City of St. Clairsville

Resolution Number 2022-38

RESOLUTION 2022-38

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PUBLIC SERVICE DIRECTOR TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES FOR GRANT FUNDS FOR THE ACQUISITION OF NATIVE TREES FOR CITY PROPERTY AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, the City of St. Clairsville’s goal is to promote the beautification of the City and continue efforts to secure its Tree City USA annual designation, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation; and

WHEREAS, the City desires to look at alternative funding sources to help finance the costs involved with the acquisition of mature trees;

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

SECTION 1That the Public Service Director is authorized and directed to submit a grant application to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ The Urban Canopy Restoration Grant program for the purchase of trees and is authorized to enter into any contracts required.

SECTION 2That the Public Service Director is authorized and directed to sign all documents required by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ The Urban Canopy Restoration Grant application.

SECTION 3:  That the purchase of trees for use in Central Park, the vicinity of the Waste Water Treatment Plant, and other open spaces is a high priority project for the City as the same will promote and enhance the public welfare of the citizens of the City of St. Clairsville.

SECTION 4That this Resolution is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, welfare, and safety of the residents of the City of St. Clairsville and, further, the application to be filed with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ The Urban Canopy Restoration Grant program is due on October 14, 2022.

SECTION 5That 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 meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 3rd day of October, 2022, by the affirmative vote of 7 members of the Council.

Resolution Number 2022-38

 


Resolution Number 2022-37

RESOLUTION 2022-37

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PUBLIC SERVICE DIRECTOR TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO THE OHIO PUBLIC WORKS COMMISSION’S NATURAL RESOURCES ASSISTANCE COUNCIL’S CLEAN OHIO CONSERVATION FUND FOR GRANT FUNDS FOR THE ACQUISITION AND PRESERVATION OF PROPERTY ALONG THE NATIONAL ROAD BIKEWAY AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, the City’s goal is to promote the beautification of the City through the enhancement of the National Road Bikeway (NRBW); and

WHEREAS, the City must look at alternative funding sources to help finance the costs involved with the acquisition of property;

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

SECTION 1That the Public Service Director is authorized and directed to submit grant applications to the Ohio Public Works Commission’s Natural Resources Assistance Council’s Clean Ohio Conservation Fund for grant funds to be used for the purchase of property and is authorized to enter into any contracts required.

SECTION 2That the Public Service Director is authorized and directed to sign all documents required by the Ohio Public Works Commission’s Natural Resources Assistance Council’s Clean Ohio Conservation Fund application.

SECTION 3:  That the purchase of land adjacent to the National Road Bikeway is a high priority project for the City as the same will promote and enhance the public welfare of the citizens of the City of St. Clairsville.

SECTION 4That this Resolution is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, welfare, and safety of the residents of the City of St. Clairsville and that the new property will enhance the quality of life for those residents of the City and, further, the application to be filed with the Ohio Public Works Commission’s Natural Resources Assistance Council’s Clean Ohio Conservation Fund is due on October 14, 2022.

SECTION 5That 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 meeting of the Council of the City of St. Clairsville on this 3rd day of October, 2022, by the affirmative vote of 7 members of the Council.

Resolution Number 2022-37


September 1, 2022 Council Minutes Special Meeting

ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL

September 1, 2022 Special Meeting

Jim Velas, Council President                                            Kathryn Thalman, Mayor

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

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

Terra Butler, Council, 4th Ward                                        Annette Williams, 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                                                 Thrash                  HERE

Jordan                  HERE

Oprisch                HERE                                                Vincenzo         HERE

Smith                   HERE

Six (6) Present                Zero (0) Absent

NEW BUSINESS: Councilman Vincenzo received an email from a resident on Crisswill Avenue seeking the Council’s permission to close a portion of the street on September 3rd to have a residential block party.

Councilwoman Jordan made a motion to allow the resident to close a portion of Crisswill Avenue on September 3rd, seconded by Councilwoman Butler. 

ROLL CALL:

Butler                   YES                                      Thrash                  YES

Jordan                  YES

Oprisch               YES                                    Vincenzo         YES

Smith                   YES

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

Motion Carried 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Councilwoman Butler made a motion to enter Executive Session, under ORC 121.22(G)(1), to interview applicants for the Ward 3 Council Position; Councilman Vincenzo seconded the motion. 

