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Ordinance Number 2018-33

ACCEPTING THE BID FOR THE OIL AND GAS LEASE

WITH ASCENT RESOURCES – UTICA, LLC

AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY 

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

Section 1:        That the bid dated October 24, 2018, for the Oil and Gas Lease with Ascent Resources – Utica, LLC, being the highest and best bid submitted, is hereby accepted.

Section 2:        That the Mayor of the City be and he is hereby authorized, directed and empowered to sign the proposed Oil and Gas Lease with Ascent Resources – Utica, LLC, and to execute all other instruments required to complete said transaction in accord with the lease for the work described in attached Exhibit A.

Section 3:        That a true copy of the bid submitted by Ascent Resources – Utica, LLC, shall be filed with the Director of Public Services of said City and become a permanent record thereof.

Section 4:        That this Ordinance be and the same is hereby declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, safety and welfare of the said City in order to finalize said lease negotiated as soon as possible.

Section 5:        That this Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after passage and approval of same.

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PASSED at regular meeting of the Council held this 5th day of November, 2018, by a vote of _____ of the members of Council.

Please click on the link below to view Exhibit A included in this legislation.

Lease Draft


Ordinance Number 2018-32_First Reading Only

    AN ORDINANCE DETERMINING THE LOWEST AND

     BEST BIDS FOR THE NEW RESERVOIR IMPROVEMENT

      PROJECT IN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

      AND AWARDING THE CONTRACTS TO

       DN TANKS (CONTRACT A) AND TO

         FERRI CONTRACTING CO., INC. (CONTRACT B) 

WHEREAS, the City of St. Clairsville has received bids for the New Reservoir Improvement Project in the City of St. Clairsville; and

WHEREAS, City Council condones the action of the Director of Public Services in acting to advertise and accept the lowest and best bid for the New Reservoir Improvement Project in the City.

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

Section 1:        That the bid of DN Tanks, 11 Teal Road, Wakefield, Massachusetts, in the amount of $1,038,874.00 for Prestressed Concrete Water Utility Storage Tank in the City of St. Clairsville, and in accordance with the plans and specifications on file, is determined to be the lowest and best bid after competitive bidding for the Contract A portion of the project.

Section 2:        That the bid of Ferri Contracting Co., Inc., 516 Hunt Club Drive, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, in the amount of $585,468.00 for Site Improvements, Generator and Booster Station in the City of St. Clairsville, and in accordance with the plans and specifications on file, is determined to be the lowest and best bid after competitive bidding for the Contract B portion of the project.

Section 3:        That the Mayor is authorized and directed to enter into contracts with DN Tanks and Ferri Contracting Co., Inc., for Prestressed Concrete Water Utility Storage Tank and Site Improvements, Generator and Booster Station, respectively, and the Director of Finance is authorized to expend the sums of $1,038.874.00 and $585,468.00, respectively, for this purpose.

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


October 15, 2018 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

October 15, 2018 

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, October 15, 2018 with the following present:

Tim Porter, Council President                         Terry Pugh, Mayor

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

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

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

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                     Jeff Henry, Police Chief

Frank Sabatino, Council 2nd Ward

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

Jim Velas, Council 4th Ward

The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Porter

MINUTES:  Minutes of the October 1, 2018 meeting were distributed to Council.  A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Jim Velas to approve the Minutes of October 1, 2018.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                             Sabatino                     Yes

Bukmir                       Yes                              Smith                          Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

CITIZENS HEARING: 

Attorney David Trouten, Candidate for Judge:

Thank you for having me, as most of you know, I am David Trouten.  I am a former Councilman and sat in the seat Mr. Velas now occupies.  It was a pleasure to do that and now I am running for County Court Judge.  As you know I am the Clerk of Courts right now.  This position came available.  I have been an Attorney for 24 years.  I practiced all law but I really concentrated a lot on criminal law.  I have been a prosecutor, a public defender and through the years doing that I have seen the drug problem get worse and worse.  That is really the reason I am running, I want to try to make a difference in that area.  I don’t want to take up to much of your time, I had a chance to speak to some of you.  If anyone has any questions I will be glad to answer them, but I just wanted to ask for your vote.  Thank you for your time.

Judge Frank Fregiato: 

