City of St. Clairsville

Water Break: NO BOIL ORDER-Young Ln.

Today, Thursday, February 29th, 2024, there was a water break located on Young Lane.

The water break was located at a curb box and fixed and water loss was avoided.

There is NO boil order for residents on Young Lane or Neff Street.

Some residents may experience temporary pressure issues and discoloration.

If you have any questions, please contact the Utility Office at 740-695-1410.

Thank you




SNOW FALL PARKING REMINDER

This is a message from the St. Clairsville Municipal Utilities:

With the impending snowfall starting this evening, February 16th, the City requests all residents not to park on any street within City limits to avoid vehicle or personal damage from Midnight to 6 AM.  This ordinance is to ensure that the streets may be snow plowed safely.

Failure to comply may result in ticketing and/or fines.

Again, this ordinance is for the safety of all persons and property within the City of St. Clairsville.

Thank you.




Ordinance 2024-01

AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE INTERFUND TRANSFERS FOR THE NORMAL EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2024 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2024 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

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

            SECTION 1: That to provide for the normal expenses and other expenditures of the said City of St. Clairsville, Ohio, for the period January 1, 2024, through December 31, 2024, the attached line item transfers are required:

Transfer of $550,000 from 1000-910-910-0000 (General Fund Transfers Out) to

2011-931-0000 (Street Fund Transfers In)

Transfer of $150,000 from 1000-910-910-0000 (General Fund Transfers Out) to

2041-931-0000 (Parks & Recreation Fund Transfers In)

Transfer of $550,000 from 1000-910-910-0000 (General Fund Transfers Out) to

2901-931-0000 (Police Fund Transfers In)

            SECTION 2:  This Ordinance is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, welfare, and safety for the City of St. Clairsville and its residents such that the City can maintain normal operations.

            SECTION 3That this Ordinance shall take effect and be in full force from and after the earliest period allowed by the Charter of the City of St. Clairsville, Ohio.             PASSED at a regular meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 2nd day of  January, 2024, by the affirmative vote of ______ members of Council


December 18 2023 Council Meeting Minutes

Jim Velas, Council President                                             Kathryn Thalman, Mayor

Don Vincenzo, Council, 1st Ward                                 Jeremy Greenwood, Public Service/Safety Director

Kristi Lipscomb, Council, 3rd Ward                                Don Smithberger, Super. of General Services

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

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

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

JC Thrash, Council 2nd Ward                                            Elizabeth Glick, Law Director

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large        

The meeting was called to order by Council President Jim Velas at 7:00 pm. President Velas led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the public were thanked for their attendance.

ROLL CALL:

Butler                   HERE                                     Smith                   HERE 

Jordan                  HERE                                         Thrash                  HERE

Lipscomb           HERE                                               Vincenzo         HERE

Oprisch               HERE

Seven (7) Present                                        Zero (0) Absent

MINUTES: Council President Jim Velas confirmed all Councilmembers received the minutes from the December 4th Council Meeting. Councilwoman Butler made a motion to approve the minutes from December 4, 2023, Council Meeting; motion seconded by Councilman Smith.

ROLL CALL:

Butler                   YES                                        Smith                   YES     

Jordan                  YES                                                 Thrash                  YES

Lipscomb           YES                                                  Vincenzo         YES

Oprisch               ABSTAIN

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

Motion Carried  

NEW BUSINESS: Council President Jim Velas honored Councilwomen Oprisch and Jordan for their tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to serving the City Council and the community. As a token of appreciation, the Council President presented them with plaques, recognizing their eight years of dedicated service to the City and its residents.

CITIZEN HEARING: None

CORRESPONDENCE: None

REPORTS:

Mayor Kathryn Thalman reported that she had been busy with all the festivities around the City. Furthermore, she expressed her heartfelt gratitude to Councilwomen Jordan and Oprisch for their commitment to the betterment of the City over the past eight years. Their selfless dedication has been instrumental in shaping the City and making it a better place for the community.

Service/Safety Director Jeremy Greenwood asked the Council to table Resolution No. 2023-40 as he is still trying to exhaust all available options before hiring a GIS Coordinator. Lastly, Mr. Greenwood asked Councilwomen Jordan and Oprisch to sign their media archiving document to archive their city emails for the record retention schedule.

