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St. Clairsville Water Sewer Facts – August 12 Update

This page is designed to explain to the residents of St. Clairsville, Ohio the situation faced by the City relating to our water and wastewater (sewage) systems.

We expect to update it regularly, as the City collects new information. The newest information will be presented in bold for the ease of people returning to the page for updates.

The document is organized in two sections. The first section is a summary of key information presented chronologically with the latest information in bold at the bottom. The second section will address questions we have received from City Officials, our Bid Review Committee and the community at large.

My hope is that this page will serve as a resource for facts that will help dispel confusion and disinformation about this important issue that impacts every member of our community.

My administration and the City Council don’t have a choice when it comes to needed upgrades at our water and wastewater plants. The work must be done in the next few years, and it is going to cost approximately $25 million.

We do have a choice about how to pay for the upgrades. We can increase water bills by more than $100 a month and then compete against other Ohio communities for scarce grants and loans or, we can sell the systems to a professional utility, regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). The sale would involve modest, predictable rate increases, ongoing investment in the systems for reliability and compliance, and funds to support other St. Clairsville priorities.

I hope you will find this page helpful as the City discusses how to pay for the needed upgrades to our systems.

-Terry Pugh, Mayor

Background and Summary

At more than 90-years old, our water treatment plant and aging distribution system (water mains) are reaching the end of their useful lives. While our sewage treatment plant is in better shape (built in the 1980’s), the aging waste collection system that feeds the plant allows excess water into the system. This results in flooded basements (with untreated sewage) and making treatment costs skyrocket during hard rains.

The water treatment plant, water distribution system, wastewater collection system and sewage treatment plant all need to work together to keep our residents healthy and protect the environment. Treatment standards have changed significantly over the past 90 years.

The City’s finished water currently meets all health, safety and environmental requirements established by the Ohio and U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies (OEPA & USEPA). However, the plants face frequent breakdowns, and the inability to maintain systems (because of their original designs and aging components) regularly put our compliance at risk. Additionally, our aging water distribution system is responsible for discoloration, laundry stains, taste and odor frustrations throughout the community. Finally, 27% of our water mains are too small to meet modern fire protection standards.

The Ohio EPA has issued the city numerous Notices of Violation. Therefore, we must take decisive action to improve our water treatment system or face enforcement action and significant fines.

To see photos from inside the St. C water treatment plant click here.

All combined, the estimated costs to update our treatment, distribution and collection systems to modern standards exceeds $25 million. The City does not have this level of funds on hand; and, in order to qualify to compete for grants or low-interest loans for these types of projects, the City would have to more than double water and sewer bills.

To see the most recent cost estimates to rebuild the water treatment plant click here.

Note: This document includes options for expanding the water treatment plant for which there is no space and does not include costs to improve the wastewater collection systems.

To see the water and sewer rate Implications of this Issue click here.

Soon after taking office in 2016, Mayor Pugh asked his Public Services Director to identify options that meet OEPA directives and support inevitable growth in the area without excessive water rate increases.

The City has explored several options, and narrowed them to two. The first is to more than double current water bills and compete for scarce low-interest loans and even more scarce grant funding. This increase would not guarantee that we would receive assistance, only that we met the requirements to apply for help. If we received grants or loans, there is no guarantee that they would be large enough to tackle all the needs the City faces.

The second option would be for the City to partner with a professional utility company regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Under this model, the operator would purchase the systems and use its capital to fund the needed updates and future improvements. For St. Clairsville, this means we could settle our existing $3.5 million utility debt. At the same time, we could also ensure our water and wastewater quality and compliance requirements are met, and that improvements could be made without skyrocketing rates.

The City administration and Council are now discussing the merits of both of these options.

Questions and Answers

How many proposals did St. Clairsville receive from regulated utilities for the purchase of the systems?

The City conducted our typical general bid process. Only one entity, Aqua Ohio, expressed interest in the form of an official proposal.

What are the highlights of the Aqua proposal?

Summary

In short, their proposal calls for more modest rate increases, ongoing investment in the systems and a one-time payment to the City of $10.6 million. The City could use these funds to retire our existing $3.5 million utility debt and start a capital projects fund to support other priorities like road repairs and solving stormwater problems (like those faced in the Belleview area). Additionally, by removing the systems from government ownership, the property would begin generating annual property taxes and other revenues that come back to our City to support our schools and community.

