City of St. Clairsville

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Details on public access to Monday, April 6, teleconference Council meeting

PRESS RELEASE

TO:                  Media and Public

FROM:            Mayor Kathryn Thalman and City Council President Jim Velas

DATE:             April 2, 2020

RELEASE:        IMMEDIATE

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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 regular scheduled April 6, 2020 St. Clairsville City Council Meeting will be conducted via TELECONFERENCE, beginning at 7:30 P.M.

The Council members, along with Mayor Thalman’s Administrative staff, will be TELECONFERENCE participants.

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.  Residents will be in a LISTEN ONLY MODE.

Please dial in to the number listed below at 7:30 P.M.  The dial-in number and access code are:

Dial-In Number                        740-232-9309

Access Code                            6493

City Council’s required public hearing regarding proposed amendments to the zoning map and text of the City’s Planning and Zoning Code will be rescheduled for a future date.

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Hydrant Flushing to begin Monday, April 13

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:           MARCH 31, 2020

FROM:          SUPERINTENDENT OF GENERAL SERVICES, ST. CLAIRSVILLE

SUBJECT:      HYDRANT FLUSHING

RELEASE:     IMMEDIATE

The City of St. Clairsville’s Water Department crews will begin flushing hydrants throughout the City the week of April 13, 2020Crews will place signs along streets in advance of the flushing.

Residents are advised that there may be some temporary discoloration in their water, so plan laundry tasks before scheduled flushing, if possible.  Changes in water pressure also may be experienced during this time.

If residents have any questions, please call 740-695-1410 or 740-695-1161 from 8:30 A. M. – 4:30 P. M.  After normal business hours, please call 740-695-1410 for the Municipal Utilities Office answering service.

Thank you.

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Resolution Number 2020-8

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2020-8

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A WAIVER OF THE PAST DUE

PENALTY ASSESSED ON ALL UTILITY BILLS OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

MUNICIPAL UTILITIES FOR THE BILLING PERIODS OF

03/01/2020 TO 03/31/2020 AND 04/01/2020 TO 04/30/2020, ONLY, AND

DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

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

WHEREAS, on March 09, 2020, the Governor of the State of Ohio, Mike Dewine, signed Executive Order 2020-01D, Declaring a State of Emergency for the entire State of Ohio

“. . . to protect the well-being of the citizens of the Ohio from the dangerous effects of COVID-19, to justify the authorization of personnel of State departments and agencies as are necessary, to coordinate the State response to COVID-19, and to assist in protecting the lives, safety, and health of the Citizens of Ohio.”; and,

WHEREAS, on March 22, 2020, Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, Director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) issued a Director’s Order that All Persons Stay at Home Unless Engaged in Essential Work, or Activity for the purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 into the State of Ohio; and,

WHEREAS, on March 27, 2020, the Governor of the State of Ohio, Mike Dewine, signed into law Amended Substitute House Bill 197, in order to “. . .  respond to the declared pandemic and global health emergency related to COVID-19 which in part prohibits public water disconnections during the pandemic since they are not governed by PUCO non disconnect orders; and,

WHEREAS, in the Codified Ordinances of the City of St. Clairsville, Ohio, Chapter 945, Termination of Services, Section 945.01, the City of St. Clairsville established the due date for Utility Bills and established the penalty for late payment of said bills, which reads as follows:

            945.01  DUE DATE FOR UTILITY BILLS; PENALTY.

The City has provided the due date for all utility bills of St. Clairsville municipal utilities to be the twenty-third of each month.  Any outstanding bills after the twenty-third are subject to a penalty of ten percent (10%) of the current bill.  (Ord.  2003-23.  Passed 7-21-03.); and,

WHEREAS, as a result of the economic uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Federal and State of Ohio responses to stem the spread of said virus, the Mayor has recommended that the late payment penalty of ten percent (10%) for St. Clairsville Municipal Utility bills be waived for the billing periods of 03/01/2020 to 03/31/2020 and 04/01/2020 to 04/30/2020, only; and,

WHEREAS, as a result of the economic uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Federal and State of Ohio responses to stem the spread of said virus, the Council for the City of St. Clairsville desires that the late payment penalty of ten percent (10%) for St. Clairsville Municipal Utility bills be waived for the billing periods of 03/01/2020 to 03/31/2020 and 04/01/2020 to 04/30/2020, only.

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

Section 1:  That as a result of the economic uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Federal and State of Ohio responses to stem the spread of said virus, the 10 percent (10%) late payment penalty provided for in the Codified Ordinances of the City of St. Clairsville, Ohio, Chapter 945, Termination of Services, Section 945.01, Due Date for Utility Bills, Penalty, is hereby waived for the municipal utilities billing periods of 03/01/2020 to 03/31/2020 and 04/01/2020 to 04/30/2020, only.

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.

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PASSED at a teleconference meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 30th day of March, 2020, by the affirmative vote of 7 members of the Council.

