City of St. Clairsville

Resolution Number 2018-17

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY COUNCIL

TO INCREASE THE YEARLY COMPENSATION OF

SOME OF ITS EMPLOYEES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, the Council of the City of St. Clairsville finds it to be appropriate to increase the yearly compensation of some of its employees; and

WHEREAS, the Council of the City of St. Clairsville finds it to be fiscally proper to increase the yearly compensation of some of its employees.

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

Section 1:        That all non-elected, non-union (non-bargaining) employees of the City of St. Clairsville having been employed by the City more than six (6) months receive an across the board increase of three and one-half percent (3 ½%) in their yearly compensation effective July 1, 2018.

Section 2:        That this Resolution is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and the safety of the residents of the City of St. Clairsville regarding an increase in yearly compensation.

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

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PASSED at a regular meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 2nd day of July, 2018, by the affirmative vote of 6 members of the Council.

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Resolution Number 2018 – 17


June 18, 2018 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

June 18, 2018

 St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, June 18, 2018 with the following present:

Tim Porter, Council President

Perry Basile, Council 1st Ward                          Terry Pugh, Mayor

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

Linda Jordan, Council-At-Large                        Cindi Henry, Finance Director

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                        Richard Myser, Law Director

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

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large                          Jeff Henry, Police Chief

Jim Velas, Council, 4th Ward

 

The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Porter

 

MINUTES:  Minutes of the June 4, 2018 meeting were not distributed.

 

PRESENTATION:  This is a true honor for myself.  First I would like to give to Officer Terry (T.J.) Weyand a certificate of recognition from We the People of the Ohio Valley recognizing excellence in Law Inforcement.  He was also given a certificate of recognition from State Senator Frank Hogeland commending his actions in rescuing a St. Clairsville resident from her burning house.  He also was presented with a certificate of appreciation for outstanding bravery and professionalism, for his quick thinking in the rescue of Barbara Griffith from her burning home thinking only of the safety of Mrs. Griffith.

 

The parents of Scott Folmar accepted a certificate of appreciation to be awarded to Scott Folmar for outstanding bravery when seeing a house on fire, calling for help, and with the help of Officer Weyand managed to remove Mrs. Griffith from her burning home and save her life.

 

Barbara Griffith:  I was really sound asleep and sometimes I ignore sounds if the dog dosen’t bark.  However the dog was probably already dead.  The Fire Marshall asked me if I saw flames and I said no everything was so black.  Also I was standing there saying why is my house so hot.  I looked at the back door and I didn’t realize that they had kicked it in.  I was trying to find the door handle and T.J. saw my hand and pulled me out.  I really appreciate them.

 

CITIZENS HEARING: 

William Jeffers, 199 Young Lane:  They were supposed to come down and clean all of those rocks out and that wasn’t done.  I have maybe six feet I can get out of my driveway without running over red dog.  They come down and cut maybe less than half of the weeds there.  They said there is poison on there.  I cut it over 25 years and I didn’t seem to have a problem.  The rocks are gone because I made a mistake.  I have a letter from your City Director Bigler making me believe that I owned the properties on both sides of the ditch which I filled in, If I had known it was not my property I would not have done that.  I am not a felon, I was made out to be a felon, it cost me thousands of dollors because they wanted to put me in jail.  The point is I am going to fill in my ditch.  You have make no arrangements and I have it under Ohio ditch laws that I am allowed to do that.  It says that I am entitled to compensation.  You have been sent a number of bills.  My basement has been flooded four or five times and my yard.  They put in catch basins which is a direct incrochment.  I say that because she said in her minutes the last time.  Jeff Henry, February 23, 2015 with Mr. Henry, Frank Sabatino, Tom Murphy and all the boys agreeing that we should put in a guardrail.  It was Jeff Henry’s idea not mine.  Make sure you don’t defame my character.  Jeff Henry is quoted in the minutes saying about the only thing we can do is put in a guardrail for him.  Never was I at this meeting, never did I have anything to do with putting a guardrail in and he said that I told him that.  He yelled at me you told us to put it in.  No I didn’t tell them to put in nothing.  You blocked the ingress and egress into my property.  So I am allowed under the Ohio ditch laws to if it casuses harm to anyone.  I have municipality case laws, I have statatury laws, which one do you want to hear? They protect me so I am going to start filling in my ditch.  I am tired of crawling over more stones.  They left the place a stinking mess.  Tim Porter:  Is that his property?  Jim Zucal:  The pins are out there.  Bill Jeffers:  The sticks are still there.  Part of your big 48 inch pipe is on my property.  I can’t get everything in.  When there were three major sewer leaks, who call them in?   Tim Porter:  Mr. Jeffers your time is up.  Bill Jeffers:  I do want to thank you for giving me consideration, more than the Council has ever done for me.  I appreciate you doing that for me.  Before they would interrupt me and get me off my train of thought.  I have one more question I didn’t get my permit, it has been two weeks.  Tim Porter:  That is up to you and Mr. Murphy you can talk to him later.  Tom Murphy:  Just so Council knows no one has ever contacted me.  Bill Jeffers:  I faxed you.  You said I had to fax you to make an appointment.  Tom Murphy: I never said anything about a fax, you have to call me and make an appointment.  Bill Jeffers:  I will call you tomorrow.  Tom Murphy:  You have to apply for a permit, permits are not just issued.  You have to apply just like everybody else in the city and submit what everyone else has to submit.

 

Ray Dobbs, St. Clair Street:  I truly hate to be here.  Everybody knows I received a letter saying I will be prosecuted and a lien put on my property.  I have a picture of the city grass adjacent to my property.  Mayor Pugh:  It is city right-of-way and you used to cut it.  Ray Dobbs:  I did.  This is how the city takes care of it.  Yes I did use to cut it, last year we had an issue with me blowing grass on the street, right?  The city cut the grass this week and there is grass on the street.  Tim Porter:  What is your actual issue Mr. Dobbs?  Ray Dobbs:  That I am going to be prosecuted and have liens put on my property when the city doesn’t take care of their property.  If someone stops and asks me why I don’t cut my grass I will say it is because I don’t have any water.  I have a water valve leek, you turned the water on today not Friday like you said.  It is back on but the valve still leaks.  In the winter time I have an issue that I would like to discuss privately.  Mayor Pugh:  I will call you.  Tim Porter: Thank you Mr. Dobbs.  Perry Basile:  What is the accomidation for the leak?  Ray Dobbs:  I don’t know you will have to ask Mr. Myser.  Mayor Pugh:  Nothing happens until you come to Mayor’s Court.  He got a letter that he was in violation of the grass being more than 5 inches high like anybody else in St. Clairsville.  I went down and met with Mr. Dobbs and thought we had an agreement.  Most of the grass that was cut by one of our part time people.  I told him that we had a brush hog and we would go down on his property and cut it for him if we could.  It appears that he did.  The deal that I thought Mr. Dobbs and I had was that he was going to maintain it after that.  Ray Dobbs:  The part that I will maintain is along the road not the right-of-way.  Not the City property but along the road absolutely I will.  It has not changed one bit except for the water.  Mayor Pugh:  I guess nothing.  Jim Zucal:  Part of the problem was Tom Murphy and I met, there is a platted alley, we did not know it is a platted sod grass alley that adjoins his property until we looked at the maps.  We were made aware that it is our alley.  My comments have always been that City Council will maintain our city property first.  The water is a different problem.  There is a meter that is in a pit, there was some issues about that meter leaking and how it was turned on and off.  We are addressing those issues.  There is really no corolation between the grass and the water, there is no reason the grass could not be cut.  All of this is new we will take care of it.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR, JIM ZUCAL

