City of St. Clairsville

Recreation Board Zoom meeting on January 28, 2021

Parks & Recreation Department

Director Sean Hanley

102 Fair Avenue

St. Clairsville, OH 43950

(740) 695-2037

 

PRESS RELEASE

TO:             Media and Public

FROM:        Director Sean Hanley and Rec Board President Ed Bober

DATE:         Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

RELEASE:    IMMEDIATE

The Parks and Recreation Department and the Recreation Board will meet on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. If you would like to participate here is the Zoom information:

Topic: Recreation Board Meeting

Time: Jan 28, 2021 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/96604613652?pwd=N0wrR1Bsd2tGNFQ5aURPYXV4aFhVdz09

Meeting ID: 966 0461 3652

Passcode: fBCQ5A

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

Director Sean Hanley and Recreation Board President Ed Bober encourage residents to listen in and be informed.

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January 4, 2021 Council Minutes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL

January 4, 2021 Meeting

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

Jim Velas, Council President                                             Kathryn Thalman, Mayor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

The meeting was called to order by Council President Jim Velas at 7:35 pm. President Velas led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the public were thanked for listening.

ROLL CALL:

Basile              HERE                                     Oprisch           HERE

Bukmir            HERE                                     Sabatino          HERE

Butler              HERE                                     Smith               HERE

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

MINUTES: President Velas confirmed all councilmembers received the minutes from the last meeting. Councilman Basile made a motion to approve the minutes from the December 21, 2020 Council meeting; motion seconded by Councilman Smith.

ROLL CALL:

Basile              YES                                        Oprisch            YES

Bukmir            YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler              YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan             YES

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

MINUTES: President Velas confirmed all councilmembers received the minutes from the special meeting. Councilman Basile made the motion to approve the minutes from the December 30, 2020 special meeting; motion seconded by Councilman Smith.

ROLL CALL:

Basile              YES                                        Oprisch            YES

Bukmir            YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler              YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan             YES

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

NEW BUSINESS: Councilman Sabatino asked the status on residents being able to participate in the Council meetings.  President Velas said that residents will be able to participate in the Council meetings. They must submit a written request to the Council Clerk one business day prior to the Council meeting (4:30pm on Friday for regular Council meetings). Guidelines will be added to the City website for residents to review by the next Council meeting.

REPORTS: Mayor Kathryn Thalman reports that she is checking with the Health Department twice a week on the availability of COVID vaccine. The strict protocol requires them to go to group homes first and then it will be available to the population starting at the age of 65.  Kroger’s and Riesbeck’s pharmacy will be distributors of the vaccine. Thanks to the Street crew for their hard work on getting the streets cleared on Christmas Eve. The mayor wished all a happy holiday season and a happy New Year.

Service /Safety Director Jeremy Greenwood reports on upcoming projects including renting out the building to Belmont County Soil and Water, turning the fire building over to Cumberland Trail Fire District, and updating bathrooms at the City building and City properties. Mr. Greenwood has had budget meetings for all departments and will finalize the year budget in the next month. Finishing on EPA findings and orders, they have found additional issues to work on. Mr. Greenwood is meeting with [Belmont County] EMA to discuss Emergency Action Plans. The Utility department is advertising for a part-time utility clerk position. The Electric department has been doing service work. The Water/Wastewater has issues with the new water tank and received a complaint from a company about water quality. The Street department is picking up Christmas trees. Please notify the City building and they will pick it up. Mr. Greenwood reported that no one is out sick. Mr. Greenwood also thanks the crews and the Police department for their work during the recent snow; he also reminds everyone to keep vehicles off the streets when it snows and to not shove snow into parking spaces but to leave it on the edge of the sidewalk.

Councilman Smith thanked the Street department on their hard work on clearing the streets Christmas Eve. Residents were pleased with their efficiency.

Police Chief Matt Arbenz has a health status update. One officer that is not sick but was in close contact will quarantine until Friday. Chief Arbenz thanked the Chamber of Commerce for hosting an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest and raising $75 towards the K9 fund. Drug Interdiction officers have had an increase and have been hard at work. Chief Arbenz has finished the paperwork for the end of the year and is starting a project for a youth education program. This project was presented last year but did not have the funds in place. Chief Arbenz is asking Juvenile Court and Prosecutors Office to assist with funding, also advised if anyone would like to donate to please contact him.

