City of St. Clairsville

Limited water service disruption planned for Monday (April 3) at 8 A. M. in vicinity of 124 Clark Avenue with possibility of a 48-Hour Boil Order to follow

On Monday, April 3rd, 2023, at 8 A. M., the City’s Water Crew will be making necessary repairs in the area of 124 Clark Avenue.  Water may need to be shut off in order to make the repairs which could impact the following residences:

Neff Street – 126, 127, 129, and 131 ONLY;

Clark Avenue – 103, 105, 106, 110, 113, 115, 116, 117, 119, 121, and 124 ONLY: and

McFadden Street – 206, 207, 208, 210, 211, 212, and 214 ONLY.

Please note:  if you experience water loss, there will be a 48-hour boil order in effect once water is restored.  Residents located in surrounding areas may experience water pressure issues and/or temporary discoloration.

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


Spring Yard Waste Pickup scheduled for the week of April 17, 2023

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:          March 29, 2023

FROM:         CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

SUBJECT:    Spring Yard Waste Pickup

RELEASE:  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City of St. Clairsville’s Utility Crews will pick up YARD WASTE ONLY on five (5) days in April:  Monday, April 17, through Friday, April 21.

Yard waste includes small tree and/or shrub branches which have naturally fallen over the winter months, yard trimmings, garden waste, and leaves ONLY.  To repeat, this debris must be naturally occurring; the City is not responsible for removing whole or partially downed trees from residential property.

All bagged yard waste must be in paper lawn and leaf bags (not plastic) since these bags can be composted easily.  Many local stores carry the required paper lawn and leaf bags.  Residents are advised that YARD WASTE ONLY must be placed near the curb but NOT on the sidewalk or City streets.  Limbs, branches or twigs of less than one inch in diameter can be piled beside bagged yard waste.

The yard waste collections will be organized by ward, beginning with Ward 1 on Monday, Ward 2 on Tuesday, Ward 3 on Wednesday, and Ward 4 on Thursday.

To arrange for any collection which might be needed on the final day, Friday, April 21, or ask questions in general about this service, please contact 740-695-1324 or 740-695-0156.  Thank you.

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City Council Utility Committee meeting time change on April 3

The City Council Utility Committee will meet at 6 P. M. on April 3, the first Monday of the month.  This meeting precedes the City Council meeting which begins at 7 P. M.  All Council meetings are held in the Council chamber on the second floor of the City’s Municipal Building, 100 North Market Street.  If questions about the Utility Committee, please call 740-695-1410.  For questions concerning the full Council meeting, please contact the Council Clerk (Jacob DeBertrand) by calling 740-695-1324 or emailing jacob.debertrand@gmail.com.


March 6, 2023 Council Minutes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL

March 06, 2023 Meeting

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: President Jim Velas confirmed all Councilmembers received the minutes from the February 21st Council Meeting. Councilman Thrash made a motion to approve the minutes from February 21, 2023, Council Meeting; motion 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

NEW BUSINESS: None

CITIZEN HEARING: None

CORRESPONDENCE: None

REPORTS:

Mayor Kathryn Thalman reported that two separate projects are being completed on Reservoir Road. The first project is AEP installing steel electric poles for high-tension electrical lines. The Mayor noted that certain citizens expressed concern about the sight of the poles, but the Mayor stated that the City had no hand in the project. Furthermore, the second project on Reservoir Road is the I-70 Waterline Project. Lastly, the Mayor announced that the Easter Bunny would be in the City on April 4th.

Service/Safety Director Jeremy Greenwood reported that the City would be receiving its 24th Tree City USA Award. The City will be hosting an Arbor Day celebration tentatively on May 19th. Mr. Greenwood introduced the new Assistant Electric Department Superintendent to Council during the meeting. Furthermore, Mr. Greenwood announced that the Water Department and the Street Department purchased new trucks. More in-depth testing was done during the routine water testing due to the recent East Palestine disaster; all tests showed no Volatile Organic Compounds in the City’s water. The I-70 Waterline Project is continuing, with both sides extended; the work is now focused on the culvert underneath the interstate. On March 17th, the 1929 Water tank is scheduled to be inspected. Moreover, Mr. Greenwood noted that contract negotiations would be starting. Lastly, Mr. Greenwood indicated that the flooring in the front of the Rec Center had been completed.