I would like to talk a little bit about Issue No. 1.  I would like to break it down into three segments.  The first segment I am going to talk about is what it purports to do, which is pretty much what it does.  The second segment I am going to talk about are three technical issues.  The third finally we are going to get to the merit, whether it is correct and whether it will help the St. Clairsville area, the Belmont County Area, the State of Ohio.  Let’s talk about the four things that this Issue No. 1 does do.  Number 1:  It makes drug possession offenses misdemeanors.  That is not necessarily bad so I don’t take issue with that.  There are some good points with that and some bad points.  The second thing, it prohibits Judges from incarcerating a person for drug possession charges until their third conviction in 24 months.  Number 3:  It limits a Judge’s ability to send felons to prison whether or not drug related when they violate probation.  Number 4:  It gives almost all prisoners the opportunity to earn 25% credit off of their sentence whether or not drug related.  That is what this Constitutional provision does do.  Now three technical issues.  First of all it is a Constitutional Amendment.  It is not a Legislative action.  Any time you pass a statute it takes some tinkering, some correcting, and some dealing with.  You can’t do that with this.  To change this provision you have to pass another Constitutional Amendment.  This is not the kind of stuff that goes into your Constitution whether it is a good provision or a bad provision.  Think about the United States Constitution.  Think about how few amendments there have been and what they are about.  The second issue is where does the funding for the promotion of Issue I come from?  I was asked the other night about that.  I got these figures from the Ohio Supreme Court.  99.5% of the funding for the promotion of issue number l comes from out of the State of Ohio.  This is not a grass root endeavor where everyone in Ohio is rising up to support this, to seek this out.  Where does the money come from out of State?  Primarily from Mark Zuckerberg from Face Book and primarily from George Soros.  The third issue I want to talk about is this is purely and simply a nonpartisan approach.  I am not talking whether Democrats support it, Republican’s support it, Left Wing, Right Wing we are going to see where we go on this.  Now let’s talk about the merits itself.  When you have a problem whether it is drug addiction or whatever, what does the individual that is trying to get you to resolve that problem see?  A carrot and stick approach, this is what we can give to you but if you don’t this is what we are going to do to you.  This destroys the carrot and stick approach completely.  In other words if a person has a drug problem I am going to want to resolve that problem.  How do we resolve that problem?  We order him in to counseling.  If he doesn’t do counseling, what can I do about it, nothing.  He can sit there and tell me Judge that is a sweet idea but go to hell.  There is nothing I can do about it.  The second point about it is I could put him on probation, conditional probation you do your counseling.  However, if he doesn’t do his counseling there is nothing I can do about violation of counseling.  In other words whether it is a felony or misdemeanor you are taking away the power of the Common Pleas Judges or the three County Court Judges to enforce the requirement of counseling.  In other words they are not going to do the counseling.  What you are going to end up with is less concealing not more counseling.  It is crystal clear.  I run a drug court.  It is not a requirement by law.  It is my choice to do that to help people.  Sometimes I can be pretty brutal.  You have got to be.  The idea is I might not sentence you to jail but you know darn well if you don’t do the counseling that is the next stop.  So with the carrot and stick approach I have the power to put you in jail, to put you in prison, to put you in EOCC whatever if you don’t do it.  Or I send you for the first violation for 5 days in jail, how was it?  The next time 6 months in jail, how was it?  So you have got the power, this totally destroys the power of the Judge to do anything to inforce the counseling.  With the passage of this Constitutional Amendment, Ohio becomes one of the most lenient drug states in the nation.  You know what is going to happen to Ohio.  You know who is going to be coming to Ohio someone who wants to promote these drug issues and come to Ohio because they know the Judges, the Police Officers can do nothing about it.  You can arrest them but what difference does it make.  For example Fentanyl, two milligrams can kill the average person.  There are 5,184 people in St. Clairsville it takes 19 grams of Fentanyl to kill 10,000 people. If you have less than 20 grams of Fentanyl it is a misdemeanor.  It is a misdemeanor where the Judge has no power to do anything about it.  That goes for all drugs, all misdemeanors with no jail time, and no consequences for violation of probation.  Quite clearly this is going to result in less treatment, less rehabilitation not more.  The promoters of this Constitutional Amendment titled “Ohio Neighborhood Safety Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation “Who in this room is against neighborhood safety?  Who is against drug treatment?  Who is against rehabilitation?  The problem with this amendment is it does not result in neighborhood safety, it results in the opposite, and less drug treatment and less rehabilitation.  I just got some polls in yesterday and in Belmont County Issue 1 is losing but State wide it is winning.  I am asking you to oppose Issue #1

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal:  Not Present

Mayor, Terry Pugh:

Police Report for September, 2018

Calls and Complaints                             347

Special Teams Call Outs                            1

Accidents                                                 17

Parking Tickets Issued                             35

Traffic Stops                                          110

Miles put on Cruisers                          6,434

The Police Department has been busy and I just want to thank them for all that they do for the Citizens.

Just want to remind everyone that Halloween will be observed on Wednesday, October 31 from 6:00 to 7:30. Please watch you’re driving and watch all the trick-or-treaters that are out.

We have talked about a problem with the Commons Mall Crossing road lift station.  We continue to have problems out there.  The people who have supplied all of the engines and the electronics from California with local contacts out of Cleveland.  It has been an ongoing discussion with them.  They brought their people in, they flew people in from California.  We have a portable pump, pumping from the lift station into our force main.  It has been that way for almost two weeks and from what I heard today it might be awhile longer.  This particular lift station all the expenses incurred are all going back on Equity.  This is their project and we have a guarantee.

Today was the first day that people could call Kathy and we would go out and pick up paper leaf bags.  On November 5th we will start picking up loose leaves and we need them raked within 10 feet of the curb.

The Commons Mall Crossing has been open to Buffalo Wild Wings and Residence Inn.  We are patrolling that area now.  The signal lights will be up and going shortly.  That is not our responsibility at this time.

Tomorrow will be a big day for us.  It will be the Water Tower bid openings at 10:00 in the Council Chamber.

Police Chief, Jeff Henry:

We have a domestic violence walk on Wednesday evening.  It will start from the Tri-County Help Center at 6:00 and end up at the Court House.  It should be over by 7:00.

We will have all our officers out on Halloween evening between 5:30 and 7:30.

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:  No Report

Planning & Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy: 

There will be a Planning Commission meeting on Monday, November 5th at 6:00.  The sole item on the agenda is the Laroche Development the final site plan.  That property is located across from the Burger King, in front of the Knights of Columbus. An approximately 4,000 sq., ft., one story building is proposed.  The building will house two tenants a martial arts school and a cosmetics school.  Give me a call if you have any questions.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith:  No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino: No Report

Police, Mark Bukmir:

We will have a Police Committee meeting after the next Council Meeting.

