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Tuesday, March 26th (9 A.M. – 3 P.M.): Limited Electric Power Outage Scheduled

PRESS RELEASE

 

FROM:         CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

DATE:          MARCH 22, 2019

SUBJECT:   SCHEDULED ELECTRIC OUTAGE – Limited Areas

RELEASE: IMMEDIATELY

 

The City of St. Clairsville’s Electric Department announces a scheduled power outage due to system maintenance. This limited area outage will take place on Tuesday, March 26th, from 9 A.M. until 3 P.M. 

Customers in the following areas will be impacted:

  • Barton Road – All customers
  • Lin-Chris Drive – All customers
  • Forest Lawn – All customers
  • Greentree Drive – All customers
  • Pinecrest Drive – All customers
  • Oak Drive – All customers
  • Wildwood Road – All customers
  • Willow Road – All customers
  • Glenwood Road – All customers
  • Bubbling Springs Road – All customers
  • Millrose Drive – All customers
  • East Lawn Avenue – 101, 103, 105, 107, 109
  • East Main Street – 253, 255, 257, 259, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 270, 271, 273, 275, 276, 278, 280, 284
  • Parshall Avenue – 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 123, 125, 129, 131, 150
  • Walnut Avenue – 101

 

If you have questions, please call 740-695-0156.

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Resolution Number 2019 – 8

RESOLUTION NO. 2019 – 8

A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE SERVICE DIRECTOR

TO TAKE PRELIMINARY MEASURES TO

ADVERTISE FOR AND ACCEPT QUALIFICATIONS AND

PROPOSALS FOR THE SALE AND PRIVATIZATION

OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE’S WATER AND

WASTEWATER SYSTEM AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, the City Council deems it advisable to investigate the sale and privatization of the City’s water and wastewater system and related assets.

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

Section 1:        The Service Director the City of St. Clairsville is authorized to take preliminary measures to advertise for and accept qualifications and proposals (RFQ/RFP process) for the sale and privatization of the City’s water and wastewater systems and related assets.

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 so that the City can maintain normal operations.

Section 3:        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.

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            PASSED at a meeting of the council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 18th day of March, 2019, by the affirmative vote of 6 members of council.

Resolution Number 2019 – 8

 


Ordinance Number 2019 – 7_1st Reading ONLY

ORDINANCE NUMBER 2019 – 7

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICES TO SOLICIT

COMPETITIVE BIDS FOR THE RESURFACING OF

STREETS IN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

AND AUTHORIZING AN EXPENDITURE

NOT TO EXCEED $150,000.00 FOR THE CALENDAR

YEAR 2019 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, the City has determined that various streets have fallen into a state of disrepair and need to be resurfaced; and

WHEREAS, the resurfacing of various City streets will improve the public peace, health, and welfare of the residents of the City of St. Clairsville.

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

Section1: That the Director of Public Services for the City of St. Clairsville is authorized and directed to solicit competitive bids for the resurfacing of various City streets in the City of St. Clairsville, and to accept the lowest and best bid for the resurfacing and to authorize work for such resurfacing not to exceed $150,000.00 for the calendar year 2019.

Section 2: That the Director of Public Services is authorized to spend funds for the resurfacing of various City streets upon award of a contract.

Section 3: That this Ordinance is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health, welfare and safety of the residents of the City of St. Clairsville and for further reasons that delays in the resurfacing of the City streets will adversely affect the safety interests of the residents of the City of St. Clairsville and the financial interest of the City.

Section 4: 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.

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The  council of the City of St. Clairsville held the first reading of this legislation at its meeting on March 18, 2019.

 


March 4, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

March 4, 2019

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, March 4, 2019 with the following present:

Tim Porter, Council President                                    Terry Pugh, Mayor

Perry Basile, Council 1st Ward                                    Cindi Henry, Finance Director

Mark Bukmir, Council 3rd Ward                                 Richard Myser, Law Director

Linda Jordan, Council-At-Large                                 Tom Murphy, Planning & Zoning Administrator

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                                 Jim Zucal, Service Director

Frank Sabatino, Council 2nd Ward                             Mike Troullos, Police Lieutenant

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large                                    Don Smithberger, Director of General Services