Police Chief Matt Arbenz reported the City’s monthly policing report and indicated that overdoses and drug arrests are on the rise.

Finance Director Annette Whealdon No report.

Planning & Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy that after the Planning Commission holds its public hearing on the proposed rezoning on the City’s west side, the Council will have to host a Public Hearing, which can be done during a regular Council Meeting. Lastly, Mr. Murphy noted that many calls are coming in for New Construction Permits; he would like to remind the residents to contact the City before building.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance Chair Don Vincenzo No report.

Utilities Chair Terra Butler reported that the Utility Committee met before the Council meeting, where they reviewed the monthly billing report. Furthermore, the committee discussed the opt out letter for the Gas Aggregation Program and the recent water study conducted in the City.

Police Chair Mike Smith reported that the Police committee met after the last Council Meeting, where they watched a video demonstrating the uses of the new Kinetic Breaching tool purchased by the Police Department and the School.

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 she met with Mr. Murphy to discuss the conceptual business plan for the proposed rezoning of the 17 acres on the City’s west side. Councilwoman Lipscomb indicated that not only does the owner have plans for the Honda Direct Line Dealership, but he also has plans to allow other businesses to use the new area.

Fire Chair Linda Jordan No report.

Recreation Chair Kristi Lipscomb reported that ODNR would release 700 Rainbow Trout in the Reservoir on March 6th between 8 am and 5 pm. Moreover, Councilwoman Lipscomb announced that Gulfport Energy would purchase stage lights for the Amphitheater at $7,500. Lastly, Councilwoman Lipscomb indicated that the Summer Concert Series list is complete and will be announced shortly.

Park District Chair Linda Jordan No report.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS: Law Director Elizabeth Glick

No Ordinances or Resolutions

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to come before Council, Councilman Thrash made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Councilwoman Butler. The meeting was adjourned at 7:37 P.M.

The next meeting will be Monday, March 20, 2023, 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.

March 6, 2023 Council Minutes


On Monday (March 20) and Tuesday (March 21), drone flights in preparation for City’s Water Distribution System Improvement project

On Monday and Tuesday (March 20 and March 21), a local engineering firm (Verdantas) will be conducting drone flights within the City.  A drone will be filming the path of the initial phases of the City’s upcoming Water Distribution System Improvement project.  This filming amounts to a City effort to document the conditions along the planned route in advance of the beginning of the construction phase of this important project.  The drone operators will use three sites in the City for the take off and landing zones:  1. the empty field behind the Central Park amphitheater, 2. the N. Market St. pull off at the top of the hill near the high school softball field; and 3. the area beside Riesbeck’s Corporate offices along U.S. 40 West.

If questions, please call the Office of the Public Service/Safety Director on 740-695-0156.  Thank you.



Effective at 10 A. M. on March 16, a limited 48-hour BOIL ORDER is in effect in the vicinity of Neff Street

On Thursday morning (March 16), the City temporarily shut off water service while working in the vicinity of 129 Neff Street on a scheduled water line repair.  Following the restoration of water service at 10 A. M., the following residences are subject to a mandatory 48-hour BOIL ORDER:

Neff Street – 101, 106, 107, 109, 110, 111, 113, 114, 115, 116, 120, 126, 127, 129 and 131;

Young Lane – 203 ONLY; and

Jefferson Street – 104 ONLY.

Residents may experience discoloration and/or pressure issues due to the water line repair.  Any other utility customer who may have experienced water loss this morning in the vicinity of Neff Street also should comply with the boil order.

If questions, please contact the Utility Office at 740-695-1410 during normal business hours (8:30 A. M. – 4:30 P. M. weekdays).  Thank you.