Street North Side, Jim Velas:  No Report

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Safety, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Building and Grounds, Perry Basile: No Report

Planning Commission, Mike Smith:  No Report

Recreation, Linda Jordan: 

Bantam Basketball signups are open until November 10th

Park District, Linda Jordan: No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:

The Fire Board met last Wednesday, we discussed personnel and replacement of a position interviews will take place on the 16th.  Looking at the purchase of a new ambulance in the near future.  Next meeting will be Wednesday, November 7th at 3:00 at the main Station.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTION: Law Director, Richard Myser

Would like Council to pass a Resolution opposing Ohio Issue I.  It will be Resolution No. 2018-31.

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2018-31; A RESOLUTION OPPOSING OHIO ISSUE I.  Linda Jordan moved that the rules requiring Ordinances and Resolutions to be read on three separate readings be suspended and declaring an emergency; Jim Velas seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                             Sabatino                     Yes

Bukmir                       Yes                              Smith                          Yes

Jordan                        Yes                             Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2018-31. a motion was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Mark Bukmir that Resolution No. 2018-31 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                     Yes

Bukmir                       Yes                              Smith                          Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

Resolution No. 2018-31 was declared adopted.

New Business:  Mayor’s Report

The Mayor’s Collection for September 2018 was $4,096.85.  A motion to accept the Mayor’s Report was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Jim Velas.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                         Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                        Yes

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

The Next Council Meeting will be Monday, November 5, 2018 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.


UPDATE ON BOIL ORDER IN VICINITY OF N. MARKET ST.

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:            OCTOBER 24, 2018

FROM:           CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

SUBJECT:       BOIL ORDER IN VICINITY OF N. MARKET ST.

RELEASE:      IMMEDIATE

St. Clairsville’s Water Department crews began working to replace a single water hydrant in the City on Wednesday morning, October 24, 2018.  This work has disrupted water service to City residents who live on:

  • North Market Street from Penn Lane to Park Drive
  • Penn Lane
  • Park Drive
  • Glendale Avenue
  • Wallace Street and
  • Brice Street.

Water service was restored at 2:15 P. M. and a 48-HOUR BOIL ORDER will be in effect from this time.  Any residences which experienced service disruption are subject to the boil order.  Residents may notice water discoloration, but the Water Department does not expect any further disruption in service.

If questions, please call 740-695-1161 or 740-695-1410 between 8:30 A. M. and 4:30 P. M.  After business hours, residents may contact the City’s Police Department on 740-695-0123 for non-emergency inquiries.

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PR_BOIL ORDER_N MARKET ST_Oct 24 2018


BOIL ORDER POSSIBLE OFF NORTH MARKET ST. ON WEDNESDAY

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:            OCTOBER 23, 2018

FROM:           CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

SUBJECT:       HYDRANT REPLACEMENT ON WEDNESDAY

RELEASE:      IMMEDIATE

St. Clairsville’s Water Department crews will begin work to replace a single water hydrant in the City at 8:00 A. M. on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.  This work MAY cause a disruption of water service to City residents who live on:

  • North Market Street
  • Glendale Avenue
  • Wallace Street and/or
  • Brice Street.

IF WATER SERVICE IS CUT OFF FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME ON WEDNESDAY, residents will be under a 48-HOUR BOIL ORDER.  Residents may experience water discoloration, but the Water Department does not expect any further disruption in service.

If questions, please call 740-695-1161 or 740-695-1410 between 8:30 A. M. and 4:30 P. M.  After business hours, residents may contact the City’s Police Department on 740-695-0123 for non-emergency inquiries.

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HYDRANT REPLACEMENT_Oct 24 2018_Possible BOIL ORDER


Resolution Number 2018-31

A RESOLUTION OPPOSING OHIO ISSUE I 

WHEREAS, ISSUE I on the ballot for November 6, 2018, proposes to change Ohio law concerning the possession and use of various illegal drugs; and

WHEREAS, the City of St. Clairsville City Council does not feet that this proposed Constitutional Amendment is in the best interest of the citizens of the State of Ohio, and more particularly, the residents of the City of St. Clairsville, Ohio.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO, that the City wishes to go on record as opposing Issue I and urging voters throughout the State of Ohio to vote No on Issue I when they cast their ballots at the November 6, 2018, election.

PASSED at a regular meeting of the council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 15th day of October, 2018, by the affirmative vote of 7 members of council.


October 1, 2018 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

October 1, 2018 

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, October 1, 2018 with the following present:

Tim Porter, Council President                           Terry Pugh, Mayor

Perry Basile, Council 1st Ward                          Jim Zucal, Service Director

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

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

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                       Jeff Henry, Police Chief

Frank Sabatino, Council 2nd Ward                   Tom Murphy, Planning & Zoning Administrator

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large                         Don Smithberger, Superintendent of Services

Jim Velas, Council 4th Ward

The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Porter

MINUTES:  Minutes of the September 17, 2018 meeting were distributed to Council.  A motion was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Linda Jordan to approve the Minutes of September 17, 2018.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

CITIZENS HEARING: 