Police Chief Matt Arbenz announced that Officer Porter was recently a new father and congratulated him.

Finance Director Annette Whealdon reported that the temporary budget for 2024 had to be passed to ensure that the City could remain functioning at the beginning of 2024 and that expenses could be covered.

Planning & Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission met on December 11th and approved the Cumberland Trail Fire District’s final site plan. The main part of their project is the construction of two new additions and reconfiguring the interior.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance Chair Don Vincenzo reported that the temporary budget needs to be passed to ensure proper funding for the city for the first quarter of 2024. Moreover, he explained that when the permanent budget is released, the Council will go through every line of the budget, ensuring the appropriations are reasonable. 

Utilities Chair Terra Butler No report.

Police Chair Mike Smith No report.

Streets – North Side Chair Mike Smith No report.

Streets – South Side Chair JC Thrash No report.

Safety Chair JC Thrash No report.

Buildings and Grounds Chair Beth Oprisch No report.

Planning Commission Chair Kristi Lipscomb reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission met on December 11th and approved the Cumberland Trail Fire District’s final site plan. The main part of their project is the construction of two new additions and reconfiguring the interior. Also, the DORA Committee will meet on January 23rd at 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers. All members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Fire Chair Linda Jordan No

Recreation Chair Kristi Lipscomb No report

Park District Chair Linda Jordan No report.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS: Law Director Elizabeth Glick

Resolution No. 2023-40 – A RESOLUTION CREATING THE POSITION OF GIS COORDINATOR AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

Councilwoman Butler made a motion to table Resolution No. 2023-40; Councilwoman Oprisch seconded the motion.

ROLL CALL:

Butler              YES                                        Smith               YES   

Jordan             YES                                        Thrash             YES

Lipscomb        YES                                        Vincenzo         YES

Oprisch            YES

Roll Call Vote:    Seven (7) YES    Zero (0) NO    Zero (0) ABSTAIN    Zero (0) ABSENT

Motion Carried

SECOND READING

Ordinance No. 2023-42 – AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE TEMPORARY APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE NORMAL EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2024 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2024 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

A motion was made by Councilwoman Oprisch that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Ordinance No. 2023-42 and that the Ordinance, be passed on an emergency basis; seconded by Councilwoman Butler.

ROLL CALL:

Butler              YES                                        Smith               YES   

Jordan             YES                                        Thrash             YES

Lipscomb        YES                                        Vincenzo         YES

Oprisch            YES

Roll Call Vote:    Seven (7) YES    Zero (0) NO    Zero (0) ABSTAIN    Zero (0) ABSENT

Motion Carried

Councilwoman Burler made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 2023-42, the motion was seconded by Councilwoman Oprisch.

ROLL CALL:

Butler              YES                                        Smith               YES   

Jordan             YES                                        Thrash             YES

Lipscomb        YES                                        Vincenzo         YES

Oprisch            YES

Roll Call Vote:    Seven (7) YES    Zero (0) NO    Zero (0) ABSTAIN    Zero (0) ABSENT

Motion Carried

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Councilwoman Oprisch made a motion to enter an Executive Session under ORC 121.22 (G)(1); Councilwoman Lipscomb seconded the motion.

ROLL CALL:

Butler              YES                                        Smith               YES   

Jordan             YES                                        Thrash             YES

Lipscomb        YES                                        Vincenzo         YES

Oprisch            YES

Roll Call Vote:    Seven (7) YES    Zero (0) NO    Zero (0) ABSTAIN    Zero (0) ABSENT

Motion Carried

Executive Session entered at 7:27 pm

Councilwomen Lipscomb made a motion to exit Executive Session; seconded by Councilwomen Oprisch.

ROLL CALL:

Butler              YES                                        Smith               YES   

Jordan             YES                                        Thrash             YES

Lipscomb        YES                                        Vincenzo         YES

Oprisch            YES

Roll Call Vote:    Seven (7) YES    Zero (0) NO    Zero (0) ABSTAIN    Zero (0) ABSENT

Executive Session exited at 8:11 pm

Council President Jim Velas reported that no action was taken in Executive Session.

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to come before Council, Councilman Thrash made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Councilman Smith. The meeting was adjourned at 8:12 P.M.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at 7:00 P.M. All Councilmembers will be present at the City Building for the next meeting. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting in the Council Chambers.