I want to inform Council and Constituants that the paving project will start hopefully this Wednesday.  Shelly & Sands plans on doing milling and bringing in equipment so you won’t see a lot of asphalt until probably next week but again as I assured Council, we want to do things properly.  We want to put in manhole risers, catch basins and water valve boxes, profile the streets and berms before they come in.  There will be some excitement on Wednesday with the crews being in town.  We will do some public relations and media advertisement of that.

 

The water tank, the project is moving along well.  For the funding I did have a conference call with the Ohio EPA last week and we are excited about the possibility that everything is falling in place and we will be advertising for bid in July for the new water tank out at the St. Clair Commons.  Frank Sabatino:  The new water tank, will it replace the one behind the Municipal Building?  Jim Zucal:  Yes.  Frank Sabatino:  Even though it is on the East side will it benefit the whole City?  Jim Zucal:  Yes, the dynamics of the tank, this tank being 250 thousand gallons and the new tank will be 500 thousand.  Frank Sabatino:  Our reservoir will supply that?  Jim Zucal: Yes.

 

The crew broke ground today for the Recreation Center restrooms.  They are putting in the footers the concrete should have come in, I am very excited and I hope it is up and functional by Community Days.  Terry and I met with the contractor and all is going well.  Hopefully we will get some nice days and get things done.

 

MAYOR, TERRY PUGH: 

We do have yards that are out of control, some of them we are a major undertaking such as the Graham property which is finally being cut.  It was unoccupied and it took a lot of effort to find the people responsible.  I just want to assure you that actually we are changing the way things are being done in the Mayor’s Court.  We are going to set a whole Mayor’s Court date aside for nothing but grass cutting issues and people are going to be brought in if they do not take care of their problems.  If their grass goes over the 5 inches the fine are automatically going to go into existence and they will be notified of that in court.  Now if the grass is under control as well as garbage in certain yards then they will not end up in court.  But we have so many repeat offenders that it is getting to be ridiculous.   Ray Dobbs:  Will the City be held to the same accountability?  Terry Pugh:  We are going to try our best.  We have been down a mower, we rented a mower with a boom on the side.  We just bought another mower, we have hired another person so we are trying to stay on top of it as well.  Now I am sure someone will find a spot somewhere that we didn’t get but we do the best we can.  Beth Oprisch:  Have you set a date for that Mayor’s Court yet?  Mayor Pugh:  No but it will probably be a Thursday because that is what is best for the Court Clerk.   Jim Zucal:  Mr. Dobbs it has always been my goal with our buildings or yards or whatever that we take care of ours first.  If Council Members know of a place where there is high grass, we deal with it.  The letters that go out are form letters typically Tom & I work on those with Mr. Myser.

 

POLICE CHIEF, JEFF HENRY:

I have nothing.  I think the Mayor said it all tonight with officer T.J. Wyand.  He did a great job and it is a good feeling that one of my officers got an award like that from Senator Hogeland, the City and We the People.

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR, CINDI HENRY:

The next meeting, the first meeting in July we are having our budget hearing prior to our regular meeting.

I emailed you all Ordinance No. 2018-16, periodically during the year I move money inside of a fund.  That means that I might take it from operating supplies to maintenance for whatever to cover.  I had two earlier this year, one was to move money inside the Recreation Center fund  to purchase the barriers.  The other one I was $386.00 short on a principal line item for supplies in the Street Department.

The additional item, the third one on here is the Auction proceeds.  When we broke it all down the Street Department actually had $21,000 and that is what we had appropriated and certified by the County Auditor and this now has purchased our new mower.

 

PLANNING AND ZONING ADMINISTRATOR, TOM MURPHY: 

Don Smithberger and I today went to a workshop in Columbus.  It was regarding small cell antenna technology.  There was a House bill that was adopted in May, in a nut shell the Bill regulates that technology.  It does outline that these antennas can locate within the city right of ways.  The city can regulate to some degree, we can not stop cell phone technology, not that we would want to.  We just want to make sure that it looks good.  It is called 5G technology.  It is some years off in smaller communities so it is not something we have to worry about now.  It was a good workshop, it gave us some good information and gave us an idea how other communities are are able to regulate that too.

 

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith:  No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:

Jim talked about the main issue of Utility, the new water tank and funding.  Robert had a good article about the tank in the Times Leader.

Police, Mark Bukmir:  No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas

A couple of people were requesting some pothole repair on one of the alleys off Sugar Street.  I addressed that with Mr. Zucal and it is going to be taken care of.

There is a Street behind us right off Newell Avenue where Kings Auto Glass is the one that goes North.  That Street is getting real bad.  I spoke briefly with Donnie a couple of weeks ago and he was telling me that the City did not have equipment that could take care of that small of a road.  He said the Township would have smaller equipment.  I don’ know if that has been scheduled?  Terry Pugh:  We did paving with the Township last year we paved with them and they paved the Rec. Center.  Actually we still owe them a couple of days but we are hoping in the fall we hope to borrow the small paver to do some of the smaller alleys.  Jim Zucal:  We will take care of it.

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Safety, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Building and Grounds, Perry Basile: No Report

Planning Commission, Mike Smith:  No Report

 

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:

It was very nice to have everyone together to honor Officer T.J. & Scott.  What a life event that is.  Fortunately it all turned out good.  I am speaking for the Fire Department when I commend all of them and thanks that Mrs. Griffith is still with us.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, June 20th at the Main Station.

 

Recreation, Linda Jordan:

Tomorrow is the Beatle Mania Concert.  Next Tuesday is Radio Tokyo who was a big hit last year and drew a large crowd.

Community Days is June 30th.  Athletic games will be held in the morning.  Vendors start at 4:00, band at 7:00 and fireworks to finish out the night.  Tim Porter:  I think Council Members should try to make it to some of these concerts especially Community Days.

