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July 1, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

July 1, 2019

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, July 1, 2019 with the following present:

Tim Porter, Council President                          Terry Pugh, Mayor

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

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

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                       Jim Zucal, Director of Public Services

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

Jim Velas, Council 4th Ward                             Don Smithberger, Director of General Services

Cindi Henry, Finance Director

The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Porter

MINUTES:  Minutes of the June 17, 2019 meeting were distributed to Council.  A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Jim Velas to approve the June 17th minutes.

Roll Call Vote:

Bukmir             Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan              Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch            Yes

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

Richard Myser:  In line of some of the recent developments few have had I think it is incumbent of me as the Law Director to remind Council and to remind the Citizens that we have a Council not a Committee Meeting tonight and that we conduct our Council Meetings according to Roberts Rules of Order. We also have an ordinance that we have passed.  The ordinance says that the public or any member of the public who wishes to address council they must contact the Council Clerk before 4:30 p.m. one business day before the scheduled meeting to be placed on the agenda.  Our meetings are open to the public but they are meetings to address and work out Council and City affairs.  They are not a forum to debate issues.  If you have questions tonight that you present I will either answer those questions at a later time or the Mayor or Council Members will be doing that.  Beth Oprisch:  Is Council allowed to ask questions if the Citizens bring something up and we don’t understand?  Richard Myser:  If Council desires you can do that but that is not what the Charter provides for.  It is not intended to be a discussion or a debate session with the electorate.  If they have questions they can contact me or the Mayor.

CITIZENS HEARING:

Mark Thomas:  I have no questions, I just have a comment and then I am going to leave.  I come here tonight for one purpose only and that is my love for the City of St. Clairsville and all of Belmont County.  I thank you for your time.  I will be as brief as possible.  I have had the honor of serving on this Council and being its Law Director for almost 8 years back in the 90’s.  So I am very familiar with how St. Clairsville government works.  I have lived in and or owned a business in St. Clairsville for 50 years.  As you can probably imagine I have also been working with our local governments for 30 years in my various capacities of elected or appointed Public Official.  I am here tonight very concerned about recent actions concerning Council, the Administration and certain members of the Community.  I felt compelled to come and just speak my mind as a resident and business owner in the City.  From what I see and what I read I have concerns that there seems to be a lack of communication.  I hate to think that there would be personal agendas or simply an unwillingness by some people to not want to work as a unified body on behalf of the citizens of St. Clairsville.  In my mind an effective government at whatever level can only succeed if it first recognizes that it works for the residents who elected them to be there.  I say this because I recognized it in all the years I had the good fortune to serve St. Clairsville and also Belmont County.  The key is to effectively and professionally communicate with everyone.  That is what concerns me now.  I am not seeing that and I am simply here to request that any finger pointing and arguing in any personality immediately please stop.  I implore all of you to commit to working as one cohesive body for the City of St. Clairsville, not only to run the day to day business but to address such issues as you are dealing with as the water and sewer.  I am not going to speak on that, if anyone wants to talk to me.  We did that in the County and we have had many conversations between the County and St. Clairsville.  We worked hard in Belmont County to keep our system going, upgraded, etc.  We are very proud of that and I am still proud of it being 6 months out of office.  As you can imagine as each local government goes, prospers in Belmont County so does the County.  We are all one.  This County is on the verge of an economic explosion in the next 5 to 10 years.  Every Local Government plays an equal roll in that growth.  What bothers me with what I just said is there are people outside, developers from the outside watching what is going on in Belmont County.  If they are watching what is going on here on occasion, not all the time, you are doing a great job, they would be concerned.  It is easy to follow what is going on in St. Clairsville, Belmont County any other Local Government.  We must work together to grow this County.  That is why I come here tonight and I respectfully request that all of you try to work together, civilly.  I say this too concerned residents who are here asking questions because if this continues it will simply be a black eye on what is a great city and a great County.  I want to thank all of you for allowing me the time to speak.

Bill Brooks:  What Mr. Thomas said rang true, we need to work together.  I have spoken with many of you Council Members and we all seem to agree on two things:

  1. We need to do something about the water plants.
  2. We really don’t have the expertise to fully evaluate the water system.

Therefore, I am requesting that you City leaders not vote to accept selling our water plant and that you request an outside independent consultant be hired to review the water plants and inform Council and the Water Bid Review Committee (which the Mayor has disbanded) of the best options.  I also respectfully ask that the Mayor and the City Service Director not be able to pick this independent consultant.  We need to protect our senior citizens and our hardworking families and their heirs.

Kathryn Thalman:  Thank you Council for letting me come in to voice my concerns.  As I have said I am nothing more than a Citizen and to be honest I am embarrassed to say I have not been involved in our government before.  I have been asked to be on this committee to evaluate the water.  I have a lot of questions and I have to say to you I am disappointed because my questions have not been answered.  I point blank ask questions such as if it is bid will there be a buy back clause.  Is there a clause in here for performance?  Will we be able to put the money in trust if we need to get our water back?  Nothing has been answered to my satisfaction.  I have asked repeatedly has our City Law Director evaluated this bid.  I was told no he was on vacation but it will be looked at by Attorneys in Columbus.  I then asked could we please meet after the wording is hammered out.  No.  So this is my first experience with being in government and I will tell you that I have been stopped by countless people in the stores begging me to please hold firm until all of the questions are answered transparently about our privatization.  Let me throw some of these questions out that I have been getting.  First of all and I will ask you for the third time Mr. Zucal was any other paper work received from anyone but AQUA?  Jim Zucal:  First of all I don’t appreciate you raising your voice to me.  There was and it is public record.  You are welcome to stop by tomorrow and I will give that to you.  Kathryn Thalman:  Thank you, I will do that.  What was the turnaround time for the bid information?  Was there time for someone to send a bid in?  Jim Zucal:  It is all public record, it was advertised nationwide not only in the State of Ohio.  We gave you those documents.  Kathryn Thalman:  Yes you did and I will ask one more question.  Who wrote the RFP’s?  Jim Zucal:  I did.  Kathryn Thalman:  Did anyone help you?  Jim Zucal:  No I have been doing this for thirty years.  Kathryn Thalman:  I am just asking what someone else has asked me.  I am not totally against privatization I just want all the facts on the table.  Thanks for this opportunity.  I pray that all of this will resolve for the very best for the Citizens.

