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January 6, 2020 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

January 6, 2020

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, January 6, 2020

With the following present:

Jim Velas, Council President                          Kathryn Thalman, Mayor

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

Mark Bukmir, Council, 3rd Ward                    Elizabeth Glick, Law Director

Terra Butler, Council, 4th Ward                      Mike Troullos, Acting Police Chief

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

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                    Don Smithberger, Director of General Services

Frank Sabatino, Council, 2nd Ward

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

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

Minutes:  A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Perry Basile to approve the minutes of December 16, 2019.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino          Yes

Butler                          Yes                              Smith               Yes

Jordan                         Yes

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

Mayor: Kathryn Thalman:  First I would like to say thank you all very much.  It is so different to be on this side of the desk and I thank you.  Please bear with me, I am sure I am going to make some mistakes but I promise to work on your behest.  The first thing I would like to do is thank everyone here.  I look forward to working with my Council, a bunch of really wonderful people.  Thank you too Jim, to Cindi, and to Kathy.  They have so graciously offered to stay on during the transition.  I made the promise to be transparent, to advertise positions and they know they can put back in but I thank you all so much.  The first thing I would like to do is to respectfully make a motion to appoint Elizabeth Glick as the City of St. Clairsville’s Law Director.  Elizabeth comes to us from her own Law Office, she has been there since 2013, and she has been an Associate at Thornburg & Bean and a partner as Thornburg, Bean & Glick, A Corporate Counsel, and Attorney for Brilliant Water and Sewer District.  She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Belmont County Bar Association, and West Virginia Bar Association.  She is on the Belmont County Health Board as a Representative of the City of St. Clairsville and Current President.  She is also on the Board of the Upper Ohio Valley Obedience Training Club- Co-Chairman.  A motion to appoint Elizabeth Glick as the Law Director of the City of St. Clairsville was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Beth Oprisch.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Bukmir                        Abstain                        Sabatino          Yes

Butler                          Yes                              Smith               Yes

Jordan                         Yes

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

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

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal: I wish everyone a Happy New Year.  One of the main topics I want to discuss this evening is the new Water Tank at St. Clair Commons.  The City has a huge commitment out there. A huge financial gain for the City.  The tank has progressed well, some of the site work has been postponed until the weather breaks but the tank itself was filled, the tank holds half a million gallons of water.  It passed the pressure test, it passed all the chlorination tests so the tank itself is a success and we are 100% confident it will be capable of doing what the City needs it to do.  We will be draining the tank and spoiling the water that is in there because of the testing and heavy chlorination.  We will dechlorinate the water and put that into the catch basin.  We have a training program scheduled with City employees on January 13th.  The final construction punch list meeting will be the 14th and then the tank will be considered operational.  It will not be on line until we remove the old tank behind the City Building which was built in 1929 and for structural reasons that will come down.  That will be coordinated with the filling and operation of the new tank and the old tank coming down.  That will be one of the main goals this year for the water system and the dynamics of water.  We will be very capable of having the means of close to a million gallons of water a day.  That is a great report for the development area at the St. Clair Commons.  Frank Sabatino:  Where are we with the EPA?  Jim Zucal:  I talked to Russell Flag who is now the acting Chief for the Southeast District last Friday.  He said there will be orders coming from the Ohio EPA.  They are at the Director’s level to be signed and the City should see them by the end of the week or the first of next week.  Then we know in writing all the components that we need to address.

Mayor, Kathryn Thalman:  I am happy to be here, I don’t have a report other than I have two days under my belt.  I have a lot of things that we have been looking at.  I appreciate all the help and all the positive feedback and all the people willing to help.  I am learning, it is a big learning curve but I promise you we are going to do some great thing in the City.  Thank You. 