Jim Velas, Council 4th Ward

The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Porter

MINUTES:  Minutes of the February 19, 2019 meeting were distributed to Council.  A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Jim Velas to approve the Minutes of February 19, 2019.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                    Yes                        Sabatino                Yes             

Bukmir                  Yes                        Smith                    Yes

Jordan                   Yes                        Velas                     Yes

Oprisch                  Yes

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

CITIZENS HEARING: 

Daniel and Andrea Barritt: 

We just wanted to come to ask the Mayor and Council for permission to use the Courtyard as we have in the past and the use of the tent.  The National Day of Prayer this year will be on May 2nd starting at 11:30 with music and the week prior to that the National Bible Reading Marathon will begin on Thursday, April 25th at noon.  That will finish up on Wednesday, May 1st.  We are requesting that the tent be up on the 25th of April.  We are always very appreciative of what the Mayor and Council does for us and thank you all very much.  Tim Porter:  Can we have a motion to have the National Day of Prayer and the Bible Reading Marathon at the Courtyard?  A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Perry Basile to approve these events.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                     Yes                        Sabatino                Yes             

Bukmir                   Yes                        Smith                     Yes

Jordan                   Yes                         Velas                     Yes

Oprisch                  Yes

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

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal:

I have a brief report this evening.  You have before you a new piece of legislation.  Mr. Myser can certainly go into more detail but we are amending the amendment from last year.  There was a section in there with one sentence in there that referred to a piece of Legislation 933.02 that spelled out the Sewer rates outside the city limits would be 1¼ % outside the city limits.  Actually we want all the sewer rates outside the city to be 1 ½ times the normal rate, so we are amending that.  We took the one sentence out.  It is very simple and we want to keep it that way.  I am asking for emergency passage tonight so we can get that on the billing.  The new rate went into effect on March 1stRichard Myser:  All we really did was strike that one sentence.  Jim Zucal:  The rates are in effect until 2022, we are not changing the rates.

Also on the utility side I would like to mention to Council that our Water/Wastewater Superintendent Kendal Weisand who has been with us for 14 months resigned to take another position closer to home.  I talked to him today, he thanks the city.  He enjoyed his time her he just wants to be closer to home.

I just want to remind Council that tomorrow at 6:45 p.m. in Council Chambers.  We will be holding a work session.  Cindi and I have been working very diligently on this meeting with the Mayor.  We are putting together all the financials for the water and sewer with revenue, debt, and cost, everything we have to share with Council.  We really want to educate ourselves.  We will take questions.

Frank Sabatino:  Is there money in the budget for road paving this year?  Jim Zucal:  We are talking about paving.  We already have a preliminary paving list together.  We are still waiting on the license plate money from the County.  Paving is one of my favorite things to do, I think it is good for the community, and we are waiting for some nice weather.  I will be asking for input from Council.  We should have a final list together by April.

Mayor, Terry Pugh:

The weather has been a problem and in the last week we saw it all again from the winds knocking out some of the electric, some water leaks and then snow and ice.  I just want to commend all of the city employees for getting out there and really taking care of the different issues they had to face for St. Clairsville.  Of course Don Smithberger is responsible for all of the departments.  He is here all the time overseeing all the problems for the city.  He really needs to be commended.

The next thing I want to mention, I handed out some information to Council just to keep you up to date.  I want to thank Channel 9 for the article they did with me about 911.  As of April 1st we will have an answering service to handle our utility calls on off hours.  I think it is fair to say 911 was overwhelmed.  They thought they could handle it but when we had the power outage they just had more than they could handle.  You call the regular utility number on off hours.

The other thing that came out of the 911 meeting was pushing code red.  We are asking all of the residents to sign up for code red.  If we do have an outage we will be able to use code red to signal out the area and say we are aware of the power outage and hope that the power will be back on in so much time.  That is going to be a big help to notify our citizens of our problems.

The next thing is we got a letter from the J.B. Green Team thanking us for hauling in gravel because it was a muddy mess.  In the letter they pointed out that in 2018 they collected 195 tons of paper and cardboard from our recycling program along with the other materials that were collected.  They commended the St. Clairsville community for their great effort in recycling.