Resolution Number 2020-8


Bikeway/Bike Trail reminder to practice “physical distancing”

The City administration wishes to remind residents who use the bikeway/bike trail that it is imperative to maintain the 6-foot “physical distancing” while in this public space.  In addition to walking on the trail itself, this precaution also is important as walkers leave and return to their transportation.

This requirement has been established for your safety as well as the safety of all others.  Thank you.

 


Resolution Number 2020-7

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2020-7

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PARTICIPATION

IN THE ODOT CONTRACT (018-21) FOR

ROAD SALT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, the City of St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, (hereinafter referred to as the “Political Subdivision”) hereby submits this written agreement to participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) annual road salt bid (018-21) in accordance with Ohio Revised Code §5513.01(B) and hereby agrees to all of the following terms and conditions in its participation of the ODOT road salt contract:

  1. The Political Subdivision hereby agrees to be bound by all terms and conditions established by ODOT in the road salt contract and acknowledges that  upon of award of the contract by the Director of ODOT it shall be bound by all such terms and conditions included in the contract; and
  2. The Political Subdivision hereby acknowledges that upon the Director of ODOT’s signing of the road salt contract, it shall effectively form a contract between the awarded salt supplier (American Rock Salt) and the Political Subdivision; and
  3. The Political Subdivision agrees to be solely responsible for resolving all claims or disputes arising out of its participation in the ODOT road salt contract and agrees to hold the Department of Transportation harmless for any claims, actions, expenses, or other damages arising out of the Political Subdivision’s participation in the road salt contract; and
  4. The Political Subdivision hereby requests through this participation agreement a total of 200 tons of Sodium Chloride (Road Salt) of which the Political Subdivision agrees to purchase from its awarded salt supplier (American Rock Salt) at the delivered bid price per ton awarded by the Director of ODOT; and
  5. The Political Subdivision hereby agrees to purchase a minimum of 90% of its electronically submitted salt quantities from its awarded salt supplier during the contract’s effective period; and
  6. The Political Subdivision hereby agrees to place orders with and directly pay the awarded salt supplier on a net 30 basis for all road salt it receives pursuant to ODOT salt contract; and
  7. The Political Subdivision acknowledges that should it wish to rescind this participation agreement it will do so by written, emailed request by no later than Friday, April 24 by 12:00 p.m.  The written, emailed request to rescind this participation agreement must be received by the ODOT Office of Contract Sales, Purchasing Section email:              Contracts.Purchasing@dot.ohio.gov by the deadline.  The Department, upon receipt, will respond that it has received the request and that it has effectively removed the Political Subdivision’s participation request.  Furthermore, it is the sole responsibility of the Political Subdivision to ensure ODOT has received this participation agreement as well as the receipt of any request to rescind this participation agreement.  The Department shall not be held responsible or liable for failure to receive a Political Subdivision’s participation agreement and/or a Political Subdivision’s request to rescind its         participation agreement.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it ordained by the following authorized person(s) that this participation agreement for the ODOT road salt contract is hereby approved, funding has been authorized, and the Political Subdivision agrees to the above terms and conditions regarding participation on the ODOT salt contract.

Section 1:        That the participation agreement for the ODOT road salt contract is hereby approved, funding has been authorized, and the Political Subdivision agrees to the above terms and conditions regarding participation on the ODOT salt contract.

Section 2:        That this Resolution is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and the safety of the residents of the City of St. Clairsville regarding the ODOT contract for road salt.

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PASSED at a teleconference meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 30th day of March, 2020, by the affirmative vote of 7 members of the Council.

Resolution Number 2020-7

 


Ordinance Number 2020-6

ORDINANCE 2020-6

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

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

SECTION 1: That to provide for the normal expenses and other expenditures of the said City of St. Clairsville, Ohio, for the period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017, the attached line item transfers are required:

Transfer of $140,000 from 1000-910-910 (Trans Out) to 2041-931-000 (Trans In)

Transfer of $300,000 from 1000-910-910 (Trans Out) to 2901-931-000 (Trans In)

Transfer of $300,000 from 1000-910-910 (Trans Out) to 2011-931-000 (Trans In)

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, so that the City can maintain normal operations.

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

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PASSED at a teleconference meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 30th day of March, 2020, by the affirmative vote of 7 members of Council.

Ordinance Number 2020-6

Ord. No. 2020-6_Accompanying UAN Reports


March 5, 2020 Council Minutes (Special Meeting)

COUNCIL MINUTES

SPECIAL MEETING of March 5, 2020

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Jim Velas, Council President                             Kathryn Thalman, Mayor

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

Mark Bukmir, 3rd Ward                                    Open, Finance Director

Terra Butler, Council, 4th Ward                        Elizabeth Glick, Law Director

Linda Jordan, Council-At-Large                       Don Smithberger, Super. of General Services

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

Frank Sabatino, Council 2nd Ward

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

The meeting was called to order by Council President Jim Velas.  President Velas led Council and attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Mr. Velas thanks everyone for attending this evening.  This is going to be a relatively short meeting.  President Velas and asks the Clerk to call the roll.