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal:  No Report

Mayor, Terry Pugh: 

I have a lot of thank you’s to hand out for Community Days.  First is for our new Recreation Director Sean Hanley with his staff went over and above to have an organized, safe enjoyable time and even the weather cooperated in the end.  We had our Council Woman, Linda Jordan open with the National Anthem.  There was a lot of people there and we thank them for coming.  I have to mention Riesbeck’s and Unified Bank for providing the best Fireworks display we ever had.  A lot of hard work went into it and it went off without a hitch.

John Nemeti has resigned from the Recreation Board.  We want to thank him for being a member.  We received a recommendation for Becky Mozina  to replace John.  A motion was made by Frank Sabatino and seconded by Linda Jordan to appoint Becky Mozina to the Recreation Board.

Roll Call Vote:

Bukmir             Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan              Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch            Yes

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

Police Chief, Jeff Henry:

Asked Councilman Bukmir to have a brief Police Committee meeting after the Council Meeting.

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:

We had our budget hearing at 7:00 with a couple of people in attendance.  I need a motion to approve the fact that the Budget was prepared by the Finance Director.  A motion was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Linda Jordan to approve that the Budget was prepared.

Roll Call Vote:

Bukmir             Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan              Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch            Yes

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

I did email the Finance Committee if they wanted the Audit Team to come here to give you the results of our audit and I heard back from no one.  So I assume that is not going to happen.  The audit should be released in the next 30 to 60 days and I will provide all of you with a copy.  I am proud to say that this is the first time that the city has not even had a recommendation on their audit for years.

Kathryn, the statute speaks to what would happen if we were to sell the water, where the money would have to go to.  In the end it would all have to be put into a capital projects fund and also dictates what capital project it can go to.  Kathryn Thalman:  Thanks for following up on it.

Planning & Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy:

The Board of Zoning Appeals met June 20th regarding the parking lot on North Marietta Street.  It was approved.  The Planning Commission met this evening regarding the final plan for that parking lot.  That was approved.  It is a small lot 10 spaces for the employees and customers of Print N’ Copy and the Tri-County Help Center.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith: Not Present

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:

Utility Committee met this evening.  Discussed utilities.  Agreed to a work session to discuss the AQUA bid.  Don Smithberger:  No Report

Police, Mark Bukmir: No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas:   No Report

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:   No Report

Safety, Jim Velas:   

The monthly safety meeting was held last Thursday at the City Garage.  The topic was communication between the workers particularly in electric areas to be aware what everybody else is doing.  It was well presented and worthwhile.  The next Safety meeting will be the last Thursday of July anyone can attend.  I think it is worthwhile listening to what is going on.

Building Perry Basile:  Not Present

Planning Commission: Mike Smith:  Not Present

Fire District, Frank Sabatino: 

The Fire Board met in regular session last Tuesday.  Usual business.  Approved to have the parking lot worked on.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, July 17 at the main Station.

This being the 4th of July weekend, this in no way reflects on the fireworks at Community Days, they were excellent.  The 4th of July is a big holiday and rightly so.  Years ago Council passes an Ordinance called possession, sale or discharge of fireworks.  In the past few years it seem like people are getting their hands on dangerous high explosives.  I cringe to think what would happen if it went off on their body.  Around children it is very disturbing and seems to be coming prevalent.  It clearly states that no person shall possess fireworks in this municipality or possess for sale fireworks except for a licenses manufacturer.

Recreation, Linda Jordan:

In addition to the Mayor’s comments, on behalf of the Board I would like to thank the volunteers who came out to help, the vendors, citizens and non-citizens who came out to support us.  A Special Wish provided us with an impromptu celebrity guest in Travis the Terror Clark he stayed in the dunk tank for about an hour and he made a challenge out of it.  Whoever dunked him first would receive two tickets to one of his fights.  There was a long line but the first person to toss it dunked him.  We also want to thank the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring tomorrow night’s band which is Easy Street.  The next meeting is Monday, July 15th.

Park District, Linda Jordan:

Tuesday & Thursday from 8 to 10 they will have moonlight swims.  This coming Friday there will be the nighttime movie which will be 9:20 p.m., the movie will be Jaws.  It is $3.00 per person and inflatables are permitted.

Law Director, Richard Myser:

We have two pieces of Legislation tonight to address.  They are up for their third reading.

The first piece of legislation is 2019-13.  This is an Ordinance providing for the election of amendments to the City Charter.  We had a charter committee that was organized and made some recommendations to Council to make some changes to the charter. The next Resolution is 2019-15, it is a Resolution to make supplemental appropriations within the 2011 Fund.

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-13; AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ELECTION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY CHARTER PURSUANT TO THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  A motion was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Beth Oprisch that Ordinance No. 2019-13 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote:

Bukmir             No                                Sabatino                      No

Jordan              No                                Velas                           Yes

Oprisch            Yes

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

There was presented and read to Council on its third reading by title only; RESOLUTION NO. 2019-15; AN RESOLUTION TO MAKE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS WITHIN THE 2011 FUND FOR THE NORMAL EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2019 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2019, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  A motion was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Mark Bukmir that Resolution No. 2019-15 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote:

Bukmir             Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan              Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch            Yes

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

Resolution No. 2019-15 was declared adopted.