The last thing is I have provided a copy of the letter from Volunteer Energy.  This is something that has been in existence since 2010.  It was voted in by the Citizens of St. Clairsville.  It is a gas aggregation program.  Everyone in the city is enrolled in the program unless they opt out.  They are sending letters to everyone in St. Clairsville.  I gave you a copy of the letter so you have the information in case any citizens ask you about it.

Police Lieutenant, Mike Troulos:  No Report

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:

I am passing out packets that I made up for tomorrow’s work session.  It has various items in it.  You can take it home to look it over and bring it back tomorrow.

Planning & Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy: 

The Planning Commission met this evening.  They approved the final site plan for the Changes Family Hair Salon at 243 West Main Street.  There is no action required by Council.  They still have to get their State approval but they are done with the City.

There is a Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on Thursday, March 7th at 6:00 p.m.   There are two items on the agenda.  One is a Special Exception request from the Community Improvement Corporation of Belmont County.  The request is for 133 Woodrow Avenue.  The second request is by Thoburn United Methodist Church at 209 E. Main Street.  They would like to add additional signage to what they already have.

There is some good news for Pizza Milano. You may have seen a dumpster at the new location across from the Marathon gas station.  They were doing some internal demo last week and they hope to get started on the project within the next month.  They hope to be done by the end of the year if not sooner.

The census is coming in 2020.  You might recall that last year I updated our addresses.  This year I updated any boundary adjustments that we have had over the last year or so or any mistakes that they may have had in the system just to make our corporate lines as legal as we can.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith:  No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:

The utility committee met tonight.  We talked about tonight’s ordinance.  We also talked about Kendal leaving.  We thanked him for his service.  Donnie & Anita were in attendance at the utility meeting.  Don Smithberger:  First of all I would really like to thank our constituents for their patience and understanding.  The outage on Sunday was not due to the city it was due to the wind.  There was a large pine tree that came down between the Roundhouse on Route 40 and our substation, it shorted out AEP’s line.  We found the problem, called AEP and dispatched crews out to try to get it on as fast as they could but unfortunately it knocked out the power to us and about 15 other stations for AEP.  It took that long period of time to get the power back on.  Along with that was the high winds.  I want to remind everyone that with winds at 35 miles per hour we cannot get the buckets because there is a good chance that it would upset them.  The winds that day were 60 miles per hour and better.  We tried to do the best we could and again we thank everyone for their patience.

Police, Mark Bukmir: No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas:

Questions about pot holes again and when they are going to get paved.  The only thing I told them that would be addressed as soon as the weather gets a little better and we find out how much money we have to pave the streets.

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch: I will echo what Jim just said.

Safety, Jim Velas:

There will be a safety meeting later in the month, we don’t have an exact date yet.  I am sure there will be a Council Meeting before that so we can let Council people know.  It is kind of interesting, it would be good if more Council people attended.  I also want to complement the city crews for their handling of the snow yesterday.  The morning commute was very good today.  Don Smithberger:  Again we have to thank all the crews Police Department included.

Building and Grounds: Perry Basile:

I went over to see the building that Jim Zucal was talking about over by the Rec. Center.  I also am on the track again of the old Train Depot.  I made some more connections.  I am gathering information and we will see what we can do with it.

Planning Commission: Mike Smith:  No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:

The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 20th at 3:00 at the Main Station

Recreation, Linda Jordan:

The next meeting will be Monday, April 18th at 4:30

Park District, Linda Jordan:  No Report 

Law Director, Richard Myser:

We have two pieces of legislation to come before Council for the third reading they are Ordinance No. 2019-04 and 2019-05.  This is their third reading and they are up for passage.  The third Ordinance comes up for reading for the first time tonight.  As the Service Director reported it is only to amend an Ordinance that was passed last year.  It deals with the sewer rates that went into effect March 1st and we discovered that there was a sentence in this Ordinance that needed to be taken out.  Basically it is a housekeeping matter.  It is up for its first reading tonight and there is emergency language.  We are asking that you suspend the rules and pass it on emergency measure tonight.

No one has contacted me about going into Executive Session this evening.

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-04. AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE BUILDING DEPARTMENT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  A motion was made by Perry Basile and seconded by Jim Velas that Ordinance No. 2019-04 be passed by Council. 

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                    Yes                        Sabatino                Yes             

Bukmir                  Yes                        Smith                    Yes

Jordan                   Yes                        Velas                     Yes

Oprisch                  Yes

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

Ordinance No. 2019-04 was declared adopted.

