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Openings for City Professional Positions

The City of St. Clairsville is currently accepting applications for the Director of Public Service/Safety and the Director of Finance positions.

Anyone interested in applying for these positions can send a cover letter, resume, and three references to rmertz@stclairsville.com or mail to PO Box 537, St. Clairsville, OH  43950. Deadline for applications for both positions is Monday, January 27th, 2020.

For additional information, please visit the Employment Opportunity section on our website.


December 16, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

December 16, 2019

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, December 16, 2019

With the following present:

Jim Velas, Council President

Perry Basile, Council, 1st Ward

Mark Bukmir, Council, 3rd Ward

Terra Butler, Council, 4th Ward                     Richard Myser, Law Director

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

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                    Mike Troullos, Police Lieutenant

Frank Sabatino, Council 2nd Ward

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

The meeting was called to order by President, Jim Velas who thanked everyone in attendance for coming in for the last meeting of the year.

Minutes:  A motion was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Terra Butler to approve the minutes of December 2, 2019.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino          Abstain

Butler                          Yes                              Smith               Yes

Jordan                         Yes

Roll Call Vote:            Six (6) Yes                  One (1) Abstain          Motion Approved

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

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal: Not Present

Mayor, Terry Pugh:  Not Present

Police Lieutenant, Mike Troullos:  Jim Velas:  With Jeff Henry’s retirement in effect as of yesterday we will not have a Police Report.

Frank Sabatino:  Just for the record I served with Terry Pugh on the Fire Board, on City Council, Council President and four years as Mayor and I would just like to express my gratitude and thanks for all Terry has done for the City and the Citizens of St. Clairsville.

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:   Not Present

Planning and Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy:

I just want to remind Council that there will be a public hearing regarding the update of the Zoning Map.  That will be before the Planning Commission on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.  Changes to the Zoning map will be proposed.  All are welcome to attend.  I would suggest that Council and the new Mayor sit down with me and I can kind of outline what those changes are.

Another thing I keep bringing up at the meeting is Census 2020.  I meet with Amber Kolar she is their representative of the census in this area.  We are kind of going over different things that are important.  I have been through this before so I have quite a bit of knowledge on it.  The City will be creating a link on the web site.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Finance, Mike Smith:  We had a very short meeting.  We talked about reports that we would like to see in the future.

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:  I have no report but I was talking to Don Smithberger today and he is progressing very well from his surgery and hopes to be back shortly.

Police, Mark Bukmir:  I would like to thank Jeff Henry for his years of service.

Street North Side, Terra Butler:  We had a call from a woman that lives at 109 Richland Avenue.  At the end of her driveway there is a washout of her culvert and she is having a hard time getting in and out.

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:  No calls about the South Side.

Safety, Terra Butler:  No Report

Building and Grounds, Perry Basile:  I got three estimates for partitions for the Rec. Center bathrooms.  I figured we can have own guys install them too save a little bit of money.  There are three stalls for the girls and three for the boys.

Planning Commission, Mike Smith:  No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino: Due to everyone’s scheduling we met at 7:00 this morning and probably the best news I have to report to Council is our new squad car will be in next Tuesday.   We ordered it in November 2018.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, January 15th, That is our regular meeting and our reorganization meeting as well.

Recreation, Linda Jordan:  Bantam Basketball is in full swing.  The Board would like to thank Colerain Golf Car Sales for the use of four Golf Cars for use in the Christmas Parade.  The next meeting will be January 20th at 4:30 at the Rec. Center.

Park District, Linda Jordan:  No Report, Next meeting will be January 13th.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS:

Law Director, Richard Myser:   We don’t have any official legislation to act on tonight, however with the Service Director not being here Jim Zucal asked me to address an issue we had in the Police Department.  As all of you know or maybe don’t know Chief Henry has submitted his resignation to the City effective yesterday, December 15th.  As of yesterday we do not have a Chief of Police.  Article 5 section 7 of the Charter Provides that the Service Director appoint the Chief of Police subject to the approval of Council.  That is what our charter says.  Given the unique situation we find ourselves in at this point, Jim Zucal is going to suggest to Council that instead of him appointing a permanent position for the Chief of Police that he simply make a recommendation to Council that we appoint an acting chief until the new administration gets in place until his replacement as Service Director takes office.  At that time an official recommendation can be made to Council to replace Chief Henry.  Mr. Zucal is submitting a letter to Council and he has already made a recommendation to Lieutenant Troullos that he be appointed Acting Chief until the new administration takes office.  What that does is fills the position so the City has an acting Chief in the interim.  That puts us into another unique situation.  The Council takes official action either through Resolution or Ordinances, so when Mr. Zucal and I discussed this, instead of a Resolution which would require three readings, I am going to recommend to Council that they approve the recommendation and that they take action by simply a motion to be proposed and passed tonight.  That is all I have.  Beth Oprisch:  I have a question.  Is there really a need to make an official action before the new administration is in place?  Mr. Zucal sent the memo so it is effective.  Richard Myser:  The Charter says that the Service Director will appoint someone to be approved by the Council.  What he is doing is appointing Mr. Troullos as acting chief for an unknown period of time to be approved by Council through the action of a motion to approve his appointment.  Beth Oprisch:  I just don’t think that we need a motion, I think that as it stands, the memo is there.  I am just not sure that we want to take any official action until I think the intent of his memo is to delay the appointment of the chief until the new administration.  Richard Myser:  He is appointing Lieutenant Troullos to be our acting chief and he is asking for Council’s approval of that vote to be done by motion.