NEW BUSINESS:

The Next Council Meeting will be Monday, July 15, 2019 at 7:30 in Council Chambers.

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

July 1, 2019 Council Minutes


Resolution Number 2019 – 18

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2019 – 18

A RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE

PROPOSED CLASS II INJECTION WELLS

IN RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, BELMONT COUNTY, OHIO

AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

 

WHEREAS, the Council of the City of St. Clairsville, in Belmont County, Ohio, have found that hosting Class II injection wells provide little to no benefit to the community, no guarantees of compensation, and no sustainable financial, business, or community improvements to the City or County; and

WHEREAS, oil and gas industry waste is legally exempt from federal hazardous waste regulations and from portions of the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act; and

WHEREAS, Class II injection wells are poorly monitored for contaminant migration and commonly fail with broken or defective casings.  Also it is known that the ODNR does not adequately consider the location, nor the local aquifers, stream, and rivers, when issuing permits; and

WHEREAS, injection wells have exploded and triggered earthquakes and many other negative environmental impact issues, too numerous to mention.  Also, Belmont County is known for many abandoned mine shafts that could be infiltrated, making the area and geology more susceptible to problems from injection wells; and

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

Section 1:        That the City of St. Clairsville Council adamantly opposes the proposed injection well due to many unknown risks and potential harm to the City and geology of the area west of the City in Richland Township, along US-40/Ohio 331 and Pickering Road.

Section 2:        That this legislation shall be forwarded to Governor Mike DeWine’s office and the Ohio State Legislature to move rapidly to freeze the issuing of Class II injection well permits in Ohio.

Section 3:        That this Resolution is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and the safety of the residents of the City of St. Clairsville such that the Council for the City of St. Clairsville wishes to expeditiously express their opposition to the proposed Class II injection wells to the Governor and the Legislature of the State of Ohio.

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

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PASSED at a regular meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 15th day of July, 2019, by the affirmative vote of 7 members of the Council.

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2019 – 18


Ordinance Number 2019 – 17

ORDINANCE NUMBER 2019- 17

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ELECTION OF

AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY CHARTER PURSUANT TO THE

RECOMMENDATION OF THE CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION

AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

 

            WHEREAS, in accordance with Article XII, Section 9 of the Charter of the City of St. Clairsville, the Charter Review Commission has completed its review of the Charter of  the City of St. Clairsville; and

WHEREAS, the Charter Review Commission has recommended that two (2) Articles in  the City’s Charter be amended; and

WHEREAS, the recommended amendments to the City’s Charter are to be placed before the qualified electors of the City of St. Clairsville.

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

Section 1:        That the question of the amendments of Article II and Article IV of the Charter of the City of St. Clairsville be submitted to a vote of the qualified electors of the City at the general election to be held in November, 2019, at the regular places of voting in the City of St. Clairsville.

The proposed amendments are as follows:

  1. ARTICLE II – SECTION 5, PARAGRAPH 2, shall be amended as follows:

             ORIGINALLY READ:

                         Section 5.  Executive Powers of the Mayor.

The Mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the City.  He shall be the chief conservator of the peace and shall see that all laws and ordinances are enforced therein.  He shall recommend to the Council such measures as he deems necessary or expedient.  He shall see that all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the City or its inhabitants in any franchise or contract to which this City is a party are faithfully kept and performed.  The Mayor shall execute, on behalf of the City, all contracts, conveyances, evidences of indebtedness and all other instruments to which the City is a part.  He shall have the custody of the seal of the City and shall affix it to all of the above mentioned documents, but the absence of the seal shall not affect the validity of any such document.

Except as may otherwise be provided by this Charter, or laws of the Stae of Ohio governing Civil Service, the Mayor shall have the power to appoint, promote, transfer, reduce or remove any officer or employee of the City, except

(a)        those required by this Charter to be elected, and

(b)        those whose terms of office may be fixed by this Charter.

The Director of Public Safety, the Director of Public Service and all appointive officers may be removed by the Mayor, provided however, that such removal shall not take effect without the concurrence of two-thirds of the full membership of Council.

AMENDED TO READ:

                         Section 5.  Executive Powers of the Mayor.

The Mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the City.  He shall be the chief conservator of the peace and shall see that all laws and ordinances are enforced therein.  He shall recommend to the Council such measures as he deems necessary or expedient.  He shall see that all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the City or its inhabitants in any franchise or contract to which this City is a party are faithfully kept and performed.  The Mayor shall execute, on behalf of the City, all contracts, conveyances, evidences of indebtedness and all other instruments to which the City is a part.  He shall have the custody of the seal of the City and shall affix it to all of the above mentioned documents, but the absence of the seal shall not affect the validity of any such document.

Except as may otherwise be provided by this Charter, or laws of the State of Ohio governing Civil Service, the Mayor shall have the power to appoint, promote, transfer, reduce or remove any officer or employee of the City, except

(a)        those required by this Charter to be elected, and

(b)        those whose terms of office may be fixed by this Charter.

The Director of Public Safety, the Director of Public Service and a All appointive officers may be removed by the Mayor, provided however, that such removal shall not take effect without the concurrence of two-thirds of the full membership of Council.

The Mayor or any person serving as an appointive officer shall not, directly or indirectly, solicit, contract for, receive or be interested in any profit or emolument from or on account of any contract, job, work or service with, or for, the City.  Any such contract in which the Mayor and/or any appointive officer is, or may become interested, may be declared void by Council. 