Bill Brooks:  First let me say good evening to the Council.  In the audience today we have some people who are opposed to the proposed school levy.  We are not here to debate whether we or anyone else support this extravagant school levy which is on the November ballot.  The only issue we are addressing at this meeting is the request that our elected City Council Members not voice support for this levy as a body.  How you vote as individuals is your right as an American Citizen.  However a vote by Council as a group in support or against the proposed school levy may well influence some voter’s final decision.  Passage of the levy will bring hardship to many residents in the St. Clairsville-Richland Township School District.  St. Clairsville Citizens have already approved a Senior Citizens Levy, a Park Levy, a Police Levy in addition to a 2.75 continues operating levy for the schools in 2013 with no end date to this levy.  Funds from this operating levy are apparently being used to buy property and fund this year’s campaign for the levy instead of being used to make the repairs that we gave them the levy for in the first place.  A city income tax was put in place by city officials after we the residents of the city had voted it down during an election process.  We have seen a large increase in our electric bill.  Additionally Belmont County Commissioners have increased the cost of license plates for this year.  A County 911 levy was approved by the voters and now the County is in the process of reevaluating the property taxes.  So the figures of this increased taxes given by the School Board are not accurate at all.  At this point in time St. Clairsville- Richland School District is at a total of 35mills.  If the proposed levy for school construction are approved we will be adding 8.56 mills for 37 years.  A bond levy for the construction of a natatorium is 0.91 mills.  They also have a continuous operating levy for 0.5 mills.  Thereby upping the total to 44.97 mills for the School District for the next 37 years.  Nothing remains the same, the cost of living will continue to increase, more levies will be placed on the ballot.  If we continue on this path St. Clairsville stands to lose residents and with the decline in population possible loss of the status of City.  In summary we ask City Council Members as a group to remain neutral and abandon the reading of the Resolution to show support for the School Levy.  We are proud St. Clairsville  people. We don’t mind helping the needy but we will not feed the greedy.  Thank you very much.

Sara Myser:  Good evening, I am the Co-Chair of Build STC a community organization in support of the St. Clairsville School District building project.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity tonight to address all of you.  I understand that tonight there will be a third and final reading of a resolution supporting the School District building project.  My fellow committee members and I are here tonight to ask you for your continued support and for the passage of the resolution this evening.  We are very excited about our community’s opportunity to make a positive impact on our children’s education.  The positive response has been overwhelming having received funding from local businesses and community member donations, signs filling the district and just overall community support.  Again we appreciate that Council is supporting our school system in our wonderful city.  If Council has any questions we will be happy to answer them and we look forward to meeting with Council and having Council support in looking to the future of this building project.  Thank you so much.

Greg Honish:  I appreciate the opportunity to speak to Council tonight.  I am aligned with Bill Brooks on this issue.  Really what I am here for is to urge the Council to remain neutral on this.  As you can see by the folks here there are people on both sides of this issue and it makes sense to me as a representative of all of us in this room to remain neutral and allow the people to make the decision on the 6th of November.  I mentioned that I am not supporting the resolution and there is really two main drivers for that the first is just the overall cost of the project.  We got some numbers from the State that indicates that the two levies that are proposed for this project actually exceed the total combined amount that was spent on the Bellaire, Bridgeport and Martins Ferry facilities that were constructed here recently.  So those three facilities are actually less than the facility that is being proposed under these two levies.  So it is a lot of money.  We all want the best for our children but we have to live within our means.  That is true at home, it is true in the public domain as well.  What I am suggesting here is that this is such a huge amount of money that we are going to put towards this compared to what other school districts have spent that it seems excessive.  I would encourage the School Board reconsider what they are putting together on this.  In my mind the quality of education that we provide for our children in the community, the students at our school is more closely in line with the expertise of our teachers than it is with the extravagance of the facilities.  The first thing is it just seems like a lot of money.  The second thing is I think it is a bad time.  My understanding is that the State of Ohio will contribute very little to this project because of the property valuations that we currently have.  Those property values you can look up on the Auditor’s web site for Belmont County.  They have a financial report for 2017 it shows the assessed values in the County have increased 54% in the last ten years.  A little over five hundred million dollars.  Almost four hundred million of that is tied to the oil and gas exploration and development.  That is not going to be with us forever.  Those things are going to deplete and as they deplete that tax base is going to be erased.  The taxes that we put in place now to fund this bond will fall back on the rest of us.  When the oil and gas folks have picked up and left it comes back to the remaining businesses and to the home owners of the district.  I strongly urge both the School Board to reconsider what their plan is and I would certainly urge you tonight to remain neutral on this.  I appreciate your time.

Tim Porter:  We have heard both sides of the levy scenario.  The bottom line on this School levy is we as a Council are only supporting the endeavor to build their school.  We have seriously nothing to do with the levy.  The citizens are going to vote for this levy.  Obviously everybody in this room is going to vote for this levy.  No matter what we do here it really doesn’t effect it.

Bill Brooks:  You are supporting the people who are on the fence.  You are supporting the levy if you stand up here as a body and say we support it.  People read that as they want it.  We are asking you to stay neutral because we all put you in office to look out for our goodness not one entity.  You are looking out for one side and I am asking every Council member when you vote to let the people decide.

Mayor Pugh:  As the Mayor of St. Clairsville and a 54 year alumni of St. Clairsville High School,

My children went to St. Clairsville, my granddaughter now is going to St. Clairsville.  You have good cities because you have good schools.  You have good schools because you have good cities.  I personally support this.  I support the future of our children.  No one wants to pay more money but you tell me what is good that you don’t pay for today.  My wife is a retired 43 year teacher at Bridgeport Schools.  Bridgeport, Bellaire & Martins Ferry schools were not built in downtown.  In the past the levy that was attempted to build a new school on 80 acres that was offered to the school was turned down because the people wanted the school to stay in St. Clairsville.  Today the security required for schools, this campus is wide open.  Today is not the way it was in the past.  I support this completely because for me this is for the future of the city and above all our kids.

