City of St. Clairsville

Resolution Number 2021-28_First Reading

RESOLUTION NO. 2021-28

RESOLUTION APPROVING TENTATIVE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN CITY

OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, OHIO

LABOR COUNCIL, INC. AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

 

WHEREAS, Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4117 establishes collective bargaining procedures for public employers and public employees; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4117, it is the desire of the City Council that the tentative agreement reached by the parties referenced above be approved by the legislative body.

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

Section 1:  That the tentative agreement reached by the parties referenced above is hereby deemed approved by the legislative body.

Section 2:  That the Employer’s authorized representative is authorized to execute the attached collective bargaining agreement on behalf of the Employer.

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

Section 4:  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.

First reading conducted at a meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 20th day of September, 2021.


Resolution Number 2021-27_First Reading

RESOLUTION NO. 2021-27

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE HIRING OF

ERIC GAY TO A FULL-TIME POSITION OF

DIRECTOR OF THE RECREATION DEPARTMENT

AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, Eric Gay is qualified as a hire to a full-time position as the Director of Recreation Department with the City of St. Clairsville; and

WHEREAS, said position is subject to a six (6) month probationary period and entitled to those benefits conferred upon all full-time salaried employees.

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

Section 1:  That said Eric Gay is hired to a full-time position as the Director of Recreation Department with the City of St. Clairsville.

Section 2:  That said position is subject to a six (6) month probationary period and Eric Gay is entitled to benefits for said full-time salaried position.

Section 3:  That the salary of the Director of the Recreation Department shall be Forty Thousand and No/100 Dollars ($40,000.00) per year during the probationary period, and shall be paid on a biweekly basis.  Salary shall be increased to Forty-Five Thousand and No/100 Dollars ($45,000.00) per year based upon successful completion of the probationary period, and shall be paid on a biweekly basis.

Section 4:  That this Resolution is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of public health, safety and welfare and so that the position of Director of the Recreation Department can be filled.

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.

First reading conducted at a meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 20th day of September, 2021.


Ordinance Number 2021-26

ORDINANCE NUMBER 2021-26

AN ORDINANCE DETERMINING THE LOWEST AND

            BEST BID FOR RESURFACING OF STREETS IN THE

CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND AWARDING THE

CONTRACT TO CAST & BAKER

AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, the City of St. Clairsville has received bids for resurfacing of streets in the City of St. Clairsville; and

WHEREAS, City Council condones the action of the Director of Public Services in acting to advertise and accept the lowest and best bid for the resurfacing project in the City.

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

SECTION 1:  That the bid of Cast & Baker, in the amount of $190,297.00 for resurfacing of streets in the City of St. Clairsville, and in accordance with the plans and specifications on file, is determined to be the lowest and best bid after competitive bidding.

SECTION 2:  That the Mayor is authorized and directed to enter into a contract with Cast & Baker to resurface streets in the City of St. Clairsville and the Director of Finance is authorized to spend the sum of $190,297.00 for this purpose.

SECTION 3:  That this Ordinance is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of public health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City of St. Clairsville for the resurfacing of streets.

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

PASSED at a meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 20th day of September, 2021, by the affirmative vote of 5 members of the council.

Ordinance Number 2021-26


September 7, 2021 Council Minutes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL

September 7, 2021 Meeting

Jim Velas, Council President                                            Kathryn Thalman, Mayor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

The meeting was called to order by Council President Jim Velas at 7:30 pm. President Velas led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the public were thanked for their attendance.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                   ABSENT                                 Oprisch           HERE

Bukmir                 HERE                                     Sabatino          HERE

Butler                   HERE                                     Smith              HERE

Jordan                 HERE             Six (6) Present                  One (1) Absent

MINUTES: President Velas confirmed all councilmembers received the minutes from August 2nd Council meeting. Councilwoman Butler made a motion to approve the minutes from August 2, 2021, Council meeting; motion seconded by Councilwoman Jordan.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                  ABSENT                                               Oprisch            YES

Bukmir                YES                                                      Sabatino             YES

Butler                  YES                                                     Smith                   YES