  1. ARTICLE IV – SECTION 1, PARAGRAPH 4, shall be amended as follows:

             ORIGINALLY READ:

                         Section 1. Director of Finance. 

The Director of Finance shall be the chief fiscal officer of the City and shall be the collector and custodian and shall disburse all of the moneys of the City.  He shall supervise the keeping of all financial accounts of the City and of the several departments and officers thereof.  It shall be his duty to keep an accurate account of all taxes and assessments, all moneys due the City, all receipts and disbursements by the City, all the assets and liabilities of the City, and all appropriations made by the Council.

He shall examine and approve, if in proper form, and if an appropriation has been duly made, payrolls, bills, and other claims; prepare and sign all warrants and checks.  He shall be responsible for the preparation and submission of appropriation measures and shall assist the Mayor and the Council in the preparation of estimates, budgets, and other financial matters, and at all times keep the Mayor and Council fully advised as to the financial conditions and needs of the City.

He shall perform those functions customarily performed by the City Auditor and City Treasurer under the Revised Code of Ohio and shall perform all other duties now or hereafter imposed on City Auditors and Treasurers by the laws of the State of Ohio, except as otherwise provided by the Charter or ordinance of Council.

He should have an accredited four year degree and knowledge and experience in accounting, taxation and business or governmental administration or five years of experience in governmental administration and finance.  The Director of Finance shall be a full-time position.  The Director of Finance shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to the confirmation of the majority of Council, for a period not to exceed the Mayor’s term of office.

AMENDED TO READ:

            Section 1. Director of Finance. 

The Director of Finance shall be the chief fiscal officer of the City and shall be the collector and custodian and shall disburse all of the moneys of the City.  He shall supervise the keeping of all financial accounts of the City and of the several departments and officers thereof.  It shall be his duty to keep an accurate account of all taxes and assessments, all moneys due the City, all receipts and disbursements by the City, all the assets and liabilities of the City, and all appropriations made by the Council.

He shall examine and approve, if in proper form, and if an appropriation has been duly made, payrolls, bills, and other claims; prepare and sign all warrants and checks.  He shall be responsible for the preparation and submission of appropriation measures and shall assist the Mayor and the Council in the preparation of estimates, budgets, and other financial matters, and at all times keep the Mayor and Council fully advised as to the financial conditions and needs of the City.

He shall perform those functions customarily performed by the City Auditor and City Treasurer under the Revised Code of Ohio and shall perform all other duties now or hereafter imposed on City Auditors and Treasurers by the laws of the State of Ohio, except as otherwise provided by the Charter or ordinance of Council.

He should have an accredited four year degree and knowledge and experience in accounting, taxation and business or governmental administration or five years of experience in governmental administration and finance.  The Director of Finance shall be a full-time position.  The Director of Finance shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to the confirmation of the majority of Council, for a period not to exceed the Mayor’s term of office The Director of Finance term shall begin the first day of April of each Mayor’s term in office.

The Director of Finance shall reconcile the funds of the City and provide a detailed reporting of the same to the City Council and Mayor on a monthly basis.  The reconciliation of the bank statements must be performed by the Assistant Finance Director or separate qualified individual in order to have a complete checks and balances within the City.  The Director of Finance and Mayor are the only two persons provided with permission to manage the disbursement of city funds through the local banking facility.           

  1. ARTICLE IV – SECTION 3 shall be amended as follows:

             ORIGINALLY READ:

                         Section 3.  Vacancy of Director of Finance or Director of Law.

In case of the death, disqualification, removal or resignation of the Director of Finance or Director of Law, their successor shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation of the majority of Council, for a period not to exceed the Mayor’s term of office.

             AMENDED TO READ:

                         Section 3.  Vacancy of Director of Finance, or Director of Law, and/or Director                                 of Public Service/Safety

In case of the death, disqualification, removal or resignation of the Director of Finance, or Director of Law, and/or Director of Public Service/Safety, their successor shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation of the majority of Council, for a period not to exceed the Mayor’s term of office current term of office for which they are being appointed.

 

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             Section 2:        That the Clerk of Council is directed to publish the full text of the proposed Charter amendments as set forth above once a week for not less than two (2) consecutive weeks, in the Times Leader, with the first publication being at least fifteen (15) days prior to the election, in accordance with Section 9, Article XVIII, Ohio Constitution and Ohio Revised Code §713.211.

            Section 3:        That this Ordinance is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health, safety, and economic well being of the City of St. Clairsville in order that the City of St. Clairsville be authorized to provide for the election of amendments to the City Charter pursuant to the recommendation of the Charter Review Commission.

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.

PASSED  at  a  meeting  of  the  council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 17th day of July, 2019, by the affirmative vote of 5 members of the council.

ORDINANCE NUMBER 2019 – 17

 


Resolution Number 2019 – 16

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2019 – 16

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY COUNCIL

TO RECOGNIZE THE OUTSTANDING SERVICE OF “BEAU”

TO THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND

TO PERMIT HIS TRAINER TO PURCHASE HIM

UPON BEAU’S RETIREMENT FROM SERVICE

AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

 

WHEREAS, in August of 2011, the City of St. Clairsville purchased a narcotics detection K-9 dog for the St. Clairsville Police Department named “Beau;” and

WHEREAS, for the past eight years, Beau has been an outstanding asset to the City Police Department; and

WHEREAS, it is now time for Beau to retire from the St. Clairsville Police Department.

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

Section 1:        That Beau be hereby recognized for his outstanding service to the City of St. Clairsville.

Section 2:        That Beau’s personal trainer and handler, Lieutenant Michael Troullos, be permitted to purchase Beau for the sum of $1.00, to be his personal companion.