 

Park District, Linda Jordan:

Next meeting is June 25thTerry Pugh:  July 11th is going to be opening of the Nature Trail at noon.  Gulfport is going to sponsor that as well.  It will be at the Trail Entrance.

 

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS:

Law Director, Richard Myser

We have two pieces of Legislation tonight.  Ordinance No. 2018-15 is on it second reading

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2018-14; A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE COUNTY AUDITOR TO CERTIFY TO THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE THE TOTAL CURRENT TAX VALUATION OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF REVENUE THAT WOULD BE GENERATED BY NINETY-FIVE HUNDREDTHS (0.95) MILL AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  Jim Velas moved that the rules requiring Ordinances and Resolutions to be read on three separate readings be suspended and declaring an emergency; Mark Bukmir seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch                       Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan             Yes                              Smith                           Yes

                                                                        Velas                           Yes

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

 

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2018-14.  A motion was made by Frank Sabatino and seconded by Jim Velas that Resolution No. 2018-14 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch                       Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan             Yes                              Smith                           Yes

                                                                        Velas                           Yes

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

Resolution No. 2018-14 was declared adopted.

 

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2018-15;  A RESOLUTION DECLARING THE NECESSITY FOR THE RENEWAL LEVY  OF A TAX IN EXCESS OF THE THEN (10) MILL LIMITATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF

CURRENT OPERATING EXPENSES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE (5) YEARS.

 

NEW BUSINESS:  Mayor’s Report

The Mayor’s Collection for May 3l, 2018 is $4,554.05

A motion to accept the Mayor’s Report was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Linda Jordan

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch                       Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan             Yes                              Smith                           Yes

                                                                        Velas                           Yes

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

 

NEXT MEETING:  Monday, July 18, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers

There being no further business to come before Council, a motion to adjourn was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Frank Sabatino

June 18, 2018 Council Minutes


June 4, 2018 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

June 4, 2018

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, June 4, 2018 with the following present:

Tim Porter, Council President

Perry Basile, Council 1st Ward                          Terry Pugh, Mayor

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

Linda Jordan, Council-At-Large                       Cindi Henry, Finance Director

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                       Richard Myser, Law Director

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

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large                          Jeff Henry, Police Chief

Jim Velas, Council, 4th Ward                            Don Smithberger, Superintendent of Services

The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Porter

MINUTES:  Minutes of the May 21, 2018 meeting were distributed to Council.   A motion was made by Jim Velas and second by Perry Basile to approve the minutes of the May 21, 2018 meeting.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch                       Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan             Yes                              Smith                           Yes

                                                                        Velas                           Yes

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

 

CITIZENS HEARING: 

Fred Holmes, Volunteer Energy:  I would like to introduce Larry Taylor.  As you know I retired in 2015 but I promised you I would not abandon my communities and I have not done that.  Larry is going to be working with aggregation but I still may be coming out to deliver checks.  I don’t have a check for you tonight and I wasn’t here last time but I was called out with the Red Cross.  If that happens again Larry will deliver the check.  I want to advise you that your gas aggregation agreement expires on October 30, 2018.  Volunteer Energy will work on the renewal.  I have the packet available I am going to leave it with Kathy and she and I will work on it.  We have to have it to the Public Utility Commission by September 30th.  Your certificate expires every two years.  Once a year we go out and we get new people who move into the community and people who have dropped off a chance to rejoin.  February of every year the P.U.C.O. goes out for bid for options on wholesale price.  This year the wholesale price came in 15% lower than the previous year.  That will allow us to continue the community reinvestments that we give you every year and your residents will see about an 18% reduction in natural gas prices. That is good for a year and we will see how the rate is in February.  Just to explain to the new people on Council, several years ago we put gas aggregation on the ballot and the voters approved it and the City went with Volunteer Energy.  We have always had a variable price and because you have variable price your residents are enjoying a much reduced price.  If you had gone with a fixed price this community would have been burned badly.  Council should be commended.  It is going to be a good year for natural gas.  I hope it is real cold because the prices are low.

Ron Lepic, 98 Beckett Court:  I didn’t come here to yell and scream or anything but I did want everybody to know that I have a water situation on Beckett Court.  The plight really began about four years ago and it has been partially reminded but it still needs something addressed.  What happened is the water from Westminster Drive comes from both directions and I am at the low point.  The water also comes around the corner, my house faces Beckett Court so the water comes down Beckett and it also merges at my yard and it has been overflowing.  I got flooded four years ago and gas cans got overturned, my lawnmowers got flooded and my rotor tiller was under water.  I got three feet of water in my shed.  I got through all of that but there was gas all over everywhere.  I had to dig up my whole garden because the gas contaminated everything.  They call that a 100 year rain/flood but it has happened three years in a row, not so bad the flooding but it washes out my mulch.  I put a French drain in to catch the water coming into the yard, it just washed the gravel out.  My question and my plight tonight is to just ask city council that everyone be aware of the problem because I talked to Jim and I guess it is coming up for discussion.  I would really appreciate any help I can get from all of Council so they can know what I have been facing for the last four years.  Jim Zucal.  I want to thank Ron on his patience.  I have worked with him, Don Smithberger & I have been out, the Mayor has been involved and we have also assigned Jeff Vaughn a local Engineer to look at it.  We are not going to take it lightly and we are going to fix the problem.  Ron Lepic:  Thank you all very much.

 