Acting Police Chief, Mike Troullos:   I have a quick rundown of our activity for the month of December.  We had ten Criminal Arrests, Two Juvenile arrests, two warrants were served, one domestic, we made 68 traffic stops with 55 warnings and 13 citations. We had 240 calls and complaints. No special teem call outs, we had six accidents, and there were 12 parking tickets issued and 46 calls returned by officers.

Finance Director, Cindi Henry – Not Present

Jim Velas:  I talked to her today, she has been sick off and on all week, she was hoping to come this evening but she wasn’t able.

Planning and Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy:

The census is in 2020.  Starting in 2019 the census sends the City a list of residential addresses.  What I have to do then is take that list and compare it to our list from the Utility Office.  I did that and added some addresses that they were missing.  I corrected that list and sent the information back in.  At that point they sent back whether they agreed with us or deny some of the changes.  They denied ten of the addresses which is mind boggling to me because I work for the City and I know pretty much where everything is.  I took those ten addresses and I gathered information that we had here at the City. I gathered Auditor information with proof that they are in the City, I took pictures or whatever need be.  I sent that appeal back to them and they approved all ten.  One of them believe it or not was the Senior Suites Building at St. Clair Commons.  That has the potential of 100 residents.  That was good news there.  Most of Council know that Council is part of the complete count committee that the census asked us to establish.  The expectation of City Council is too get the word out.  If you are aware of residents in your neighborhood that are elderly let them know that the census is coming up.  Starting March 12th to the 20th they are going to start sending notices too all the residential addresses within the City, Something different this year, you can go on the website and fill out the form.  There is only nine questions so it is not difficult.  One interesting thing I found out on the web site is the City has low response. St. Clairsville is lower than the national average.  The population in 2010 was 5,184 if 15% did not fill it out it could have been 5,961.  It is important to get the word out.

Frank Sabatino:  I noticed in the paper the public notice of the zoning changes.  Tom Murphy:  I have mentioned for about three meetings the rezoning process within the City.  That hearing will be before the Planning Commission on Monday, February 3rd at 6:00 p.m.  There are quite a few proposals in there.  These proposals the Planning Commission will review and make a recommendation to Council.  Council is then required to hold their public hearing according to City Code.  There are a number of sites within the City that fall into two categories.  One has been predominately commercial for years but for whatever reason they have been in a more restrictive zone not in the appropriate commercial zone that they should have been.  The second category are Community uses for example cemeteries, churches, school properties that are not in the appropriate zone.  Mayor:  Can you put that in an email and send it to the Council and Me?  Tom:  I can do that.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Finance, Mike Smith:  In the future I hope we get more detailed reports in case anyone has any questions.

Utilities, Beth Oprisch: We had a meeting this evening and Donnie had reported that they were doing regular maintenance in the Electric Department and the Sewer Department.  They are getting the dura-patcher as needed to fill pot holes.  There was a pretty big pot hole fixed in front of the school.  We talked a little about staffing levels in the departments. AEP is rebuilding transmission lines so St. Clairsville should be receiving some automatic switches and replacing the wood poles with steel poles.  The Hess station is under radio feed until the end of the month.  Anita passed out the customer adjustments reports.

Police, Mark Bukmir:  Chief Troullos wants to have a meeting after the Council Meeting.

Street North Side, Terra Butler:  No Report 

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

Safety, Terra Butler:  We had the Safety meeting a couple of weeks ago.  It was really a great meeting very positive and informative. 

Building and Grounds, Perry Basile:  I think this applies.  Terra was contacted by the Halloran Family, owners of Home Pizza that just recently closed.  They wanted to know if it would be possible to relocate the Pizza Man to Halloran Park.  Tom Murphy:  There is no zoning issue at all.  Home Pizza has been in St. Clairsville for years, the Pizza Man is kind of iconic for a small community and we would hate to see it disappear.  If the parties are agreeable if it was moved up there and put in an appropriate location I think it would be a great thing for the community.  Elizabeth Glick:  I think at this point you just need a motion to look into moving it.  A motion was made by Terra Butler and seconded by Beth Oprisch to look into moving the Pizza Man from Main Street to Halloran Park.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                             Sabatino          Yes

Butler                          Yes                              Smith               Yes

Jordan                         Yes

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

Planning Commission, Frank Sabatino:  No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino: In December the Times Leader ran an article about the new ambulance and when they did the article the new ambulance had been delivered and has 1,000 miles on it already.  We had a record number of calls last year.  This ambulance should be a more comfortable ride for the patients.  We want to thank the voters in the Cumberland Trail Fire District for supporting us.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, January 15th at 3:00 at the Main Station.