February 21, 2023 Council Minutes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL

February 21, 2023 Meeting

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 Pro Tempore Beth Oprisch at 7:00 pm. President Pro Tempore Oprisch 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: President Pro Tempore Beth Oprisch confirmed all Councilmembers received the minutes from the February 6th Council Meeting. Councilwoman Butler made a motion to approve the minutes from February 06, 2023, Council Meeting; motion seconded by Councilman Thrash.

ROLL CALL:

Butler                   YES                                                  Smith                   YES

Jordan                  ABSTAIN                                         Thrash                  YES

Lipscomb             YES                                                  Vincenzo              YES

Oprisch                YES

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

NEW BUSINESS: None

CITIZEN HEARING: None

CORRESPONDENCE: None

REPORTS:

Mayor Kathryn Thalman Mayor Thalman took a moment to reflect on the service of the Presidents that worked to make America the greatest country on Earth. Mayor Thalman thanked Chief Arbenz and Officer Greg Clark for initiating the Outreach program for Valentine’s Day, visiting many Senior Citizens around the City. Moreover, Officer Greg Clark took Valentine Cookie Kits to the Children at Fox Run. Mayor Thalman noted that she met with the Provost of Ohio University and the Ohio University Eastern President to discuss potential collaborative opportunities that would benefit the School and City. Lastly, the Mayor thanked the Library for hosting Trivia Night and expressed that she hopes they do it again.

Service/Safety Director Jeremy reported that the Mayor signed an agreement for the Gas Aggregation Program for a natural gas rate of $0.5790 per Ccf. The City renewed its Health insurance plan with a 1.8% increase with the same benefits. The South Side of the I-70 project has been extended, and work is now moving to the North Side. The City’s 1929 Water Tank will be inspected this year. Furthermore, the Electric Department has an opening for a lineman. So far this year, the Street Department has used 100 tons of salt, leaving about 200 tons in storage. Lastly, Mr. Greenwood reported that the Rec Department has started replacing the floor in front of the Rec Center.

Councilman Vincenzo asked Mr. Greenwood if there was a completion date for the I-70 Waterline project. Mr. Greenwood stated there is no set completion date as work is moving slower than anticipated. Furthermore, Councilman Vincenzo asked if the City is still in partnership with Richland Township for the Road Patcher. Mr. Greenwood noted that the City sold its interest in the machine to Richland Township as getting emulsion for it proved difficult.

Councilwoman Butler asked Mr. Greenwood if he had developed any plans for the road to the Baseball Fields. Mr. Greenwood noted that he is considering double taring and chipping the road. Furthermore, Mr. Greenwood indicated that he is considering getting an outside company to evaluate all streets in the City to have exact measurements and bases on all roads so that the City can provide better information to paving contractors in the future leading to better pricing.

Police Chief Matt Arbenz reported that Fox Run provided the Police Department with a $500 donation to the K-9 Fund. Lastly, Chief Arbenz thanked the Belmont County Probations C-Cap program for bringing their groups of kids in to paint the basement area of the Police Station.

Finance Director Annette Whealdon reported that the Rec Center applied for a $5,000 grant through the JB Green Team for trash cans and new park benches at Central Park. Moreover, Finance Director Whealdon reported that the Budget was a big part of the discussion at the Finance Meeting, where she addressed any questions or concerns the committee members had.

Planning & Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy reminded Council that a Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for a zoning change for a 17.56-acre parcel on the City’s west side near exit 215. The Rezoning Public Hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 13th, at 6 pm in the Council Chambers. The only proposed use so far for the property is a Honda Direct Line Dealership. Furthermore, Mr. Murphy reported that he is working on the annual Storm Water Report for the Ohio EPA. Lastly, Mr. Murphy noted that the City has a Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) fund available to anyone interested who can apply for the fund. There are income guidelines that make individuals eligible for the funds.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance Chair Don Vincenzo reported on a Finance Meeting before the Council Meeting, where they discussed the appropriations in the Permanent 2023 Budget. Councilman Vincenzo noted that the Committee went through the Budget line for line and that everything looks in check.

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 reported that he had asked the Street Department to place a No Outlet sign on Bethel Lane.

Safety Chair JC Thrash No report.