Executive Session:

A motion was made by Beth Oprisch and seconded by Perry Basile to go into executive session.

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 Approved

Return to Regular Session:

A motion to return too regular session was made by Beth Oprisch and seconded by Mike 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                 Motion Approved

A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Mark Bukmir to appoint Lieutenant Troullos as acting chief of the St. Clairsville Police Department.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          No                               Oprisch            Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino          Yes

Butler                          No                               Smith               No

Jordan                         Yes

Roll Call Vote:            Four (4) Yes                Three (3) No                Motion Approved

Jim Velas:  As of this evening Mike Troullos is acting Chief of Police.

New Business:  Mayor’s Report

The Mayor’s Collection for November was $2,130.00

A motion to approve the Mayor’s report was made by Beth Oprisch and seconded by Terra 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 Approved

The next meeting will be Monday, January 6, 2020 at 7:30 in Council Chambers.

There being no further business to come before Council a motion to adjourn was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Terra Butler.

December 16, 2019 Council Minutes


Important Census Information

Every ten years the federal government must initiate a census of the population of the entire United States. The year 2020 is a census year. In order to ensure an accurate count of each of the City of St. Clairsville’s residents, the federal government needs to secure accurate information from each housing unit within the City and the number of people residing in each unit. The census also gathers information on the age, sex, race and type of housing units in the community. The census gives the City the opportunity to update its residential addresses which results in an accurate count of City residents. In mid March, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will start mailing out to all residential addresses an invitation to complete the census form online.

The City’s Planning and Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy, has once again revived his role of guiding the U.S. Census Bureau in its local efforts to complete this federally-mandated decennial population count. In 2009, Mr. Murphy worked closely with the Census Bureau staff to ensure that the 2010 census had an accurate population count for St. Clairsville. Since early 2019, Mr. Murphy has been coordinating with Census Bureau staff to ensure that all residential units are accounted for within the municipal limits of St. Clairsville. This local participation ensures that an accurate and proper count of the number of residents takes place.

The importance of gathering accurate information is immeasurable to St. Clairsville in order to maintain its “city” designation, rather than dropping back to a smaller “village” category. The city status ensures more opportunities for state and federal funding through grants and loans for various City projects. The federal funds our community receives for schools, health care services, roads, public works projects, and other federal programs is based on the total population. Population also dictates in part how our area is represented in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the demographics of our area are important to businesses which may be seeking to locate a facility here or expand an existing office.

A prime example of how the City of St. Clairsville has grown during Mr. Murphy’s tenure is the 95-acre parcel of land which was incorporated into the City in 2004. In the intervening years, this multi-use project known as “St. Clair Commons” was chosen as the site for a new senior residential facility which opened its doors in 2018. Ultimately, this senior facility will house 100 residents; and a proposed multi-family housing site within the St. Clair Commons has the potential to continue to grow the population of the community.

St. Clair Commons is a result of thoughtful long-range planning by City leaders. This development will serve as a magnet for additional residential, office, and commercial growth in the southeast area of the City. Each new project in St. Clair Commons – and elsewhere throughout the City – will increase not only the City’s population but also the number of employees from throughout the Ohio Valley who work, shop and invest in our vibrant community.

Useful Links

CENSUS IS HIRING

The U.S. Census Bureau is presently hiring Census Takers for the 2020 Census. The temporary job includes weekly pay at $16 per hour for Belmont County residents, reimbursement of 58 cents per mile, flexible hours and days, and paid training starting in April. The job will run through July and possibly into August, 2020. Anyone interested can apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020. “Everyone Counts”


Holiday Hours for City of St. Clairsville

City offices are closing at NOON on Tuesday, December 31, and will be closed ALL DAY on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, to observe the New Year’s holiday.  Offices will reopen on Thursday, January 2, at 8:30 A. M.

If you have an EMERGENCY, please call 911!

For after-hours emergencies for electric, water or sewer service ONLY, please call 740-695-1410 to connect with the City’s answering service.  (We ask that you no longer call 740-695-0123 to report utility problems.)

For all NON-EMERGENCY inquiries, please call the City’s Police Department on 740-695-0123.


Holiday Hours for City of St. Clairsville

City offices are closing at NOON on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and will be closed ALL DAY on Wednesday, Dec. 25, to observe the Christmas holiday.  Offices will reopen on Thursday, Dec. 26, at 8:30 A. M.

If you have an EMERGENCY, please call 911!

For after-hours emergencies for electric, water or sewer service ONLY, please call 740-695-1410 to connect with the City’s answering service.  (We ask that you no longer call 740-695-0123 to report utility problems.)

For all NON-EMERGENCY inquiries, please call the City’s Police Department on 740-695-0123.

Merry Christmas from the City administration and staff!

12/23/19


December 2, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

December 2, 2019

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, December 2, 2019

With the following present:

Jim Velas, Council President                             Terry Pugh, Mayor

Perry Basile, Council, 1st Ward                         Richard Myser, Law Director

Mark Bukmir, Council, 3rd Ward                      Jim Zucal, Director of Public Services

Terra Butler, Council, 4th Ward                        Cindi Henry, Finance Director

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

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                       Mike Troullos, Police Lieutenant

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

The meeting was called to order by President, Jim Velas.

