City of St. Clairsville
City of St. Clairsville

April 3, 2023 Council Minutes


April 3, 2023 Meeting

Jim Velas, Council President                                            Kathryn Thalman, Mayor

Don Vincenzo, Council, 1st Ward                                     Jeremy Greenwood, Public Service/Safety Director

Kristi Lipscomb, Council, 3rd Ward                                Don Smithberger, Super. of General Services

Terra Butler, Council, 4th Ward                                       Annette Whealdon, Finance Director

Linda Jordan, Council-At-Large                                      Matthew Arbenz, Chief of Police

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                                       Tom Murphy, Planning & Zoning Administrator

JC Thrash, Council 2nd Ward                                           Elizabeth Glick, Law Director

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

The meeting was called to order by Council President Jim Velas at 7:00 pm. President Velas led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the public were thanked for their attendance.


Butler                   HERE                                             Smith                   HERE

Jordan                 ABSENT                                         Thrash                 ABSENT

Lipscomb            HERE                                             Vincenzo             HERE

Oprisch               HERE

Five (5) Present                              Two (2) Absent

MINUTES: President Jim Velas confirmed all Councilmembers received the minutes from the March 20th Council Meeting. Councilwoman Butler made a motion to approve the minutes from March 20, 2023, Council Meeting; motion seconded by Councilwoman Lipscomb.


Butler                   YES                                                  Smith                   YES

Jordan                 ABSENT                                         Thrash                  YES

Lipscomb            YES                                                  Vincenzo              YES

Oprisch               ABSTAIN

Roll Call Vote:    Four (4) YES    Zero (0) NO    One (1) ABSTAIN    Two (2) ABSENT





Mayor Kathryn Thalman thanked Brandon Evans of RCAP for attending the Utility Committee Meeting and explaining the recent water rate study. Moreover, the Mayor thanked all the City workers for keeping the lights on during the recent storms. Mayor Thalman reported that she has met with the Attorney General’s Office regarding a new initiative for police interactions with veterans. Lastly, Mayor Thalman announced that she was selected to participate in the John Glenn Leadership Training.

Service/Safety Director Jeremy Greenwood reported that the Gas Aggregation Program’s opt-out letters had been sent to residents. The water tank inspection has been completed; once the report is available, it will be shared with Council. Spring Cleanup for fallen brush will occur the week of April 17th, ward by ward. The Street Department is looking at potential streets for paving this season. Furthermore, the lining for the I-70 Waterline Project culvert is ordered and needs to be manufactured; as to when the lining will be complete, there is no timeframe. The starting point for the Water Distribution Project will be on the east side of the City in the Spring Park area. Moreover, the Electric Department has two openings for linemen. The Street Department has ordered an asphalt crack machine that will be in the week of May 8th. Lastly, Mr. Greenwood introduced the new Water Department Superintendent Mike Reed to Council.

Councilwoman Oprisch asked why the City needs to order more salt if they already have a lot in storage. Mr. Greenwood noted that the City must order salt from the ODOT program to be in the program in the future and will only be ordering 200 tons for this year, which could be use in one bad snow storm.

Police Chief Matt Arbenz reported that in March, there were 511 calls for service, 14 crashes, 47 arrests, six warrants served, and 154 traffic stops. St. Clairsville School District has offered to pay for the Juvenile Jeopardy Program, introduced into the school last year. 

Finance Director Annette Whealdon reported attending the Ohio Municipal League training, which provided great information.

Planning & Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy provided the Council with the official report regarding the rezoning request on the 17.5-acre property on the City’s west side. The report reflected that the Planning Commission voted 2-1 to recommend rezoning the 17.5-acre property. The next step requires the Council to instruct the Planning and Zoning Administrator to set up a Public Hearing before Council. Mr. Murphy noted that a motion and vote would be necessary. Due to the time required for public notice of a hearing, the Council Meeting on May 15th would be the date for the Hearing.

Councilwoman Lipscomb made a motion to direct the Planning and Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy to advertise and set up a Public Hearing before the Council regarding the proposed rezoning of the 17.5-acre parcel on the City’s west side. Councilwoman Butler seconded the motion.


Butler                   YES                                                 Smith                   YES

Jordan                 ABSENT                                        Thrash                 ABSENT

Lipscomb            YES                                                 Vincenzo             YES

Oprisch               YES

Roll Call Vote:   Five (5) YES    Zero (0) NO    Zero (0) ABSTAIN    Two (2) ABSENT

Motion Carried

Lastly, Mr. Murphy reported that the Zayo group had started their project on the alley across from PNC Bank.


Finance Chair Don Vincenzo announced that the April 17th Finance Committee meeting would be canceled and that the next Finance Committee meeting would be May 15th at 6:00.

Utilities Chair Terra Butler reported that there was a Utility Committee meeting before the Council Meeting. The Utility Committee granted four sewer requests. Moreover, the Utility Committee reviewed the March billing report. Furthermore, the Utility Committee discussed various topics involving rates and usage. Lastly, the Utility Committee will have a Special Meeting on April 17th at 6 pm.

Police Chair Mike Smith No report.

Streets – North Side Chair Mike Smith No report.

Streets – South Side Chair JC Thrash [ABSENT] No report.

Safety Chair JC Thrash [ABSENT] No report.

Buildings and Grounds Chair Beth Oprisch reported that the Building and Grounds Committee met on March 15th, where they toured various City properties. The next Building and Grounds Committee meeting has yet to be scheduled and will be announced when a date is picked.

Planning Commission Chair Kristi Lipscomb No report.

Fire Chair Linda Jordan [ABSENT] No report.

Recreation Chair Kristi Lipscomb reported that there are 15 spots open at the Community Gardens. The next meeting is on April 20th at 4:30 pm.

Park District Chair Linda Jordan [ABSENT] No report.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS: Law Director Elizabeth Glick



A motion was made by Councilwoman Oprisch that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Ordinance No. 2023-11 and that the Ordinance, be passed on an emergency basis; seconded by Councilwoman Lipscomb.


Butler                   YES                                                Smith                    YES

Jordan                 ABSENT                                        Thrash                  ABSENT

Lipscomb            YES                                                 Vincenzo             YES

Oprisch               YES

Roll Call Vote:   Five (5) YES    Zero (0) NO    Zero (0) ABSTAIN    Two (2) ABSENT

Motion Carried

Councilwoman Butler made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 2023-11, the motion was seconded by Councilman Smith


Butler                   YES                                                  Smith                  YES

Jordan                 ABSENT                                         Thrash                 ABSENT

Lipscomb           YES                                                  Vincenzo             YES

Oprisch               YES

Roll Call Vote:   Five (5) YES    Zero (0) NO    Zero (0) ABSTAIN    Two (2) ABSENT

Motion Carried

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to come before Council, Councilman Thrash made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Councilwoman Butler. The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 P.M.

The next meeting will be Monday, April 3, 2023, at 7:00 P.M. All Councilmembers will be present at the City Building for the next meeting. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting in the Council Chambers.

April 3, 2023 Council Minutes