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Resolution Number 2020-31

RESOLUTION 2020-31

A JOINT RESOLUTION BY THE BOARD OF TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES FOR RICHLAND TOWNSHIP BELMONT COUNTY, OHIO, AND THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, BELMONT COUNTY, OHIO CONFIRMING THE COMPOSITION OF THE JOINT FIRE DISTRICT CREATED THROUGH JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 89-22 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

             WHEREAS, the Board of the Joint Fire District notified the Board of Township Trustees for Richland Township and the Council of the City of St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio that the documentation expanding the number of board members of the Joint Fire District from two members to four cannot be located.

            WHEREAS, the Board of Township Trustees for Richland Township and the Council of the City of St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio acknowledge that the Board of the Joint Fire District has had four Board members since [insert date].

            WHEREAS, the Board of Township Trustees for Richland Township and the Council of the City of St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio desire to continue with a three member Board for the Joint Fire District effective upon approval of this Joint Resolution.

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES OF RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, BELMONT COUNTY, OHIO, AND THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, BELMONT COUNTY, OHIO:

Section 1:  The Board of Township Trustees for Richland Township and the Council of the City of St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio approve the appointment of the prior members of the Board of the Joint Fire District.

Section 2:  The Board of the Joint Fire District shall continue to be required to include one representative from the Board of Township Trustees of Richland Township, and one representative from the Council of the City of St. Clairsville.

Section 3:  The Board of the Joint Fire District shall have one additional “at-large” board member.  The Board of Township Trustees of Richland Township and the Council of the City of St. Clairsville have mutually agreed that the Joint Fire District shall post a job opening and accept applications and resumes for the “at-large” board member.  The “at-large” member shall only be appointed through unanimous consent by the Trustee and Council Member representing the Township and the City.  The parties agree that the “at-large” member is prohibited from being a council member or township trustee.  The parties agree that the “at-large” member shall serve a one year term.

            Section 4:  This Resolution shall take effect and be in force from and after the first meeting of the Joint Fire District where the composition of the Board of the Joint Fire District was expanded from two members to four members.

Section 5:  This Joint Resolution is an emergency measure necessary for the preservation of public peace, health, safety, and general welfare and shall be effective immediately.  The reason for said declaration of emergency is the immediate need to provide adequate and cost effective fire and ambulance protection to the residents of each respective community at all times.

PASSED at a meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 21 day of September, 2020, by the affirmative vote of 7 members of council.

 

The Board of Township Trustees for Richland Township, Belmont County, Ohio met in regular session on the ______ day of _________, 2020 at the office of the Board of Township Trustees of Richland Township with the following members present:

 

                                                                       

                                                                       

                                                                       

 

Mr./Ms. ­­­                                                          Moved for the adoption of the foregoing joint resolution.

Mr./Ms.                                                            Seconded the foregoing joint resolution, and the roll call being called upon its adoption, the vote resulted as follows:

 

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                               

 

Adopted this _______ day of                         , 2020.

 

                                                                        

Clerk, Board of Township Trustees of

Richland Township, Belmont County, Ohio

 

Resolution Number 2020-31


September 8, 2020 Council Minutes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL

September 8, 2020 Meeting

[Teleconference format in compliance with temporary changes to Ohio’s Open Meetings Act]

Jim Velas, Council President                                            Kathryn Thalman, Mayor

Perry Basile, Council, 1st Ward                                        Jeremy Greenwood, Public Service/Safety Director

Mark Bukmir, Council, 3rd Ward                                      Don Smithberger, Super. of General Services

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

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

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

Frank Sabatino, Council 2nd Ward                                   Elizabeth Glick, Law Director

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

The meeting was called to order by Council President Jim Velas at 7:31pm. President Velas led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the public were thanked for listening.

ROLL CALL:

Basile              HERE                                     Oprisch           HERE

Bukmir            HERE                                     Sabatino          HERE

Butler              HERE                                     Smith               HERE

Jordan             HERE                     Seven (7) Present                        Zero (0) Absent

MINUTES: President Velas confirmed all councilmembers received the minutes from the last meeting. Councilman Basile made a motion to approve the minutes from the August 17, 2020 Council meeting; motion seconded by Councilman Smith.