Recreation, Linda Jordan:   The next meeting will be January 21st at 4:30 at the Rec. Center.

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

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS:

Law Director, Elizabeth Glick:   I am under the understanding that they tied up everything from 2019 and we are starting with a clean slate.  We have no Ordinances or Resolutions.  Jim Velas:  I want to congratulate you on you new position and I hope you will enjoy being here.  Elizabeth Glick:  Thank you very much.

New Business:  The discussion of appointing a Council Clerk.  Mike Smith:  I want to nominate Roberta Mertz as Council Clerk.  Perry Basile seconded the motion.  Linda Jordan:  What is the reason for letting Kathy go?  Mike Smith:  It is time for a change.  Linda Jordan:  That is the only thing?  Mike Smith:  That is my thing.  Linda:  So we are not going to open it up too anybody?  Mike:  That is my nomination.  Linda:  Do we want to discuss this in executive Session?  Jim Velas:  Is that something that meets the criteria for executive session?  Elizabeth Glick:  Yes.  Jim Velas:  Mike I think you need to withdraw that motion and we need a motion to go into executive session.  We can’t have two motions on the floor at once.  Mike Smith withdrew his motion of Roberta Mertz as Council Clerk.

Executive Session:

A motion was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Beth Oprisch to go into executive session to discuss personnel.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino          Yes

Butler                          Yes                              Smith               Yes

Jordan                         Yes

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

Return to Regular Session:

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino          Yes

Butler                          Yes                              Smith               Yes

Jordan                         Yes

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

A motion to appoint Roberta Mertz to be the Council Clerk was made by Mike Smith and seconded by Beth Oprisch.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Bukmir                        No                               Sabatino          No

Butler                          Yes                              Smith               Yes

Jordan                         No

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

New Business: 

A motion to appoint Beth Oprisch President-Pro-Tem was made by Perry Basile and seconded by Mike Smith.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Bukmir                        No                               Sabatino          Yes

Butler                          Yes                              Smith               Yes

Jordan                         Yes

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

The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 21, 2020 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 Linda Jordan.

January 6, 2020 Council Minutes



December 16, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

December 16, 2019

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

With the following present:

Jim Velas, Council President

Perry Basile, Council, 1st Ward

Mark Bukmir, Council, 3rd Ward

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

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

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

Frank Sabatino, Council 2nd Ward

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

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

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino          Abstain

Butler                          Yes                              Smith               Yes

Jordan                         Yes

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

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

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal: Not Present

Mayor, Terry Pugh:  Not Present

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

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

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:   Not Present

Planning and Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy:

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

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

COUNCIL COMMITTEES

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

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

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

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

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

Safety, Terra Butler:  No Report

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

Planning Commission, Mike Smith:  No Report

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

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

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

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS:

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

Executive Session:

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Bukmir                        No                               Sabatino          No

Butler                          Yes                              Smith               Yes

Jordan                         No

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

Return to Regular Session:

A motion to return too regular session was made by Beth Oprisch and seconded by Mike Smith.

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino          Yes

Butler                          Yes                              Smith               Yes

Jordan                         Yes

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

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          No                               Oprisch            Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino          Yes

Butler                          No                               Smith               No

Jordan                         Yes

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

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

New Business:  Mayor’s Report

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

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                          Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Bukmir                        Yes                              Sabatino          Yes

Butler                          Yes                              Smith               Yes

Jordan                         Yes

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

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

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

December 16, 2019 Council Minutes


Important General Information on the Census

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

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

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

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

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

Useful Links

CENSUS IS HIRING

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


Holiday Hours for City of St. Clairsville

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

If you have an EMERGENCY, please call 911!