Bill Jeffers, 199 Young Lane:  Good evening everyone.  I have been trying to get Police reports for 353 days.  I have left messages on Jeff Henry’s voice mail but I have never talked to him.  He will not give me the pictures.  It does not take 353 days from April 8th of last year.  Can I talk to you about the weeds that are in the side of my yard, you don’t cut them.  I talked to Jim Smerfburger or whatever his name is, your temporary super or what is he?  Jim Zucal:  Don Smithberger?  Bill Jeffers:   I talked to him about it, he stopped down because on Neff Street which is 50 feet away the corner is washed out.   You said you were coming down to look.  All that red dog, I have to run over it to get out of my driveway.  Nobody comes and cleans it up.  I cleaned that street for 25 years it will be 30 this year so I quit doing it.  It is not my job to take care of your problem.  You have a catch basin on Neff Street which you guys are bragging that you put in which is plugged up because it is washing down all the berm to the right side when you are heading west bound coming down the hill off of Young Lane.  It is about a foot deep right now, I saw a car run off the road the other day and Bam, that is an awful sound.  It was an old guy.  It is a good thing he wasn’t going the regular speed of 40 or 50 if that is what Ashburn that Halloween Project is that endangers my life.  I get in my car and go up to get the mail because it is so dangerous.  I would like to have a copy of how many tickets have been issued on that road because I see at least 50 people speeding while I am sitting on my porch.  You can make fun of me like you did that one day Mr. Pugh about reading my bible and stuff so that is fine.  Tim Porter:  Just stick to the subject.   Bill Jeffers:  I want to know when are you going to take care of these issues and all the water that is coming down through.  Jim Zucal:  Donnie, do we know what is going on?  Bill Jeffers:  The Clerk said none of that water is from the City.  Kathy Kaluger:  What you have always said is all that water is coming from the fairgrounds.  Bill Jeffers:  No you have hidden pipe and I would like to know how that works under the one cistern that is underneath the building on the fairgrounds.  Is that mechanical of is that done by camera then you hit a button that opens that flapper then water starts coming out of there.  Tim Porter:  Donnie do you have any input at all?  Don Smithberger:  There are drains that come off the fairgrounds and the football field.  Bill Jeffers:  There is something underneath that building because I can hear it like being in a cave with water dripping.  I have been up there listening to it.  That was a long time ago because Mr. Henry says there is still a no trespassing, that I was never on there trespassing in the first place.  That was probably 4 or 5 years ago.  They were doing construction and they said I came on their property.  The guy came and sat on my steps and ate his lunch and we were talking.  Of course they falsely accused me, that was Bunky Loy’s group.  Tim Porter:  What was the first issue, the weeds?  Bill Jeffers:  the weeds are never cut.  Brian Kralovic would have the prisoners come down and rake it all up and did a very nice job so I didn’t have to clean up.  It is four feet high right now.  Tim Porter:  Is that where the guardrail is?  Terry Pugh:  The guardrail that we put in because Mr. Jeffers wanted it.  Bill Jeffers:  No I didn’t you are lying.  Terry Pugh:  Alright Bill.  Tim Porter:  That is enough.  When we put that guardrail in do we own any of that culvert?  Terry Pugh:  That is all ours.  Mr. Jeffers knows where his property line is.  Bill Jeffers:  Now I do, I want a fence, I will get my permit tomorrow.  How much does that cost Mr.?  Tom Murphy:  You can’t get a permit in just one day, you have to bring in a drawing and it depends on how high it is going to be.  Bill Jeffers:  I will be in tomorrow.  It is just a little fence running across my property line.  Tim Porter:  That is your points now have you made them all?  Bill Jeffers:  I am tired of all the black mold right by my door when you go in it is on my siding and on my poles, where is this coming from the excess water and the high weeds, this is a bad year for ticks.  Tim Porter:  I am sure our people will get to that as soon as possible, we have had mowers broke down.  Bill Jeffers:   I can see why because that guy was running over people’s signs that they never took down he would mow right over them.  I have seen him hit logs and rocks, I have heard him hit pipes.  I would sit on my porch and say that is not going to last very long.  Don Smithberger:  We can’t mow the guardrail because there are rocks there.  Bill Jeffers:  There are more rocks that you guys installed than me.  As far as you I would do a sworn affidavit, I never asked for that guardrail.  Tim Porter:  Mr. Jeffers you are getting out of control.  Bill Jeffers:  Well don’t call me a liar.  Tim Porter:  No one called you a lire.  Bill Jeffers:  Mr. Pugh did, I did not ask for that guardrail.  The facts are you are lying, that is why we will have a new Mayor.   Tim Porter:  We will get with our city crews and we will get someone down there to take care of the weeds.  Bill Jeffers:  It is bad when you get treated like a third rate Citizen.  I don’ know who your boss is, who is your boss?  Terry Pugh:  I guess all the citizens.  Bill Jeffers:  You got that one right. You missed the last question I asked you.  Tim Porter:  Alright Mr. Jeffers thanks for being here.  Bill Jeffers:  How long does it take for this permit, how many years?  I don’t really need one I can put up a fence under 48”. Tim Porter:  Mr. Jeffers that is for you to discuss that with Mr. Murphy.  Tom Murphy:  I will answer one thing if the fence in under three feet high in your front yard a permit is not required.  You still have to follow the code and you have to make sure that you put it on your property, you can’t put it on city right-of-way.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR, JIM ZUCAL

I am here to ask my friends on Council, I have a packet before you on the bid summary on the paving.  I am very excited about the paving.  You will notice we have three bids in here this year.  It is very interesting in all my years of service I have never seen bids that were so close.  The one from NLS paving which is National Lime Stone and previously was Lash Paving and Shelly & Sands was only $2.50 difference on a quarter of a million project.  Cast and Baker is under a thousand so as a reminder Cast and Baker was the contractor last year and they did a very nice job.  This year the low bidder is Shelley & Sands.  I did meet with Mr. Myser and it is our recommendation that we use the lowest bidder on the project which is Shelley & Sands.  They are well known in the State of Ohio and do awesome work.  What I am asking for from Council is we had an Ordinance previously that allowed me to advertise and accept and award a bid not to exceed $200,000.  The bid did come in at $249,139.50.  What I can attribute that to and why I think the bids were so close is the streets that we have in place and the group of Tom, Donnie, Mayor Pugh and we put this together and did our own work and attached maps and aerial photos, did the length and width and the square yardage.  It made it very easy for them to look at the tonnage and square yardage and fill in a bid.  The price of asphalt went up considerably, close to $10 a square yard.  I can also tell Council that last year we did a little over 10,000 sq. yards.  This year we want to do 27,000 sq. yards.  So the change that took place was because we have more alleys and the price of asphalt and the overall cost was more than I expected.  I talked to the Mayor, talked to Cindi.  We do have the funds, we are receiving license plate tax but our other money funds for asphalt are fine so we do have the money so it is not going to burden the City so I am asking Council to please help us with this.  I would like to get it done right away and actually talk to the contractor tomorrow.  So my recommendation is Shelley & Sands at the price listed and if Council will help to raise the authorization to up to $250,000 which is Ordinance No. 2018-12 which Mr. Myser prepared.  Mike Smith:  Is there anything about the quality of work in any of these?  Jim Zucal:  That is a good question.  Of course we had Cast & Baker last year.  MLS is kind of a moot point.  Shelley & Sands, the gentleman that comes in is the local rep. their local office is in Rayland.  I can assure you that Shelley & Sands is probably the largest contractor that works for the Ohio Department of Transportation.  There is no question of Shelly & Sands capability.  They meet all ODOT specs.  They have a local office, they are just an incredible company.  Sam did give me a list of recent projects but they are huge.  I am glad to have them here locally and glad that they will do our work.  Mike Smith:  It says Norwalk, OH.  Jim Zucal:  Shelly & Sands is out of Rayland.  Boca Construction is out of Norwalk.  They have the large grinding machine, we do milling on all our projects now.  Terry Pugh:  Shelly & Sands is who bought out Tri-State Asphalt and that was their office.  Jim Zucal:  Tom has a good point, they are already pre-qualified with ODOT.  Beth Oprisch:  Is Lash not pre-qualified?  Jim Zucal:  I can’t answer that but Shelly & Sands is so big.  Frank Sabatino:  If we do this as an emergency tonight, how soon will they be able to start?  Jim Zucal:  Thank you Frank, if Council approves this tonight we are going to sign the contract tomorrow.  They said they would like to start right away.  We also put in the contract that we would like to wrap up well before the start of school but when I talked to Sam he said we will start in June and we will be done by mid July.  That is the plan, the sooner the better.  They have all the equipment locally, they are doing several ODOT jobs.  We had a pre bid meeting and they were all there for that and for the bid opening.  There was much more than what I gave to Council in the bid packet.  There was a whole list of qualifications, necessary insurance, proof of insurance, references, time frames, all of the was in there.  It was all apples to apples and they all bid on the same thing.  Perry Basile:  I am not saying anything good or bad about Shelly & Sands, I am just saying Lash Paving is in our City.  Jim Zucal:  I don’t think they are in the city, I think they have a St. Clairsville address.  That is National Limestone formally Lash Paving they are in Martins Ferry.  Terry Pugh:  I think the Company is actually out of Kentucky. Jim Zucal:  A lot of times the address they use on their bid packet is their field rep.