There was presented and read to Council on its third reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-05. AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A REQUEST TO THE BOARD OF BUILDING STANDARDS TO CERTIFY THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE TO EXERCISE ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OHIO BASIC BUILDING CODE WITH THE CONDITIONS THAT THE MUSKINGUM COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT PERFORM ALL INSPECTIONS AND AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT

FOR SUCH ENFORCEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND MUSKINGUM COUNTY, OHIO AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Jim Velas that Ordinance No. 2019-05 we passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                    Yes                        Sabatino                Yes             

Bukmir                  Yes                        Smith                    Yes

Jordan                   Yes                        Velas                     Yes

Oprisch                  Yes

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

Ordinance No. 2019-05 was declared adopted.

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-06; AMENDING CODIFIED SECTION 933.02/.06 AS PREVIOUSLY AMENDED BY ORDINANCE 2018-04 TO ESTABLISH SEWER RATES EFFECTIVE AT THE EARLIEST DATE DETERMINED BY LAW 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                        Sabatino                Yes             

Bukmir                  Yes                        Smith                    Yes

Jordan                   Yes                        Velas                     Yes

Oprisch                  Yes

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

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-06. A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Perry Basile that Ordinance No. 2019-06 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                    Yes                        Sabatino                Yes             

Bukmir                  Yes                        Smith                    Yes

Jordan                   Yes                        Velas                     Yes

Oprisch                  Yes

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

The Next Council Meeting will be Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7:30 in Council Chambers.

There being no further business to come before Council a motion to adjourn was made by Mike Smith and second by Perry Basile.

March 4, 2019 Council Minutes


Tornado Siren Testing Schedule

The City of St. Clairsville now has 3 outdoor sirens to alert our residents in case of a tornado or natural disaster. The main siren is on the Courthouse roof, and the others are located at Spring Park and the intersection of Johnet and Harbel Dr. In the event of a tornado or natural disaster, the St. Clairsville Police Department or Fire Department will sound the alarm. Testing will be the first Monday of every month at 12:00 PM for the duration of 1 minute.

Additional Information


Hit-Skip on March 9th

Looking for a 2016 or 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee involved in a hit-skip at North Market St. on March 9th.  The Jeep is silver with a dark gray trim and has heavy front right end damage.  Please contact the St. Clairsville Police Department if you have any information on this vehicle.


Monday, March 11, 2019 (8 – 10 P. M. ONLY): Limited Electric Power Outage Scheduled

 PRESS RELEASE

DATE:            MARCH 7, 2019

FROM:          CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

SUBJECT:      SCHEDULED ELECTRIC OUTAGE

RELEASE:     IMMEDIATELY

This scheduled electric outage is due to the wind storm-related power outage which occurred on February 24, 2019.  Full restoration of the Hess substation dictates the need for this limited power outage scheduled for Monday, March 11, 2019 from 8 P. M. to 10 P. M. in the following areas within the City of St. Clairsville:

  • West of State Route 9 (Marietta Street), and
  • Wellington Woods which includes Windermere Drive, Tudor Drive, Westminster Drive, Chaucer Court and Beckett Court.

Facilities which are considered critical will NOT lose electric service during the planned outage.

If questions during normal business hours on Monday through Friday, please call 740-695-0156.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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Press Release_Scheduled Electric Outage_March 7 2019


February 19, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

February 19, 2019

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 with the following present:

Tim Porter, Council President                           Terry Pugh, Mayor

Perry Basile, Council 1st Ward                          Cindi Henry, Finance Director

Mark Bukmir, Council 3rd Ward                       Richard Myser, Law Director

Linda Jordan, Council-At-Large                       Tom Murphy, Planning & Zoning Administrator

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                       Jim Zucal, Service Director

Frank Sabatino, Council 2nd Ward                   Jeff Henry, Police Chief

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large                         Don Smithberger, Director of General Services

Jim Velas, Council 4th Ward

The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Porter

MINUTES:  Minutes of the February 4, 2019 meeting were distributed to Council.  A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Jim Velas to approve the Minutes of February 4, 2019.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes                 

Bukmir                       Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

CITIZENS HEARING: 

Tim Hall:  Chief, Cumberland Trail Fire District.