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

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


Holiday Hours for City of St. Clairsville

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

If you have an EMERGENCY, please call 911!

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

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

Merry Christmas from the City administration and staff!

12/23/19


December 2, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

December 2, 2019

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

With the following present:

Jim Velas, Council President                             Terry Pugh, Mayor

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

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

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

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

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

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

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

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Abstain             Jordan              Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                   Oprisch            Yes

Butler                           Abstain             Smith                Yes

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

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes                              Jordan              Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Butler                           Abstain                       Smith                Yes

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

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes                              Jordan              Abstain

Bukmir                          Yes                             Oprisch            Yes

Butler                           Abstain                       Smith                Yes

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

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

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal:

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

Mayor, Terry Pugh:

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

Police Lieutenant, Mike Troullos: 

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

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:   No Report

Planning and Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy:

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

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

COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Finance, Mike Smith:  No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:  Not Present

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

Street North Side, Terra Butler:  No Report

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

Safety, Terra Butler:  No Report

Building and Grounds, Perry Basile:  No Report

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

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:  Not Present

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

Park District, Linda Jordan:  No Report

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS:

Law Director, Richard Myser: 

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

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

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes                              Jordan              Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Butler                           Yes                              Smith                Yes

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

Resolution No. 2019-28 was declared adopted.

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes                              Jordan              Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Butler                           Yes                              Smith                Yes

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

Resolution No. 2019-29 was declared adopted.

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

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

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes                              Jordan              Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Oprisch            Yes

Butler                           Yes                              Smith                Yes

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

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

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

December 2, 2019 Council Minutes


Loose leaf pickup update

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:                 DECEMBER 13, 2019

FROM:                CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

SUBJECT:           UPDATE ON ST. CLAIRSVILLE’S LEAF PICKUP

RELEASE:          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

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

Thank you.

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November 18, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

November 18, 2019

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

With the following present:

Jim Velas, Council President                             Terry Pugh, Mayor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Sabatino           Yes

Oprisch                        Yes                              Smith                Yes

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

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

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

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

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

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

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal:  No Report

Mayor, Terry Pugh:

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes

Bukmir                        Abstain             Sabatino           Yes

Oprisch                        Yes                              Smith                Yes

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

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

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:   No Report

Planning and Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy:

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

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

COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Finance, Mike Smith:  No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:  No Report

Police, Mark Bukmir:  No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas:  No Report

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:  No Report

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

Building and Grounds, Perry Basile:  No Report

Planning Commission, Mike Smith:  No Report

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

Recreation, Linda Jordan:  Not Present

Park District, Linda Jordan:  Not Present

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS:

Law Director, Richard Myser: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Sabatino           Yes

Oprisch                        Yes                              Smith                Yes

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

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Sabatino           Yes

Oprisch                        Yes                              Smith                Yes

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

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

ROLL CALL:

Basile                           Yes

Bukmir                         Yes                              Sabatino           Abstain

Oprisch                        Yes                              Smith                Yes

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

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

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

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

November 18, 2019 Council Minutes

 


November 14, 2019 Council Minutes (Special Meeting)

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING

November 14, 2019

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

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

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

Linda Jordan, Council-At-Large

Frank Sabatino, Council, 2nd Ward

Mike Smith, Council-At-Large

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

Roll Call Vote

Basile               Yes

Bukmir             Yes

Jordan              Yes

Sabatino           Yes

Smith                Yes

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

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

Basile               Yes

Bukmir             Yes

Jordan              Yes

Sabatino           Yes

Smith                Yes

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

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

November 14, 2019 Council Minutes (Special Meeting)