Jordan                 YES

Roll Call Vote:    Six (6) YES    Zero (0) NO    One (1) Absent

Minutes Approved

MINUTES: President Velas confirmed all councilmembers received the minutes from August 16th Council meeting. Councilwoman Butler made a motion to approve the minutes from August 16, 2021, Council meeting; motion seconded by Councilman Smith.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                  ABSENT                                               Oprisch            YES

Bukmir                YES                                                      Sabatino          ABSTAIN

Butler                  YES                                                      Smith               YES

Jordan                YES

Roll Call Vote:    Five (5) YES    Zero (0) NO    One (1) Absent   One (1) Abstain

Minutes Approved

NEW BUSINESS:  President Velas stated that for the foreseeable future, masks would be required at all City meetings due to the rise of COVID-19 in Belmont County.

Councilman Sabatino informed President Velas that he became aware that Councilman Basile is working out of state and living out of state. Councilman Sabatino stated that the Charter states that an individual must be a resident of the City to serve on City Council. With that information, Councilman Sabatino questioned President Velas on why Councilman Basile has not resigned or been removed from his seat on Council. President Velas stated that currently, Councilman Basile is still a resident of the City, and Council cannot remove Councilman Basile unless he misses four consecutive meetings unexcused. Councilman Sabatino stated that he believed that Councilman Basile does not meet the requirements as a resident of the City based on the Charter, nor does he believe that Councilman Basile can meet the needs of the citizens of his ward. President Velas reaffirmed that no action could be taken as long as Councilman Basile is a registered voter in Belmont County and has a residence in the City or missed four consecutive meetings unexcused.

REPORTS: Mayor Kathryn Thalman reports that the water bypass line has been successfully installed and is operational. The bypass repair was conducted on the night of August 26. The Mayor would like to thank the employees of the City, Jeff Vaughn, A.C. Wiethe, Service Director Jeremy Greenwood, and the Border Patrol Company for their work on the bypass line. The Mayor met with Mr. Dan Wukich from Senior Suites regarding their concern about the water smell on their property. Water tests have been drawn, and the results are anticipated. The Mayor stated that with the recent spike in COVID cases in the County, protocols are being evaluated regarding the City Building.                                                                                                       

Service/Safety Director Jeremy Greenwood asked that Council go into an executive session to discuss the appointment of the new Rec Director. Service Director Greenwood stated negotiations took place this week with the Fraternal Order of Police representative regarding the contracts for the Police Officers. Mr. Greenwood reported that an issue occurred when installing the bypass line, but the issue was resolved without any more difficulties. Hydrants in the City were flushed to alieve the discoloration of the water due to the changeover. Repairs are taking place on the Efaw lift station. A Civil Service Police exam will take place on October 5th, and a Police Promotion exam will be determined later. The Electric Department has had a preliminary resignation, and applications will be taken. The Police Department has received their new SUV police cruiser and is currently being outfitted with equipment. Mr. Greenwood announced Ms. Anita Robinson, the Utility Department Manager, as the September Employee of the Month. Mr. Greenwood reported that two employees are out with possible COVID exposure.

Councilman Sabatino asked Mr. Greenwood the interest rate and payment for the East End Connection Project loan. Mr. Greenwood stated that the interest rate was 1.28%, with an estimated payment of $5,064.

Councilman Sabatino asked Mr. Greenwood for the cost of the project for the temporary bypass waterline. Mr. Greenwood stated that the City has not yet received the bill, but the City has a purchase order for $300,000 for the project expenses.

Councilwoman Oprisch asked Mr. Greenwood when the paving was expected to start. Mr. Greenwood stated that the low-cost bidder asked if they could move the project into next year, which Mr. Greenwood stated was not ideal, so he is working with the contractor to see if they can meet the schedule for finishing the paving project by the year’s end.

Councilwoman Oprisch asked Mr. Greenwood when the deed for the Firehouse would be transferred over to the Fire Department. Mr. Greenwood stated that by the next meeting, the deed should be transferred to the Fire Department.

Councilman Bukmir asked Mr. Greenwood if there was a potential risk of not getting the paving done due to the shutting down of the asphalt plants for the season. Mr. Greenwood stated that not getting asphalt is a potential risk, but he hopes to avoid it.