 

The other item I want to talk to you about is the water tank.  Thank you Robert that was a nice article in the newspaper over the weekend and the water tank project is coming together nicely.  We have secured through grants and loans about one million dollars and the engineers estimate is about 1.7 million. You will see before you there is another piece of legislation.  We cannot go out to bid before July 1st.  When we go out to bid, if we need extra money I am hoping the bid will come in low enough that we can cover it.  It could be around 1.2 or 1.3 million but if it does go higher Cindi, the Mayor and I have talked.  We have worked with the engineering firm and we are prepared to go to the Ohio EPA for another loan to cover the balance.  That will be taken into consideration after the project is bid.  After the project is bid the old tank behind the City Building will come down, the Mayor and I are working on that and hope to find a contractor that will do that for scrap.  Therefore that is why the legislation is here, we have to meet that deadline and be prepared if the money from the EPA does come in.  It allows us to apply for some revolving loan funds.

 

MAYOR, TERRY PUGH: 

Donnie informed me today that we finally got the last of the trees that were laying down by the biketrail cleaned up.  That was quite a slip we had down there.  I don’t know how many truck loads we took off of there but I want to commend all the City workers who worked so diligently to get the biketrail opened.  Let’s hope that we don’t get 4 inches of rain in 4 hours for a long time.

 

Our flowers are planted.  A lot of people really stepped forward to help.  I definitely want to commend Elsie Parish who has been with the City for quite a while and will be retiring June 11th.  She will be missed.  She has taken to heart the biketrail, cleaning in different locations in the City and she is really going to be missed.  Another new employee is McKenzie Koehler who works in the Electric Department.  He worked several summers with Brian Kralovic and actually was involved in the planting of flowers.  I made him coach and I made Mary Mowrer a Master Gardner assistant coach.  The Master Gardner’s stepped forward and they come from all walks of life.  They had several new Master Gardner’s there this year and everyone from Jim Kacsmar a past Accountant and Pam Jones and Karen Martinek past teachers, Pam also being a member of the School Board.  They worked pretty much day after day to get the job done.  Our Electric and Street Department workers hung the baskets. The baskets were actually planted and hung in one day.  I want to thank everyone.  I understand we may have lost two baskets today.  Don Smithberger:  Yes we did, a truck took out a pole.  Josh Robertson who did the watering last year is doing it again this year.  It seems like the flowers are growing like they should but for next year I am passing this all over to Darin Pytlak our new Street Superintendent.  It is going to be well worth it to see the beautiful flowers in the city.

 

POLICE CHIEF, JEFF HENRY:

Officer Terry (T.J.) Weyand assisted in saving a lady on North Market St.  She approached me today and she wants to come to the Council Meeting and have Patrolman Weyand here.  She wants to thank him publicly at the Council Meeting.

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR, CINDI HENRY:

We have been notified by the County Auditor that our .95 mill levy is up.  We can run it in the upcoming election.  There is a discrepancy between the Board of Elections and the County Auditor as to which one we are to put on and I have determined this is the correct one.  That being the case # 2018-14 is where we have to notify the County Auditor of our intent to run this as a renewal not a replacement and the County Auditor has been burdened with giving us what is the actual  that he thinks we are going to collect dollar wise.  That one is an emergency because when the other one is passes I have to take the information that the Auditor supplies me and attach it to the second Resolution # 2018-15 and have that all delivered to the Election Board before August 8th.

 

The second thing is the 2019 budget.  Our next meeting I believe is July 2nd and I will be holding the budget hearing one ½ hour before the regular Council Meeting.  When I get it done I will have it for you to review.

 

PLANNING AND ZONING ADMINISTRATOR, TOM MURPHY: 

Believe it or not we are having great success on getting grass taken care of.  There are a couple of properties that are in estates or in foreclosure.  They are never easy to deal with.  I think the weather stayed cold for so long and then all of a sudden things changed and now we are getting quite a few complaints.  We have taken care of the overwhelming majority.  We are still working on some that are out there but thinks to Terry and Richard we are working on them.

 

Permits are pretty hectic now which is a good thing.  I want to bring to your attention, I think most people are familiar with Studio-East, they were before the Architectural Review Board today.  The person who runs Studio –East is retiring and the workers are taking over. It will be known as Envy Salon & Spa.  It is nice that the business is staying in the community.  It has been a pretty successful business.

 

St. Clair Commons, Jim, Terry and Myself have been working with Rob Stein and Charity on that and the City actually went out this morning and trimmed along Commons Mall Crossing just to clean things up a bit.  We met with Comcast last week, they put some new fiber in there and there were quite a few rocks in there especially on the right hand side and along Dorothy Place.  We met with their contacts to try to get that cleaned up a bit.  We talked to Rob Stein last week about the same thing.  We’re moving along and the big pictures will all get taken care of.

 

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith:  No Report

 

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:

The Utility Committee met prior to Council.  Jim talked about the water tank.  Don Smithberger:  I would like to ask the press to remind people to not put yard sale or any other postings on our poles.  That is a danger to our employees.

Frank:  We talked about a lot of issues.  We are doing some work with the Park.  Cindi was there to give us some information on utility related finances.  We have a new employee in the Utility Office.  She is working out quite well.  Donnie will be advertising for a new employee in the Electric Department.

 

Police, Mark Bukmir: We will have a short meeting with Chief Henry after the Council meeting.