Minutes:  A motion was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Beth Oprisch to approve the minutes of November 4, 2019.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Abstain             Jordan              Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                   Oprisch            Yes

Butler                           Abstain             Smith                Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Four (4) Yes                Two (2) Abstain           Motion Approved

Minutes of November 14, 2019   Motion Linda Jordan second Mike Smith.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes                              Jordan              Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Butler                           Abstain                       Smith                Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Five (5) Yes                 One (1) Abstain            Motion Approved

Minutes, November 18, 2019      Motion Mike Smith second Perry Basile.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes                              Jordan              Abstain

Bukmir                          Yes                             Oprisch            Yes

Butler                           Abstain                       Smith                Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Four (4) Yes                Two (2) Abstain           Motion Approved

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

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal:

I have one item in a positive note too share tonight.  ODOT put together a package where cities and villages can apply for grants for paving on State routes in the corporation limits that have been impacted by oil and gas traffic.  As soon as we got word of that we worked as a team and put together a package.  The Mayor signed everything and we executed it.  We were one of the first in ODOT District 11 to get our information back.  They said it was well presented and it looks very positive that we will get that grant.  They said we will know by mid-November so we are not too far away.  I think it is up to $500,000 of asphalt.  The only road that applies in St. Clairsville is Route 9 so we are looking at doing a big portion of Route 9 if we get that money.  Anything they want to share with us in that good nature we will take advantage of so I will keep Council informed.  If it works out for us I am sure we will get a large portion of Route 9 paved.  It needs paved.

Mayor, Terry Pugh:

I want to extend a thanks to the Street Department, the Electric Department and the Water/Wastewater Department.  In the last couple of weeks we have experienced everything, water leaks, our first little snow, and of course last Wednesday we had the high winds.  We lost power in a lot of areas of St. Clairsville especially on the West side.  It wasn’t our fault, it was AEP’s supply for our substation on Route 9.  It has been rough weather and the guys got out there and did a great job and I appreciate it.

Police Lieutenant, Mike Troullos: 

Just a quick word on the Christmas Parade, all of our officers were out.  Our traffic control and everything went well.  I just want to thank everyone who made it a safe and successful event.

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:   No Report

Planning and Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy:

Dr. Glorioso has moved to 187 West Main Street that is the former Belmont Urgent Care and Dr. Balgo’s office.  He has set up a general practice on the first floor of that structure so you may see a little bit of change there.

The second thing is the owners of the Convenient Food Mart have purchased the Sunoco Station that was the former Crosby Oil at 188 East Main Street.  They will operate it the same way, they will have gas and the small convenient store in the back.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Finance, Mike Smith:  No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:  Not Present

Police, Mark Bukmir:  We will have a meeting tonight after the Council Meeting

Street North Side, Terra Butler:  No Report

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Safety, Terra Butler:  No Report

Building and Grounds, Perry Basile:  No Report

Planning Commission, Mike Smith:  The Buffalo Wild Wings, where are they moving their office?  Tom Murphy:  They were going too move their management office along with Attorneys Lancione, Lloyd & Hoffman to 104 South Sugar.  That was approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals but I think instead of that location they are moving to where Harry White had his office on West Main Street.

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:  Not Present

Recreation, Linda Jordan:  Bantam Basketball is in full swing.  It is a very large group.  There were 300 registrants, there are 40 teams and their games are on Saturday from 8:00 in the morning until the last game at 8:10 at night.  As far as Sean is aware that is the largest group we have ever had.

Park District, Linda Jordan:  No Report

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS:

Law Director, Richard Myser: 

This evening we have two pieces of legislation that are up for their third reading and can be acted on tonight.  The first one is 2019-28, this is a resolution that is going to come before Council tonight on its third reading.  This is the Resolution approving a partnership between the City of St. Clairsville and the Belmont County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The second is Resolution No. 2019-29.  This is also on its third reading and is the Resolution authorizing participation in the ODOT contract for Road Salt.

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2019-28; A RESOLUTION APPROVING A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO, AND THE BELMONT COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT.  A motion was made by Beth Oprisch and seconded by Perry Jones that Resolution No. 2019-28 be passed by Council.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes                              Jordan              Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Butler                           Yes                              Smith                Yes

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

Resolution No. 2019-28 was declared adopted.

There was presented and read to Council on its third reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2019-29; A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PARTICIPATION IN THE ODOT CONTRACT (018-20) FOR ROAD SALT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Perry Basile that Resolution No. 2019-29 be passed by Council.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes                              Jordan              Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Butler                           Yes                              Smith                Yes

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

Resolution No. 2019-29 was declared adopted.

NEW BUSINESS: Mayor’s Reports for August, September & October

August:  $3,539.70  September:  $1,672.45   October:   $1,792.00

A motion was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Terra Butler to approve the Mayor’s reports for August, September and October.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes                              Jordan              Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Butler                           Yes                              Smith                Yes

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

The next meeting will be Monday, December 16th at 7:30 in Council Chambers.

There being no further business to come before Council a motion to adjourn was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Linda Jordan.