ROLL CALL:

Basile  Here                                                      Oprisch  Here

Bukmir  Here                                                    Sabatino  Here

Butler  Absent                                                  Smith  Here

Jordan  Here

Council President Velas states that the minutes were corrected from the previous meeting [February 18] but they are not going to be voted on this evening.  Everyone has a copy to take home to review.  President Velas states that the sole purpose for the meeting tonight is to address the opening for Finance Director.  At the previous meeting there were some questions that a couple of the Councilpersons had and there was wanting a legal opinion.  Unfortunately, there was an absence of our Law Director.  And, they did not feel it was wise to act without legal counsel here.  So, the sole purpose of this meeting is to address the opening.  And we are going to ask counsel, since this is a personnel matter and questions have to do with filling of the position, for clarification do we want to go into Executive Session in order to discuss these questions before any further action is taken?  Nobody wants to go into Executive Session?

OK, if I might go to this point in time, we are in a situation with no Finance Director.  We’ve got a lot of things coming up that are going to need their attention.  We’ve got bank reconciliations to be addressed, and we are basically looking at the same situation that we are in actually with the water.  We are in a bad situation with the water, but we have to deal with what we’ve got.  We can’t look back and figure out what we could have done – should have done.  And, we are in the same position with the Finance Director right now.  We have a lot of financial issues that have to be addressed.  The Finance Director is the one that has to make these moves.  She or he is the person that has the knowledge to financially make sure we don’t get ourselves into trouble with the auditors.

President Velas  So, I understand Mark [Bukmir], did you have some questions that you wanted to clarify on the?

Councilman Bukmir  No.  No.

President Velas  OK.  Linda [Jordan], did you have some questions about vacation?

Councilwoman Jordan  We did all that.

President Velas  OK.  That was already taken care of?

Councilwoman Jordan  Yes.

President Velas  OK.  So, at this point in time, we will defer to the Law Director on the resolution.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS:

Law Director Glick  This will be Resolution Number 2020-5:  A Resolution Confirming the Appointment of Annette Williams as the Director of Finance From and After March 5th, 2020 and Declaring an Emergency.  And, we will need a vote on the emergency.

Council President Velas  OK.  In order to pass this…

Councilman Sabatino  I’ve just got a question…Liz, since there was a motion, do we have to rescind that to establish what we are going to do here tonight?

Law Director Glick  There was a motion, concerning?

Councilman Sabatino  To, you know, pass it on emergency and then, you know, that didn’t go, so do we have to rescind that motion?

Law Director Glick  This is a different meeting, so you can renew your motion now.  I mean, still a motion to go into emergency…

Councilman Sabatino  OK.  So that motion the other night is…

Law Director Glick  Right.  Yes.

Councilman Sabatino  It’s voided?

Law Director Glick  Yes.  You made the motion, and it didn’t pass.  Now we are bringing it up in a different meeting.

Councilman Sabatino    OK.  That was my question.

President Velas  Any other questions?  If I’m correct in the procedure, since this does have emergency legislation, and it wasn’t read at the last meeting, we have to have the first reading tonight and then make a decision on whether we are going to attempt to pass it as emergency legislation.  So, we can hopefully can get our Finance Director position filled.

President Velas asks for the first reading.  The Clerk reads the title of the legislation.  RESOLUTION NUMBER 2020-5:  A RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE APPOINTMENT OF ANNETTE WILLIAMS AS THE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE FROM AND AFTER MARCH 5th, 2020 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

President Velas  OK.  That is the first reading.  Does anyone want to take any action to pass this as emergency legislation?

Councilman Smith  moves that the rules requiring Ordinances and Resolutions to be read on three separate readings be suspended and declaring an emergency.  Councilman Basile offers a second to the motion.

President Velas  requests a roll call vote.

ROLL CALL:

Basile  Yes                                           Oprisch  Yes

Bukmir  Yes                                         Sabatino  Yes

Butler  Absent                                     Smith  Yes

Jordan  Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Six (6) Yes                   Zero (0) No     Motion Approved

President Velas  OK.  The rules will be suspended.  We will read the resolution again [for the third and final reading] and take a vote on the resolution itself.  RESOLUTION NUMBER 2020-5:  A RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE APPOINTMENT OF ANNETTE WILLIAMS AS THE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE FROM AND AFTER MARCH 5th, 2020 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

ROLL CALL:

Basile  Yes                                           Oprisch  Yes

Bukmir  Yes                                         Sabatino  Yes

Butler  Absent                                     Smith  Yes

Jordan  Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Six (6) Yes                   Zero (0) No     Motion Approved

President Velas  We have a unanimous 6 – 0 vote to appoint Annette Williams the new Finance Director for the City.  [Applause]  Does she have to be sworn in?

Law Director Glick  Well, we did the resolution, so she’s in.

President Velas  That basically is what the meeting was for tonight.  I think there might have been a…Tom, do you have something?

Planning & Zoning Administrator Murphy  Something I would like to address under New Business quickly because I wasn’t able to talk about it at the previous meeting.