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal:  We are working on some very exciting  projects.  We did finish up, it is not completely done but there is a new restroom at the Recreation Center.  It is about 90% complete we have to do some additional painting.  It turned out very nice we encourage everyone to go look at it.  That is a little project but very exciting for the city.

One of the bigger projects the city has undertaken in many years will be the new water tank that is out on Dorothy Place.  That is a half a million gallon tank with a 1.7 million dollar price tag.  It will secure the future of the city on the east end, the St. Clair Commons Area and the area between Rt. 40 & Rt. 70.  That project is being advertised currently.  The bid opening will be October 16th.  There will be three phases of the contract, the site work, the piping and the final building of the tank.  Forever changing the skyline of St. Clairsville as part of that project the tank behind the municipal building that was built in 1929 will come down.  We are anticipating that sometime after the first of the year.

We continue to evaluate our storm sewer issues.  We have taken comments from our constituents we have done some work.  We went out replaced galvanized pipe with plastic pipe and continue to address the storm sewer issues.

We also have on our agenda possibly as early as next week start paving certain alleys in the city in collaboration with Richland Township and the Township Trustees.

We had the highest price tag on city paving this year that we have ever had.  It was a very successful project with Shelly & Sands being the contractor.  If you look around you will see we are committed to doing it properly.  The Mayor and I are committed to milling the streets, putting in catch basins, new curbs.  We want to do things right.  We wrapped up the summer painting more fire hydrants.  Our utility infrastructure is very important to the city.  Those are some of the projects we have wrapped up.  We will continue to move forward.

Mayor, Terry Pugh:  I am sure all of you saw the decorations outside.  We need to thank Cindi Henry, her Mother Mary Taylor and my wife Charlene Pugh for getting us into the swing of things in St. Clairsville for the Fall and Halloween.

Don Smithberger was at the AMP-OH meeting last week and he and his Electric Department received three awards for the City and his department.  The first one is for Main Street, we are leading the way in LED lights on all of Main Street.  The second one is for the Commons Mall Crossing electric service that was put in.  The third and most important is for 21 years he has received the safety award and that above all else one of the most important awards.  Don Smithberger:  I really appreciate the administration and council for giving us the tools that we need to obtain these awards but most of all I would like to thank our citizens and our customers, they are the ones that really make it work.

Police Chief, Jeff Henry: No Report

Finance Director, Cindi Henry: I want to thank Don Smithberger and a few of his employees for helping with the decorations, I certainly didn’t do all of that.  Second I emailed you two resolutions. 2018-29 is the resolution for the appropriation of the money that the American Legion donated to the Police Department to purchase a safe to put in the Resource Officer’s office at the school.  I do have emergency language if possible.  Second is 2018-30 is accepting the rates for 2019.

Planning & Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy:  The Board of Zoning Appeals met last week.  The Board approved Whiteside of St. Clairsville to establish an accessory parking lot on Newell Avenue.  This evening the Planning Commission met regarding the final site plan for that establishment of an accessory parking lot.

The final item there will be a Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, November 5th at 6:00 p.m.  Laroche Development is proposing a new structure and a parking lot at the vacant lot that is in front of the Knights of Columbus.  Contact me if you want to take a look at those plans.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith:  No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:

We met prior to this meeting.  Once again thanks to Don Smithberger and his crew.  We talked about some issues at the east end.  Some Utility Office issues we need to clean up.

Police, Mark Bukmir:  No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas: 

I want to go over some streets and alleys that we are planning on paving.  I have several requests.

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Safety, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Building and Grounds, Perry Basile:

I did a walk-through of our facilities and I will be doing that over the next month.   As of right now there are no issues.

Planning Commission, Mike Smith: 

As Tom said the Planning Commission met this evening.  On the agenda was Whiteside has purchased a vacant lot and want to pave it.  Jeff Vaughn presented the plan for the water run-off.  The Planning Commission vote yes to the request to pave the lot. It will be a nice improvement.

Recreation, Linda Jordan:  This coming Saturday, October 5th beginning at 11:00 is the annual Bark in the Park.  It is a dog costume contest.  It is a lot of fun.  Next meeting is Monday, October 15th.

Park District, Linda Jordan:

They are now down to one meeting per month since the pool is closed.  The next meeting will be Monday, October 8th.

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:

The Fire District met the third Wednesday in September talked about a few personnel issues and financial issues.  There was a nice picture in the paper of our guys collecting money.  Nest meeting will be Wednesday, October 10th  at 3:00.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTION: Law Director, Richard Myser

We have three pieces of legislation to address.  The first one is Resolution No. 2018-27.  It is coming before Council tonight on its third and final reading.  This is the legislation supporting the St. Clairsville Richland School District Board of Education endeavor to build a new educational campus.  The next piece of legislation we have is Resolution No. 2018-29.  It is the one that the Finance Director reported to you. It is to make supplemental appropriations within the 2901 Fund for normal expenses. It is up for its first reading tonight but it does have emergency language in it.  The third piece of legislation we have tonight is Ordinance No. 2018-30.  This is an Ordinance to accept the amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the County Auditor.  No one has ask to go into Executive Session tonight.