ROLL CALL:

Basile              YES                                        Oprisch            YES

Bukmir            YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler              YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan             YES

Roll Call Vote:            Seven (7) YES                        Zero (0) NO                                 Minutes Approved

REPORTS: Mayor Kathryn Thalman updated Council that alternate traffic routes are still being sought for the City. The mayor met with GPD Group, saying the City needs a long term plan. Proposals to be forthcoming. She updated Council that a solar power facility for the City is not possible until a tract of suitable land is available. The mayor met with the owner of Kimble Refuse regarding their new transfer station to be constructed east of town. The City received the Cooperator of the Year award from the Belmont Soil & Water Conservation District. September 13-19 was declared as Direct Support Professional Support Week. The mayor also acknowledged September 14-18 as Chamber of Commerce Week. Food Truck Fridays have been very successful, with the St. Clairsville Marching Band performing for the reopening of the Heritage Museum. The mayor expressed her gratitude to Domino’s, Newellstown Diner, Pizza Milano, Pizza Shack, Riesbeck Food Markets, and Walmart for their generous donations of food and drinks, as well as everyone involved, when about 75 students sought shelter at the Recreation Center during a recent football game due to a storm. Regarding the Recreation Center, a $16,000 grant was awarded through the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley for COVID relief to make the locker rooms and bathrooms touchless. This is in response to COVID-19. The mayor thanked Sean Hanley and Debbie Reed for their work on this. She also thanked several city employees for their work on the recent water audit. The tornado siren is tested the first Monday of the month at noon. Several members of Council commended the mayor for her work.

Service/Safety Director Jeremy Greenwood has been reviewing department budgets, looking at ways to save money, and reviewing spending procedures. Mr. Greenwood has been visiting each of the departments. Employee meetings are taking place, getting ideas and insights. Civil Service Exam recently took place with 14 attending; interviews for a wastewater employee will commence soon. Meetings with Vaughn, Coast & Vaughn Engineers regarding the East End Water Connection have been fruitful, discovering 2,000 linear feet of 8” pipe put in place during an ODOT paving project. The county is reviewing their drawings. Omega funding may be available for 50% of the project through the Appalachian Regional Council with a 50% loan. The pipes on Bellview Street appear to be in good condition for their age after viewing with a camera. All funding options are being reviewed. The City has submitted to the Ohio EPA for funding through the Water Pollution Control Fund Program. Ohio Public Works funds are still available. COVID funding has been awarded. The City is looking at using these funds for supplies and also a touchless fingerprinting system, allowing the City to perform their own background checks. Also addressed were: technology upgrades for meetings, hazard pay for staff, updating door hardware, digital thermometers, and touchless restroom fixtures for all buildings. As addressed by the mayor, the Recreation Center received its grant. Additional funding is being sought for the project. The water audit concluded the City’s water loss is approximately 30-32%. This number will need to be reduced, addressing larger leaks before purchasing water from the county. Leak detection equipment and training will be needed as well as infrastructure updates. Two EPA findings and orders still need addressed: painting pipe, which will be completed next week, and retiring the Provident Reservoir. An action plan is being created. The charter and board members of the Fire Board are being assessed. A meeting with Richland Township will take place on Thursday. The plan is to form a five member board, two from the City and two from the township, with a board-elected president who would only vote in the event of a tie. Mr. Greenwood has been working with Hull & Associates to create an Emergency Action Plan and Operations, Maintenance & Inspection Manuals for the reservoir dams since the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reclassified the City’s reservoirs as Class 1 instead of Class 2. Mr. Greenwood’s first three weeks have seen 22 hours, 55 hours, and 54 hours of time spent working, respectively. Several members of Council expressed their thanks to Mr. Greenwood for his work.

Police Chief Matt Arbenz reported 373 calls for service in August. Officer Weyand is completing his final week of training with the new K-9 unit Odin and will be ready to patrol next week. Other than chipping a tooth, training has gone very well. A root canal will be required. Funds may need to be transferred to cover the procedure. Online trainings have been happening; at least two hours per month for each officer. Crash reports have recently been converted online. Digital fingerprint scanners are being considered. The 12-gauge shotguns are being converted to a less lethal weapon. Officer Yates is certified to train.

Several Councilmembers expressed their thanks and appreciation for the crew’s work. Chief Arbenz added the K-9 unit will be able to detect narcotics, locate missing persons, and apprehend individuals after asked by Councilman Smith. Mayor Thalman asked if health insurance is necessary for the K-9 unit. Because of the generous work of Dr. Yurko providing almost all veterinary services free for K-9 officers, Chief Arbenz didn’t feel it would be necessary. A root canal is a specialized procedure and would be performed elsewhere.