I have a business card for each of you.  It is my old card with my old title but it has my email address and the station phone number.  You are more than welcome to stop by the Fire House anytime you would like, the doors are always open.  Any questions you may have feel free to call on me.  I truly believe we have a great fire department in the city to protect not only the city but also the township.  The department had a great foundation long before me with the administrators, governing body and most of all the Community support we have day in and day out for the Fire Department.  Thank you for having me.

Jason Baughman, Chief Building Official, Mid-East Ohio Building Department (Muskingum County)

Thanks for having me.  I understand there has been a couple of readings of an Ordinance for possibly changing to have the Mid-East Ohio Building Department to do inspections on commercial buildings in the City of St. Clairsville.  I understand there are some questions so I thought I would be available to answer any questions you might have.  I brought some handouts to show the difference in our fees and the State of Ohio fees.  Explained the different fees.  When the project is done you will get a certificate of occupancy.  For a small project I will do a field inspection fee that covers the cost of sending an inspector.  I approve drawings, the approved drawings go to the job site.  When they are ready for an inspection they call and schedule it, my inspector goes to the field.  Their job is to compare the work to the approved drawings.  If they match, everything is approved.  They sign off and they head out.  If they don’t match the approved drawings, they are required to deny the inspection.  The contractor can change the work, change the drawings or appeal it to the state.  The re-inspection fee comes into play when the contractor continually calls for inspections without building to the approved plans.  They waste our time and I will tell them the next time we come out we are going to charge you a re-inspection fee.  Tom Murphy:  Mike Smith had some questions about sections of the State code.  I researched that and I worked with Jason.  Unfortunately State codes change from time to time and in this case it had changed so the correct state codes are in the Ordinance that you have now.  Jim Zucal:  Jason I want to thank you for the order of the group.  I can tell you that with Tom and I working with Jason we already have gotten off to a good start.  I appreciate him coming in tonight.  He changed his schedule to come to Council.  I appreciate what Tom has done in following up with Council’s questions.  I have experience working with another local authority and I think the local flavor means a lot.  I want to thank Richard for getting the legislation corrected.  I feel this will be a good move for the City and the best interest of the City.

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal:

I passed out for all of Council some history of the utilities here in the city in particular the water department.  There is some good reading there and I want to validate concerns and the questions that we all have and that the EPA has notified us of.  There is a notice of violations dated 2015 and 2018.  I want to assure Council that the Mayor, Cindi and I and all our department heads are working on fixing a lot of the problems and we continue to do that.  It comes down to one word, capital.  It takes a lot of money to fix things.  I wanted to validate those concerns and what the EPA sends to the city.  There is some documentation.  There is some information that we had from an operator of record that we had at one time.  The water is at maximum capacity, maximum flow, and maximum deliverable.  It is a good read, there is some good information.  There is also three articles written about the trend today and what is happening in water and what is predicted in the future, and some of the mistakes that have been made in the past and why cities have gotten into problems.  I feel that we all have a chance.  I think we are at a crossroads in the city with what we are going to decide so I want to make sure that we get it right.  I think we want to be very methodical, we want to take our time.  I appreciate Council’s working with the Administration because regardless it is going to have to happen.  As another step in the process in the right direction we are going to reserve the Recreation Center on Thursday, March 7th from noon to 8:00 p.m. to have an open house, public interest, citizens meeting.  There will be media attention, there will be notification coming, I wanted Council to know first.  We are going to put a program together with some video, some documentation, some parts and pieces and just have an open forum.  We want to be transparent with the public to show them what we have in particular with water. We will be there, there will be representatives of Aqua.  We will have videos and pictures.  We will try to do our best to describe what is going on in the city.  I think it is a good first step.  Beth Oprisch:  What information have we shared with the employees?  Jim Zucal:  We met with the Union.  We shared this with them up front.  No decision has been made yet.  What will happen if this comes to fruition there will be a request for qualifications. We will take in applications from qualified parties.  Then we would go out to requests for proposal. That is Ohio law.  It is very structured but if it would come to fruition Aqua would offer all of our employees’ jobs.  That was clearly shared with the union.  We have to do what is best for the customers.  That has been told to them loud and clear.  There is not much more that we can tell them at this point.  We met with the union people with our HR people and the union rep.  Mayor Pugh:  It is a long process and until a decision is actually made, there is nothing to talk to the employees about.  It is our responsibility to provide the citizens with safe drinking water.  I also want the employees to get the best deal they can get even if it is not with the city.  Quite honestly today my priority is the citizens of St. Clairsville.  Jim Zucal:  We have done everything we can do.  We followed Ohio law.  Our facilities are listed as very poor.  The lifespan of the water plant is three years according to the EPA.  You can see there are numerous violations.  We have this one chance to make it right. There was neglect over the years to raise the rates, we don’t have the revenue to fix the problems.  I think as a body of Council, we have to react to this and we are trying to do what we think is best for the city.  Tim Porter:  All that being said our water is safe, our problem is the structures.