Street North Side, Jim Velas: It will be good to get the paving done as soon as possible.  St. David alley is getting paved.  Beth Oprisch:  The list that you gave us, is that the order in which they will be done?  Jim Zucal:  No we leave that up to the contractor, we will work with them closely.  We do things a little differently, we are putting on risers on all of our valve boxes, all of our covers.  We are milling and profiling all the streets to get proper drainage…  Donnie and I look at them closely.  The contractor a lot of times will give us recommendations on where they move their equipment.  We are hoping to get it done in four weeks.

 

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Safety, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Building and Grounds, Perry Basile: No Report

Planning Commission, Mike Smith:  No Report

 

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:

The Fire Board met last Wednesday and one of the main topics was that we commend our Police Officer for his quick action and saving Mrs. Griffiths life.  Jeff Henry:  Scott Folmar came along and called 911 and Officer Weyand responded to the call.  That is how it works.  Frank Sabatino:  We received an update last Wednesday on the situation that wasn’t such a good ending, the drowning out at the lake.  Our guys were out there relentlessly looking for closure for the family.  The Board made a donation to the Barton Fire Department, they let us use their ambulance while ours was down. .  We gave the Fire Chief permission to have training on June 24th that is confined space and hazmet on St. Clair Street and on August 19th extrication training.  We also signed a contract with the Fire Fighters.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, June 20th at 3:00.

 

Recreation, Linda Jordan:

Summer league basketball starts tonight.  Saturday, June 9th is the Red Devil track meet which is for the little kids.  Tomorrow starts the summer concert series.  This year we will have a few venders at the concerts.  The band Hoard & Jones will kick off the season.  We want to thank some of the donors.  Outback Steak House is providing food for the bands, West Texas Road House, Whiteside’s, Home Savings Bank, Colerain Golf Cart & Ideal Provisions.

 

Park District, Linda Jordan:

There was no meeting.  Adult swims are held on Monday evenings, beginning June 12th moonlight swims will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 10.  Next meeting is June 11th.

 

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS:

Law Director, Richard Myser

We have four pieces of Legislation tonight.  All four of them have already been discussed.  2018-12 is the ordinance amending the previous ordinance that we have authorizing bids up to $200,000 is amended to allow our paving bids to go up to $250,000. It has emergency language and Mr. Zucal is asking that it be passed tonight.

 

The next one is Resolution 2018-13.  It is the resolution authorizing the Mayor to apply for, accept and enter into a water supply revolving loan account agreement.  It also has emergency language in it and asking that this be passed tonight.

 

The next one is 2018-14 which the Finance Director is asking the County Auditor to certify the total current tax valuation of the City of St. Clairsville and the amount of revenue that would be generated by (0.95) Mill.  This needs to be passed tonight.

 

The next one is 2018-15 is the follow up to 2018-14.  This one does not need to be passed tonight.

 

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2018-12; AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCES NO. 2018-06 AND AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICES TO ACCEPT LOWEST BIDS FOR THE RESURFACING OF STREETS IN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND AUTHORIZING AN EXPENDITURE NOT TO EXCEED 250,000.00 FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 2018 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  Perry Basile moved that the rules requiring Ordinances and Resolutions to be read on three separate readings be suspended and declaring an emergency; Linda Jordan seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch                       Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan             Yes                              Smith                           Yes

                                                                        Velas                           Yes

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

 

There was presented and read to Council on it third and final reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2018-12. A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Frank Sabatino that Ordinance No. 2018-12 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch                       Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan             Yes                              Smith                           Yes

                                                                        Velas                           Yes

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

Ordinance No. 2018-12 was declared adopted.

 

 

 

There was presented and read to Council on it first reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2018-13; A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE TO APPLY FOR, ACCEPT AND ENTER INTO A WATER SUPPLY REVOLVING LOAN ACCOUNT AGREEMENT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW RESERVOIR AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  Linda Jordan moved that the rules requiring Ordinances and Resolutions to be read on three separate readings be suspended and declaring an emergency; Mark Bukmir seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch                       Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan             Yes                              Smith                           Yes

                                                                        Velas                           Yes

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

 

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2018-13.  A motion was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Frank Sabatino that Resolution No. 2018-13 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch                       Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan             Yes                              Smith                           Yes

                                                                        Velas                           Yes

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

Resolution No. 2018-13 was declared adopted.

 

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2018-14; A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE COUNTY AUDITOR TO CERTIFY TO THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE THE TOTAL CURRENT TAX VALUATION OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF REVENUE THAT WOULD BE GENERATED BY NINETY-FIVE HUNDREDTHS (0.95) MILL AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  Jim Velas moved that the rules requiring Ordinances and Resolutions to be read on three separate readings be suspended and declaring an emergency; Mark Bukmir seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch                       Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan             Yes                              Smith                           Yes

                                                                        Velas                           Yes

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

 

 

 

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2018-14.  A motion was made by Frank Sabatino and seconded by Jim Velas that Resolution No. 2018-14 be passed by Council.

 

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch                       Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan             Yes                              Smith                           Yes

                                                                        Velas                           Yes

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

Resolution No. 2018-14 was declared adopted.

 

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2018-15;  A RESOLUTION DECLARING THE NECESSITY FOR THE RENEWAL LEVY  OF A TAX IN EXCESS OF THE THEN (10) MILL LIMITATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF

CURRENT OPERATING EXPENSES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE (5) YEARS.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:  Mayor’s Report

The Mayor’s Collection for May 3l, 2018 is $4,554.05

A motion to accept the Mayor’s Report was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Linda Jordan

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch                       Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan             Yes                              Smith                           Yes

                                                                        Velas                           Yes

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

 

NEXT MEETING:  Monday, June 18, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers

There being no further business to come before Council, a motion to adjourn was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Frank Sabatino


Ordinance Number 2018-16

AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE INTERFUND TRANSFERS AND 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, 2017 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2018, 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, 2017 through December 31, 2017, the attached line item transfers are required:

SEE ATTACHED UAN REPORTS

Transfer of $18,350 from 2041-310-400 & 2041-310-430 to 2041-310-530 (Barriers)

Transfer of $383.66 from 2011-610-420 to 2011-850-710 (Op Supplies to Principal)

Additional Appropriation to 2011-610-420 (Street – Steiner Equipment/Auction Proceeds)

 

SECTION 2:  That this Ordinance is 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.

SECTION 3:  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.

Ordinance Number 2018-16



Rain to River Project comes to St. Clairsville

TEAMWORK IN THE SERVICE OF EDUCATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT

On Friday, June 15, 2018, the City of St. Clairsville was the site of a Rain to River Project.  Mayor Terry Pugh offered his appreciation to the Belmont County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for bringing this educational programming to the City.