ROLL CALL:

Butler                   YES                                      Thrash                  YES

Jordan                  YES

Oprisch                YES                                     Vincenzo         YES

Smith                   YES

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

Motion Carried

Executive Session entered at 7:02 pm.

Councilwoman Jordan made a motion to exit Executive Session; Councilman Smith seconded the motion.

ROLL CALL:

Butler                   YES                                      Thrash                  YES

Jordan                  YES

Oprisch                YES                                     Vincenzo         YES

Smith                   YES

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

Motion Carried

Executive Session exited at 8:45 pm.

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

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to come before Council, Councilwoman Butler made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Councilman Thrash. The meeting was adjourned at 8:47 P.M.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 7:00 P.M. All Councilmembers will be present at the City Building for the next meeting. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting in the Council Chambers.

 


August 15, 2022 Council Minutes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE CITY COUNCIL

August 15, 2022 Meeting

Jim Velas, Council President                                             Kathryn Thalman, Mayor

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

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

Terra Butler, Council, 4th Ward                                         Annette Williams, 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                                             Thrash                  HERE

Jordan                 HERE                                             Thomas               ABSENT

Oprisch               HERE                                              Vincenzo         HERE

Smith                  HERE

Seven (7) Present                          Zero (0) Absent

NEW BUSINESS: Councilman Thomas turned in a letter of resignation effective August 15, 2022. Council President Velas informed Council that they have 30 days to fill the vacancy, and after 30 days, the Mayor has the right to fill the seat. After deliberation by Council on how they wish to fill the vacancy, Councilwoman Oprisch made a motion to place an advertisement in the Times Leader seeking interested residents in Ward 3 to fill the vacancy; Councilwoman Jordan seconded the motion.

ROLL CALL:

Butler                   YES                                      Thrash                  YES

Jordan                  YES

Oprisch                YES                                      Vincenzo         YES

Smith                   YES

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

MINUTES: President Jim Velas confirmed all Councilmembers received the minutes from the August 1st Council Meeting. Councilman Thrash made a motion to approve the minutes from August 1, 2022, Council Meeting; motion seconded by Councilwoman Butler.

ROLL CALL:

Butler                   YES                                                      Thrash                  YES

Jordan                  YES

Oprisch                YES                                                      Vincenzo         YES

Smith                   YES

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

Minutes Approved

CITIZEN HEARING: None

CORRESPONDENCE: The Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District sent a letter to Council seeking permission to hold their annual Boo at the Bike Trail Event on October 25, 2022, from 4-6 pm. Councilwoman Oprisch made a motion to allow the Belmont SWCD to hold their annual Boo at the Bike Trail Event on October 25, 2022, from 4-6 pm; Councilman Thrash seconded the motion.

ROLL CALL:

Butler                   YES                                      Thrash                  YES

Jordan                  YES

Oprisch                YES                                      Vincenzo         YES

Smith                   YES

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

Motion Carried

Tri-County Help Center sent a letter to Council seeking permission to host their 16th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness March on October 19, 2022, at 6:00 pm. Councilwoman Jordan made a motion to allow Tri-County Help Center to host their 16th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness March on October 19, 2022, at 6:00 pm; Councilwoman Butler seconded the motion.

ROLL CALL:

Butler                   YES                                      Thrash                  YES

Jordan                  YES

Oprisch                YES                                     Vincenzo         YES

Smith                   YES

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

Motion Carried

President Velas read a letter from the St. Clairsville Library Director Doug Walsh thanking the City of St. Clairsville for partnering with the library on the grant-funded project to install a permanent story walk along the bikeway.

Mayor Thalman read a letter from the Consul General of Japan Shindo, thanking the Mayor for her hospitality during his recent visit.

REPORTS: Mayor Kathryn Thalman reported that she attended the ARC Program event at the Amphitheater. The Mayor participated in a board meeting at East Ohio Regional Hospital. The Hospital plans to open its Cardiac Catheterization Lab in the next few months and expand its inpatient drug rehabilitation services. Lastly, the Mayor thanked the Rec Center for all their hard work in making the Concert Series a success.

Service/Safety Director Jeremy Greenwood reported that Ward 1 Sewer Smoke Testing is complete, and Testing will be starting in Ward 2 next. The EPA inspected the Wastewater Plant; no report has been received. The I-70 project is expected to begin in October or November. The Contractor delayed the paving project on South Marietta Street until the first week of October. Mr. Greenwood stated that he is waiting for the County to provide its water agreement because the deadline from the EPA to be on County water is a month away. There have been 15 waterline breaks this year. Furthermore, Rec Director Gay has applied for a $1,000 grant through Serve Ohio. Rocco Balog has been hired to the Rec Center as Program Director. Lastly, August’s employee of the month is Jerry Abate.