Police Chief Matt Arbenz reported 438 calls for service in August, 14 accidents, 20 arrests, two warrants served, six domestic violence cases, and 138 traffic stops. Chief Arbenz announced the retirement of Lt. Mike Troullous and thanked him for his 25 years of service to the people of the City.

Finance Director Annette Williams asked the Council to pass Ordinance No. 2021-25 on an emergency so she could certify the tax levy rate with the County Auditor.

Planning & Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy reports that the Bell Store Project is moving along quickly. Construction to the addition of Convenient Food Mart is proceeding. Mr. Murphy reminded Council that on October 4th at 6:00 pm, the Planning Commission is having a public hearing regarding the zoning issues of various parcels within the City.

Councilwoman Oprisch asked Mr. Murphy about the status of the business being renovated on the corner of South Sugar Street and National Road. Mr. Murphy stated that they are finalizing things with State Building Codes and plans on opening soon in the future.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance Chair Mike Smith reports that the final audit is not in yet from the state, and when it is in, they will be sure to provide it to the Council Members. The next meeting will be held Monday, August 20th at 6:45 pm.

Utilities Chair Terra Butler reports that Donnie Smithberger provided the committee with an eight-step procedure for opening the water valves. Yellow-colored Code Red inserts will be in all utility bills with information on signing up for the Code Red alert system.  Utility Manager Anita Robinson provide the August billing report to the committee.

Police Chair Beth Oprisch No report [Next meeting is Monday, September 13th at 7:00 P.M.]

Streets – North Side Chair Perry Basile [ABSENT] No report.

Streets – South Side Chair Frank Sabatino No report.

Safety Chair Frank Sabatino No report.

Building and Grounds Chair Perry Basile [ABSENT] No report.

Planning Commission Chair Frank Sabatino No report.

Fire Chair Frank Sabatino reports that the last meeting was Wednesday, August 25th; there were three promotions from lieutenant to captain. The roof at the main station and station two has been completed. The annual preventative maintenance on the fire suppression apparatuses and the aerial hose and ground latter tests have been completed. The next meeting is Wednesday, September 22nd at 3:00 pm at the ESC building.

Recreation Chair Linda Jordan reports that a Christian organization would like to hold an exercise program at the Rec Center. The Rec board has approved the request, and she hopes that the organization will start soon.

Park District Chair Linda Jordan No report.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS: Law Director Elizabeth Glick

THIRD READING

Ordinance No. 2021-19: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY COUNCIL TO INCREASE THE COMPENSATION OF SOME OF ITS EMPLOYEES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

Councilwoman Oprisch made a motion to pass Ordinance No. 2021-19; Seconded by Councilwoman Butler.

Vote to pass Ordinance No. 2021-19:

ROLL CALL:

Basile                   ABSENT                          Oprisch            YES

Bukmir                 YES                                 Sabatino          NO

Butler                   YES                                 Smith               YES

Jordan                  NO

Roll Call Vote:    Four (4) YES    Two (2) NO    One (1) Absent

Motion Carried

FIRST READING

Ordinance No. 2021-25: RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

A motion was made by Councilwoman Oprisch that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Ordinance No. 2021-25 and that the ordinance be passed on an emergency basis; seconded by Councilwoman Jordan.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                  ABSENT                           Oprisch              YES

Bukmir                YES                                  Sabatino          YES

Butler                 YES                                   Smith                   YES

Jordan                YES

Roll Call Vote:    Six (6) YES    Zero (0) NO    One (1) Absent

Motion Carried

Rules requiring three separate readings suspended

Vote to pass Ordinance No. 2021-25:

ROLL CALL:

Basile                   ABSENT                           Oprisch               YES

Bukmir                 YES                                  Sabatino             YES

Butler                   YES                                  Smith                  YES

Jordan                  YES

Roll Call Vote:    Six (6) YES    Zero (0) NO    One (1) Absent

Motion Carried

EXECUTIVE SESSION was recommended by Law Director Elizabeth Glick per ORC 121.22 (G)(1) To consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of a public employee or official, or the investigation of charges or complaints against a public employee, official, licensee, or regulated individual, unless the public employee, official, licensee, or regulated individual requests a public hearing.