Section 3:        That this Resolution is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and the safety of the residents of the City of St. Clairsville such that the Council for the City of St. Clairsville desires to recognize Beau’s service to the City of St. Clairsville and permit his trainer/handler to purchase him.

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

PASSED at a regular meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 15th day of July, 2019, by the affirmative vote of 7 members of the Council.

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2019 – 16


No Parking During Paving Project

PRESS RELEASE

FROM:         CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

DATE:          JULY 17, 2019

SUBJECT:   NO PARKING FOR MILLING AND STREET PAVING

BEGINNING ON SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019

RELEASE:   IMMEDIATE

Beginning on Saturday, July 20th, Shelly and Sands will begin milling and paving of the following streets throughout the City:

  • St. David’s Alley (S. Marietta St to Light Alley)
  • St. Patrick’s Alley (S. Marietta St to S. Market St)
  • N. Market Street (Newell Ave to Glendale Ave)
  • N. Market Street (Glendale Ave to Rand Ave)
  • S. Sugar St (Woodrow Ave to Sebulsky’s)
  • Lexington Drive/Allen Street (Taylor Lane to cul-de-sac)
  • Norris Street/Edgewood Avenue (Young Lane to Orchard Dr)
  • Stewart Avenue (Neff St to McFadden St)
  • Young Lane (school parking to Clairborne St)
  • Junior Sports Lane (cut in lane to parking area)
  • Spring Avenue (East Lawn to Walnut Ave)
  • Tudor Drive
  • Westminster Drive

Residents are advised to remove all vehicles parked on the above-named streets until the milling and paving has been completed. This project is anticipated last approximately one week. The City is grateful to residents and business owners for their cooperation with this advisory.

Any questions should be directed to the Office of the Public Services and Safety Director, James Zucal, at 740-695-0156 between 8:30 A. M. and 4:30 P. M.

 

Press Release – Remove vehicles Paving project


LIMITED 24-Hour Boil Order – S. Butler St, Woodrow Ave, S. Marietta St.

PRESS RELEASE

FROM:         CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

DATE:          July 16, 2019

SUBJECT:   WATER LINE REPAIR / LIMITED BOIL ORDER

RELEASE:   IMMEDIATE

 

Beginning as soon as water service is restored, the City of St. Clairsville has issued a 24-HOUR BOIL ORDER for drinking water and cooking purposes for residents on the following streets ONLY:

South Butler Street

Woodrow Avenue west of South Marietta Street

South Marietta Street at Woodrow Avenue

This would also include any homes or businesses in the surrounding areas mentioned above who experienced a loss of water this afternoon.

An unexpected water line repair has caused this advisory. At this time, the City is anticipating a three-hour water outage. Residents also may experience discoloration and temporary loss of water pressure for the following two to three days due to the repair.

If questions, please call 740-695-1410. Thank you.

LIMITED 24-Hour Boil Order


Walk.Bike.Ohio Plan Needs Your Input

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is launching its first-ever pedestrian and bicycle policy plan — Walk.Bike.Ohio — to meet growing interest in active transportation among Ohioans. This plan will guide active transportation policies and program investments in the state for years to come.

Part of the plan development process includes a short public survey to determine Ohioans’ views on walking and biking.

The survey is open until Aug. 31. ODOT’s Walk.Bike.Ohio team wants to hear from you!

You can access the survey here.

More information on the plan is available on the Walk.Bike.Ohio website.

Complete Survey


June 17, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

June 17, 2019

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, June 17, 2019 with the following present:

Tim Porter, Council President                         Terry Pugh, Mayor

Perry Basile, Council 1st Ward                        Cindi 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                      Jim Zucal, Director of Public Services

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

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

Jim Velas, Council 4th Ward

The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Porter

MINUTES:  Minutes of the June 3, 2019 meeting were distributed to Council.  A motion was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Mike Smith to approve the June 3rd minutes.

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

Tom Murphy:  You may remember last meeting I explained that Horizon would be placing fiber optic lines on different city poles.  The locations are:  Unified Bank (Plaza West), Belmont Savings Bank (West Main Street), ODOT Traffic Control Box (Corner of Route 40 and Mall Road), Unified Bank (Stewart Drive/Route 40) and Verizon Tower adjacent to Ashburn Greene.  I wasn’t contacted by any Council Members for information.  I have worked with Don Smithberger and Jason from Horizon for several months just to make sure that any route is acceptable to the city and to Horizon.

CITIZENS HEARING:   Jason Hursey, Horizon Telecommunications.

I want to thank Mr. Murphy.  What we are wanting to do is provide broad band service to the community.  We have been doing so for many years.  Most of the local clinics are actually connected to our service and now we are looking to expand to some of the banks.  It is basically when they come to us we provide them service.  Over all the whole construction process should be quick, maybe a week or less.  Are there any questions?  Perry Basile:  Are you going to provide service for residents also?  Jason Hursey:  No not at this time, what we are mainly for is  businesses.  We are kind of steering clear of residential at this time.  Frank Sabatino:  I am sure your engineering department has checked but how much weight are you adding to the poles?  Jason Hursey:  These are very minimal, under a pound per pole.  Everything we submit goes through the zoning.  Tom Murphy:  Donnie worked with Jason to make sure that any poles they were attaching to that belonged to the city there wasn’t any problem.  You may recall from previous requests there is no ordinance or resolution required it is just a vote of City Council and we can do that now.  A motion was made by Beth Oprisch and seconded by Perry Basile to accept Horizon’s proposal to put new lines on city poles.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile              Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Bukmir             Abstain                        Smith                           Yes

Jordan              Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch            Yes

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

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal

I want to thank Don Smithberger and all of our crews.  This year the crews have done a fine job working downtown, on the biketrail and all the areas around town.  I am working with Tom Murphy on various complaints around town.  I want to thank Don Smithberger who is truly a good leader.  Don has shared the comment that we have a truly great summer crew this year, maybe one of the best we have ever had.  If you have any issues or concerns please contact me.  I truly do appreciate their effort.  We try to provide the best equipment, the best safety training that we can.  I think that is all paying off.