President Velas  Can we do that?

Law Director Glick  Well, it is a special meeting.  It is just for the [legislation].

Planning & Zoning Administrator Murphy  The only reason I am bringing that up is at the last meeting, everything ended so abruptly that I wasn’t able to inform Council on a few things.  But, if we can’t do that, I guess we can’t do that.

Law Director Glick  Yes, a special meeting is just for the purpose it is called for.

President Velas  I think there was an unfortunate misunderstanding about some other things that might be discussed this evening.  But, those will not be addressed and discussed until the March 16 regular Council meeting.  So that is definitely the only thing we can discuss this evening.  I will make one comment to the Council people.  I did send everybody an email that I think you should take a look at, read, and take whatever action you need to do on that.  I think it is self-explanatory.  Other than that, we need a motion to adjourn.

Councilman Smith  makes a motion to adjourn; Councilman Basile  seconds the motion.

President Velas  And, again, I want to thank everybody for coming this evening.

March 5, 2020 Council Minutes (Special Meeting)


March 2, 2020 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

March 2, 2020

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, March 2, 2020.

Jim Velas, Council President                             Kathryn Thalman, Mayor

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

Mark Bukmir, Council, 3rd Ward                      Open, Finance Director

Terra Butler, Council, 4th Ward                        Elizabeth Glick, Law Director

Linda Jordan, Council-At-Large                       Don Smithberger, Super. of General Services

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

Frank Sabatino, Council 2nd Ward

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

Council President Pro Tempore Beth Oprisch calls the meeting to order and leads Council and attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL:

Basile  Here                                                      Oprisch  Here

Bukmir  Here                                                   Sabatino  Here

Butler  Here                                                      Smith  Here

Jordan  Here

President Pro Tem Oprisch welcomes everyone and introduces herself as Councilman at Large, but explains she is filling in as President Pro Tem.  Mr. Velas is unavailable this evening, and he sends his regrets.  She also states that the Director of Law [Elizabeth Glick] is unavailable today.  The Mayor is ill.  President Pro Tem Oprisch states we don’t yet have a Finance Director, mentions the Mayor’s report and that the Service Director has resigned.  She concludes by adding her appreciation for everyone attending, stating she will do her best to answer the questions and won’t be shy in saying “I don’t know, if I don’t know.”

MINUTES:

President Pro Tem Oprisch states the first thing we want to do is pass the minutes for the last meeting which was February 18, 2020. 

Councilman Sabatino addressed Council Clerk, stating at the last meeting I had had four statements on there, and none of them were included in the minutes.  I had Larry Taylor, the guy from the gas company, I talked to Jim Zucal, I talked to Chief Arbenz, and Mayor Thalman.  And, they were all omitted; I have 0 for 4.  Is that plugged in?  I mean, you using a recorder?  Clerk responds, “Yes, sir, I am.  I think that when President Velas is back, if you would direct your concerns to him.  I think he would appreciate hearing your input.”

Councilman Sabatino  Yea, but you are the one that did the minutes though, don’t you?

Councilman Smith  Directing a question to President Pro Tem Oprisch, do you want to hold off then on passing these until next week?

President Pro Tem Oprisch  Frank [Sabatino], so if I am hearing you, you would like the minutes amended?

Councilman Sabatino  Yea, they need added to the minutes.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  OK.  Can you submit that to us?

Councilman Sabatino  Yea, and they were quite lengthy.  I mean, you know, I can’t remember everything that I said there.  I know I talked to those four people.  And, you know, you’d have to go back on the disc or whatever you know to get you know my, what I had said, my quotes.  So, you know, I don’t know if you [Clerk] are listening to the tape.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  Well, I don’t think that we are wanting the minutes to be verbatim.  But if you feel like they didn’t capture what you said, then I feel like let’s get that in writing so that we can capture it, so that we can then approve the minutes.  And, we are fine with not approving them this time.  Linda [Jordan], you had a ?

Councilwoman Jordan  No, I will submit my amendments as well.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  Amendments in writing? 

Councilwoman Jordan  Yes. 

President Pro Tem Oprisch  Submit that to Roberta [Clerk] in writing, copy Jim [Velas], and same with you, Linda [Jordan]?

Councilwoman Jordan  Yes. 

President Pro Tem Oprisch  And, let’s just hold off on approving the minutes.

Councilman Sabatino  I have one more request.  Seeing how I had four of them omitted, you know, and uh, and these meetings get to be lengthy, uh I’d like to make a request that I receive a non-edited copy of the minutes from here on out.  And, if I need to, I will pay for the accessories.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  I’m not sure that I understand what you mean.

Councilman Sabatino  A copy of the disc.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  You want a copy of the disc?

Councilman Sabatino  Yes.

Councilwoman Jordan  Yes.  I would like a copy of it as well for every meeting.  I see there are two here.  I’ve received January 21st, but that’s it so far.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  So, if you guys feel like you want to listen to the meeting again, is what I am hearing, right?  You want to hear the disc.