There was presented and read to Council on its Third and final reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2018-27; A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE ST. CLAIRSVILLE-RICHLAND CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION’S ENDEAVOR TO BUILD ITS NEW EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS.  Jim Velas:  Like everyone on Council I have been approached by several people to either support the School Levy or to not support it.  I am sure one the votes are cast people are going to vote what is in their best consensus or what they feel they can afford and what is best in general in their opinion.  As they have an opinion on anything that is being voted on.  I believe as a City Government we sometimes have to vote on something that is good for the City but we personally may not like, and we sometimes are faced with voting for something that we personally like but it is not in the best interest of the city.  I am a lifelong resident of the City and Jim Clifford, owner of Clifford Motors said something to me once that I agree with 100%.  The three things he believed you had to start the foundation with were: A good fire and Emergency Department, A good Law  Enforcement Department and an Excellent School System.   City Government to provide the best possible community for people to live in.  We want to attract people in, we want them to be happy here and we want them to be safe here.  Now whether or not we agree with the type of school they want to build or we don’t agree with it, our responsibility is to vote as a group what is in the best interest of the city. I personally believe if we don’t have those three things then we are missing the boat.  Beth Oprisch:  I want to thank everyone for being here and showing interest in this matter.  A motion was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Beth Oprisch that Resolution No. 2018-27 be passed by Council.  Linda Jordan:  Before I cast my vote I just want to say that I am definitely in favor of the safety and education of the children and as a musician and lover of the fine arts, I would love to see a fine arts building at the school.  Some of the other additions and amenities would be great as well, however this particular endeavor is a bit extravagant.  Over the last couple of months or so I have been hearing from so many home owners who this will affect financially in a not so good way.  Also considering the fact that the County has already assessed our properties for next year and will continue to reassess every six years with what they call updates done every three years my no vote has become even further solidified.  Frank Sabatino:  I agree with some of what Jim said and some of what Linda said.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      No

Bukmir                        Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        No                               Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

Resolution No. 2018-27 was declared adopted.

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2018-29; A RESOLUTION TO MAKE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS WITHIN THE 2019 FUND FOR THE NORMAL EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY1, 2018 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2018, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  Linda Jordan moved that the rules requiring Ordinances and Resolutions to be read on three separate readings be suspended and declaring an emergency; Mark Bukmir seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO.  2018-29.  A motion was made by Perry Basile and seconded by Linda Jordan that Resolution No. 2018-29 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

Resolution No. 2018-29 was declared adopted.

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2018-30, RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  Linda Jordan moved that the rules requiring Ordinances and Resolutions to be read on three separate readings be suspended and declaring an emergency; Jim Velas seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

There was presented and read to Council on it third and final reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2018-30.  A motion was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Frank Sabatino that Ordinance No. 2018-30 be adopted.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                               Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

Ordinance No. 2018-30 was declared adopted,

CORRESPONDENCE: 

The Clerk read a request from St. Mary’s Central School requesting the use and closure of the North end of the National Road Bikeway and a portion of Hutchinson Drive on Saturday, May 11, 2019 to hold the 4th annual spring into Shape 5K benefiting the school.  A motion was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Perry Basile to allow the race for St. Mary’s Central.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                           Yes                              Sabatino                       Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Smith                            Yes

Jordan                         Yes                               Velas                            Yes

Oprisch                        Yes

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

The Next Council Meeting will be Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7:30 in Council Chambers.

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

Council passed a motion to approve the Minutes of October 1, 2018 at the October 15, 2018 Council meeting.

October 1, 2018 Council Minutes


Ordinance Number 2018-30

RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED

BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY

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

 

(City Council)

Rev. Code, Secs. 5705.34, .35

_______________

 

The Council of the City of St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, met in regular session on the 1st  day of October 2018 at the office of the City Council with the following members present:

Sabatino, Bukmir, Velas, Basile, Smith, Oprish, Jordan

Jim Velas moved the adoption of the following Resolution:

WHEREAS, this Council in accordance with the provisions of law has previously adopted a Tax Budget for the next succeeding fiscal year commencing January 1st, 2019; and

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

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

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

Please click on the link below to view Schedule A and Schedule B included in this legislation, as well as a Certificate of Copy Original on File.

Ordinance Number 2018-30


Resolution Number 2018-29

AN RESOLUTION TO MAKE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS WITHIN THE 2901 FUND FOR THE NORMAL EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2018 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2018, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED 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, 2018 through December 31, 2018, the attached line item supplemental appropriations are required:

Additional Appropriation to 2901-110-400 (Police – Supplies & Materials / Safe)

(Monies received from the American Legion Donation for School Safe)

 

SECTION 2:  That this Resolution is 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 Resolution shall take effect and be in force from and after the earliest period allowed by the Charter of the City of St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Resolution Number 2018-29


September 17, 2018 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

September 17, 2018

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, September 17, 2018 with the following present:

Tim Porter, Council President                           Terry Pugh, Mayor

Perry Basile, Council 1st Ward                          Jim Zucal, Service Director

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

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

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                       Jeff Henry, Police Chief

Frank Sabatino, Council 2nd Ward                   Tom Murphy, Planning & Zoning Administrator

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

Jim Velas, Council 4th Ward

The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Porter

MINUTES:  Minutes of the September 4, 2018 meeting were distributed to Council.  A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Mike Smith to approve the Minutes of September 4, 2018.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

CITIZENS HEARING: 

Dan Balgo:  I appreciate you allowing me the opportunity to come in today.  I am a candidate for the November 6th election for Belmont County Judge.  As most of you know that Eastern Division Court with Judge Davies being elevated to the Common Pleas Court is now up for election.  There are three candidates that are running.  I am one of them.  I just wanted to introduce myself because obviously I will be out campaigning going door to door having signs out.  I just wanted everybody to know who I am if they see me out and about.  I have been in Richland Township since 2008.  I own and operate a general practice law firm in conjunction with the law firm, I have a title agency called Showcase Title.  We do title searches, issue title insurance, prepare and assist buyers and sellers in real estate transactions.  I have done that now for ten years here in Belmont County.  I am licensed to practice in Ohio and West Virginia.  When I first relocated back to the Ohio Valley I did do Court appointed work and things like that.  Once again I just wanted to introduce myself and let everybody know I am going to be out there campaigning.  Thank you for your time.