A motion was made by Councilman Smith to enter Executive Session; seconded by Councilwoman Butler.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                   ABSENT                                              Oprisch               YES

Bukmir                 YES                                                     Sabatino             YES

Butler                   YES                                                     Smith                   YES

Jordan                  YES

Roll Call Vote:    Six (6) YES    Zero (0) NO    One (1) Absent        Motion Carried

Executive Session entered at 8:35 pm.

Councilman Smith made a motion to exit Executive Session and resume open Regular Session; seconded by Councilwoman Oprisch. Regular Session resumed at 9:07 pm.

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to come before Council, Councilman Sabatino made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Councilwoman Butler. Meeting adjourned at 9:11 P.M.

Next meeting will be Tuesday, September 20th, 2021, at 7:30 P.M. All Councilmembers will be present at the City building for the next meeting. Members of the public are welcome to join the in-person meeting in the Council Chambers, masks are required.

 


Limited Electric Power Outage in vicinity of S. Marietta St. scheduled for Thursday AM, Sept. 23, 2021

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:                SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

FROM:               CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

SUBJECT:           SCHEDULED ELECTRIC OUTAGE

FOR RELEASE:  IMMEDIATE

This scheduled electric outage is needed to update the power system.  The limited power outage is scheduled for this Thursday, September 23, 2021, from 8 A. M. to Noon.

The area impacted is along South Marietta Street (State Route 9) from High Street down to Linda Drive.

Entire Streets impacted:

South Marietta Street [118, 198, 200, 202, 204, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 222, 223, 225, 238];

Taylor Lane [103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 116, 118, 120];

Hanson Drive [105, 107, 109, 111, 115, 115A, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120]; and

Linda Drive [100, 102, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 114, 116, 118].

Partial Street Addresses:

Efaw Avenue [233]; and

High Street [100].

If questions during normal business hours on Monday through Friday, please call the Municipal Utilities Office at 740-695-1410.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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Effective at 9:30 P. M., Monday (Sept. 13), Limited 48-Hour Boil Order in the vicinity of S. Marietta St.

Effective at 9:30 P. M., on Monday, September 13, the City of St. Clairsville has issued a limited 48-Hour Boil Order due to a water line break in the vicinity of 237 South Marietta Street.

Areas that lost water service and are now under a 48-Hour BOIL ORDER include:

Hanson Drive;

Linda Drive; and

South Marietta Street residences from house number 223 to 243.

Customers who lost water service today may experience discoloration and/or pressure issues due to the water line break and repair.  Any other household which may have lost water service should follow the 48-Hour Boil Order as well.

If questions, please contact the Municipal Utilities Office at 740-695-1410.  An after-hours answering service is available.


Fall Hydrant Flushing to begin this week (September 13 – 17)

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:               SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

FROM:             CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

SUBJECT:         FALL HYDRANT FLUSHING

RELEASE:        IMMEDIATE

________________________________

City of St. Clairsville’s Utility Crews will be performing hydrant flushing throughout the City the week of September 13 through September 17, beginning on the west end of the City and moving eastward.  Residents are advised that there may be some temporary discoloration in their water and/or changes in water pressure.

When hydrant flushing is happening in your area of the City — or if you have discolored water — residents are advised not to do laundry.

For specific questions about hydrant flushing, please call the Municipal Utilities Office on 740-695-1410; after normal business hours, you can leave a message with the answering service.

Thank you for exercising safe driving practices in the vicinity of City crews and patience during this brief period of inconvenience.

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Professional Position – Police Officer Competitive Examination

The St. Clairsville Civil Service Commission will conduct a competitive examination for Entry Level Police Officer on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 6:00 P. M. to develop an eligibility list for the City of St. Clairsville Police Department. The exam will be given at the City’s Recreation Center, 102 Fair Avenue, St. Clairsville.

Prerequisites include: Completion of Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training; and applicant must be between the ages of 21 and 44. (Applicants may take the test six (6) months prior to their twenty-first (21st) birthday).