Some of the projects we are wrapping up on are Tudor and St. Clair.  We did have a rather large storm sewer project for the city.  It is not completed yet but the pipe is in, the road is open and we do plan on at least paving a portion of that this year along with an area of Westminster where for decades there was always complaints about flooding when we had heavy rains.  We have worked on that diligently, it has come out very nicely.  It needs some patch work with asphalt but it is nice to know that we have people out there who stop us and say there are so many nice things going on so many projects.  That is why I am here and that is what I want to do.

I want to ask Mr. Porter the Council President to see if Council is interested in having a work session to discuss the proposal from Aqua Ohio to the city for water and sewer.  I have read through it so many times and we do have a Public Review Group the Mayor is working with.  I think it would be prudent on our part to have a special meeting for maybe an hour to go over all of this.  Beth Oprisch:  That would be a public meeting as we discussed.  The proposal is not confidential is that correct?  Richard Myser:  It could be a work session open to the public.

Beth Oprisch:  The paving is going as scheduled?  Jim Zucal:  I talked to the contractor Shelly & Sands and we are going to execute the contract on Wednesday.  With the rain they are behind but we have in the contract that they have to complete the work before school starts.  They said it would be in July.

Mayor, Terry Pugh: 

The Mayor read the Police report for May, The report is available in the Mayor’s Office.

I am going to have a grass court date in Mayor’s Court.  Tom Murphy has been out working hard.  If any of you know of any problems high weeds, debre that you see in your ward or anywhere in the city if you get back to Tom so we can get these people in and get ahead of the game.  Beth Oprisch:  any idea when that will be?  Mayor:  I would say the second week in July.

We are having our Community Day on June 29th.  We have two major sponsors this year Riesbeck’s and Unified Bank.  They are not going to have their festival this year so they are going to put their money into supporting Community Day for the City of St. Clairsville which I greatly appreciate.  One of the things they are going to do is provide probably the longest best fireworks this city has probably ever seen.  I want this in the paper because there are lots of people who have problems with pets especially people in the Wellington Woods area.  We are really happy and appreciative but there might be a few pet owners who aren’t.

Another thing that I am very happy to report on is that we received notice that we received a $800,000 loan from the OPWC for a storm water project that has been a problem for people on Overbaugh and Bellview for 30 plus years.  This money was from 2018 for other Municipalities and for whatever reason they didn’t follow through on their projects so there is money for our project.  This project is long overdue and when it comes to storm water this is going to be another problem that we are going to face throughout the city. Beth Oprisch:  This is a loan?  Mayor:  It is a zero percent loan for 30 years.  Beth:  As we were talking about the water and sewer our debt ratio was maxed out.  If I understand that correctly we were not able to borrow any money.  That is the reason we were selling the utilities.  Mayor:  This money we actually applied for and already have the engineering done.  We applied for a $400,000 grant and a $400,000 loan.  We got a loan and grant from this organization on the water tank.  They came back and said there is no grant money available but we may have this money available would you want $800,000.  Beth:  So this would be a debt?  Mayor:  yes.  Jim Zucal:  Keep in mind this is OPWC so that is dedicated State funds.  EPA funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture under revolving funds, they come from a different pool of funds.  We have been working on this project since 2016.  Cindi Henry:  Initially we were told we could not borrow any more money but after I went to a conference and talked to the Auditor’s up there, we can borrow anything for water, sewer or electric because they are enterprise funds.

Police Chief, Jeff Henry:  No Report.

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:

The budget hearing will be held at 7:00 on July 1st.

I gave you the GAAP report and the Auditors just finished last week so we will be getting the finished report on that soon.

Planning & Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy:

There will be a Board of Zoning Appeals meeting this Thursday the 20th at 6:00 p.m.  There is one item on the agenda the conditional use of a small parking lot behind Print N Copy in St. David’s Alley.  Some of you might be familiar with the old structure that was demolished last year, it was called Blacksmith Studio.

There will be a Planning Commission meeting scheduled for July 1st. at 6:00 p.m. The tentative items on the agenda are the preliminary plans for St. Clair Commons.  It is a concept plan a step they have to go through.  The parking lot proposal has to go before the Planning Commission so it may be on the agenda as well.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith: No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:

Don Smithberger:  I would like to recognize Council and the Administration for all their help and support with trying to get everything done this year.  The workforce this year is outstanding.

Police, Mark Bukmir: No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas:   No Report

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:   No Report

Safety, Jim Velas:   

The Safety meeting will be June 27th at the City Garage at 9:00 a.m. the topic will be fork lift safety

Building Perry Basile:  No Report

Planning Commission: Mike Smith:  No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:

The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 25th at 3:00 at the Main Station

Recreation, Linda Jordan:

Community Day, Saturday, June 29th starts at 4:00.  There will be a bounce house, dunk tank, free snow cones, and free cotton candy.  Cumberland Trail will once again doing their display.  Lots of activities & vendors.  The band will begin at 7:00 and they are called Sushi Roll (Oldies but Goodies)

Park District, Linda Jordan:

The Park District is doing very well.  They have a really good crew that takes care of the grounds.  The next Board Meeting will be Monday, June 24th

Law Director, Richard Myser:

We have three pieces of Legislation tonight to address.  2019-13, 2019-14 and 2019-15.  They are all on their second reading.