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal: 

The good news I have tonight is that the long awaited use of the dry chlorine system, the Accu tab system as of today is functioning at the Wastewater Plant.  It is safer for our constituents as the Mayor and I promised to do for the community.  We are excited about it, we think it is going to be a great safe practice for the city of equal cost roughly compared to the gas system.  Our goal in the next couple days is that the gas cylinders will be taken off city property back to the supplier so that will be a safe environment in the area of Legion Road.  I appreciate Council’s patience and co-operation and I thank the Ohio EPA for giving us this permit.  I believe it is the first in this area and I hope others follow our lead.

The workers are out every day, they are doing some great things in the City.  I see great things happening.  Our street sweeper is out we are sweeping and they are patching pot holes.  They are doing a great job, I want to be sure the community shines and is polished the way it should be.

Mike Smith:  There was something in the paper about the Commons Mall Crossing opening.  Jim Zucal:  Originally September 15 was the target date for ODOT to allow traffic to Buffalo Wild Wings and the Residence Inn off of U.S. 40 because they were going to do a portion of Mall Ring Road to the south which would require all of that asphalt to be taken out so there would be no access from the south.  They are behind.  We talked to the engineers with ODOT and they are probably two or three weeks behind.  When that does take place it will be two or three weeks to do what they need to do then the road will be open.

Ray Dobbs:  That ditch work you are doing by my place, they are really doing a nice job, it is making a big difference.  I want to mention to you, on down the road there is no place for the water to go.  In the winter time that might freeze over.  Jim Zucal:  I will be glad to come out and look at it and bring the right people with me and we will see what we can do.

Mayor, Terry Pugh: 

Police Report for August, 2018

Calls and Complaints                               333

Special Teams Call Outs                              0

Accidents                                                  12

Parking Tickets Issued                              41

Traffic Stops                                            134

Miles put on Cruisers                            7,035.3

Gasoline Used                                      782.8 gallons

We had a problem at the Efaw lift station which required Total Equipment to bring in a piece of equipment, a diesel engine and a pump to take care of the problem until we could get a pump fixed and put back down in the lift station.

At the same time they were finishing up that project we were told that we had a problem at the new lift station at Commons Mall Crossing.  That was on Wednesday of last week.  Our men went out there, they got the pump going again and all of a sudden we sprang a leak about 100 feet up the road.  Because of the rain there was quite a bit of water going down in there.  We contacted the County and they agreed to let us bring that same diesel pump out there and we were able to pump it into one of their smaller lift stations.  We definitely want to thank Kelly Porter and the Commissioners for allowing us to do that.  Then on Thursday morning we found out that the problem actually was that South Central Power had a contractor in boring to put electricity in and they hit our force main which is right up by Route 40.  When we dug down we found that our force main was 12 feet down in the ground.  All I can say is our men all of them in the Water/Wastewater started working on that project about 7:30 Thursday morning and they finished at 3:00 Friday morning.  I can’t say enough good things about them really going over and above the call of duty to get that done.  I appreciate the County for helping us out and Total Supply as well.  The guy who was the leader of the whole project from the city standpoint was Don Smithberger.  He just keeps going no matter what the problem is.  I take my hat off to all of them.  South Central had a representative there and they realize it is totally their problem.

Police Chief, Jeff Henry:

The American Legion Post 159 gave the Police Department a $1,200 donation to buy equipment.  As soon as the Finance Director gets the money put into my account we will be purchasing some equipment.  Hats off to the American Legion Post 159.

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:

I wrote to the County Auditor to have that money certified today.  It will probably be about a week before I can get it back and I will be doing resolutions at the next meeting with emergency language so he can go ahead and use the money and purchase what he needs.

Reminder that I have Mike, Beth, Tim & Jim signed up to go to the public records training on Friday from 10:00 to 1:15 at the Yorkville Fire Department.

There is Legislation for tonight No. 2018-28, it is a lot of transfers inside the funds and transfers from fund to fund.

Planning & Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy: 

Heather Slack is preparing an Ohio Star Tax Credit application for 165 East Main Street.  You may recall that the owner wants to renovate that structure for a pizza parlor and residential purposes.  I have been assisting her, gathering information from the cities prospective relevant to that application.  The property owner won’t find out I think until maybe December whether or not if that application is successful.  It will be $200,000 potentially so it would be a great application if successful.  He still plans on proceeding with the reconstruction of the structure early next year.

An approximately two acre parcel on Walnut Avenue there are thoughts of subdividing it to single family development.  It is in the very early stages.  That would be a possible benefit to the City.

On Tuesday, September 25th the Board of Zoning Appeals will meet.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith:  No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:

The Mayor had a nice report about the work done at the East end.  The guys need to be commended, they were there under Don Smithberger’s leadership.

Police, Mark Bukmir:  No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas:  No Report but I would like to talk to Jim about some alleys after the meeting.