Finance Director Annette Williams reports that she is working to close 2020 and will have the final numbers at the next Finance committee meeting.

Planning & Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy reports that the Board of Architectural Review approved the change to the new Utility office window; including new window and locking system for protection of the employees and the residents. The Board also approved the changes for Convenient Food Mart, located at the former Crosby Oil. A rendering is available, please contact Mr. Murphy to review. This is the first step of the overall project, and it includes an addition to the original store.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance Chair Mike Smith: No report. Next meeting is Tuesday, January 19th at 6:45pm.

Utilities Chair Terra Butler: The Utilities meeting has passed two policies regarding late fees and sewer credit. The refund policy was tabled until next meeting, and a customer concern was addressed.

Police Chair Beth Oprisch: No report; plans to set up a meeting with the Chief.

Streets – North Side Chair Perry Basile: Wants to discuss with the Chief about getting speed bumps or signage on Legion Road due to kids almost getting hit from speeders. President Velas suggested to discuss it with Law Director Elizabeth Glick to review liability on public highways.

Streets – South Side Chair Frank Sabatino: No report

Safety Chair Frank Sabatino: No report

Building and Grounds Chair Perry Basile: No report

Planning Commission Chair Frank Sabatino: No report

Fire Chair Frank Sabatino: Next meeting is January 13th at 3pm in the ESC building.

Recreation Chair Linda Jordan: Next meeting is January 21st at 8pm through Zoom.

Park District Chair Linda Jordan: No report. The City park appointee has expired on December 31st. Councilwoman Jordan made a motion to reappoint David Trouten Jr.; seconded by Councilman Sabatino. Councilwoman Oprisch asked President Velas if the motion came from the mayor or council rep. Law Director Elizabeth Glick said the Charter was repealed in 1994, and it will need referred to the Park Board Bylaws. President Velas and Law Director Elizabeth Glick deferred for review until next Council meeting on January 19th. Councilwoman Jordan and Councilman Sabatino have withdrawn the motions.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS: Law Director Elizabeth Glick addressed two pieces of legislation before Council.

A motion was made by Coucilwoman Oprisch that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Ordinance No. 2020-40 and that the ordinance be passed on an emergency basis; seconded by Councilman Basile.

ORDINANCE No. 2020-40: AN ORDINANCE ABOLISHING THE POSITION OF UTILITY OFFICE MANAGER/ASSISTANT FINANCE/IT AND CREATING THE POSITION OF “UTILITY MANAGER”’ AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        NO                                          Sabatino          NO

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                        NO

Roll Call Vote:         Four (4) YES       Three (3) NO     Rules requiring three separate readings failed

ORDINANCE No. 2021-1: AN ORDINANCE TO APPROVE THE PLAN OF OPERATION AND GOVERANCE FOR THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE’S NATURAL GAS AGGREGATION PROGRAM AND DECARING AN EMERGENCY

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to come before Council, Councilman Basile made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:12pm.

Next meeting will be Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:30pm via teleconference.

January 4, 2021 Council Minutes


Ordinance Number 2020-40

ORDINANCE No. 2020-40

AN ORDINANCE ABOLISHING THE POSITION OF UTILITY OFFICE

MANAGER/ASSISTANT FINANCE/IT AND CREATING THE POSITION OF

“UTILITY MANAGER” AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY 

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

SECTION 1That the position of Utility Manager/Assistant Finance/IT is hereby abolished.

SECTION 2:  That the position of “Utility Manager” is hereby created in the Unclassified Civil Service Status of the City.

SECTION 3:  That the duties of the Utility Manager shall be as set forth in the Position Description attached hereto as Exhibit “A” to said Ordinance, which said Position Description may be modified by Council from time to time as necessary.

SECTION 4:  That the salary of the Utility Manager shall be Fifty-Two Thousand and No/100 Dollars ($52,000.00) per year and shall be paid on a bi-weekly basis.

SECTION 5:  That this Ordinance is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety in that the creation of the position of Utility Manager is necessary for the efficient operation of the various City departments.

SECTION 6:  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.

PASSED at a meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 19th day of January, 2021, by the affirmative vote of 5 members of the council.