Councilwoman Jordan  Yes, we want, well I personally, want an unedited copy of the disc.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  OK.  So, I’m not trying to make any sweeping changes with Jim’s  [Velas] absence so let’s bring it to Jim and discuss it.

Councilman Sabatino  [interrupted] OK, but, I thought Roberta was doing the minutes [unintelligible] you know, and I read the four people where she would find what I said.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  So, you are going to submit us that in writing and we are going to make the adjustments, and then we are going to talk with Jim about how we can get discs or recordings of the meetings to people. 

Councilman Basile  Pardon.  I’ve got a question.  Don’t we have them uploaded already so you can listen to them?

Clerk  To the website, no.

Councilman Basile  No.  I mean on YouTube and Facebook.  They are not uploaded?

Clerk  Well, I haven’t done it.  If someone else put them up, I can’t speak to that.

Councilwoman Jordan  Yes, Kathy, Perry [Basile], would always record it on the recorder and so until December we used the recorder.

Councilman Basile  That broke.

Councilwoman Jordan  Well…

Councilman Basile  So, it is being recorded onto another, what do you call them?

Councilwoman Jordan  When did it break?

Councilman Basile  At the first meeting, it stopped recording.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  So, let’s hang onto this, we are on minutes right now, let’s just hang on, we are going to talk about… Councilman Basile  It stopped recording.  Oprisch  [continues] we will talk about this when we get to what this stuff is, OK.  But, I hear what you guys are saying and I’ll make sure that I pass that on to Jim [Velas], so we can talk about the best way to get you guys what you need in order to approve the minutes.

Councilman Sabatino  So, the minutes will get corrected then? 

President Pro Tem Oprisch  You are going to submit us that in writing, and we are going to make the amendments.  OK?

Councilman Sabatino  Fine with me.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  Great.  So, I’m just going to make a note here, you will submit the changes that you are requesting in writing.  Linda [Jordan], you too, right?

Councilwoman Jordan  Yes.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  Anything else on the minutes which were not talked about? 

CORRESPONDENCE: 

President Pro Tem Oprisch asks the Clerk to read a letter from The Belmont County Bible Reading Task Force in regard to the upcoming 28th Annual Bible Reading Marathon and celebration of the National Day of Prayer on the Courthouse Plaza.  [letter attached]

CITIZENS HEARING:  Daniel Barritt, a representative of the Council of Churches, answered questions from Council.  President Pro Tem Oprisch asks Mr. Barritt if he has anything he would like to add to the letter.  Mr. Barritt replied that it is a pleasure to be able to read God’s word on the Courthouse steps, and he mentions that there are a lot of folks involved in the readings which lead right up to the National Day of Prayer.  Mr. Barritt encourages people to come out and to let him know of their interest in reading.  President Pro Tem Oprisch asks Linda [Jordan] if she would like to add anything since she is on the Committee.

Councilwoman Jordan  No, I will just say that anybody that does it, especially your first time, you actually feel very, very blessed to, as he said, right on City square once a year, you get to do that and that’s it.

President Pro Tem Oprisch asks if anyone on Council has any questions.  Councilman Smith adds that Council typically approves that, 100%.  Mr. Barritt explains that it is the City’s tent which is used, and the City provides electricity and the Police Department takes care of the parking spaces there.  There is a lot of cooperation in the past, and we appreciate that.

President Pro Tem Oprisch asks for a motion to approve City participation in the National Day of Prayer event.  Councilman Sabatino makes the motion, a second is offered by Councilman Smith.

ROLL CALL:

Basile  Yes                                                       Oprisch  Yes

Bukmir  Yes                                                     Sabatino  Yes

Butler  Yes                                                       Smith  Yes

Jordan  Abstain

Roll Call Vote:  Six (6) Yes       Zero (0) No     One (1) Abstention       Motion Approved

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:

President Pro Tem Oprisch  explains that next are Ordinances and Resolutions.  We have a resolution [Resolution Number 2020-5] confirming the appointment of Annette Williams as Director of Finance from and after March 2nd and declaring an emergency.  Council discussed this during the last meeting.  Do we have questions?

Councilwoman Jordan  I don’t know whether we need to do this in Executive Session since it is personnel related.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  I think that is going to be your call.

Councilwoman Jordan  There are just a couple of things that I don’t recall in this resolution, specifically, the two week vacation.

Councilwoman Butler  Yes, we did.  [Another Councilmember confirms that it was discussed.]

President Pro Tem Oprisch  OK.  We are going to first need a motion for suspending the rules and declaring an emergency.

Councilman Smith moves that the rules requiring Ordinances and Resolutions to be read on three separate readings be suspended and declaring an emergency.

Councilman Bukmir  asks if Council is allowed to enact or vote on anything without our legal counsel here?  Wouldn’t it be prudent to wait?