Mayor, Terry Pugh:

We have had some water breaks over the last couple of weeks.  We have also had the flu going around our crews.  We had to pull from other departments to get the breaks taken care of.  I just want to commend them all.

We are expecting some snow starting tomorrow morning.  We were discussing how to tell people to move their cars.  One thing we were talking about is the levels that the Sherriff puts out in case of big snows.  Those go out to all of the media.  We could let people know if it was level 2 cars need to be off the roads.  That would require a different ordinance from Council.  That might be a solution.  Jim Velas:  We would have to change the ordinance to go by the snow not the time of day. Mayor Pugh:  Jeff, Jim & I have a meeting tomorrow with Bryan Minder of 911.  When we have a power outage or a water problem and the calls start coming into 911 they have a hard time handling them.  There is a possibility that a real 911 call could be missed with all those calls coming in.  I have secured some bids on an answering service to take the utility calls off 911.  The price is very reasonable and it will only be in effect when the Utility Office is closed.

Police Chief, Jeff Henry:   No Report

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:  No Report

Planning & Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy: 

We have a resume for Karen Iles Burge for the Architectural Board of Review.  Karen was on the Board before but had to resign.  She has the knowledge and the experience and would be a good member of that board.  A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Perry Basile to reappoint Karen Burge to the Architectural Board of Review.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes                 

Bukmir                       Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

There is a Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on Thursday, March 7th at 6:00 p.m.   There are two items on the agenda.  One is a Special Exception request from the Community Improvement Corporation of Belmont County.  The request is for 133 Woodrow Avenue.  The second request is by Thoburn United Methodist Church at 209 E. Main Street.  They would like to add additional signage to what they already have.

Frank Sabatino:  I want to thank Tom Murphy for his prompt attention with an issue that came up in the 2nd Ward recently.

The Planning Commission will meet on Monday, March 4th at 6:00 p.m. for approval of the final site plan for Changes Family Hair Salon & Office at 243 W. Main Street.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith:  No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino: No Report

Police, Mark Bukmir: No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas:

Just changes in the Ordinance on parking during snow.  We hope to come up with something that works for the Fire Department, the Police Department and the road crews.

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch: No Report

Safety, Jim Velas: No Report

Building and Grounds: Perry Basile: No Report Jim Zucal:  You are aware we started on the old Fair building?  Perry Basile:  Yes I stopped by Saturday.

Planning Commission: Mike Smith:  No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:

I would like to thank Chief, Tim Hall for taking the time out of his busy schedule to come to the meeting.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 20th at 3:00.

Recreation, Linda Jordan:  No Report

Park District, Linda Jordan:  No Report

Law Director, Richard Myser:

We have two pieces of legislation to come before Council for the second reading they are Ordinance No. 2019-04 and 2019-05.

No one has contacted me about going into Executive Session this evening.

There was presented and read to Council on its second reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-04. AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE BUILDING DEPARTMENT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

There was presented and read to Council on its second reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-05. AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A REQUEST TO THE BOARD OF BUILDING STANDARDS TO CERTIFY THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE TO EXERCISE ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OHIO BASIC BUILDING CODE WITH THE CONDITIONS THAT THE MUSKINGUM COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT PERFORM ALL INSPECTIONS AND AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT

FOR SUCH ENFORCEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND MUSKINGUM COUNTY, OHIO AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

NEW BUSINESS:

The Mayor’s Report to Council for January, 2019 was $2,473.15.  A motion to accept the Mayor’s Report was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Mike Smith.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes                 

Bukmir                       Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                      Yes

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

The Next Council Meeting will be Monday, March 4, 2019 at 7:30 in Council Chambers.