Ordinance Number 2020-40


Council Finance Committee and City Council meetings on Tuesday, Jan. 19

PRESS RELEASE

TO:             Media and Public

FROM:       Mayor Kathryn Thalman and Council President Jim Velas

DATE:         January 14, 2021

RELEASE:   IMMEDIATE

__________________________________________________________________________________________

The ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL will meet on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. via TELECONFERENCE. Residents are encouraged to listen.

A FINANCE COMMITTEE meeting will take place prior to the Council meeting at 6:45 P.M. This will be conducted in a TELECONFERENCE format.  Residents will be in a LISTEN ONLY MODE and may use the same dial-in number and access code provided for the Council meeting listed below.

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

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

The dial-in number and access code are:

Dial-In Number                       800-338-7154

Access Code                            2756

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

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Residents wishing to address City Council

Process for the public to follow to address City Council

By a unanimous vote of the City Council on June 20, 2016, rules were established to guide the public in addressing City Council during regularly scheduled Council meetings (refer to Resolution Number 2016-26 below).

City Council meetings are scheduled on the first and third Mondays of the month beginning at 7:30 P. M.; if this Monday falls on a federal holiday, the Council meeting is held the next day at the scheduled time.  The rules can be adapted to the teleconference format of the City Council meetings during the pandemic.  Specifically, a member of the public approved to speak to Council will be provided with a phone number and access code in advance of the meeting.  The requirement of Resolution Number 2016-26 for the public to address Council in an orderly manner will apply to this format as well.  A summary of the rules follows:

  1. any individual who wants to speak must contact the Council Clerk before 4:30 P. M. one business day before the scheduled meeting. Megan Shaw, the Council Clerk, can be reached by email (mshaw@stclairsville.com) or by calling 740-695-1324.  If possible, additional lead time may allow an individual to address Council at a specific meeting;
  2. at the time of the request, the individual must provide a written summary of the issue or issues on which they wish to address City Council;
  3. the issue(s) must not be one which has been discussed at a previous meeting and must be appropriate for Council’s consideration. The City Council President is given the discretion to determine an appropriate issue, with guidance from the City’s Law Director if necessary;
  4. if multiple individuals wish to speak on the same issue, only one spokesperson may be heard; and
  5. the individual is permitted five (5) minutes to present his or her issue(s) unless Council permits additional time.

Resolution Number 2016-26

 


Resolution Number 2020-39

RESOLUTION No. 2020-39

RESOLUTION APPROVING TENTATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITY

OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY

AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 3393 OHIO COUNCIL 8, AFL-CIO AND

DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

Be it resolved by the Council of the City of St. Clairsville, Ohio:

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.

PASSED at a meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 30th day of December, 2020, by the affirmative vote of 6 members of the council.

Resolution Number 2020-39

 


December 30, 2020 Council Minutes Special Meeting

ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL

December 30, 2020 Special Meeting

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

Jim Velas, Council President                                             Kathryn Thalman, Mayor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

Special meeting was called to order by Council President Jim Velas at 7:03pm. President Velas led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the public were thanked for listening.

ROLL CALL:

Basile              HERE                                     Oprisch           HERE

Bukmir            HERE                                     Sabatino          HERE

Butler              HERE                                     Smith               HERE

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

EXECUTIVE SESSION was introduced by President Velas per ORC §121.22 (G)(1) to discuss personnel matters and contract negotiations. President Velas reminded residents that they may continue to stay on the line during the Executive Session; public meeting will resume.

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                        YES

Roll Call Vote:          Seven (7) YES        Zero (0) NO               Executive session entered 7:06pm

Councilwoman Oprisch made a motion to exit Executive Session and resume open Regular Session; seconded by Councilman Basile. All in favor. Regular Session resumed at 8:38pm.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS: Law Director Elizabeth Glick addressed the two pieces of legislation before Council. Resolution No. 2020-39 will be on its second reading; Ordinance No. 2020-40 will be read for its first reading.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Oprisch that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Resolution No. 2020-39 and that the ordinance be passed on an emergency basis; seconded by Councilwoman Basile. 

RESOLUTION No. 2020-39: RESOLUTION APPROVING TENTATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 3393 OHIO COUNCIL 8, AFL-CIO; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                         YES

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

Vote to pass Resolution No. 2020-39:

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino           NO

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                         YES

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

A motion was made by Councilwoman Oprisch that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Ordinance No. 2020-40 and that the ordinance be passed on an emergency basis; seconded by Councilwoman Butler. 