Councilwoman Jordan asked if Council had discussed the rate of pay for the Rec Center Program Director. Mr. Greenwood stated that the applicant’s experience and qualifications determined the salary. Furthermore, Councilwoman Jordan asked who is designing the Water Distribution Project. Mr. Greenwood said that Jeff Vaughn of Vaughn Coast and Vaughn is the designer on the project. Moreover, Councilwoman Jordan asked if Council discussed Jeff Vaughn as the project’s designer. Mr. Greenwood stated that Jeff Vaughn was approached to estimate the phase one project. Once the EPA awarded the $5 million grant for the Water Distribution System, the City stayed with Jeff Vaughn because of the timeline to meet the EPA’s demands.

Councilman Vincenzo asked Mr. Greenwood about the Ward One Smoke Testing results. Mr. Greenwood stated that he doesn’t have the exact figure but that there was a small percentage of violations in the Ward.

Police Chief Matt Arbenz reported that the Kinetic Breaching Tool has been ordered and is expected to take 90 days to receive. Lastly, Chief Arbenz asked everyone to keep Officer Justin Work in their prayers as he and his wife are having their second child.  

Finance Director Annette Williams reported that she is finishing the audit.

Planning & Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy reported that the Board of Zoning Appeals met on August 3rd and approved the variances for Trinity Health Systems and Ed Perzanowski. Mr. Murphy stated that he had found a contractor willing to cut the properties with overgrown grass in the City.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance Chair Mike Smith reported that the Finance Committee met before the Council Meeting. Revenues are at about 55%, with the expenses at about 41%. Councilman Smith stated that the money is being spent wisely. The loan before Council in the legislation has an interest rate of 0% and is coming directly from the EPA. Councilman Smith asked that both pieces of legislation be passed on an emergency basis.

Utilities Chair Terra No Report.

Police Chair Beth Oprisch No report.  

Streets – North Side Chair Don Vincenzo thanked Mr. Smithberger for getting the Children at Play signs up on Legion Road.

Streets – South Side Chair JC Thrash No report.

Safety Chair JC Thrash No report. 

Building and Grounds Chair Linda Jordan presented to Council a picture of the South Park Basketball Court’s condition. Councilwoman Jordan stated the Council was told there was money in the Budget for South Park renovations, but nothing has been done. Councilwoman Oprsich asked Mr. Greenwood why nothing had been done to South Park yet. Mr. Greenwood stated that due to the $60,000 fuel deficit that certain projects in the City have been delayed ensuring that the City has enough money to pay for fuel. Councilwoman Jordan noted that the Administration should come to Council and discuss which projects will be placed on hold. Mr. Greenwood stated that he had informed Council at many past meetings that there is a fuel deficit, and he needs to put projects on hold to ensure the Budget is balanced.   

Planning Commission Chair Vacant No report.

Fire Chair Linda Jordan No Report.

Recreation Chair Vacant No Report.

Park District Chair Linda Jordan No report.

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS: Law Director Elizabeth Glick

Resolution No. 2022-35 – A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE TO APPLY FOR, ACCEPT, AND ENTER INTO A WATER SUPPLY REVOLVING LOAN ACCOUNT (WSRLA) AGREEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE FOR DESIGN AND/OR CONSTRUCTION OF WATER FACILITIES; AND DESIGNATING A DEDICATED REPAYMENT SOURCE FOR THE LOAN AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

A motion was made by Councilman Thrash that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Resolution No. 2022-35 and that the Resolution, be passed on an emergency basis; seconded by Councilwoman Butler.

ROLL CALL:

Butler                   YES                                      Thrash                  YES

Jordan                  YES

Oprisch                YES                                     Vincenzo         YES

Smith                   YES

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

Councilman Thrash made a motion to pass Resolution No. 2022-35, seconded by Councilwoman Butler.