Coordinated by Liza Butler, the Administrator / Wildlife and Forestry Specialist of the local office of the Soil and Water Conservation District, students used stencils to paint a message near certain City storm drains.  Students added the “NO DUMPING DRAINS TO RIVER” message to a total of 78 storm drains on Marietta, Main, Sugar, North Market, High, Spring and Park Streets, and Woodrow, Newell and Ruggles Avenues.  The students participating were in the Belmont SWCD 2018 Conservation Field Days Program.

City Director of Safety and Public Services James Zucal, an avid outdoorsman with 34 years of professional experience in water quality, stated “the stenciled message is meant to bring awareness to residents and visitors of the importance of protecting our water resources.”  Zucal added that it is illegal to dump items such as trash, grass clippings, grease, pesticides, motor oil, antifreeze, paint, plastics, soap and chemicals into City storm drains.

The Rain to River Project is part of the Appalachian Ohio Clean Watershed Initiative, a partnership between Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs along with Rural Action.  The project is financed through a grant from the State of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. EPA, under the provisions of Section 319(h) of the federal Clean Water Act.

Additional information on storm water from reputable sources can be found on the City’s web site (https://stclairsville.com/city-government/departments/street-department/).

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May 21, 2018 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

May 21, 2018 

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, May 21, 2018 with the following present:

Tim Porter, Council President

Perry Basile, Council 1st Ward                          Terry Pugh, Mayor

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

Linda Jordan, Council-At-Large                       Cindi Henry, Finance Director

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                       Richard Myser, Law Director

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

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large                          Jeff Henry, Police Chief

Jim Velas, Council, 4th Ward

 

The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Porter

 

MINUTES:  Minutes of the May 7. 2018 meetings were distributed to Council.   A motion was made by Jim Velas and second by Mike Smith to approve the minutes of the May 7, 2018 meeting.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch                       Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan             Yes                              Smith                           Yes

                                                                        Velas                           Yes

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

 

CITIZENS HEARING:  There were no Citizens present who wished to address Council

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR, JIM ZUCAL

I am excited about this Wednesday, at noon will be the bid opening for the street paving.  This year we will have twice the amount of paving as we did last year.

 

Over all we are working hard to keep up with the high grass.  Our crews are out every day patching.  We are doing some downtown work.  With some summer help I am excited about painting some hydrants this year, keeping that program going on the hydrants and doing some storm sewer work before the painting.  We have an aggressive schedule on overall cleanup and keeping the city looking fresh.  That is my goal for this year.  Beth Oprisch:  Have we hired summer help?  Jim Zucal:  We have one student help right now, Josh Robinson, he was here last year.  He does an exceptional job for the city.  He is Anita Robinson’s son.  The Mayor has a couple of local men who do some grass mowing for us.  One who is here tonight Greg Reline and also Ed Efaw.  So we are keeping up with the grass.  We advertised the grass cutting at Belmont College, O.U.E. Roberta basically advertised everywhere we could and we didn’t get much response.

 

I do have one other thing to share Beth, at the last meeting you asked and I wanted to inform Council about landlords.  We have approximately 210 landlords in the city, 628 open accounts.  Of our 2,750 accounts we have 628 open rental properties.  That is right around 25% but studies have been done when your city gets around 40% or 50% you have to be very cautious.

MAYOR, TERRY PUGH: 

The City Safety picnic is Thursday between 11:00 and 1:00 at the City Garage on Reservoir Road.  I know Cindi and Donnie have made the arrangements.  The crews will be cooking hamburgers, hot dogs and etc.  Everybody come and enjoy.

 

I just want to thank all the employees for all the hard work up on Main Street.  We did cleaning, we did weeding, and we did mulching and right now even without the baskets I think they did a wonderful job cleaning things up.  Now we will talk about the baskets.  I had a business and I was always planting something, flowers was not one of them.  With the help of Fred Holub where the plants are coming from, Mary Mowrer and her Master Gardner’s with Jim Zucal and other city employees that have been involved before we will have them up soon.  Wednesday we are going to start planting the baskets and have everything done by Friday.  We may not have the planting at Halloran Park and out by the entrance sign done by then.  The big thrust is getting the baskets up.  Our summer help actually did a lot of the watering last year so he will be involved with that again this year.

 

The other thing I wanted to mention is rain has caused many problems and issues with cutting grass.  In some places it has gotten out of hand and people are trying to catch up.  I would like to caution people from blowing grass in the streets.  There are three reasons for not putting grass in the street they are bicycle riders, motorcycle riders and the fact that the grass clogs the storm sewers.

 

One other thing it seems like this year is worse than usual with people not mowing their yards at all.  Tom Murphy and Richard Myser are doing a lot of work sending out letters but it seems like people are paying no attention to us at all.  If you see this out in your wards let my office know or Tom Murphy but most important is who owns that property.

 

Frank Sabatino:  I have been getting a lot of positive feedback on the new web site.  It is very professional and informative.

 

POLICE CHIEF, JEFF HENRY:

The only thing I have tonight is we lost our part time parking attendant and I asked our former parking attendant Cheryl Barnes if she would like to work part time again and she said absolutely so today is her first day back.

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR, CINDI HENRY:

The Audit team will be in here tomorrow to start on the City Audit.  They should be here for about three or four days.

The next meeting I will bring legislation for the creation of either one or two funds for the water tank.  It will be emergency language so the fund can be set up before we receive the money.

 

PLANNING AND ZONING ADMINISTRATOR, TOM MURPHY: 

In regard to the proposed Pizza Milano at 145 E. Main Street directly across from the Marathon Station.  They finished their first phase, you might have seen them removing the scaffolding today.  The masonry work is pretty much complete.  At the last meeting I mentioned it is going to be a long term project.  The business owner is applying for State Historic Tax Credits.  They won’t find out if they have those credits until December.  They plan on proceeding no matter what next year.  There was a story in Sunday’s paper about the business.  If you see the owner out there give him some encouragement they are taking an old structure in town and rehabbing it.  That is a positive for our Historic District.

 

This is permit time of year.  As the Mayor mentioned there are quite a few grass complaints.  I am researching the ownership on those and getting the information to the Law Director to send letters.