President Pro Tem Oprisch states that this [Resolution Number 2020-5] was forwarded to her, and in the absence of everyone, she believes Council still can do this.  She asks if it would be better if the legal counsel were here, I think so, but this is something that needs to be done.  This was talked about at the last meeting and she feels as though Council needs to proceed.  President Pro Tem Oprisch adds that she has not been given information that Council cannot do this.

Councilman Bukmir  asks if Mrs. Jordan’s questions were answered?

President Pro Tem Oprisch  I thought two people said yes.  Nobody said no.

Councilwoman Jordan  So, everyone recalls discussing that two week vacation?

Councilwoman Butler  I do .

Councilwoman Jordan  Do you, Mark [Bukmir]?

Councilman Bukmir  Quite honestly, I can’t say yes or no.

Councilwoman Jordan  See, I don’t remember, that stood out.  I don’t recall discussing that.

Councilman Smith  We talked about it for a couple minutes actually.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  So, Linda [Jordan] asked the question.  Two people said yes, they remember, and nobody said no they didn’t.  So, we have a motion on the floor right now to, Mike [Smith], yours was to suspend the rules?

Councilman Smith  That is correct.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  If there is more discussion that needs to be had, we have a motion on the floor.  So, do we need more discussion?  Or, do we have a second to the motion?

Councilman Basile  Seconds the motion on the floor [regarding emergency consideration of Resolution Number 2020-5].

ROLL CALL:

Basile  Yes                                                       Oprisch  Yes

Bukmir  No                                                      Sabatino  No

Butler  Yes                                                       Smith  Yes

Jordan  No

Roll Call Vote:  Four (4) Yes                Three (3) No                Motion is Not Approved

At 7:45 P. M., President Pro Tem Oprisch requests that Council enter Executive Session according to 121.22, to deal with personnel matters.  The motion is seconded by Councilman Smith.

ROLL CALL:

Basile  Yes                                                       Oprisch  Yes

Bukmir  No                                                      Sabatino  No

Butler  Yes                                                       Smith  Yes

Jordan  Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Five (5) Yes     Two (2) No                  Motion is Approved

At 7:46 P. M. President Pro Tem Oprisch asks everyone to excuse Council so the Executive Session can begin.

At 8:29 P. M. Councilman Smith makes a motion to come back into regular session; Councilwoman Jordan offers a second.

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 is Approved

President Pro Tem Oprisch  There will be no action taken after the Executive Session.

[Unintelligible comments among several Council members.]

President Pro Tem Oprisch  We have a motion on the floor to adjourn the meeting, offered by Councilman Basile; a second is offered by Councilman Smith, who adds that we should continue the meeting when the Law Director is here this week.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  I don’t think it is a continuation.  We adjourn this meeting, and then we call another meeting.  We can’t continue a meeting over 24 hours.

Planning & Zoning Administrator Murphy  According to the other reports here, I had some quick information I was going to give.

President Pro Tem Oprisch  Right now, we have a motion to adjourn.  If we have a second, we need to have a vote.

ROLL CALL:

Basile  Yes                                                       Oprisch  No

Bukmir  Yes                                                     Sabatino  Yes

Butler  Yes                                                       Smith  Yes

Jordan  Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Six (6) Yes                   One (1) No                  Motion is Approved

President Pro Tem Oprisch  The meeting is adjourned.

March 2, 2020 Council Minutes


February 18, 2020 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

February 18, 2020

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Jim Velas, Council President                             Kathryn Thalman, Mayor

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

Mark Bukmir, Council, 3rd Ward                      Cindi Henry, Finance Director

Terra Butler, Council, 4th Ward                        Elizabeth Glick, Law Director

Linda Jordan, Council-At-Large                       Don Smithberger, Super. of General Services

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

Frank Sabatino, Council 2nd Ward

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

The meeting was called to order by Council President Jim Velas.  President Velas led Council and attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Mr. Velas thanks everyone for coming this evening and asks the Clerk to call the roll.

ROLL CALL:

Basile  Here                                                      Oprisch  Absent

Bukmir  Here                                                    Sabatino  Here

Butler   Here                                                     Smith    Here

Jordan   Here

MINUTES:  A motion was made by Councilman Basile and seconded by Councilwoman Butler to approve the minutes of February 3, 2020.

ROLL CALL:

Basile  Yes                                           Jordan  Yes

Bukmir  Yes                                         Sabatino  Yes

Butler  Yes                                           Smith  Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Six (6) Yes       Zero (0) No                 Motion Approved

MINUTES:  A motion was made by Councilwoman Jordan and seconded by Councilman Smith to approve the minutes of February 6, 2020, Special Meeting.

ROLL CALL:

Basile  Yes                                           Jordan  Yes

Bukmir  Yes                                         Sabatino  Yes

Butler  Yes                                           Smith  Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Six (6) Yes       Zero (0) No                 Motion Approved

CITIZENS HEARING:  Don Lemmon (resident); Gabrielle Fillon (resident); and Larry Taylor (representative of Volunteer Energy Services Inc.).