December 2, 2019 Council Minutes


Loose leaf pickup update

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:                 DECEMBER 13, 2019

FROM:                CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

SUBJECT:           UPDATE ON ST. CLAIRSVILLE’S LEAF PICKUP

RELEASE:          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of St. Clairsville’s Street Department will conclude its loose leaf pickup service next Friday, December 20.

After December 20, all leaves need to be bagged for City pickup.  Residents must use paper lawn and leaf bags (not plastic).  The City crews expect to continue the collection of bagged leaves through the month of December.

The City provides this service in the fall for leaf pickup ONLY.  City crews are unable to accept any yard clippings, garden waste, tree and/or shrub debris of any kind at this time.

Thank you.

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November 18, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

November 18, 2019

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, November 18, 2019

With the following present:

Jim Velas, Council President                             Terry Pugh, Mayor

Perry Basile, Council, 1st Ward                         Richard Myser, Law Director

Mark Bukmir, Council, 3rd Ward                      Jim Zucal, Director of Public Services

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                       Cindi Henry, Finance Director

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

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large                          Tom Murphy, Planning & Zoning Administrator

The meeting was called to order by President, Jim Velas.

Minutes:  A motion was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Perry Basile to approve the minutes of October 21, 2019.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Sabatino           Yes

Oprisch                        Yes                              Smith                Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Five (5) Yes                 Zero (0) No                 Motion Approved

Mayor Pugh:  Letter from AQUA:  After the recent tabling of the Asset Purchase Agreements for the purchase of the water and sewer systems as well as the results of the election, we wanted to follow-up with Aqua’s perspective regarding our commitment to the City and helping you explore options to address your system-noncompliance with OEPA expectations.  From the onset, we have taken the position that we are here to assist the City is addressing the severe issues being faced in both your drinking water and wastewater systems.  We are confident that Aqua offers the best option for the City and its residents.  In responding to the City’s Request for Qualifications and Proposals, Aqua demonstrated both the technical and financial resources to address the City’s issues, that the proposals reflect a fair purchase price for the systems given their condition and that we commit too millions of dollars of capital spending needed for a sustainable and affordable future.  With that being said, we have no objection to City Council deferring the final vote to approve or reject the asset purchase agreements until the new administration and council has an opportunity to more fully evaluate the water and wastewater system issues along with the options they wish to explore.  Aqua is willing to extend the current offers through April 6, 2020.  After that we will need to respectfully rescind our offers.  We continue to believe we can be a valuable resource to solve the City’s outstanding issues and create a sustainable future for these operations.  We are confident that the community and elected officials will ultimately recognize our offer as an opportunity for positive transformation for St. Clairsville.  We also recognize that some parties feel they need more time to evaluate the situation and options for resolution.  This extension is an attempt to honor that request.

Jim Velas:  Under New Business there is an entry for a possible election for the 4th Ward vacant Council position.  We started out with five people.  One of the applicants has decided to withdraw.  A second applicant who expressed his interest in the position after some issues came up questioning the possibility that he actually applied late, he did not want to create an issue.

CITIZENS HEARING:  We had a little problem with Citizens Hearing.  People were used to sending an email too speak at Council.  Council meetings are to conduct City Business it is not like a town hall meeting where everyone asks questions at random.  That is why people are asked to apply.  Three people did ask to speak and we just ask that you be courteous and polite.  Gabrielle Fillon:  Started her speech down grading Aqua-OH.  Jim Velas:  Informed her that we were not going to discuss Aqua until the New Year.  When she would not discontinue her rant about Aqua she was escorted out of the Council Room.

Terra Butler:  I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to run for the 4th ward council seat.  I really hope that I get the opportunity to sit with Council.

Pat Halloran:   I had an issue I wanted to talk about that I can talk too Mr. Zucal later.

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal:  No Report

Mayor, Terry Pugh:

I would like to reappoint Bill Phipps and Charlie Bean to the Planning Commission and Charlie Bean and Mark Loy to the Board of Zoning Appeals.  A motion was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Frank Sabatino too make these reappointments.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes

Bukmir                        Abstain             Sabatino           Yes

Oprisch                        Yes                              Smith                Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Four (4) Yes                One (1) Abstain            Motion Approved

Police Chief, Jeff Henry:  The Christmas parade is on Sunday at 4:00.  There will be road closures starting at 1:00.

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:   No Report

Planning and Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy:

In July 2019 the Planning Commission voted for amending the Planning & Zoning Code.  That includes the Zoning Map which need updating.  The Commission wanted particular attention paid to the Zoning Map and updating.  The request of the Commission grew out of the realization that property owned by the St. Clairsville School District was not zoned appropriately.  Many of the existing school buildings are located in an R-1 Low Density District, R-2 Medium Density Residential, and CD Corridor District & C-1 Corridor District.

There is a Board of Zoning Appeals hearing scheduled for tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.  Lancione, Lloyd and Hoffman and Buffalo Wild Wings want to establish offices at 104 South Sugar Street.  That is regarded as a conditional use.  Many of the regulations and restrictions are not conducive to any additions that may be planned in the future.  The appropriate district for this land use would be Community Facilities District.  In doing this analysis we found that many City owned properties were not zoned as Community Facilities.  Other things that were looked at were the extension of the Downtown District along West Main Street.  Also looked at were areas along North and South Sugar Street and North and South Marietta Street.  This meeting will not take place before the Planning Commission until February 3, 2020.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Finance, Mike Smith:  No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:  No Report

Police, Mark Bukmir:  No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas:  No Report

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Safety, Jim Velas:  Meeting was held this Thursday at the city garage on Reservoir road at 9:00 a.m.  These are always worthwhile for the employees and any Council people who wish to attend.