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Safety, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Building and Grounds, Perry Basile:

Last week Jim Zucal and I met at the old Depot building on St. Clair and Sugar.  I know you guys have been discussing what to do with it so I got a hold of the Tourism Office and they directed me to the Ohio Heritage Office and I spoke with Dave Mertz.  Barb at the Tourism Office is going to put together a historical evaluation of that building.  If it was up to me I would have knocked it down but I understand we have an attachment to this building.  It is the oldest building in St. Clairsville.  As of now the Bellaire Depot is the only other one standing and it is in bad shape.  If we have the only one standing we should be in good shape with the Ohio Heritage Office for looking at grants to move it and rebuild it.  We got some volunteerism from Dave Mertz and his class who are willing to step in and help us to try to keep the cost down as much as we can.

Planning Commission, Mike Smith: 

What is on the agenda for the Zoning Meeting?  Tom Murphy:  Whiteside of St. Clairsville, they have their body shop on Newell Avenue.  They have purchased that lot to the west.  They would like to establish an accessory parking lot there.  If approved by the Zoning Board their final site plan will go before the Planning Commission.  It could be as early as October 1st.

Recreation, Linda Jordan:  Flag football started yesterday.  There was a good turnout for that.  Bark in the Park is October 6th starting at 11:00.  Registration starts at 10:00 we can always use volunteers.  The next meeting is October 15th.

Park District, Linda Jordan:  No report there was no meeting.   There will be a meeting on Monday, September 24th

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:  Regular meeting this Wednesday at 3:00

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTION: Law Director, Richard Myser

We have four pieces of legislation this evening.  The first one is 2018-23 and Ordinance authorizing advertisement for bids to lease some of our land for oil and gas.  This is up for the third reading.  The second is 2018-25, this is an Ordinance to approve the printing of our Codified Ordinances.  It is up for its third reading.  The third piece of legislation is up for its second reading.  It is Resolution 2018-27, this is the Resolution supporting the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District Board of Education building endeavor.  The fourth piece of legislation is up for its first reading.  This is the one that Cindi explained to you.  It is Ordinance No. 2018-28 for inter fund transfers.  This is an administrative type of ordinance and I think Cindi would like to have it passed this evening.  No one has come to me with an Executive Session issue so we will not be going into Executive Session tonight.

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2018-23: ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS TO LEASE OIL AND GAS OWNED BY THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO.  A motion was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Perry Basile that Ordinance No. 2018-23 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

Ordinance No. 2018-23 was declared adopted.

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only; ORDINANCE NO. 2018-25:  AN ORDINANCE TO APPROVE THE 2018 REPRINTING OF THE ST. CLAIRSVILLE CODIFIED ORDINANCES; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Jim Velas that Ordinance No. 2018-25 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                         Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

Ordinance No. 2018-25 was declared adopted.

There was presented and read to Council on its Second reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2018-27; A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE ST. CLAIRSVILLE-RICHLAND CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION’S ENDEAVOR TO BUILD ITS NEW EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS.

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2018-28; AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE INTERFUND TRANSFERS AND REALLOCATIONS (SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS) WITHIN THE FUNDS FOR THE NORMAL EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2018 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2018.  Jim Velas moved that the rules requiring Ordinances and Resolutions to be read on three separate readings be suspended and declaring an emergency; Mark Bukmir seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                         Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

There was presented and read to Council in its third and final reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2018-28. a motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Jim Velas that Ordinance No. 2018-28 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

Ordinance No. 2018-28 was declared adopted.

NEW BUSINESS: Mayor’s Report

The Mayor’s Collection for August 2018 is $5,855.40.  A motion to accept the Mayor’s Report was made by Beth Oprisch and seconded by Perry Basile.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                           Yes                              Sabatino                       Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Smith                            Yes

Jordan                          Yes                              Velas                            Yes

Oprisch                        Yes

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

Trick or Treat:  Trick or Treat in the City will be held on Wednesday, October 31st from 6:00 to 7:30.  A motion was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Perry Basile to hold trick or treat on October 31st.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                           Yes                              Sabatino                       Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Smith                            Yes

Jordan                          No                               Velas                            Yes

Oprisch                        Yes

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

CORRESPONDENCE: 

The Clerk read a request from the Tri-County Help Center to hold a “March“ for Domestic Violence Awareness on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.   Jeff Henry: It takes three officers to direct traffic.  We close the street while they are walking to the Courthouse and while walking back.  A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Beth Oprisch to allow the “March for Domestic Violence Awareness.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                           Yes                              Sabatino                       Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Smith                            Yes

Jordan                          Yes                              Velas                            Yes

Oprisch                        Yes

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

The Next Council Meeting will be Monday, October 1, 2018 at 7:30 in Council Chambers.

Beth Oprisch: Does that gentleman want to address Council?  Tim Porter:  Do you want to address Council?  Bill Brooks:  I live in St. Clairsville, I have been here ever since I was in 9th grade.  I haven’t been to very many meetings because I think this Council has been doing a pretty decent job.  We have this issue here on the School issue for St. Clairsville and I would like for Council to look at the hardship it is going to create on the senior citizens.  You have already got them splitting pills because they can’t afford their medication.  We have people who are not senior citizens working two jobs and this is going to put a hardship on them also.  I would like for you to look very hard into yourselves and say do we need this.  It is just too much money.  Swimming pools and football fields are nice but we can’t afford it.  I appreciate council’s time listening to me.

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

Council passed a motion to approve the Minutes of September 17, 2018 at the October 1, 2018 Council meeting.

September 17, 2018 Council Minutes