Larry Taylor, an Energy Specialist with Volunteer Energy, introduced himself and states that he administers the gas aggregation program for the City.  About ten years ago, it was put on the ballot and the community voted to make St. Clairsville the administration aggregators of the gas aggregation program, and we have been administering that for 10 years.  Volunteer Energy has about 150 gas aggregation programs in Ohio and, of those 150, there are only 12 that receive a Community Reinvestment check.  Mr. Taylor attributes that benefit to Fred Holmes, who originally worked with the City to establish the program.  Every Columbia Gas SCO [Standard Choice Offer] customer in the aggregation program is guaranteed to save 5% off the gas supply.  It is a two-year program, and the current agreement expires at the end of March, 2021.  Mr. Taylor presented the Mayor with a Community Reinvestment check in the amount of $11,756.53 to benefit the residents of St. Clairsville.  In response to a question from Councilman Sabatino about the residents of his ward receiving postcards on this topic, Mr. Taylor clarifies that the postcard comes from Columbia Gas, a requirement of the PUCO.  However, we do send out a letter and it is an opt-in program, meaning that everyone who is a SCO customer with Columbia Gas is automatically put into the program to get that guaranteed 5% savings.  Mr. Taylor states there is no cost to opt out, and they can either call and state they want to opt out or fill out the form at the bottom of that paper, send it in, and we take them off the list.  Councilman Sabatino states he will be getting phone calls because there is confusion out there, especially amongst the elderly citizens. Mr. Taylor points out that due to the March, 2021 expiration date, there is a little bit of time before he would get calls from any residents in the program.  Mr. Taylor emphasizes the 5% savings.  Councilman Basile asks a question about the percentage of City residents who participate, and Mr. Taylor responds roughly 81% of households which is a little above average compared to their other aggregation programs.

Don Lemmon (1 Westwood Drive) congratulates the new City leaders and urges Council to work together for the betterment of the community.

Gabrielle Fillon (208 Efaw Avenue) requests that the Mayor hold two town hall meetings, allowing residents to learn more about the City’s water plant and the Census (including the implications of returning to Village status).

Law Director Glick states that there is a request to go into Executive Session to consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of a public employee or official.

Councilman Smith makes a motion to move into Executive Session under the Ohio Revised Code Section 121; Councilwoman Butler seconds the motion.

ROLL CALL:

Basile  Yes                                           Jordan  Yes

Bukmir  Yes                                         Sabatino  Yes

Butler  Yes                                           Smith  Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Six (6) Yes       Zero (0) No                 Motion Approved

At 7:54 P. M., President Velas  states that Council will go into Executive Session.

At 8:55 P. M., Council returns to regular session following a motion by Councilman Smith to go out of Executive Session; Councilman Basile seconds the motion.

ROLL CALL:

Basile  Yes                                          Jordan  Yes

Bukmir  Yes                                         Sabatino  Yes

Butler  Yes                                           Smith  Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Six (6) Yes       Zero (0) No                 Motion Approved

REPORTS:

Public Service/Safety Director, Jim Zucal:  Thanks the City employees on their work on February 6 and 7 during the recent snowfall.  Mr. Zucal asks President Velas to assign a Committee — and asks for a report — on Codified Ordinances Chapter 351.13, the snow ban, stating it needs reviewed because of the specific work needed to remove the snow and safety concerns.  Mr. Zucal states that Mr. Rockaway’s valid concerns from the February 3 Council meeting have been addressed.  Councilman Sabatino adds that he called Mr. Rockaway and he was elated that we addressed his issues so promptly.  So, tell the guys thanks.  Mr. Zucal [continues]  City administrative officials will meet with the Ohio EPA legal staff to discuss the agency’s Findings & Orders.  The new water tank is in full production, and City workers will receive more training this Thursday.  President Velas asks Councilwomen Butler and Oprisch, who Chair the Council’s two Street Committees, to lead a review panel along with a third Council member who they can name.

Mayor, Kathryn Thalman:

We have met with Jeff Vaughn concerning an alternative study for our water situation, and it is underway.  In addition, Akron-based CTI Engineers, Inc. spoke with us about creating a 50-year plan, which everyone wants including the EPA, and funding opportunities to help achieve this.  We met with representatives of the FOP [Fraternal Order of Police] in advance of the negotiations which will begin on March 3.  I enjoyed speaking to Rotary to discuss St. Clairsville’s growth opportunities.  We’ve discussed the City’s insurance plans with Schwendeman to make sure the employees are receiving the best value for their dollars; and we are going to add an employee assistance plan for $1.32 per employee per month for legal advice and mental health advice.  We met with Terry Foster with Travelers Insurance, negotiating good prices and appropriate coverage for all of the City property.  I’ve met with a veterans’ group about the City’s involvement in Memorial Day ceremonies in front of the Courthouse; I was asked to be involved, and I accepted that with honor.  The Mayor introduces three guests from Martins Ferry:  Mayor John Davies, Service Director Andy Sutak, and the Manager of the City’s Water Plant, Bill Suto; they led them on a tour of Martins Ferry’s Water Plant last Thursday afternoon and discussed opportunities with them.  We’ve got some discussions forthcoming.  Next Wednesday, we will be in Columbus to discuss timelines with the Ohio EPA, and our Law Director will be with us.  We discussed grant opportunities which Gulfport will have forthcoming and which interest the City.  We were in Dover all day today for a meeting with OMEGA [Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association] about grant opportunities for the City.  Mayor Thalman concluded her remarks with a shoutout to Don [Smithberger] and the Police Department, which escorted salt trucks to get them out on 40 and make the roads safe on Friday, February 7th.  Mayor Thalman addressed questions from Councilman Sabatino regarding:  contract with Jeff Vaughn (Vaughn, Coast & Vaughn, Inc.); Mayor’s Court training; and his offer to put in writing a public records request for monetary increases of all City employees (including their changes in salaries) from January 1, 2020 to February 18, 2020.