Building and Grounds, Perry Basile:  No Report

Planning Commission, Mike Smith:  No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 20th at 3:00 at the Main Station.

Recreation, Linda Jordan:  Not Present

Park District, Linda Jordan:  Not Present

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS:

Law Director, Richard Myser: 

This evening we have four pieces of legislation to discuss.  The first one is 2019-28, this is a resolution that is going to come before Council tonight on its second reading.  This is the Resolution approving a partnership between the City of St. Clairsville and the Belmont County Soil and Water Conservation District.  We do not have the required six members present so we cannot pass it on an emergency.

The second is Resolution No. 2019-29.  This is also on its second reading and is the Resolution authorizing participation in the ODOT contract for Road Salt.  Once again it cannot be passed on and emergency tonight.

The next two Ordinances have already been read on three readings.  They are Ordinance No. 2019-25 and Ordinance No. 2019-26.  Ordinance No. 25 is the resolution to authorize the contract with Aqua for the purchase of our Water System and Ordinance No. 26 is the ordinance authorizing the contract with Aqua for our Wastewater System.  In light of the letter that the Mayor read to Council tonight and in mind that we do not have a full Council tonight and in light that we have a new administration coming in the beginning of the year, I am going to recommend to Council tonight that these two ordinances be tabled and no further action be taken until at least April 6th.

There was presented and read too Council on its second reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2019-28; A RESOLUTION APPROVING A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO, AND THE BELMONT COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT.

There was presented and read to Council on its second reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2019-29; A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PARTICIPATION IN THE ODOT CONTRACT (018-20) FOR ROAD SALT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-25; AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TOO ENTER INTO AN ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITIES OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO. AS SELLER AND AQUA OHIO WATER, INC., AS PURCHASER, AND AUTHORIZING THE ASSIGNMENT OF THE CITY’S RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS THEREUNDER AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  A motion was made by Perry Basile and seconded by Beth Oprisch that Ordinance No. 2019-25 be tabled until after the first of the year.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Sabatino           Yes

Oprisch                        Yes                              Smith                Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Five (5) Yes                 Zero (0) No                 Motion Approved

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only; ORDINANCE NO. 2019-26. AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TOO ENTER INTO AN ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO, AS SELLER AND AQUA OHIO WASTEWATER, INC., AS PURCHASER, AND AUTHORIZING THE ASSIGNMENT OF THE CITY’S RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS THEREUNDER AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  A motion was made by Perry Basile and seconded by Beth Oprisch that Ordinance No. 2019-26 be tabled until after the first of the year.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Sabatino           Yes

Oprisch                        Yes                              Smith                Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Five (5) Yes                 Zero (0) No                 Motion Approved

NEW BUSINESS: That brings us to the election of a 4th ward Council Person.  A motion was made by Perry Basile and seconded by Mike Smith to nominate Terra Butler to the vacant 4th ward council seat.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Sabatino           Abstain

Oprisch                        Yes                              Smith                Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Four (4) Yes                One (1) Abstain            Motion Approved

The Oath of Office was administered to Terra Butler by Law Director, Richard Myser.

The next meeting will be Monday, December 2nd at 7:30 in Council Chambers.

There being no further business to come before Council a motion to adjourn was made by Beth Oprisch and seconded by Mike Smith.

November 18, 2019 Council Minutes

 


November 14, 2019 Council Minutes (Special Meeting)

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING

November 14, 2019

St. Clairsville City Council met in Special Executive Session on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.   The purpose was to interview candidates to fill a current vacancy for the 4th ward Council Seat.  No official action was taken at the meeting.  The following were present.

Perry Basile, Council, 1st Ward                                    Richard Myser, Law Director

Mark Bukmir, Council, 3rd Ward                                  Jim Velas, Council President

Linda Jordan, Council-At-Large

Frank Sabatino, Council, 2nd Ward

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

A motion was made by Frank Sabatino and seconded by Linda Jordan to go into Executive Session per Ohio Revised Code Section 121.22 (G) (1) to consider applicants for a vacant Council position.

Roll Call Vote

Basile               Yes

Bukmir             Yes

Jordan              Yes

Sabatino           Yes

Smith                Yes

Roll Call Vote               Five (5) yes                  Zero (0) No     Motion Approved

A motion was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Perry Basile to return to regular session. Roll Call Vote

Basile               Yes

Bukmir             Yes

Jordan              Yes

Sabatino           Yes

Smith                Yes

Roll Call Vote               Five (5) yes                  Zero (0) No     Motion Approved

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

November 14, 2019 Council Minutes (Special Meeting)


November 4, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

November 4, 2019

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, November 4, 2019

With the following present:

Jim Velas, Council President                             Terry Pugh, Mayor

Mark Bukmir, Council, 3rd Ward                      Jim Zucal, Director of Public Services

Linda Jordan, Council-At-Large                       Richard Myser, Law Director

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                       Cindi Henry, Finance Director