The first piece of legislation is 2019-13, this is the Ordinance regarding amendments to the City Charter to be submitted to the electorate.  In accordance with our city charter there is a Charter Committee, some of them are here tonight.  They are commissioned to review and make recommendations for changes to the charter.  It is Council’s job to say yea or nay to submit the ordinance to the electorate.  The next one is 2019-14 is a resolution to increase the compensation of some of the city employees.  The third piece of legislation is 2019-15.  It is a resolution to make supplemental appropriations for the City.

There was presented and read to Council on its second reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-13; AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ELECTION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY CHARTER PURSUANT TO THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

There was presented and read to Council on its second reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2019-14; A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY COUNCIL TO INCREASE THE YEARLY COMPENSATION OF SOME OF ITS EMPLOYEES 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 its third and final reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2019-14. A Motion was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Mike Smith that Resolution No. 2019-14 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. 2019-14 was declared adopted.

There was presented and read to Council on its second reading by title only; RESOLUTION NO. 2019-15; AN RESOLUTION TO MAKE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS WITHIN THE 2011 FUND FOR THE NORMAL EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2019 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2019, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

NEW BUSINESS:        

The Mayor’s Collection for May was $4,576.68.  A motion to approve the Mayor’s report was made by Perry Basile 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

Celebration of Bats, October 29, 2019, 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. St. Clairsville Bike Trail Gazebo.  Belmont SWCD is asking permission to use the Biketrail for this event again this year.  A motion to grant the permission was made by Perry Basile 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

Jim Zucal: 

  • Just to add to what the Mayor said about the Bellview project. This Fall I hope to come back to Council with legislation for the Bellview project.
  • The water tank is progressing well at the St. Clair Commons.
  • Later this year the old tank will be removed from behind the Municipal Building
  • Today the Mayor, Don Smithberger, Tom Murphy and I met with four people from ODOT. Our goal in the years 2020 and 2021 we are going to secure funding to refurbish the tunnel to make it safer, to push back the erosion, look at paving, putting new boards on the trestle.  It is going to be a major refurbish of the whole trail.
  • In 2023 working with Bel-O-Mar our plan is to completely redo Thompson Avenue from High Street to Marietta

The Next Council Meeting will be Monday, July 1, 2019 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.

June 17, 2019 Council Minutes


June 3, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

June 3, 2019

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, June 3, 2019 with the following present:

Tim Porter, Council President                         Terry Pugh, Mayor

Perry Basile, Council 1st Ward                         Cindi 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                      Jim Zucal, Director of Public Services

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

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

Jim Velas, Council 4th Ward

The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Porter

MINUTES:  Minutes of the May 20, 2019 meeting were distributed to Council.  A motion was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Jim Velas to approve the May 20th minutes.

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

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal

I have before you a presentation of a synopsis of events in replacements and repair work in the water plant since 2016.  I would appreciate it if you would take the time to read that.  You will see the two page document that I have written, then you will see a following sheet of all of the repairs and replacement work from 2016 until now.  It is broken down by contractor and how much we have spent.  The following page will have a chemical expense sheet.  Please take notice of the changes in amounts of chemical expenses.  Laboratory testing is part of the EPA requirement.  The last page is a diagram that I put together of the water system from the intake to the tap.  Where those changes are located are in red.  There are some important numbers and some important documentation.  Again it is a two page document spelling out all the changes and the work we have done as a team.  There were many people involved to make changes in a positive manor to keep the plant in the capacity that it needs to be.  Also recently within the last week over Labor Day weekend the pedestal tank, the tank to the north that was built in 1984, the contractor Pittsburgh Tank and Tower evaluated that tank.  There were some safety needs had to be done.  There were some vents that had to be closed.  You will see there is a new railing all the way around on the dome of the tank which was an interesting process where individuals went up and welded that railing on top.  That will be part of when the antennas are moved from the 1929 tank to that tank, preparing for this fall when that tank will come down.  Now the 1984 tank has been inspected, properly treated for safety reasons and planning ahead for the future.  That tank should give the city service for many years to come.

Mayor, Terry Pugh: 

In the AMP newsletter it mentioned that on May 29th our electric crew went to mutual aide to Woodsfield because they had a lightning strike that burnt their sub-station.  Don Smithberger and Dustin Hall went over and by about 8:30 that night they had the power back on.  Not only do the people from Woodsfield appreciate our aide but it was also noted in the AMP newsletter.  I commend Donnie and Dustin.

We will be starting to meet with the committee that has been made up to evaluate the bids on privatizing the water and wastewater and we are going to have our first meeting on Friday at noon.  The committee members are Kathryn Thalman, Jeff Vaughn, A. J. Smith, Bill Brooks, Tim Porter, Jim Zucal and Myself.  We will be evaluating the bids.

Police Chief, Jeff Henry:  No Report.

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:

I have two resolutions.  2019-14 is for an across the board non-union raise affective July 1.  We did this last year at the same time because that is when AFSCME gets their raise.  2019-15 is for supplemental appropriations.  This is just a formality to have it appropriated to the Street Department.  It is our motor vehicle license tax that the County Engineer houses until it gets appropriated and the Commissioners approve it.  Once I get it approved we will have the money to pay the vendor that does our paving.  Beth Oprisch:  Both of these have emergency language, do they both need to be passed as an emergency?  Cindi Henry:  The raise, I would prefer that it go that way so it can go into effect July 1st.   The other one we are not paving right away so I don’t care about that one it can wait.

Our GAAP report is done, I put copies in everybody’s mailbox.

Beth Oprisch:  On Resolution 2019-14 the increase, what was the Union increase?  Cindi Henry:  Theirs was 2 ½% plus they have 1% safety.  They bargained for the additional 1% every time a raise goes in because they took a safety course.