Finance Director Annette Williams reported the 2019 audit was recently completed and the draft is available. She explained the ordinances and resolution before Council. Resolution No. 2020-28 is a certification from the county passed annually explaining the funds the City receives from levies. The City received $208,703.18 through the corona relief fund. These funds need appropriated and the fund established.

Councilman Bukmir asked about the findings of the 2019 audit. The final report has not been released. Councilman Bukmir also asked about the $12,300 figure in Ordinance No. 2020-29 listed as personal services. This amount is for the Law Director since she opted to be paid directly and not have her firm be paid separately as done with past Law Directors. Ms. Glick would be paid through payroll for all of her services. Councilwoman Jordan asked about the figures in Ordinance No. 2020-30. Ms. Williams said the list is what appropriation line items will be added. She added the funds must be appropriated before the City can spend it. Councilwoman Jordan requested that Council receive the listing. Councilwoman Jordan also asked about the funds in Ordinance No. 2020-29. Ms. Williams replied normally the costs would be shared between the Law Director and the firm, but since Ms. Glick will receive the entire amount, it needs to be transferred. Councilwoman Oprisch requested the draft report of the audit.

Planning & Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy addressed the 2020 Census, reporting the self-response rate for the City is 73.2%. The 2010 Census was 77.7%. Enumerators are in the field doing work. The City could see a response rate of 95.3% if enumerators perform at the state average.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance Chair Mike Smith requested a committee meeting soon. No report.

Utilities Chair Beth Oprisch reported the committee met before the Council meeting via teleconference. It was open to the public. Mr. Greenwood addressed the committee. Budget program idea was revisited. Council ensued discussion whether to begin charging reconnection fees for September. An average of 30-35 disconnections is made per month; roughly 150 disconnections are slated for the morning of September 15.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Jordan to delay charging reconnection fees on September 15; seconded by Councilwoman Oprisch. Subject to be readdressed at the September 21 meeting.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                        YES

Roll Call Vote:            Seven (7) YES                          Zero (0) NO                                     Motion Carried

Police Chair Mark Bukmir: No report

Streets – North Side Chair Terra Butler: No report

Streets – South Side Chair Beth Oprisch: No report

Safety Chair Terra Butler: No report

Building and Grounds Chair Perry Basile: No report

Planning Commission Chair Frank Sabatino: No report

Fire Chair Frank Sabatino reported the Fire Board met on August 26. The resignation of a full-time employee was accepted; a part-time and a full-time employee were hired. The department will intends to purchase an ambulance in 2021; an unsuccessful attempt to purchase a used ambulance was discussed.  Next meeting will be September 9 at 3pm at the ECOESC.

Recreation Chair Linda Jordan reported flag football begins September 20. Halloween event on October 24 at 12pm. Recreation Department has been awarded a $16,000 grant as discussed in the mayor’s report. Next meeting Monday, September 21.

Park District Chair Linda Jordan: No report. Next meeting Monday, September 14.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS: Law Director Elizabeth Glick was not present.

A motion was made by Councilman Smith that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Resolution No. 2020-28 and that the resolution be passed on an emergency basis; seconded by Councilwoman Oprisch.

RESOLUTION No. 2020-28: RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

ROLL CALL:

Basile              YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir            YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler              YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan             YES

Roll Call Vote:     Seven (7) YES    Zero (0) NO     Rules requiring three separate readings suspended

Vote to pass Resolution No. 2020-28:

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                         YES

Roll Call Vote:            Seven (7) YES                          Zero (0) NO                                     Motion Carried

A motion was made by Councilwoman Oprisch that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Ordinance No. 2020-29 and that the ordinance be passed on an emergency basis; seconded by Councilman Smith.

Councilman Bukmir asked whether the $12,300 figure is salary to date or for the entire year. The Finance Director said it is to allocate funds for the remainder of the year. Ms. Glick has been paid what she has been owed so far.

ORDINANCE No. 2020-29: AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE REALLOCATIONS (SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS) WITHIN THE FUNDS FOR THE NORMAL EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2020 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2020; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

ROLL CALL:

Basile               YES                                         Oprisch           YES

Bukmir             NO                                         Sabatino     ABSTAIN

Butler               YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan              NO

Roll Call Vote:     Four (4) YES       Two (2) NO      One (1) ABSTAIN            Rules requiring three separate readings failed

A motion was made by Councilwoman Oprisch that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Ordinance No. 2020-30 and that the ordinance be passed on an emergency basis; seconded by Councilman Basile.