ROLL CALL:

Butler                   YES                                      Thrash                  YES

Jordan                  YES

Oprisch                YES                                      Vincenzo         YES

Smith                   YES

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

Motion Carried

Ordinance No. 2022-36 – AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICES TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS AND ACCEPT BIDS FOR THE WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS – PHASES 1 AND 2 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

A motion was made by Councilman Thrash that the rules requiring three separate readings be suspended on Ordinance No. 2022-36 and that the Ordinance, be passed on an emergency basis; seconded by Councilman Smith.

ROLL CALL:

Butler                   YES                                      Thrash                  YES

Jordan                  YES

Oprisch                YES                                     Vincenzo         YES

Smith                   YES

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

Motion Carried

Councilman Thrash made a motion to pass Ordinance No. 2022-36, seconded by Councilwoman Butler.

ROLL CALL:

Butler                   YES                                      Thrash                  YES

Jordan                  YES

Oprisch                YES                                      Vincenzo         YES

Smith                   YES

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

Motion Carried

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to come before Council, Councilwoman Butler made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Councilman Thrash. The meeting was adjourned at 8:02 P.M.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 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.


City residents have begun to receive scam phone calls regarding payment for utilities provided by the City

On September 1, the City of St Clairsville has been made aware of scam phone calls which City residents have been receiving.  A recording tells residents that they have delinquent utility bills and must pay now to avoid termination.  These calls have not been generated by the City’s Utility Office.  The City has sent a CodeRED alert to all residents who have signed up for this service through Belmont County 9-1-1 to caution that these calls are fake.  We remind residents to not give out any personal information over the phone.

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


First City Council meeting in September will be held on Tuesday, September 6, at 7:00 P. M.

Due to the Labor Day federal holiday on Monday, September 5, 2022, the first City Council meeting in September will be held on Tuesday, September 6, at 7:00 P. M. in the Council Chamber on the second floor of the Municipal Building (100 North Market Street).  The monthly Utility Committee meeting also will be held on Tuesday, September 6, starting at 6:15 P. M. and concluding before the full City Council meeting begins.

A reminder, the process for the public to follow to address City Council is spelled out in Resolution Number 2016-26 (please click link to review details).

If questions, please contact the Council Clerk, Jacob DeBertrand, on 740-695-1324 or by emailing him (jacob.debertrand@gmail.com).



Part-time School Crossing Guard position now open

The position of School Crossing Guard is part-time employment.  School Crossing Guards stop and direct traffic at assigned intersections during school days.  They work part-time from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. with adjustments for early dismissal days.  The School Crossing Guards are expected to work in all weather conditions, stand and walk without a break for 60-90 minutes.  The salary is: $14.06/hour.  This part-time position has no City-provided fringe benefits.

State law requires the following background checks before hiring crossing guards:  FBI criminal history background check; or Ohio Police criminal background check.  If questions, please call 740-695-0156.

If interested, please bring completed application (click link below) — with professional references — to the Municipal Building (100 N. Market St.) at your earliest opportunity.  Business hours are 8:30 – 4:30 on Monday – Friday.

Application for Employment

 


Friday, Aug. 26, 4:00 P. M. is deadline for candidates to provide IN PERSON at Municipal Bldg. a letter of interest and resume for Ward 3 City Council vacancy

St. Clairsville’s City Council has a vacancy in the Ward 3 Council position and is seeking applicants who have: resided in Ward 3 (SW quadrant) for at least one year; been residents of the City for at least two years; and are registered voters. Any qualified residents with interest in serving must hand deliver a letter of interest with special qualifications which would be beneficial to the City, and a current resume, to the Municipal Building (100 N. Market St.) on or before Friday, August 26th, at 4 P. M. Applicants will be interviewed by the City Council to determine the most qualified applicant. If questions, please contact the City on 740-695-1324.


Ordinance Number 2022-36

ORDINANCE 2022-36 

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC

SERVICES TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS AND ACCEPT BIDS

FOR THE WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

IMPROVEMENTS – PHASES 1 AND 2

AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

 

WHEREAS, The City of St. Clairsville is in need of water upgrades to its aged distribution system; and

WHEREAS, Council for the City of St. Clairsville desires to authorize the Director of Public Services to begin advertising for bids so that bids can be accepted for the Water Distribution System Improvements – Phases 1 and 2.

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

SECTION 1:  That the Director of Public Services is authorized and directed to advertise for bids and accept the bids for the Water Distribution System Improvements – Phases 1 and 2.

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

SECTION 3That 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 15th day of August, 2022, by the affirmative vote of 6 members of the council.

Ordinance Number 2022-36