ORDINANCE No. 2020-40: Ordinance Abolishing the Position of Utility Office Manager/Assistant Finance/IT and Creating the Position of “Utility Manager”; and Declaring an Emergency

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        NO                                         Sabatino         NO

Butler                          YES                                        Smith              YES

Jordan                         NO

Roll Call Vote:       Four (4) YES     Three (3) NO         Rules requiring three separate readings failed

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to come before Council, Councilman Basile made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:46pm.

Next meeting will be Monday, January 4, 2021 at 7:30pm via teleconference.

December 30, 2020 Council Minutes Special Meeting

 

 

 

 


December 21, 2020 Council Minutes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL

December 21, 2020 Meeting

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

Jim Velas, Council President                                             Kathryn Thalman, Mayor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile              HERE                                     Oprisch           HERE

Bukmir            HERE                                     Sabatino          HERE

Butler              HERE                                     Smith               HERE

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

MINUTES: President Velas confirmed all councilmembers received the minutes from the last meeting. Councilman Basile made a motion to approve the minutes from the December 7, 2020 Council meeting; motion seconded by Councilwoman Jordan.

ROLL CALL:

Basile              YES                                        Oprisch            YES

Bukmir            YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler              YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan             YES

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

NEW BUSINESS: A motion was made by Councilwoman Jordan to appoint Megan Shaw as Clerk of Council effective January 1, 2021; second by Councilwoman Butler.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                        YES

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

Larry Taylor presented before Council regarding the city’s natural gas aggregation program with Volunteer Energy Services and requested renewal of the contract. The current agreement expires March 2021; the city has participated for 11 years and has received civic grants for being a participant. Legislation will be prepared for the next meeting; it is requested to be passed by early February, whether emergency or not.

REPORTS: Mayor Kathryn Thalman reported she has participated in many meetings including OMEGA and the Municipal League. Contract negotiations have been finalized with AFSCME. The city has spent all allocations received through CARES Act funding; no funds were returned. The mayor also thanked all who helped in the Christmas parade on Saturday including: Band Director Justin Schwertfeger, Sweet Harmony, Director Wayne Berk, Officer Jennifer and Jersey the therapy dog, Jeep Clubs, Fire Chief Tim Hall, Barton Volunteer Fire Department, the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department, Officers TJ Weyand, Greg Clark, and TJ Stewart, Senior Suites, as well as all the many volunteers and students. Thank you to Whiteside’s and Riesbeck’s for their donation of snacks. The mayor wished all a Merry Christmas.

Councilman Sabatino asked whether residents are able to participate in the Council meeting through citizens hearing adding three political candidates were allowed to speak on October 5. President Velas said written notice must be submitted to the Council Clerk one business day prior to the Council meeting (4:30pm on Friday for regular Council meetings). Consideration will be given to speaking in person or dialing-in.

Service/Safety Director Jeremy Greenwood reported on many meetings he has participated in including with Terry Foster, CTI Engineers, Belmont County EMA for contingency/emergency planning, and the Ohio EPA for securing lead service line replacement funding. Findings and orders are being completed per the request of the Ohio EPA. Mr. Greenwood has been working with Clemans Nelson on several employee policies and ensuring the city is covered. Building projects are still underway as discussed in previous meetings. It is planned to add urinals to the men’s restrooms at the city building. Mr. Greenwood discussed the first quarter budget for approval this evening, meetings with department heads, and COVID funding. Appropriations are listed in the legislation and the city is looking to donate some funds to certain organizations. Supplies continue to be received. The AFSCME contract negotiation was passed unanimously by all members last Wednesday. Executive session will discuss this further. Many residents’ utilities bills have not been received; all were mailed out December 4. Delays through the USPS are the cause. A Code Red was sent informing residents as well as a notice on the city’s website. Residents may call the Utilities Office to know their amount due. Mr. Greenwood suggested Council consider waiving fees for the month of December. A report of the new water tank on Dorothy Place revealed ongoing issues; a meeting with engineers took place last month. The water tank will not function to its intended capacity until the entire Mall Crossings area is developed. The entire system was not used as model prior to the construction due to costs. Complaints about water quality have been received from Senior Suites; samples have been taken – no results yet. An update was received on the recent snowstorm; 75 tons of salt used so far – more being delivered. Residents were reminded not to park on the streets when snow is anticipated. Downtown businesses were asked to shovel snow from the sidewalk to the curb – not into parking spots. Also, residents were told to call the city building if they have any bagged leaves to be picked up. A nurse will be at the city building for rapid testing of city employees on Tuesday around 12pm and Wednesday from 3pm-5pm. City building employees and former Chief Greg Reline were thanked for their donations for the fuel used for the ladder truck during the recent Christmas parade. Mr. Greenwood also clarified that the $72 monthly fee for emails would be for a total of 10 emails being added – namely for Council.