Ms. Williams stated the City has received funds; they need appropriated. If the funds are not spent, they must be returned.

ORDINANCE No. 2020-30: AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH THE CORONA RELIEF FUND #2151 ALONG WITH THE NECESSARY REVENUE ACCOUNTS AND NECESSARY APPROPRIATIONS; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

ROLL CALL:

Basile              YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir            YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler              YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan             YES

Roll Call Vote:     Seven (7) YES    Zero (0) NO     Rules requiring three separate readings suspended

Vote to pass Ordinance No. 2020-30:

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                         YES

Roll Call Vote:            Seven (7) YES                          Zero (0) NO                                     Motion Carried

OLD BUSINESS: Councilwoman Jordan asked when Council meetings can be held in person again. President Velas said issues with the Recreation Center would have to be addressed before holding a meeting there.

ADJOURNMENT: With no action to take and there being no further business to come before Council, Councilman Smith made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 9:11pm.

Next meeting will be Monday, September 21, 2020 at 7:30pm via teleconference.

September 8, 2020 Council Minutes


City Council events on Monday evening, September 21

Prior to the Council meeting on Monday, September 21, a Finance Committee meeting will take place at 6:45 pm via teleconference. The same dial-in phone number and access code for the Council meeting can be used for the committee meeting.

PRESS RELEASE

TO:             Media and Public

FROM:       Mayor Kathryn Thalman and Council President Jim Velas

DATE:        September 16, 2020

RELEASE:  IMMEDIATE

__________________________________________________________________________________________

The ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL will meet on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 7:30 P.M. via TELECONFERENCE. Residents are encouraged to listen.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the changes that have been made to Ohio’s Open Meetings Act (which temporarily allows public bodies to conduct meetings and hearings electronically during this state of emergency), the public may participate using the phone number and access code below.

Public bodies must provide public access to any meeting or hearing that the public would otherwise be entitled to attend.  Therefore, any resident who is interested in dialing in to the TELECONFERENCE is encouraged to do so.  Again, residents will be in a LISTEN ONLY MODE.

The dial-in number and access code are:

Dial-In Number                       800-338-7154

Access Code                            2756

Mayor Thalman and Council President Velas encourage residents to listen in and be informed.

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On behalf of the City, Mayor Thalman accepts “2020 Cooperator of the Year Award” from Belmont SWCD

On September 9, 2020, the Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) presented St. Clairsville Mayor Kathryn Thalman with its “2020 Cooperator of the Year Award.”  The award recognizes cooperation with the Belmont SWCD, including the promotion of its educational programs.  Please follow the link below for information about an upcoming annual Belmont SWCD event which combines environmental awareness with a renowned St. Clairsville public space, the National Road Bikeway.  Any questions concerning this important event should be directed to the Belmont SWCD staff at 740-526-0027 or belmontswcd@gmail.com.

Mayor Thalman expressed her gratitude to Samantha Hearn, Agriculture and Education Specialist with the Belmont SWCD, for this honor.

Ms. Hearn outlined the reasons the City of St. Clairsville received this award:  “In these unparalleled times our organization, as well as many others, had to change the way we operate day to day. During this time the City of St. Clairsville graciously allowed our organization the use of space for our tree sale preparation. Programs such as our Boo at the Bike Trail event and Nature Trail would not have happened without the cooperation of the city. The city included our organization this year in the planning of their MS4 permitting process to help with education and outreach. This cooperation effort along with the city’s diligent efforts to keep the roadways clean are a major contributor to the water quality in Belmont County. This year and in past years the City of St. Clairsville has promoted our programs, allowed the use of facilities at no cost, and even offered a helping hand to help us accomplish our mission. We deeply appreciate all of your efforts to protect the natural resources within St. Clairsville as well as the cooperation with our district to help us do the same.”

Boo @ The Bike Trail flyer_Oct 2020


Ordinance Number 2020-30

ORDINANCE NUMBER 2020-30

ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH THE CORONA RELIEF FUND # 2151 ALONG WITH THE NECESSARY REVENUE ACCOUNTS AND NECESSARY APPROPRIATIONS AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, City Council chooses to establish a new fund and associated revenue and expenditure codes necessary for the receiving and expending of purchases made from the Corona Relief Fund.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO:

Section 1City Council authorizes the Finance Director of the City of St. Clairsville to establish the Corona Relief Fund # 2151, a fund established to receive and expend said fund.