Mark Bukmir:  With the yard complaints I want to make sure that the city is doing what we can to keep our grass mowed as well.  We can’t expect our citizens to do it if we the city are not doing it.  Jim Zucal:  I agree completely, I have mentioned that many times.  We are waiting on our new tractor and what the Mayor and I did was we rented a tractor with a boom mower from South Eastern Equipment and we have our crews out hitting every property in the city that we can that belongs to us.  We feel like the new mower won’t be back until the 4th of July and we want to keep everything mowed.  Beth Oprisch:  Who is responsible for the grass at the new Senior Suites?  Tom Murphy:  There are some issues with Comcast and Columbia Gas and we are trying to work with them.  Jim Zucal:  I believe now that the property has been annexed I believe it is ours to maintain.  Tom, Terry and I have talked about that and Comcast and Columbia Gas both have open trenches and so much rock and they have not taken care of it yet.  Tom has been working on getting them in to finish that.  We need to start taking care of that too.  Jim Velas:  Do we know who owns the Graham property across from the Post Office?  Tom Murphy:  That is a good question, we are well aware of that property.  I have had quite a few calls about that.  It is still in the name of William Graham.  His daughter Shala has some responsibility, she has been up here.  She lives in the Carolina’s.  She has been up here and we have sent letters out to her, it is probably going to be hard to find someone responsible but we are going to research the estate and see if she is the one we should be talking to.

 

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith:  No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:

The Hydrant flushing is complete.  I saw they were using signs in the area they were flushing.

Police, Mark Bukmir: No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas: No Report

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Safety, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Building and Grounds, Perry Basile:

I do have a question about that building that is on S. Sugar and the piece of slate.  What did you decide to do?  Mayor Pugh:  We had our Electric Department go down and remove the loose slate and almost all of the chimney was also falling down so they took all of those bricks down.  We are still checking with Historical Associations to see if they would be interested but these is no question it is a safety hazard.

Planning Commission, Mike Smith:  No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:

The Sunday Times Leader had an article about the Cumberland Trail Fire District.  It was about the grant writing that is being done. Our next regular meeting is Wednesday, May 30th at 3:00 p.m. at the Main Station.  Greg Reline, President of the Board:  The do have some slick people when it comes to grant writing.

Recreation, Linda Jordan:

The Board was unable to meet today due to lack of quorum.  The Red Devil classic track meet will be held Saturday, June 9th at 9:00 a.m.

Park District, Linda Jordan:

Work is scheduled to begin on the new Frisbee Park on Friday.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 29th

 

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS:

Law Director, Richard Myser

We have no legislation to be read tonight

We do need to go into a short Executive Session to consider personnel matters Section 121 (g)

(1).

 

NEW BUSINESS:  Mayor’s Report

The Mayor’s Collection for April 2018 is $3,278.20

A motion to accept the Mayor’s Report was made by Frank Sabatino and seconded by Jim Velss

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch                       Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan             Yes                              Smith                           Yes

                                                                        Velas                           Yes

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

 

NEXT MEETING:  Monday, June 4, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers

There being no further business to come before Council, a motion to adjourn was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Frank Sabatino.

May 21, 2018 Council Minutes


Resolution Number 2018-15

RESOLUTION DECLARING THE NECESSITY FOR THE RENEWAL LEVY OF A TAX IN EXCESS OF THE TEN (10) MILL LIMITATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF CURRENT OPERATING EXPENSES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO, FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE (5) YEARS

WHEREAS, the amount of taxes which may be raised within the ten (10) mill limitation will be insufficient to provide an adequate amount for the necessary requirements of the City of St. Clairsville.

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

SECTION 1:  That it is necessary to levy a tax in excess of the ten (10) mill limitation, which levy is a renewal with no increase and no decrease of an existing  ninety  – five hundredths (.95) mill, for the benefit of the City of St. Clairsville, Ohio, for the purpose of providing and maintaining motor vehicles, communications and other equipment used directly in the operation of the Police Department and payment of salaries of permanent police personnel at a rate not exceeding  ninety – five hundredths (.95) mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to nine and one half cents (9 ½ ¢) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.  Said levy shall renew a .95 mill levy currently on the City’s tax duplicate, with no increase and no decrease.

SECTION 2:  That said renewal levy be placed on the tax list commencing in tax year 2018, and first due in 2019, and each succeeding tax duplicate year for a period of five years, if a majority of electors voting thereon vote in favor of it.

SECTION 3:  That the Clerk of Council be and is directed to certify a copy of this Resolution to the Board of Elections, Belmont County, Ohio, and notify the Board of Elections to cause notice of election on the question of levying said tax to be given as required by law.

SECTION 4:  This Resolution is declared necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety and welfare of the City for the reason that said Resolution must be passed and filed with the Board of Elections on or before August 8, 2018 in order to place it on the November 6, 2018 ballot.

SECTION 5:  That this Resolution shall take effect and be in force from and after the earliest period allowed by the Charter of the City of St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Resolution Number 2018 – 15


Resolution Number 2018-14

A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE COUNTY AUDITOR TO CERTIFY TO THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE THE TOTAL CURRENT TAX VALUATION OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF REVENUE THAT WOULD BE GENERATED BY NINETY – FIVE HUNDREDTHS (0.95) MILL AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, the amount of taxes which may be raised within the ten mill limitation will be insufficient to provide an adequate amount for the necessary requirements for the City of St. Clairsville, Ohio and

WHEREAS, Council is levying a renewal tax of ninety – five hundredths (0.95) mill which is in excess of the ten mill limitation for the purpose of providing and maintaining motor vehicles, communications and other equipment used directly in the operation of the Police Department and payment of salaries of permanent police personnel; pursuant to Section 5705.19(J) of the Ohio Revised Code:

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

SECTION 1:  That, pursuant to Section 5705.03 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Belmont County Auditor is requested to certify to the City of St. Clairsville the total current tax valuation of the City and the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated by ninety – five hundredths (0.95) mill renewal levy.

SECTION 2That, the City Finance Director is authorized and directed to certify a copy of this resolution to the Belmont County Auditor so that said Auditor may certify such matters to accordance with Section 5705.03 of the Ohio Revised Code.

SECTION 3:  That, this Resolution is declared to be an emergency measure for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety and welfare of the City for the reason that said Resolution must be passed and certified to the Belmont County Auditor, in order to have the renewal levy on the November 6, 2018 ballot.

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

Resolution Number 2018 – 14


Resolution Number 2018-13

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE TO APPLY FOR,

ACCEPT AND ENTER INTO A WATER SUPPLY REVOLVING LOAN ACCOUNT AGREEMENT FOR CONSTRUCTION

OF THE NEW RESERVOIR AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of St. Clairsville intends to apply for a construction loan through Ohio EPA Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) for construction of said reservoir improvements; and

WHEREAS, the Ohio EPA Water Supply Revolving Loan Account requires the government authority to pass legislation of a loan and the execution of an agreement.

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

Section 1:        That the Mayor of the City of St. Clairsville is hereby authorized to apply for a WSRLA loan with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Water Development Authority for construction of reservoir improvements on behalf of the City of St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Section 2:        That the dedicated source of repayment will be water customer usage charges.

Section 3:        That this Resolution is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, safety and welfare and such that Mayor apply for a loan for construction of reservoir improvements.

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

Resolution Number 2018-13