APPOINTMENT REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE: SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION AND INTERVIEW; AND SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A PHYSICAL, CIVIL SERVICE PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST, AND BACKGROUND CHECK APPROPRIATE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Complete a classified civil service employment application at the Police Department, located at 100 N. Market St., St. Clairsville. Applicants also must show Peace Officer Training Certificate, a copy of proof of Honorable Discharge from Military Service (DD214), if applicable, and make payment of NON-refundable $20 examination fee (personal check made payable to the “City of St. Clairsville” or Money Order only). Application, copies of supporting documentation, and examination fee may be mailed to: City of St. Clairsville, ATTN: Police Department, P.O. Box 537, St. Clairsville, OH 43950; or emailed to thutchison@stclairsville.com (if emailed, the $20 examination fee must be mailed separately and received before October 5, the date of the examination).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 3:00 P. M.

Additional information and forms can be found on our Employment Opportunities page.


Resolution Number 2021-25

RESOLUTION 2021-25

RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED

BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY

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

 

(City Council)

Rev. Code, Secs. 5705.34, .35

_______________

 

The Council of the City of St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, met in regular session on the 7th day of September 2021 at the office of the City Council with the following members present:

Basile – Absent                              Jordan – Present                            Smith – Present

Bukmir – Present                           Oprisch – Present

Butler – Present                             Sabatino – Present

Councilwoman Oprisch moved the adoption of the following Resolution:

WHEREAS, this Council in accordance with the provisions of law has previously adopted a Tax Budget for the next succeeding fiscal year commencing January 1st, 2022; and

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

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

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

                                               SCHEDULE  A

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

 

      FUND

 

Amount

Approved by

Budget Com-

mission Inside

10 M. Limitation

  Amount to be

  Derived From

 Levies Outside

10 M. Limitation

County Auditor’s

Estimate of Tax

Rate to be Levied

 Inside           Outside

10 M.             10 M.

Limit              Limit

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

           $780,894.99

 

         2.50  

         9.60

 

                                                SCHEDULE  B

LEVIES OUTSIDE 10 MILL LIMITATION, EXCLUSIVE OF DEBT LEVIES

 

FUND

 

Maximum Rate

 Authorized

To Be Levied

  County Auditor’s

Estimate of

 Yield of Levy

     (Carry to Schedule    

   A, Column II)

GENERAL FUND:                                              YEAR

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

Not to exceed                5              Years.

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

Not to exceed                              Years

   
Current expense levy authorized by voters on

Not to exceed                              Years

   
Current expense levy authorized by voters on

Not to exceed                              Years

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

Not to exceed  continuing                        Years

                      .095

 

                        $24,435.84

 

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

Not to exceed         5                     Years

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

Not to exceed   continuing                          Years

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

Not to exceed   continuing                           Years

                      2.75                       $281,829.90
                     7.65                     $572,365.91

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

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

And be it further

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

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

Sabatino – Yes                                          Basile – Absent

Bukmir – Yes                                             Smith – Yes

Butler – Yes                                               Jordan – Yes

Oprisch – Yes

Adopted the 7th day of September, 2021

Resolution Number 2021-25


August 16, 2021 Council Minutes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL

August 16, 2021 Meeting

Jim Velas, Council President                                            Kathryn Thalman, Mayor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

The meeting was called to order by Council President Jim Velas at 7:30 pm. President Velas led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the public were thanked for their attendance.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                   ABSENT                                Oprisch           HERE

Bukmir                 HERE                                     Sabatino          ABSENT

Butler                   HERE                                     Smith                   HERE

Jordan                 HERE             Five (5) Present                               Two (2) Absent

MINUTES: President Velas confirmed all councilmembers received the minutes from August 9th Special Council meeting. Councilwoman Oprisch made a motion to approve the minutes from August 9, 2021, Special Council meeting; motion seconded by Councilman Smith.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                  ABSENT                                Oprisch            YES

Bukmir                YES                                       Sabatino           ABSENT

Butler                  ABSTAIN                               Smith               YES

Jordan                 YES

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

Minutes Approved

NEW BUSINESS: Samantha Hearn from the Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District was seeking approval from the Council to host their 4th annual Boo at the Bike Trail on October 26th from 4-6 P.M. Ms. Hearn explained that the event is a trick or treat themed event that educates participants about some of the nocturnal animals that call our area home. Several educational stations will be set up along the trail for families to stop at, but no part of the trail will be closed.