Police Chief, Matt Arbenz:  No report.  Councilman Sabatino thanks Matt [Chief Arbenz] for continuing that report, stating it is good communication between his department and City Council.  It is much appreciated.

Planning & Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy:  A required public hearing for the rezoning and code changes before the City will be held on March 16, 2020, along with the regularly scheduled Council meeting.  Mr. Murphy continues to speak before civic organizations to promote the Census and adds that the most recent estimate shows the median age of St. Clairsville residents is 50.  And, a fact from the 2010 Census:  St. Clairsville had a total of 631 residents (male and female) who were veterans of the armed forces.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance, Chair Mike Smith:  No report since our Finance Director has been under the weather, and there was no meeting tonight.

Utilities, Chair Beth Oprisch:  President Velas states the meeting will be next week, and the Chair is out of town.

Police, Chair Mark Bukmir:  No report, but Chief Arbenz wants to hold a meeting following Council tonight.

Streets-North, Chair Terra Butler:  No report.

Streets-South, Chair Beth Oprisch:  Not in attendance.

Safety, Chair Terra Butler:  Chair Butler mentions the safety meeting on Thursday morning.

Building & Grounds, Chair Perry Basile:  Chair Basile states he received a couple quotes on the bathroom partitions, and he is been looking at replacement floor tiles.  He inquires of Law Director Glick about doing the work within the City.  Law Director Glick has nothing to report.  Mr. Zucal adds that he spoke with the building authority and, as long as the plans are approved, there can be in-kind labor.  Chair Basile states that he plans to hold a meeting of the committee before the next Council meeting.  President Velas mentions he has been seeking information from Mr. [Jim] Behl on making the meetings more accessible to people with disabilities, and asks Chair Basile to get with him.  Chair Basile adds that he was planning to discuss that at a later date after getting additional information.

Planning Commission, Chair Frank Sabatino:  No report.

Fire District, Chair Frank Sabatino:  No report.

Recreation, Chair Linda Jordan:  No report.  Thanks Finance Director Cindi Henry for her many years of sharing her expertise. She also noted that for 20 years Cindi was contracted by the State of Ohio to train new clerks for cities, villages, townships, and fire districts.

Park District, Chair Linda Jordan:   No report.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS:

Law Director, Elizabeth Glick:  The resolution on the agenda tonight for a first reading will be brought up at the March 2 meeting.  No reports.

CORRESPONDANCE:

Mayor Thalman reads a letter from Gene Kieffer, praising Sean Hanley and Debbie Reed [Parks & Recreation Department] for their efforts during the Pickleball season, and thanking the City for recognizing the value of the sport.

The next regular meeting of City Council will be on March 2, 2020 at 7:30 P. M.

ADJOURNMENT:

Councilman Smith makes a motion to adjourn; a second is offered by Councilwoman Butler.

February 18, 2020 Council Minutes


Monday, March 30, City Council will meet at 7:30 P.M.

PRESS RELEASE

TO:             Media and Public

FR:              Mayor Kathryn Thalman and City Council President Velas

DATE:         March 26, 2020

RELEASE:  IMMEDIATE

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 St. Clairsville City Council Meeting will be conducted via TELECONFERENCE on Monday, March 30th at 7:30 P.M.

The Council members, along with Mayor Thalman’s Administrative staff, will be TELECONFERENCE participants.

Two (2) agenda items for the March 30th TELECONFERENCE will include:

  • a remote presentation by Aqua Ohio via the TELECONFERENCE; this presentation will provide a refresh for the Council.  An Aqua representative will answer questions posed by Council; and
  • Jeff Vaughn, a consulting engineer from Vaughn, Coast & Vaughn, will provide a remote TELECONFERENCE presentation which will bring the Council members up to date on the status of the City’s water.

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 into the TELECONFERENCE is encouraged to do so.  Residents will be in a LISTEN ONLY MODE.  Please dial in to the number listed below at 7:30 P.M.  The dial-in number and access code are:

Dial-In Number  740-232-9309

Access Code  3879

City Council’s required public hearing regarding proposed amendments to the zoning map and text of the City’s Planning and Zoning Code will be rescheduled for a future date.

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