Councilman Sabatino asked which organizations would be receiving COVID funds from the city. Mr. Greenwood said consideration is being given to the St. Clairsville Food Bank and the two mutual aid fire departments to Cumberland Trail – Barton and Neffs. Councilman Sabatino asked about electric truck activity on Orchard Dr.; Mr. Greenwood would look into it. Councilwoman Jordan clarified her question about the email monthly fee was about the source of funding. Several councilmembers expressed their desire to learn more about the water tank issues.

Mr. Greenwood reported $96 was collected through donations and given to the fire department for fuel use during the recent Christmas parade after Councilman Basile asked for clarification. It was not known if this had been done in the past. President Velas stated it was a compromise between the Fire Chief and the Fire Board. Councilman Sabatino stated Chief Hall said he would drive the firetruck and would pay for the fuel himself if necessary. No one on the Fire Board stipulated the city must pay for the firetruck’s fuel.

Discussion about waiving late fees took place. Anita Robinson said Council would need to take action prior to December 30 – when late fees would be applied. Payments are due December 23. Law Director Glick advised Council to pass a motion if it is their desire to waive late fees.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Butler to waive late fees for December’s utilities bill due to USPS delays; seconded by Councilwoman Jordan.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                        YES

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

Police Chief Matt Arbenz was not present.

Finance Director Annette Williams said she has been working on COVID funding. Temporary appropriations legislation will need to be passed tonight for the city to operate into 2021.

Planning & Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy reported the Board of Zoning Appeals met on December 17 regarding the establishment of a new business – M.A.A.S. Training – at 273 E. Main Street (former St. Clair Animal Hospital). Mr. Murphy met with Dan Garcia, engineer for Bellstores, to discuss the fine-tuning of the project’s variances. Owners of the Convenient Food Mart (at former Crosby Oil) submitted a plan to be heard before the Board of Architectural Review on January 4. Much progress has been made on the city’s mapping system. Mr. Murphy brought a reappointment to Council’s attention.

Mayor Thalman approved and introduced the reappointment of Chris Hudson to the Board of Architectural Review. Motion made by Councilman Basile; seconded by Councilwoman Butler.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                        YES

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS: Finance Chair Mike Smith reported the committee met prior to tonight’s meeting. Councilman Smith recommended the passage of Ordinance No. 2020-37 and Ordinance No. 2020-38. Obtaining quotes was discussed in committee.

Utilities Chair Beth Oprisch: No report; policies to be discussed at next meeting.

Police Chair Mark Bukmir: No report

Streets – North Side Chair Terra Butler: No report

Streets – South Side Chair Beth Oprisch: No report

Safety Chair Terra Butler: No report

Building and Grounds Chair Perry Basile: No report

Planning Commission Chair Frank Sabatino: No report

Fire Chair Frank Sabatino reported the Fire Board met on December 16 with John Slavik as the newest member of the Board. The Board approved the purchase of a new Chevrolet Silverado from Whiteside’s for $38,676 under the state purchasing bidding pricing. Federal CARES Act funding was received from Richland Township. The Township was also thanked for their donation to the Cumberland Trail Fire District. Upgrading the phone system was approved at $3,650. Also approved was to allow Heritage Fire Company to modify a pump module on the 2014 fire engine for $10,000. Purchase of a new fire truck was approved for $580,963.50. Negations with the fire union have commenced. Reorganizational meeting immediately followed the regular meeting. Next meeting: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 3pm.