Councilwoman Jordan made a motion to allow the Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District to host the Boo at the Bike Trail on October 26th from 4-6 P.M. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Oprisch.

ROLL CALL:

Basile               ABSENT                           Oprisch              YES

Bukmir             YES                                  Sabatino            ABSENT

Butler               YES                                  Smith                 YES

Jordan              YES

Roll Call Vote:    Five (5) YES    Zero (0) NO    Two (2) Absent                 Motion Carried

REPORTS: Mayor Kathryn Thalman reports that Service Director, Jeremy Greenwood, Donny Smithberger our Superintendent of General Services, and Jeff Vaughn, engineer at Vaughn Coast and Vaughn, began putting a bypass plan together that would ensure that we would have very little interruption in water availability, as well to ensure that if another break like this occurs, we will not be as vulnerable as we are right now. Mayor Thalman stated that while the City is waiting on the necessary permits to install the waterline bypass, Service Director Jeremy Greenwood has obtained water from a local fracking company and has placed three water fracking containers near the recycling center as a contingency in case of a fire. Provisions were also made to bring water buffaloes in with potable water, should we find that we need it. FEMA was also contacted, which will also bring bottles and jugs for water to these water buffaloes should we find that we would need them.

Service/Safety Director Jeremy Greenwood reports that he received 13 applicants for the Director of the Rec Center position. Mr. Greenwood stated that they City has submitted three projects for the House Bill 168, where the State is allocating $250 million for water, storm, and sewer projects. The first submission was for the I-70 permanent main water line, with an estimated cost of $874,635. The second submission was for the Bellview Street storm sewer separation project, with an estimated cost of $1.7 million. The third submission was for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of updating the water distribution system, with an estimated cost of $5.2 million. Mr. Greenwood also reiterated that the City currently has a $250,000 grant for the water distribution update project. Mr. Greenwood reported that the temporary water lines are starting to be placed; ODOT approved the City to cross Reservoir Road bridge with the waterline and is still working for the Right of Way approvals. Work on the AEP substation is coming along, the City has a tentative date for a power outage around September 1st for the replacement of the East-End substation. Mr. Greenwood thanked the Councilmembers who didn’t seek reelection for their service to the City.

Councilwoman Oprisch questioned Mr. Greenwood on the estimated time it will take to reconnect the water system to the temporary waterline. Mr. Greenwood stated that the best-case scenario would be two hours, but at most one day.

Councilman Smith questioned Mr. Greenwood on the process of transferring the deed of the Fire Department. Mr. Greenwood stated that everything is completed both on the City’s end and the Fire Department’s end, the City is waiting for the lawyers to finalize it.

Councilwoman Oprisch questioned Mr. Greenwood on how long the City would have to leave the Paving Project open for bids. Mr. Greenwood stated that bids are usually left open for two weeks.

Police Chief Matt Arbenz reports that he had purchased one radar speed sign from Traffic Logix, the City should expect to receive the sign in two to three weeks. The Police Department along with the Fire Department, Ohio State Patrol, and the U.S. Army is coordinating an event October 2nd, that is centered around children helping veterans; the event is sponsored by Ohio Valley Airsoft and hosted by the Rec Center. The event will be a Nerf battle with the First Responders and a group of kids against the U.S. Army and a group of kids. There will be laser tag for the kids to small too participate on the field. The Police Department had a Drone deployment when the Sheriff’s office asked for assistance when a group of kids broke out of the Fox Run Hospital.

Finance Director Annette Williams [ABSENT] No report.

Planning & Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy reports that the City did maintain its City status, with the release of the 2020 Census; the City population is 5,096. Mr. Murphy would like to thank all citizens who completed the 2020 Census. Mr. Murphy reported that the final site plan for the Bell Store Project was approved at tonight’s Planning Commission meeting. Mr. Murphy stated that the Bell Store representatives stated that they would be investing around $7-8 million into the project. An educational flyer regarding storm water was sent out with all utility bills this month. The Storm Water Management Committee met and approved the storm water management plans for the Bell Store Project and the new AEP substation. The re-zoning project that was started in October of 2019 and was delayed by COVID has been restarted and a public hearing before the Planning Commission is scheduled for October 4th. Mr. Murphy asked the Mayor to reappoint AJ Smith to the Planning Commission as his term ends in September.

