new water tank out at the St. Clair Commons area. It was submitted last week along with a Nature Works grant for public restrooms at Central Park.

Rich Theaker has equipment in place to take off a portion of the old Street Garage.

The work being done in the alley behind the Municipal Building is being done by the Gas Company. They have acquired a permit for the project.

Mayor: Terry Pugh

Police Department Report, April, 2017

Calls and Complaints 231

Special Teams Call Outs 0

Accidents 16

Arrests 22

Parking Tickets Issued 123

Traffic Stops 71

Miles put on Cruisers 6,440

Gasoline Used 685.8 gallons

At the Belmont Co. Mayor’s Association meeting we discussed the new indigent burial policy for Belmont County. The Mayor’s group is trying to come up with a price that would be the same throughout the whole County. We will need an ordinance at some future date. Some Cities like Martins Ferry that have a hospital had 8 indigent burials last year. We have not experienced any in St. Clairsville.

American Legion Post 159 has a new Commander Larry Barnes. They are going to take on the project of replacing the patriotic banners for the light poles. They will be accepting donations for the project. The Chamber of Commerce is going to have a fund raiser to buy Holiday banners.

Received a letter from the Belmont County Tourism Council about the National Pike Wagon Train that will take place on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th. They want to have a brief ceremony in front of the Court House. A motion was made by Jake Olsavsky and seconded by Linda Jordan to permit a brief ceremony in front of the Courthouse as well as our Police Department helping with traffic control in the City limits.

Roll Call Vote

Bukmir Yes Olsavsky Yes

Jordan Yes Smith Yes

Oprisch Yes Tomlan Yes

Roll Call Vote: Six (6) Yes Zero (0) No Motion Approved

Police Chief, Jeff Henry:

The Spring into Shape race for St. Mary’s will be held on May 6th at 9:00. It will be held behind St. Mary’s School and will go through the Biketrail and end up at the school.

The parade for Junior Sports will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 11:00 from Calvary Church to the School area.

I have had a couple of complaints at the biketrail. The trail rules say that you are supposed to give an auditable signal when passing a walker when riding a bike.

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:

We have Ordinance No. 2017-21 and No. 2017-22. 2017-21 is the normal general fund move of moneys into the Street Department, Recreation and Police Department. These are normal operating costs. I figured out what I thought we would need to get through the end of the year. 2017-22 is the Legion Road and the capital projects fund that was set up and the $200,000 grant money that was going to be received for that project.

Next meeting I will be sending out an ordinance that we will have to pass to ask the County Auditor to certify what the 1.95 renewal levy will be. We have to ask him certify what it will bring in. The deadline for filing is the first week of August.

Planning & Zoning, Tom Murphy:

The Board of Zoning Appeals will be meeting on Thursday, May 11th at 6:00 p.m. There are two items on the agenda. J.P. Pack of 119 Rand Avenue is requesting to set a proposed accessory garage on the rear property line.

The second item Ryan and Jen Clifford of Tony Lane are requesting to be allowed to have a six foot high fence located in what is considered by code to be their front yard.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith: No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino: Not Present

Mike Smith reported that based on the recommendations from the independent audit for the Utility Office we are going to ask Mr. Myser to draft legislation to stop the practice of collecting deposits.

Police, Mark Bukmir: No Report.

Street North Side, Jake Olsavsky:

I had one complaint about the garbage truck and I talked to the Chief about it.

Also had a complaint about grass.

Street South Side, Linda Jordan: No Report

Safety, Beth Oprisch: No Report

Building & Grounds, Mark Bukmir:

Mr. Zucal will address the garage. Jim Zucal: I briefed Mark on the work being done on the old city garage on Station Street. We have entertained Rich Theaker to take off the old wooden structure. It is falling down. We do feel that the concrete structure on the north end can possibly be salvaged and use that for storage. We will be cleaning up around the building, paint the building and possibly get a new roof and a couple of new doors. John Tomlan: Are we going to try to do the cleanup of the hillside? Jim Zucal: Yes it will all be cleaned.

Planning Commission, Mike Smith: No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino: Not Present

Recreation, Linda Jordan:

Tomorrow is the amazing raise. It is a 24 hour on line giving event where it allows you an opportunity to donate to the participating nonprofit organization of your choice. Our hope is that everyone donates to the Recreation Department.

Community Day is July 1st. The center is looking for vendors, volunteers, people to park cars, and sponsors.

Park District, Linda Jordan: No Report

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS

Law Director, Richard Myser:

We have four pieces of legislation to address.

Ordinance No. 2017-16 this is the Ordinance relating to vicious dogs. It will be read on its third reading.

The next resolution we have is No. 2017-20 authorizing the City to develop a Drinking Water Source Protection Plan. This will be its second reading.

The next two ordinances we have are ordinances that Cindi discussed earlier. Both have emergency language. She is asking that we pass them with the suspension of the three reading rule. We have six members here if all six members vote to suspend the rules we can pass it tonight. If five members vote for the passage it can go into effect as an emergency tonight.

It is that season that we are getting complaints about grass cutting. We have been sending letters out. We put out the bids for oil & gas leases for some of our property. We received bids from Gulfport and Ascent.

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2017-16; AN ORDINANCE ENACTING CODIFIED SECTION 505.15 RELATING TO VICIOUS DOGS. A motion was made by Beth Oprisch and seconded by Jake Olsavsky that Ordinance No. 2017-16 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote

Bukmir Yes Olsavsky Yes

Jordan Yes Smith Yes

Oprisch Yes Tomlan Yes

Roll Call Vote: Six (6) Yes Zero (0) No Motion Approved

Ordinance No. 2017-16 was declared adopted.

There was presented and read to Council on its second reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2017-20; A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE TO DEVELOP A DRINKING WATER SOURCE PROTECTION PLAN.

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2017-21; AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE INTERFUND TRANSFERS AND REALLOCATIONS WITHIN THE FUNDS FOR THE NORMAL EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2017 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2017, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. John Tomlan moved that the rules requiring ordinances and resolutions to be read on three separate readings be suspended. Beth Oprisch seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote

Bukmir Yes Olsavsky Yes

Jordan Yes Smith Yes

Oprisch Yes Tomlan Yes

Roll Call Vote: Six (6) Yes Zero (0) No Motion Approved

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2017-21. a motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Jake Olsavsky the Ordinance No. 2017-21 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote

Bukmir Yes Olsavsky Yes

Jordan Yes Smith Yes

Oprisch Yes Tomlan No

Roll Call Vote: Five (5) Yes One (1) No Motion Approved

Ordinance No. 2017-21 was declared adopted.

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2017-22; AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE ADDITIONAL PERMANENT APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE NORMAL EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2017 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2017, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. John Tomlan moved that the rules requiring ordinances and resolutions to be read on three separate readings be suspended.

Jake Olsavsky seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote

Bukmir Yes Olsavsky Yes

Jordan Yes Smith Yes

Oprisch Yes Tomlan Yes

Roll Call Vote: Six (6) Yes Zero (0) No Motion Approved

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2017-22. a motion was made by Jake Olsavsky and seconded by Linda Jordan that Ordinance No. 2017-22 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote

Bukmir Yes Olsavsky Yes

Jordan Yes Smith Yes

Oprisch Yes Tomlan No

Roll Call Vote: Five (5) Yes One (1) No Motion Approved

Ordinance No. 2017-22 was declared adopted.

The next regular Council Meeting will be Monday, May l5, 2017, at 7:30 in the Council Chamber.

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

May 1st, 2017 Council Minutes