There being no further business to come before Council a motion to adjourn was made by Jim Velas and second by Mike Smith.

February 19, 2019 Council Minutes


Ordinance Number 2019 – 6

ORDINANCE 2019 – 06

AMENDING CODIFIED SECTION 933.02/.06

AS PREVIOUSLY AMENDED BY ORDINANCE 2018-04

TO ESTABLISH SEWER RATES EFFECTIVE

AT THE EARLIEST DATE DETERMINED

BY LAW AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

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

SECTION 1: That Codified Ordinance Section 933.02(b) is hereby amended to read as follows:

933.02 SEWER RATES; BILLING

(b) User Charges: Effective with the earliest date determined by law, the following sewer rates are hereby approved and established:

RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL SEWER RATES WITHIN CITY LIMITS

EFFECTIVE 2017

Block Block Limits Per Month Cost Per 1,000 Gallons
1 First 2,000 Gallons $8.25
2 Next 2,000 Gallons $9.05
3 Next 3,000 Gallons $9.85
4 Next 3,000 Gallons $11.65
5 Over 10,000 Gallons $12.45
Minimum Charge per Month $16.50

COMMERCIAL SEWER RATES FOR COMPOUND METERS WITHIN CITY

LIMITS EFFECTIVE 2017

Block Block Limits Per Month Cost Per 1,000 Gallons
1 Per 1,000 Gallons $12.45
Minimum Charge per Month $0

SEWER RATES NOT WITHIN CITY LIMITS EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2018

Block Block Limits Per Month Cost Per 1,000 Gallons
1 First 2,000 Gallons $11.31
2 Next 2,000 Gallons $12.31
3 Next 3,000 Gallons $13.31
4 Next 3,000 Gallons $19.96
5 Over 10,000 Gallons $21.46
Minimum Charge per Month $21.62

 

3/1/2019 3/1/2020 3/1/2021 3/1/2022
$10.25 $11.25 $12.25 $13.25
$11.05 $12.05 $13.05 $14.05
$11.85 $12.85 $13.85 $14.85
$12.65 $13.65 $14.65 $15.65
$13.45 $14.45 $15.45 $16.45
$20.50 $22.50 $24.50 $26.50

Sewer Rates for Compound Meters within the City Limits will increase to the ‟10001+” tier for each year thereafter.

Accounts shall be payable at the Municipal Utility Office or WesBanco Bank, Inc., online or drop box, on or before the twenty-third (23rd) day of the month in which the utility bill was mailed to the customer.  If the account is not paid within the aforesaid time period, a late payment charge of ten percent (10%) shall be imposed.

The financial institution designated in this section is authorized to collect a utility customer’s payment, process the payment and deposit the payment into the City’s account at said financial institution.  It is deemed that said services are being rendered as a convenience to its customers.

Section 2:  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 of St. Clairsville in order to stabilize the sewer fund in a reasonable and expeditious manner.

Section 3:  That this Ordinance shall take effect and be in full 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  meeting  of  the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 4th day of March, 2019, by the affirmative vote of 7 members of the council.

Ordinance Number 2019 – 6

 

 

 


Tudor Drive and St. Clair Street…Limited Road Closures Beginning on March 5, 2019

PRESS RELEASE

FROM:              CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

DATE:               MARCH 1, 2019

SUBJECT:         PLANNED ROAD CLOSURES

RELEASE:         IMMEDIATE

On Tuesday, March 5, the City of St. Clairsville will close a limited number of streets due to a culvert replacement project.  The streets which will be completely – or partially – closed include:

  • Tudor Drive;
  • Clair Street, between Neff and McFadden Streets ONLY; and
  • there will be some limited access points.

Approximate working hours will be weekdays from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  The work will continue each day until the project is complete.  Please remember to drive slowly and cautiously in the vicinity of this maintenance work for everyone’s protection.

These limited street closures are expected to last 8 to 9 days.  If questions during normal business hours on Monday through Friday, please call 740-695-0156.  After hours, please call the non-emergency Police Department phone line (740-695-0123).  Thank you for your cooperation.

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