Planning & Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy:

I gave you a report related to Horizon Telecommunications.  They are requesting permission to locate new Broad Band fiber on poles owned by the City.  The purpose is to improve service to various businesses in and around St. Clairsville.  Don Smithberger and I work with Horizon to insue that the routes proposed do not negatively affect the City or any of our utility poles.  Don has been satisfied with their proposed routes, we did adjust them a little bit and they responded positively to that.  The five locations at this time are at Unified Bank at Plaza West, Belmont Savings Bank on West Main Street, an ODOT traffic control box located at the intersection of Route 40 and Mall Road, Unified Bank at Stewart Drive & Rt. 40 and a Verizon tower at Ashburn Greene just east of the City.  There is no action required at this time.  Horizon will be at the next Council meeting in case there are any questions.  Around two years ago Horizon came before Council with another location and Council granted them approval.  Next meeting all that will be required of Council is a vote.  If any Council members have any questions on these locations or if you would like to see the map you can contact me and I will go over that with you.  Mike Smith:  Didn’t we do something with Horizon a year or two ago?  Tom Murphy:  Around two years ago we did something with them I think it was at Plaza West.  They are good to work with.

  • Pizza Milano is moving forward that is good news.
  • Great news is the house on the corner of N. Sugar and Newell Avenue is being demolished. I have had a lot of positive comments on the visibility when you come down Newell Ave. and make the turn right or left.
  • Sharp Thinkers Tutoring has opened in the Lundy Building, 164 E. Main St.
  • A physician’s office has moved into the Wilson Building behind the City Building. They moved into the City limits.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith: No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:

Utility Committee met tonight.  I want to thank Don Smithberger and Anita Robinson for attending.  Thanks to Donnie and Dustin for the mutual aide to Woodsfield.  We had a very busy meeting.  Anita had six issues that we discussed. Jim Zucal gave a very nice report about the Water Plant.

Police, Mark Bukmir: No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas:   No Report

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:   No Report

Safety, Jim Velas:   

Last months Safety Meeting was on Defensive Driving it was very informative.  The next Safety Meeting is the last Thursday of the month.

Building Perry Basile:  No Report

Planning Commission: Mike Smith:  No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino: 

Fire Board was held on Wednesday, May 29th at 3:00 at the Main Station.  The Fiscal Officer recommended that we approve the budget for 2020.  We approved the hiring of a part timer to full time status.  We also approved the hiring of a part time employee.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 25th at 3:00.

Recreation, Linda Jordan:

Tomorrow starts the Concert Series.  Hoard & Jones are opening for us.  I highly recommend that you come out for that.  Community Days are set for June 29th.  This year Riesbeck’s and Unified Bank are not having the Plaza West Feast this year and they have teamed up with us to sponsor the fireworks.  Next meeting will be June 17th.

Park District, Linda Jordan:

Tuesday & Thursday from 8 to 10 they will have moonlight swims.  They are $3 per person and that is depending on the weather.  The next meeting is June 10th.

Law Director, Richard Myser:

We have four pieces of Legislation tonight to address.  2019-09 is on its third reading.

The next piece of legislation is 2019-13, as all of you know our Charter requires that every five years the Charter be reviewed by a Committee appointed by the Mayor.  That Committee, and I commend them have been very diligently meeting and any changes that they come up with have to be submitted to the electorate to be voted on.  Council must authorize the changes.  They are not open for debate by the Council but they are simply to be approved.  This is to be read on its first reading tonight and at the next two Council meetings.

The next Resolution to be read tonight is 2019-14, this is the Resolution that the Finance Director discussed with Council.  It authorizes to increase the Yearly compensation of some of its employees.  The next Resolution is 2019-15, it is a Resolution to make supplemental appropriations within the 2011 Fund.

There was presented and read to Council on its Third and final reading by title only, RESOLUTION No. 2019-09: A RESOLUTION TO TRANSFER BALANCE OF ALL FUNDS FROM THE UTILITY DEPOSIT REFUND FUND TO THE GENERAL FUND AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  A motion was made by Beth Oprisch and seconded by Linda Jordan that Resolution No. 2019-09 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. 2019-09 was declared adopted.

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-13; AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ELECTION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY CHARTER PURSUANT TO THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, RESOLUTION NO. 2019-14; A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY COUNCIL TO INCREASE THE YEARLY COMPENSATION OF SOME OF ITS EMPLOYEES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only; RESOLUTION NO. 2019-15; AN RESOLUTION TO MAKE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS WITHIN THE 2011 FUND FOR THE NORMAL EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2019 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2019, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

NEW BUSINESS:        

The Next Council Meeting will be Monday, June 17, 2019 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 Perry Basile.

June 3 2019 Council Minutes


Resolution Number 2019 – 14

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2019 – 14

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY COUNCIL

TO INCREASE THE YEARLY COMPENSATION OF

SOME OF ITS EMPLOYEES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, the Council of the City of St. Clairsville finds it to be appropriate to increase the yearly compensation of some of its employees; and

WHEREAS, the Council of the City of St. Clairsville finds it to be fiscally proper to increase the yearly compensation of some of its employees.

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

Section 1:        That all non-elected, non-union (non-bargaining) employees of the City of St. Clairsville having been employed by the City more than six (6) months receive an across the board increase of three percent (3%) in their yearly compensation effective July 1, 2019.

Section 2:        That this Resolution is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and the safety of the residents of the City of St. Clairsville regarding an increase in yearly compensation.

Section 3:        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.

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PASSED at a regular meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 17th day of June, 2019, by the affirmative vote of 7 members of the Council.

Resolution Number 2019 – 14