Section 2:  That to provide for the normal expenditures of the Corona Relief Fund that said City of St. Clairsville, for the period of January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, the following sum is hereby appropriated to line items that will be named and added as allowed by guidelines in accordance with the Auditor of State:

2151-790-270 (Uniforms and Clothing) – $30,000.00

2151-790-290 (Employee Fringe Benefits) – $25,000.00

2151-790-300 (Contract Services) – $7,000.00

2151-790-325 (Advertising) – $2,000.00

2151-790-340 (Professional and Technical Services) – $15,000.00

2151-790-392 (Building and Other Structures) – $30,000.00

2151-790-394 (Machinery, Equipment & Furniture) – $70,000.00

2151-790-400 (Supplies and Materials) – $29,703.18

Section 3That this Ordinance is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety, and economic well being of the residents of the City, so that the City can maintain normal financial operations.

Section 4That this Ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after the earliest period allowed by the Charter of the City of St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Legislation was adopted at a meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on a 7 – 0 vote on this 8th day of September, 2020.

Ordinance Number 2020-30


Ordinance Number 2020-29

ORDINANCE NUMBER 2020-29

AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE REALLOCATIONS (SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS) WITHIN THE FUNDS FOR THE NORMAL EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2020 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2020, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO:

             Section 1:  That to provide for the normal expenses and other expenditures of the said City of St. Clairsville, Ohio, for the period January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, the attached line item transfers are required:

SEE ATTACHED UAN REPORTS

Inside Fund Supplemental Appropriations

Transfer $600.00 from 1000-910-910 (Trans Out) to 1000-710-212 (Social Security)

Transfer of $12,300 from 1000-910-910 (Trans Out) to 1000-750-100 (Personal Services)

Transfer of $1,800 from 1000-910-910 (Trans Out) to 1000-750-211 (OPERS)

Transfer of $250.00 from 1000-910-910 (Trans Out) to 1000-750-213 (Medicare)

            Section 2:  That this Ordinance is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety, and economic well being of the residents of the City, so that the City can maintain normal operations.

            Section 3That this Ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after the earliest period allowed by the Charter of the City of St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Passed at a meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 21st day of September, 2020, by the affirmative vote of 5 members of council.

Ordinance Number 2020-29_Appropriation Status By Fund_1st attachment

Ordinance Number 2020-29_Appropriation Status By Fund

Ordinance Number 2020-29

 


Resolution Number 2020-28

RESOLUTION 2020-28

RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED

BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY

TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

 

(City Council)

Rev. Code, Secs. 5705.34, .35

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The Council of the City of St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, met in regular session on the 8th day of September 2020 at the office of the City Council with the following members present:  [all Council members participated in meeting held in a teleconference format].

Councilman Smith moved the adoption of the following Resolution:

WHEREAS, this Council in accordance with the provisions of law has previously adopted a Tax Budget for the next succeeding fiscal year commencing January 1st, 2021; and

WHEREAS, the Budget Commission of Belmont County, Ohio, has certified its action thereon to this Board together with an estimate by the County Auditor of the rate of each tax necessary to be levied by this Board, and what part thereof is without, and what part within, the ten mill tax limitation; therefore be it

RESOLVED, By the Council of the City of St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, that the amounts and rates, as determined by the Budget Commission in its certification, be and the same are hereby accepted; and be it further

RESOLVED, That there be and is hereby levied on the tax duplicate of said County the rate of each tax necessary to be levied within and without the ten mill limitation as follows:

SCHEDULE  A

SUMMARY OF AMOUNTS REQUIRED FROM GENERAL PROPERTY TAX APPROVED BY BUDGET COMMISSION, AND COUNTY AUDITOR’S ESTIMATED TAX RATES

 

 

      FUND

 

 

      Amount              

  Approved by

        Budget

Commission Inside

10 M. Limitation

  Amount to be

  Derived From

 Levies Outside

10 M. Limitation

County Auditor’s

Estimate of Tax

Rate to be Levied

 

  Inside            Outside

  10 M.              10 M.

  Limit               Limit

       
General Fund              $307,641.49             $208,529.08   2.50   *1.95
Police Levy Fund               $572,365.91       9.60
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
       
       
         
         
         
         
         
     Total             $307,641.49  

           $780,894.99

 

         2.50  

         9.60

 

 

 

SCHEDULE  B

LEVIES OUTSIDE 10 MILL LIMITATION, EXCLUSIVE OF DEBT LEVIES

 

FUND

 

   Maximum              Rate

     Authorized

   To Be Levied

  County Auditor’s

     Estimate of

    Yield of Levy

 (Carry to Schedule    

   A, Column II)

GENERAL FUND:                                                 YEAR

   
Current expense levy authorized by voters on 11/07/17

Not to exceed                5              Years.