Mayor Kathryn Thalman requested AJ Smith to be reappointed to the Planning Commission, with approval of the Council.

Councilwoman Oprisch made a motion to approve the Mayor’s request to reappoint AJ Smith to the Planning Commission for a term of 6 years, the motion was seconded by Councilwoman Butler.

ROLL CALL:

Basile              ABSENT                           Oprisch            YES

Bukmir            YES                                  Sabatino          ABSENT

Butler              YES                                  Smith               YES

Jordan             YES

Roll Call Vote:    Five (5) YES    Zero (0) NO    Two (2) Absent                 Motion Carried

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance Chair Mike Smith reports that the Finance Committee met tonight before the Council meeting. Mr. Smith reports that the committee received a spreadsheet for the costs of the City employee raises that are in Ordinance No. 2021-19, but the spreadsheet did not include the contribution to Medicare or PERS; the additional amount would be $2,397. Mr. Smith stated that the pipe purchased for the temporary lines for the waterline bypass are valuable and could be reused or even sold. Lastly Mr. Smith recommends that the City has an internal control plan to protect the assets of the City.

Utilities Chair Terra Butler No report [Next meeting is Tuesday, September 7th at 6:30 P.M.]

Police Chair Beth Oprisch reports that there was a meeting August 9th, where there was a demonstration of the speed radar signs. Ms. Oprisch stated that the signs are pricey, but if they save a life, they are worth it; plus, she stated that in the long run it would be cheaper to have a sign than having an officer sitting at these locations for multiple hours. The Juvenile Justice Jeopardy training will take place tomorrow from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. Ms. Oprisch stated that there are talks about getting cameras for the Bike Trail, and she is waiting for an updated quote from the Service Director; the last quote the City received was for $47,000 and hopes that with new technology they might be cheaper.

Streets – North Side Chair Perry Basile [ABSENT] No report.

Streets – South Side Chair Frank Sabatino [ABSENT] No report.

Safety Chair Frank Sabatino [ABSENT] No report.

Building and Grounds Chair Perry Basile [ABSENT] No report.

Planning Commission Chair Frank Sabatino [ABSENT] No report.

Fire Chair Frank Sabatino [ABSENT] No report.

Recreation Chair Linda Jordan No report [Next meeting is Thursday, August 19th at 4:30 P.M.]

Park District Chair Linda Jordan No report.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS: Law Director Elizabeth Glick [ABSENT]

Second Reading

Ordinance No. 2021-19: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY COUNCIL TO INCREASE THE COMPENSATION OF SOME OF ITS EMPLOYEES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Oprisch that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Ordinance No. 2021-24 and that the ordinance be passed on an emergency basis; seconded by Councilwoman Jordan.

Ordinance No. 2021-24: AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICE/SAFETY TO SOLICIT COMPETITIVE BIDS FOR THE RESURFACING OF STREETS IN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND AUTHORIZING AN EXPENDITURE NOT TO EXCEED $185,000.00 FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 2021 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

ROLL CALL:

Basile              ABSENT                           Oprisch              YES

Bukmir            YES                                  Sabatino            ABSENT

Butler              YES                                  Smith                 YES

Jordan             YES

Roll Call Vote:    Five (5) YES    Zero (0) NO    Two (2) Absent                 Motion Carried

Rules requiring three separate readings suspended

Vote to pass Ordinance No. 2021-24:

ROLL CALL:

Basile              ABSENT                           Oprisch            YES

Bukmir            YES                                  Sabatino          ABSENT

Butler              YES                                  Smith               YES

Jordan             YES

Roll Call Vote:    Five (5) YES    Zero (0) NO    Two (2) Absent                 Motion Carried

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to come before Council, Councilwoman Oprisch made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Councilman Smith. Meeting adjourned at 8:25 P.M.

Next meeting will be Tuesday, September 7th, 2021, at 7:30 P.M. All Councilmembers will be present at the City building for the next meeting. Members of the public are welcome to join the in-person meeting in the Council Chambers.

August 16, 2021 Council Minutes