Buildings and Grounds Chair Beth Oprisch reported that a Building and Grounds meeting was held on February 17th, where they discussed various topics, including grants and other opportunities to purchase properties. Furthermore, they discussed some potential improvements that could be made this year to City Buildings.

Planning Commission Chair Kristi Lipscomb No report.

Fire Chair Linda Jordan reported that the Fire Board had the privilege of hiring the first Full-time Female Firefighter, Sarah Starr.

Recreation Chair Kristi Lipscomb reported that Junior Sports signups have concluded with 301 boys and girls. Furthermore, Indoor Soccer signups are complete with 73 applicants, and Indoor Volleyball signups have ended with 73 applicants. Moreover, Councilwoman Lipscomb reported that the Community Garden registration would start the first week of March. Lastly, Councilwoman Lipscomb announced that the Oglebay Art Institute would offer various projects starting in mid-March.

Park District Chair Linda Jordan No report.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS: Law Director Elizabeth Glick  

FIRST READING

Resolution No. 2023-08 – A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PUBLIC SERVICE/SAFETY DIRECTOR, ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, TO FILE AN APPLICATION WITH THE OHIO FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION COMMISSION FOR TRAIN DEPOT AND FAIR EXHIBIT BUILDING REHABILITATION FUNDING AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

A motion was made by Councilman Thrash that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Resolution No. 2023-08 and that the Resolution, 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

Councilman Thrash made a motion to approve Resolution No. 2023-08, the motion was 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

Resolution No. 2023-09 – A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE HIRING OF WILLIAM BURNS TO A FULL-TIME POSITION OF DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT OF THE ELECTRC DEPARTMENTAND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

A motion was made by Councilman Thrash that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Resolution No. 2023-09 and that the Resolution, be passed on an emergency basis; 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

Councilwoman Butler made a motion to approve Resolution No. 2023-09, the motion was seconded by Councilman Thrash.

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

Resolution No. 2023-10 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE HIRING OF MICHAEL REED AS SUPERINTENDENT OF THE WASTEWATER DEPARTMENT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

A motion was made by Councilman Thrash that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Resolution No. 2023-10 and that the Resolution, 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

Councilman Thrash made a motion to approve Resolution No. 2023-10, the motion was 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

SECOND READING

Ordinance No. 2023-07 – AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE PERMANENT APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE NORMAL EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1, 2023 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2023, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

A motion was made by Councilman Vincenzo that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Ordinance No. 2023-07 and that the Ordinance, be passed on an emergency basis; seconded by Councilman Thrash.

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

Councilman Thrash made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 2023-07, the motion was 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

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to come before Council, Councilwoman Lipscomb made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Councilman Thrash. The meeting was adjourned at 7:46 P.M.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 06, 2023, 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.

February 21, 2023 Council Minutes


Date change for short power outage: Midnight on Sunday, March 26, to 4 A. M. on Monday, March 27

The City’s Light & Power Department announces that a planned power outage has been rescheduled due to the weather forecast.  This short outage will begin at Midnight on Sunday (March 26) and extend to 4 A. M. on Monday (March 27) for necessary AEP line maintenance.  If questions, please call 740-695-1410 during normal business hours (weekdays from 8:30 A. M. to 4:30 P. M.).  Thank you.


On Monday, March 6, Coovert Technical Services will finish video taping in connection with the Water Distribution System Improvements project

On Monday, March 6, Coovert Technical Services will complete its audio-video taping work throughout the City before the start of the $7.69 million Water Distribution System Improvements project.  Coovert Technical Services, an Ontario, Ohio-based firm which specializes in pre-construction documentation, will send two employees to perform the taping.  This crew will be on the 25 foot utility Right of Way but it might appear as though they are walking through some residents’ backyards.

The video taping is needed to document existing conditions before the City’s Water Distribution System Improvements project starts.  The James White Construction Co., the Weirton, WV-based contractor which was the winning bidder, will begin its work in the weeks ahead.

If questions, please email the City through this website or call 740-695-1410.  Please share this information with neighbors who may not be signed up for the Code Red alert system.  An informational message on this video taping was sent through Code Red earlier today (Friday, March 3).

Thank you.