  *1.95  $208,529.08
Current expense levy authorized by voters on

Not to exceed                              Years

   
Current expense levy authorized by voters on

Not to exceed                              Years

   
Current expense levy authorized by voters on

Not to exceed                              Years

   
TOTAL GENERAL FUND OUTSIDE 10 M. LIMITATION    1.95  $208,529.08
     
SPECIAL LEVY FUNDS:    
Police expense levy authorized by voters on 11-08-1983

Not to exceed  continuing                        Years

    .095

 

$24,435.84

 

Police expense levy authorized by voters on 11-06-2018

Not to exceed         5                     Years

    .095 $97,359.35
Police expense levy authorized by voters on 06-02-1992

Not to exceed   continuing                          Years

   3.00 $168,740.82
Police expense levy authorized by voters on 05-04-2010

Not to exceed   continuing                           Years

   2.75 $281,829.90
   
    7.65   $572,365.91

That this Ordinance is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety of the residents of the City, so that the City can maintain normal operations.

That this Ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after the earliest period allowed by the Charter of the City of St. Clairsville, Ohio.

And be it further

RESOLVED, That the Clerk of this City Council be and he is hereby directed to certify a copy of this Resolution to the County Auditor of said County.

Councilwoman Oprisch seconded the Resolution and the roll being called upon its adoption, the vote resulted as follows:

Sabatino –      Yes                                     Basile –    Yes

Bukmir –         Yes                                     Smith –    Yes

Butler –           Yes                                    Jordan –   Yes

Oprisch –  Yes

 

Adopted the 8th day of  September, 2020

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CERTIFICATE OF COPY

ORIGINAL ON FILE

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The State of Ohio, Belmont County, ss,

I, Jason Garczyk of the City of St. Clairsville within and for said City, and in whose custody the Files and Records of said Board are required by the Laws of the State of Ohio to  be  kept,  do  hereby certify  that the  foregoing is  taken  and copied  from  the  original Journal Entry of September 8th, 2020 on file with said Council, that the foregoing has been compared by me with said original and copied from the original document, and that the same is a true and correct copy thereof.

WITNESS my signature, this 8th day of September, 2020

 

 

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Clerk of Council

Resolution Number 2020-28


August 17, 2020 Council Minutes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL

August 17, 2020 Meeting

[Teleconference format in compliance with temporary changes to Ohio’s Open Meetings Act]

Jim Velas, Council President                                            Kathryn Thalman, Mayor

Perry Basile, Council, 1st Ward                                        Open, Public Service/Safety Director

Mark Bukmir, Council, 3rd Ward                                      Don Smithberger, Super. of General Services

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

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

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

Frank Sabatino, Council 2nd Ward                                   Elizabeth Glick, Law Director

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

The meeting was called to order by Council President Jim Velas at 7:30pm. President Velas led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL:

Basile              HERE                                     Oprisch           HERE

Bukmir            HERE                                     Sabatino          HERE

Butler              HERE                                     Smith               HERE

Jordan             HERE                     Seven (7) Present                        Zero (0) Absent

MINUTES: President Velas confirmed all councilmembers received the minutes from the last meeting. Councilwoman Butler made a motion to approve the minutes from the August 3, 2020 Council meeting; motion seconded by Councilman Basile.

ROLL CALL:

Basile              YES                                        Oprisch            YES

Bukmir            YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler              YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan             YES

Roll Call Vote:            Seven (7) YES                        Zero (0) NO                                 Minutes Approved

NEW BUSINESS: Councilman Sabatino brought to Council’s attention that the wording of the meeting notice in The Times Leader implied it was to be held in person. Council Clerk stated the same language has been used in press releases since the meetings have been teleconferenced. President Velas added meetings will continue to be teleconferenced until arrangements can be made otherwise.

Superintendent of General Services Don Smithberger reported streets are being swept, patched, and sidewalks are being repaired.