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

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

The meeting was called to order by President Jim Velas.  I want to thank all of City Council for expressing the confidence they have in me for making me president of Council.  I appreciate that and I will do the best job I possibly can.  I would also like to thank everybody who is here tonight for coming.  Unfortunately since this is my first meeting as President the penalty for coming is to listen to my little bit of speech before we start the meeting.  Often in a City Council meeting many issues are discussed some not very important, some more complex and they can sometimes get very emotional on peoples and how they look at the issues that we have to deal with.  I would like to make sure starting at this point for my tenure as President that the meetings are handled fairly, properly organized and most of all respectful.  I am going to attempt to stick as close to Roberts Rules of Order in running the meeting as I can.  I do have a copy that one of the residents was kind enough to give me and I got my own idiot version that I bought, it works a little bit better for me.  The one thing I do want to say is I want to stick strictly to Roberts Rules.  If people have the floor I want them to be able to speak without being interrupted by someone else in the audience or anybody on the administration or the Council, and the same thing with the Council.  So please do not just stand up and start talking, please request to be recognized before you speak.  That also maybe will give people another couple of seconds to think before they stand up and make a comment.  Sometimes when some of the issues we are discussing get very passionate sometimes words come out to quickly and they shouldn’t have come out.  Please, I don’t ever want to have to gavel anybody but if that need to be that is what we are going to have to do so thank you for coming, sorry you had to listen to my little speech but we will go from there.  Beth Oprisch:  I wanted to congratulate you, the Council hasn’t been unanimous for a while and it was unanimous that you have our support.  Jim Velas:  Thank you very much, I appreciate it.

Minutes:  October 7, 2019

The Clerk is still in the process of trying to transcribe the minutes from the October 21 meeting.  It was kind of lengthy.  A motion to approve the October 7, 2019 minutes was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Frank Sabatino.

ROLL CALL:

Bukmir                         Yes                              Sabatino           Yes

Jordan                          Yes                              Smith                Yes

Oprisch                        Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Five (5) Yes                 Zero (0) No                 Motion Approved

CITIZENS HEARING:  Milton Sumner, 213 Marietta St.

I am here tonight to not only express my strong opposition to selling the water system but also express my disappointment that our mayor and certain members of the council are not listening to the people.  I am further disappointed in the fact that as a citizen I cannot ask questions that arise from discussion during the council meetings.  These questions cannot be presented to our council person since they do not arise before the meeting.  Subsequently, it is too late to ask them after the meeting because of the rule that prevents a person from bringing up an issue discussed in a previous meeting.  I am sure that there are other alternatives to solve the water problem.  However, council shot down the proposal to explore them.  One solution that I believe would be the most beneficial is to place a bond issue on the ballot that would provide the necessary funds to solve the situation with the water system.  The payment by the taxpayer then would be spread over many years and be much more affordable to we the citizens.  It is also sad that mayors and councilpersons have neglected this problem for at least thirty years.  I believe their neglect was due to fearing losing an election instead of passing the necessary legislation to solve the problems at that time.  The stated rate increase of $4.13 per 1,000 gallons would raise my bill by $41.30 for water and another $41.30 for sewage which adds up to be $82.60.  Further increases following 2026 add up to $21.15.  Add the sewage increase and the total would be 42.30%.  This would raise my bill by another $413.00.  I cannot afford this since I am on a fixed income and presently have no additional funds left at the end of the month.  Also, I do not believe Aqua Ohio is being honest in their assertions that rates would not rise to the five-year contract.  If you check with Ashtabula, Ohio you will find they imposed system improvement fees of 3% in 2013 and 4.25% in 2015.  Would they do the same too St. Clairsville?  I also believe that since the state law says the utilities can recover costs and receive a reasonable profit that the PUCO would rule to override the contract.  After all, after the sale Aqua Ohio would be under PUCO regulation and not the city since the city would no longer own the water and sewage systems.  Furthermore, I believe that Aqua Ohio will patch the system until they can purchase water from the county.  In closing, why can the city not do the same?  Beth Oprisch:  Thank you for coming, thank you for your comments.

Kathryn Thalman:  Mr. Sumner that was wonderful.  This has been an ongoing battle for six months, we have rallied, postulated, we brought numbers to the table and nothing was listened to.  Our voices essentially have not been listened to.  I urge you all tomorrow to make your voices heard loud and clear, exercise your right to vote.

Bill Brooks:  Tonight City Council will probably vote on the privatization of our water systems.  Regardless of how you Council members vote, it is going to create problems for our senior citizens and our hardworking families.  Tomorrow is election day and however the citizen vote, I hope and pray that the City Council and the mayor can get back too working as a unit that will work in the best interests of our citizens.  We need our City Council and Mayor to be transparent and too work in our best interests.  No matter who the citizens elect as Mayor or to City Council at large, we need to support them.  We have become a center of attention because of the way we have handled this year’s election campaign and I will take my share of the blame, but we must vow to never let this happen again.  We must put our best foot forward and return to being the best community in the Ohio Valley – Paradise on the Hill.