Councilman Sabatino said Clemans Nelson would be conducting the contract negotiations after asked by Councilwoman Oprisch.

Recreation Chair Linda Jordan: No report.

Park District Chair Linda Jordan: No report.

EXECUTIVE SESSION was recommended by Law Director Elizabeth Glick per ORC §121.22 (G)(1) to discuss personnel matters. President Velas reminded residents that they may continue to stay on the line during the Executive Session; public meeting to resume following.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Oprisch to enter Executive Session; seconded by Councilman Basile.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                        YES

Roll Call Vote:          Seven (7) YES        Zero (0) NO               Executive session entered 8:36pm

Councilman Basile made a motion to exit Executive Session and resume open Regular Session; seconded by Councilwoman Butler. Regular Session resumed at 9:57pm.

President Velas noted that a special Council meeting will take place Wednesday, December 30 at 7pm to discuss Resolution No. 2020-39 – on its first reading tonight – and future legislation Ordinance No. 2020-40.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS: Law Director Elizabeth Glick addressed the three pieces of legislation before Council.

A motion was made by Councilman Basile that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Ordinance No. 2020-37 and that the ordinance be passed on an emergency basis; seconded by Councilwoman Oprisch.

ORDINANCE No. 2020-37: AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE REALLOCATIONS WITHIN THE FUNDS AND SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS TO THE FUNDS FOR THE NORMAL EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2020 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2020; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                        YES

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

Vote to pass Ordinance No. 2020-37:

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                         YES

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

A motion was made by Councilwoman Basile that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Ordinance No. 2020-38 and that the ordinance be passed on an emergency basis; seconded by Councilwoman Butler.

ORDINANCE No. 2020-38: AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE TEMPORARY APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE NORMAL EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2021 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2021; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                        YES

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

Vote to pass Ordinance No. 2020-38:

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler                          YES                                        Smith               YES

Jordan                         YES

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

Resolution No. 2020-39 was read for its first time; no action taken.

RESOLUTION No. 2020-39: RESOLUTION APPROVING TENTATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 3393 OHIO COUNCIL 8, AFL-CIO; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

EXECUTIVE SESSION was recommended by Law Director Elizabeth Glick per ORC §121.22 (G)(3) to discuss pending litigation.

A motion was made by Councilman Basile to enter Executive Session; seconded by Councilwoman Oprisch.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          YES                                        Oprisch           YES

Bukmir                        YES                                        Sabatino          YES

Butler                         ABSTAIN                                Smith               YES

Jordan                        YES

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

Executive session entered 10:07pm

Councilman Basile made a motion to exit Executive Session and resume open Regular Session; seconded by Councilwoman Oprisch. Regular Session resumed at 10:19pm.

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to come before Council, Councilman Basile made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 10:20pm.

A special meeting has been called for Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 7:00pm via teleconference; regular meeting will be Monday, January 4, 2020 at 7:30pm via teleconference.

December 21, 2020 Council Minutes


Council Utilities Committee and City Council teleconference meetings on Monday, January 4

PRESS RELEASE

TO:             Media and Public

FROM:       Mayor Kathryn Thalman and Council President Jim Velas

DATE:        December 30, 2020 

RELEASE:   IMMEDIATE

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The ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL will meet on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. via TELECONFERENCE. Residents are encouraged to listen.

A UTILITIES COMMITTEE meeting will take place prior to the Council meeting at 6:30 P.M. This will be conducted in a TELECONFERENCE format.  Residents will be in a LISTEN ONLY MODE and may use the same dial-in number and access code provided for the Council meeting listed below.

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

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

The dial-in number and access code are:

Dial-In Number                       800-338-7154

Access Code                            2756

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

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Special City Council teleconference meeting to be held on December 30 at 7:00 P. M.

PRESS RELEASE

 

TO:              Media and Public

FROM:        Council President Jim Velas & Council Clerk Jason Garczyk

DATE:         December 23, 2020

RELEASE:   IMMEDIATE

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The ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL will meet in SPECIAL SESSION on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. via TELECONFERENCE to discuss personnel matters and contract negotiations. It is anticipated these discussions will take place in Executive Session. Any actions/votes taken by Council will be in open public session. Residents are encouraged to listen.

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

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

The dial-in number and access code are:

Dial-In Number                       800-338-7154

Access Code                            2756

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

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