REPORTS: Mayor Thalman reported the City has been approved by the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA) Board to receive a $155,000 matching grant, pending the state’s approval. The funds would be used to connect the City’s water system to the County system. The mayor thanked engineer Jeff Vaughn for putting the proposal together. OMEGA noted the great degree of cooperation between the City and the County. The City applied for and received $134,000 in CARES Funds. The funds will ensure teleconferencing abilities are in place should the pandemic get worse or another crisis arise. The funds will also benefit the restrooms at the Recreation Center, including touchless sinks and toilets. Also, the loan and grant application period for FY2022 has started and may be submitted through the Ohio Public Works Commission. The City will be working on that. Also, more information will be distributed regarding small business loans through the CARES Act. Questions can be directed to the Chamber of Commerce. The mayor encouraged all to participate in the recent geocaching quest sponsored by Belmont County Tourism.

A grant is being sought to conduct an in-depth study for an alternate route around the City. The mayor commended Martins Ferry Mayor John Davies and the crew responsible for reopening the East Ohio Regional Hospital. The merchant sidewalk sales and food trucks uptown on Fridays have been very popular. The mayor thanked Mr. Smithberger and his crew for all their work as well as Chief Arbenz for another recent drug bust. She also encouraged residents to serve as poll workers during the upcoming election. A recent celebration at the Municipal Building was not paid for using city funds and no productivity was lost. Lastly, the mayor requested the reappointment of Ed Bober to the Board of Recreation.

Councilwoman Oprisch made a motion to approve the mayoral appointment of Ed Bober to the Board of Recreation; motion seconded by Councilman Basile.

ROLL CALL:

Basile              YES                                        Oprisch            YES

Bukmir            YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler              YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan            ABSTAIN

Roll Call Vote:         Six (6) YES       Zero (0) NO       One (1) ABSTAIN         Motion Approved

Councilwoman Jordan added that Ed Bober is President of the Board.

Police Chief Matt Arbenz was not present.

Finance Director Annette Williams has been working with the auditor to finish last year’s audit. COVID Funds will be used according to their specifications, including reimbursements directly related to the pandemic.

Planning & Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy reported several new businesses moving in town. Kennen & Kennen Realty will open in a few months at the former Colonial Restaurant. David Edwards will be opening Edwards Absolute Kinetics, a physical therapy practice, in Gabe Hays’ building; Wallace Pancher will move to the rear of the same building. Allison Wojtasek will be opening Evolve Fitness in the Masonic Building. Mr. Murphy has been working with Belomar to assist a homeowner in obtaining a housing rehab grant. This has been a two year process, but the roughly $60,000 grant was approved last week. New house construction is underway at 112 Cooper Drive. The 2020 Census self-response rate is 72.3% for the City.

Mayor Thalman recommended the appointment of Peggy Riccadonna to the Board of Architectural Review. She is the owner of the Snotty Pooch and a resident of the City.

Councilwoman Jordan made a motion to approve the mayoral appointment of Peggy Riccadonna to the Board of Architectural Review; motion seconded by Councilwoman Oprisch.

ROLL CALL:

Basile              YES                                        Oprisch            YES

Bukmir            YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler              YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan             YES

Roll Call Vote:            Seven (7) YES                        Zero (0) NO                                   Motion Approved

Councilman Basile inquired whether there is a color palette for the Historic District. Mr. Murphy said at one time there was, but it was discarded. Chris Hudson, a member of the Board of Architectural Review, was recommended to match colors. Mr. Basile would like to add a few colors for consideration.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance Chair Mike Smith reported the committee met on Friday and was open to the public. Water and sewer revenue and RITA collections are down. Telecommunication and Internet savings for the City were discussed. COVID Funds can only be used for specific purposes.

Utilities Chair Beth Oprisch plans to have a committee meeting before the next Council meeting. Electric disconnections will happen tomorrow with 33 customers on the list. $50 reconnection fee has continued to be waived. Anita Robinson was hopeful more residents will contact the City before disconnections are made.

Councilman Basile asked about charitable organizations assisting with utility payments. Ms. Robinson said a few donations have been received from the Council of Churches and the Community Action Commission. Information is available by contacting the utilities office.

Police Chair Mark Bukmir: No report

Streets – North Side Chair Terra Butler requested Mr. Smithberger to contact her about road issues and concerns in her ward.

Streets – South Side Chair Beth Oprisch: No report

Safety Chair Terra Butler: No report

Building and Grounds Chair Perry Basile discussed updates to the restrooms at the Recreation Center. Ways to save money on data and phone service costs were also mentioned.

Planning Commission Chair Frank Sabatino: No report

Fire Chair Frank Sabatino reported the next meeting will be August 26 at 3pm at the ECOESC building.