Service Director, Jim Zucal:  No Report

Mayor, Terry Pugh:

I handed out to Council the report that I received today from the EPA.  It has items that have been done so far and the items that still need addressed and the only thing that I will read is the paragraph at the end that has never been on any previous report it reads. Conclusion: Please be advised the violation evaluation will continue until the violations have been properly resolved.  Failure to comply with chapter 6109 of the Ohio Revised Code and the rule promulgating there under may result in administrative or civil penalties up to $25,000 per day for each violation.  It is imperative that you turn to compliance.  If the circumstances delay the resolution of the violations the City of St. Clairsville is requested to submit written correspondence of the steps that will be taken by a date certain to obtain compliance.  There are a few new findings in there.  This is how serious the EPA is taking this matter.  I have been asked to call after the vote tonight to the EPA Chief to advise him what the vote was with Aqua which I will do.  Beth Oprisch:  What are the new violations?  Mayor Pugh:  There is one in particular about the water plant its self that has never been in there before.

I would like to ask Council’s approval for an individual that is to fill Becky Modena’s position on the Recreation Board.  Her name is Diane Schubert and she sent a letter expressing her interest in the position.  A motion to approve Diane Schubert to a position on the Recreation Board was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Beth Oprisch.

ROLL CALL:

Bukmir                         Yes                              Sabatino           Yes

Jordan                          Yes                              Smith                Yes

Oprisch                        Yes

Roll Call Vote:  Five (5) Yes                 Zero (0) No                 Motion Approved

I received today from AMP-Ohio a request for any student who may want to apply for an AMP scholarship.  This information will be available in my secretary’s office.  Nominations must be submitted by December 13, 2019.

Police Chief, Jeff Henry:  We made it through trick or treat night.  We had all the officers working, we had five cars out on the road.  We only had one minor accident so everything was pretty good.

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:   No Report

Planning and Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy:

There is a Board of Zoning Appeals hearing scheduled for tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.  Lancione, Lloyd and Hoffman and Buffalo Wild Wings want to establish offices at 104 South Sugar Street.  That is regarded as a conditional use.

The U.S. Census count will be held in April 2020.  The local Representative recommends establishing a complete count committee to encourage residents to respond to the Census and be counted that helps out our community.  It is recommended that a Council Member be a part of that committee.  It is still early, I will keep you informed about what your responsibilities might be.  I talk to various groups in the area to emphasize to them why the Census is important.  I will give information to anyone stopping into the City Building.  We will be printing information from the Census website and I would encourage Council to take some too pass out.

Everyone knows that Storm Water Management is getting more and more important you see that example down on Bellview.  The Ohio EPA would like for us to partner with the Belmont County Soil and Water Conservation District regarding education of the public.  I met with the Board in regard to partnering at their last Board Meeting on October 12th.  They were all for that so they submitted a letter to us saying we want to partner with you and they sent a resolution for Council.  It doesn’t have to be an emergency.  Any questions you might have feel free to ask.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Finance, Mike Smith:  I handed out some papers to Council just to show a little bit of math on this water issue.  I feel that we could do this ourselves if we wanted to.

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:  The Utility Committee met tonight.  Don Smithberger:  Nothing to report.  Frank:  It is unfortunate what is the rains have done to Bellview but on the bright side I understand because of the heavy rains the reservoirs are pretty much filled up. We do need to address Bellview for the residents down there.

Police, Mark Bukmir:  No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas:  No Report

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Safety, Jim Velas:  Meeting was held last Thursday.  It was well received by all of the employees.  The next meeting will be the November 21st this month at the city garage on Reservoir road at 9:00 a.m.

Building and Grounds, Perry Basile:  Not Present

Planning Commission, Mike Smith:  No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:  At our last meeting like every department in this entire valley there is a great awareness of the status of I-70 and I-470 with the road condition.  So far we have been able to work around it but we all know every day there are accidents that back traffic up and will be for the next two or three years.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 20th at 3:00 at the Main Station.

Recreation, Linda Jordan:  The fantastic costume judging went very well and the Board would like to thank the people who donated all of the candy, the Rec Center did not have to pay for any of it.

Park District, Linda Jordan:  No Report

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS:

Law Director, Richard Myser:  We have four pieces of Legislation to consider this evening.  The first is 2019-25 that is the Ordinance 2019-25 this is the Ordinance to approve the contract between the City of St. Clairsville and Aqua Ohio for the privatization of our water system.  This is up for its third reading but before we do that one thing that I would like to mention is two meetings ago when the Attorney that assisted Council in negotiating these contracts Council had questions for her.  Perry Basile raised a very good question.  It was related to the interim between the time when we pass this contract and the time when it actually goes into effect.  If we were to pass the contract tonight the Ohio Public Works Commission must approve the contract.  It may be six to eight months down the road.  Perry’s question was in that period of time if the City of St. Clairsville has to make expenditures to improve our system who is going to pay for that?  Are we going to have to pay or is Aqua going to have to pay?  The answer is Aqua will pick up the bill after the closing, after they take possession and after the contract is closed.  Kim the Attorney thought that was a very good question.  She took that to heart and she also took it back to Aqua.  She sat down with Aqua again and renegotiated an amendment that will be attached to the contract that we are going to be considering tonight. Here is the amendment.  In the event that the Ohio EPA issues some type of order against the City of St. Clairsville requiring us to make an emergency expenditure of up to or more than $250,000 before the closing takes place and if that expenditure was not already budgeted and planned for by the City Aqua has agreed to sit down with the City and negotiate the sharing of whatever that expense is.  In a sense what they are doing they are willing to renegotiate and increase our purchase price in the event in interim period we are going to have to make some capital improvements to the system.  They are willing to occur some of the expense.  I wanted to bring that to Council’s attention. Are there any questions for me?   Our next piece of legislation is 2019-26.  This is the Ordinance to approve the contract between the City of St. Clairsville and Aqua-Ohio for our wastewater project.  Both of these are up for their third reading tonight.  The next piece of legislation is on its first reading tonight.  It is seeking a partnership between the City of St. Clairsville and The Belmont County Soil and Water Conservation District.  The next piece of legislation is Resolution No. 2019-29, this legislation authorized the City of St. Clairsville to participate in the ODOT contract for road salt.  It does have emergency language in it.