Recreation Chair Linda Jordan said Mr. Hanley informed the Board at today’s meeting that the $577.47 in donations received at the four Tuesday concert series will be donated toward the K-9 fund. The Board thanked those who donated. Next meeting will be Monday, September 21.

Councilwoman Oprisch requested from Councilwoman Jordan the donation amount received during last year’s concert series.

Park District Chair Linda Jordan said the next meeting will be Monday, August 24.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS:

Law Director Elizabeth Glick announced the two pieces of legislation before Council. Ordinance No. 2020-26 and Resolution No. 2020-27 are both on their third reading.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Oprisch to approve Ordinance No. 2020-26; seconded by Councilwoman Butler.

ORDINANCE No. 2020-26: AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE FEEDING OF WILDLIFE WITHIN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                         YES

Roll Call Vote:            Seven (7) YES                          Zero (0) NO                                     Motion Carried

A motion was made by Councilman Oprisch to approve Resolution No. 2020-27; seconded by Councilman Butler.

RESOLUTION No. 2020-27: A RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE APPOINTMENT OF JEREMY GREENWOOD AS THE DIRECTOR OF SAFETY AND PUBLIC SERVICES FROM AND AFTER AUGUST 17, 2020

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        NO                                         Sabatino           NO

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                         NO

Roll Call Vote:            Four (4) YES                Three (3) NO                                    Motion Carried

Councilwoman Oprisch extended a welcome to Jeremy Greenwood as the new Director of Safety and Public Services.

Councilwoman Oprisch asked what constitutes a quorum for a Council meeting. A special meeting was called by Council for last August 10, but was canceled due to lack of quorum. Law Director Glick stated quorum is a majority of Council: four members. It was not clear whether the particular issue of that meeting was suitable for a special meeting – with uncertainty being addressed that same morning. The nature of special meetings will be assessed for future instances. Council can determine what is considered urgent, but such matters have been the subject of litigation and past court cases. Ms. Oprisch added that special meetings had never been questioned in the past. Law Director Glick stated Council’s quorum stands for special meetings.

OLD BUSINESS: Councilman Sabatino asked for an update regarding the citizens’ letter addressed at the last meeting. Ms. Glick said a letter is being sent to the Ohio Ethics Commission and is still being drafted. Councilwoman Jordan asked the Law Director if the mayor is allowed to speak against racism of any form. The Law Director said the mayor has no authority to take any actions against Council. Due to the open-ended nature of the letter, guidance from the Ohio Ethics Commission will be sought. Councilwoman Oprisch clarified that per the last meeting, the letter is not to be discussed.

ADJOURNMENT: With no action to take and there being no further business to come before Council, Councilman Oprisch made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:23pm.

Next meeting will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 7:30pm via teleconference.

August 17, 2020 Council Minutes


Tuesday PM, September 8, City Council Utility and full Council teleconference meetings

PRESS RELEASE

TO:              Media and Public

FROM:        Mayor Kathryn Thalman and Council President Jim Velas

DATE:         September 3, 2020

RELEASE:   IMMEDIATE

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The ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL will meet on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 7:30 P.M. via TELECONFERENCE due to Labor Day. Residents are encouraged to listen.

A UTILITIES COMMITTEE teleconference meeting will take place at 6:30 P.M. prior to the regularly scheduled Council meeting. Residents may use the same dial-in number and access code provided below for the Council meeting.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the changes that have been made to Ohio’s Open Meetings Act (which temporarily allows public bodies to conduct meetings and hearings electronically during this state of emergency), the public may participate using the phone number and access code below.

Public bodies must provide public access to any meeting or hearing that the public would otherwise be entitled to attend.  Therefore, any resident who is interested in dialing in to the TELECONFERENCE is encouraged to do so.  Again, residents will be in a LISTEN ONLY MODE.

The dial-in number and access code are:

Dial-In Number                       800-338-7154

Access Code                            2756

Mayor Thalman and Council President Velas encourage residents to listen in and be informed.

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Beginning at 2:25 PM on Sat., a 48-Hour Boil Order is in effect for Lake View Street

Effective at 2:25 PM on Sat., Aug. 29, City water service has been restored to residents of Lake View Street.  Due to an earlier, unanticipated water line break on Lake View, residents on streets in this vicinity also could have experienced water loss or discoloration and/or low pressure.

If water service was completely cut off, impacted residents should observe a 48-Hour Boil Order from the time water was restored.

If questions, please call 740-695-1410 to reach the Municipal Utilities Office after-hours answering service.  Thank you.