Beth Oprisch:  I have been concerned about this process ever since six members of Council voted to approve Ordinance No. 2019-08 giving the city administration the ability to explore the possibility to privatize our water and sewer systems.  All other options seem too have gone off the table.  We were not seriously looking at loans, we were not making the necessary improvements to the system, and we were not having the cost analysis that needed to be made or allowing a feasibility study that needed to be made.  In March we would have had ample time for both studies.  I am concerned that we were asked to begin the reading of these Ordinances before we had the opportunity to discuss the contracts with the attorneys that negotiated them.  There was absolutely no reason why we had to start the readings on October 7th.  We could have waited until October 21st when the attorneys attended our session.  I am concerned that we were asked to vote on these ordinances on the day before the election, an election that could result in a new chief executive and two new Council Members.  I believe that a vote tonight the day before the election is irresponsible and unwise.  I am concerned that we are asked to vote on this ordinance without a full Council.  A Council member was out of town last week so we were unable to interview the candidates to fill Mr. Velas’s position.  We were right to wait for a full Council because the remaining Council are all interested in this.  I am concerned that three members have voiced their legitimate concerns about attempting to get additional information and have asked questions for the last six months have been characterized as wanting to triple water rates, of kicking the can down the road and having defaming letters mailed and distributed about them by an anonymous person.  The right to question authority should be applauded not condemned.  A question should be welcome not characterized as officious.  Personal attracts from anybody are not helpful they are unkind and hurtful.  Calling someone a liar, questioning someone’s military record, threatening to expose past behavior, discredit and embarrass someone, we are all better than this.  I don’t necessarily want to vote no on the resolution.  Selling our water to Aqua could be the best decision but in the absence of information of what it would actually cost to fix our system and not knowing what our water and sewer rates would be I still believe we are missing information and we are rushing the sale.  We have been presented with conflicting information for the past six months.  We were originally told that we couldn’t borrow money, then we were told we could borrow money but our rates would have to be 2.5% of the medium household income.  We were told that our rates would have to double then we were told our rates would have to triple, now we are getting other figures that the rates may only go $25 or $30 per month.  We have not been given the opportunity to rectify these inconsistencies.  Craig Butler from the Ohio EPA confirmed too me that our rates ae not at 2.5 of the medium household income.  He also confirmed to me that they don’t have to be.  I think that everybody understands that our rates will have to be increased in order to satisfy an EPA loan.  Any amount we would have to show how we are going to pay it back.  Water and Sewer rates would increase but to what amount I don’t think we know.  We don’t have that figure and until we have that.  This decision is going to have lasting consequences.  I have only spoken to one person in the last six months that said to sell.  His rationale was his rates won’t be affected for the next few years.  As a Council person I don’t have the luxury of that kind of thinking.  My responsibility as a Council Woman is to the present and the future.

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-25; AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO AN ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITIES OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO. AS SELLER AND AQUA OHIO WATER, INC., AS PURCHASER, AND AUTHORIZING THE ASSIGNMENT OF THE CITY’S RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS THEREUNDER AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  A motion was made by Frank Sabatino and seconded by Linda Jordan that Ordinance No. 2019-25 be passed by Council.

ROLL CALL:

Bukmir                         Yes                              Sabatino           Yes

Jordan                          Yes                              Smith                No

Oprisch                        No

Roll Call Vote:  Three (3) Yes               Two (2) No                  Motion  Not Approved

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only; ORDINANCE NO. 2019-26. AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO AN ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO, AS SELLER AND AQUA OHIO WASTEWATER, INC., AS PURCHASER, AND AUTHORIZING THE ASSIGNMENT OF THE CITY’S RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS THEREUNDER AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  A motion was made by Frank Sabatino and seconded by Mark Bukmir that Ordinance No. 2019-26 be passed by Council.

ROLL CALL:

Bukmir                         Yes                              Sabatino           Yes

Jordan                          Yes                              Smith                No

Oprisch                        No

Roll Call Vote:  Three (3) Yes               Two (2) No                  Motion  Not Approved

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2019-28; A RESOLUTION APPROVING A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO, AND THE BELMONT COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT.

There was presented and read too Council on its first reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2019-29; A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PARTICIPATION IN THE ODOT CONTRACT (018-20) FOR ROAD SALT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

NEW BUSINESS: We will be getting together to consider filling the 4th ward vacancy and we will figure a date to get together with the few people who are interested.  Council has thirty days from the day the seat was vacated to appoint a new member the request was that the interviews be before the entire Council.  The 18th will be the last day Council can make the decision after that it will be up to the Mayor to appoint a new council member.

The next meeting will be Monday, November 18th at 7:30 in Council Chambers.

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

November 4, 2019 Council Minutes