Proposed Rates

Aqua proposed a rate plan that uses the rate schedule already approved by our City Council though 2022. After that, they expect to increase the minimum water portion of the bill from $26.98 in 2022 to $31.23 in 2025. For the sewer portion of the bill, Aqua would use our approved rates through 2022 with NO additional increases through 2025.

Staff

Aqua would retain the City’s existing water and wastewater staff and use its team of professionals to supplement their expertise and reduce costs. As an example, Aqua Ohio has in-house engineering, customer service, communication and compliance teams to assist our local staff without the need to outsource those services saving both time and money.

How long has the City known about the problems with the water system?

The City has reports from the engineering firm Burgess and Niple outlining major problems in the systems dating back to at least June 1984. As the problems grew, that firm also submitted plans in 1987, 1988, 1999 to update and improve the system. In 2015 the engineering firm W.E. Quicksall and Associates submitted a proposal to the City’s previous administration to resolve issues at the water plant.

There may be additional reports that the current administration has not yet uncovered.

To see photos from inside the St. C water treatment plant click here.

Over the years, the City has addressed acute issues at the plants and repaired broken pipes to restore service. The sewer treatment plant was rebuilt in the 1980’s but the water treatment, distribution and sewer collection problems have never been addressed comprehensively.

What are the rate implications of the needed repairs?

The St. Clairsville Mayor and City Council are discussing how to best pay for $20 to $25 million of needed improvements to the City’s aging water and wastewater systems. An important consideration is the cost that the ratepayers would pay in either scenario.

According to the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, in order to qualify for utility repair financing, the City would need to increase rates to at least 2.5% of our median annual household income, which is $68,000. This would involve a steep increase in 2020 and regular increases thereafter.

Under a proposal from Aqua Ohio, rate increases would be significantly lower.

The table below shows the rate implications for a typical St. Clairsville family using 4,000 gallons of water per month. Note: The City Council has not passed a rate schedule for the years 2023-2026.

This table shows the rate implications for a typical St. Clairsville senior citizen using 2,000 gallons per month. Note: The City Council has not passed a rate schedule for the years 2023-2026.

How can Aqua Ohio upgrade the system without such steep rate increases?

The biggest difference is that because Aqua wouldn’t be applying for state or federal financing, there is no need to meet the requirement of rates being 2.5% of the median household income.

Another big reason a company like Aqua could avoid a big rate spike is that they are able to operate more efficiently and take advantage of economies of scale. Aqua Ohio operates 38 water and wastewater systems across the state serving approximately 500,000 Ohioans. They are able to buy materials and supplies in larger volumes and get better pricing per unit. They can also spread costs among a larger number of people. For example, if the City needs to purchase a $20,000 pump, that cost is shared among our 5,200 residents. Each resident’s burden is about $3.85. Under the Aqua model, the cost would be shared among their customers and the individual burden of that $20,000 pump would only be about $0.04.

Aqua also has another key advantage when it comes to keeping costs down. Because of its size, the company has in-house engineering, customer service, communication and compliance teams. Therefore it avoids the need to outsource those services saving both time and money.

Is it true that the company could raise rates anytime they like and what should we expect to happen to our rates after the rates quoted in the proposal through 2026?

No, Aqua does not have the ability to change rates at will. Because the company is regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, they must request permission from the commission for any rate change. The request must justify the need for the increase and the commission conducts a thorough review of the company’s financial documentation, operational, compliance, customer satisfaction and other records. The process generally takes between nine and 12 months, and it includes a public comment period and a series of public hearings where customers are invited to testify.

While it is impossible to accurately predict rates more than seven years in advance, we can use the rates Aqua charges in its other Ohio service areas as an indicator. Some of their rates vary among jurisdictions, but their customers that have both sewer and water service and use 4,000 gallons a month are paying under $110. Among their water and wastewater systems in Central Ohio, which they purchased in 2012, monthly water / wastewater bills have increased by an average of $2.01 per year. While this is more than our residents are currently paying for service, they are considerably lower than our rates would be if the City was to pay for the improvements using loans.

How can we be confident that Aqua Ohio would invest in our infrastructure and not let the system that serves St. Clairsville get worse?

Aqua has a strong track record of investing in its systems for compliance and reliability. They typically invest between $30 and $40 million per year in its 38 Ohio systems. In 2019 Aqua is spending $44 million on water and wastewater improvement projects.

City staff is working on answers to other questions relating to this issue that have been presented over the past several weeks.

We encourage residents to check back regularly. New information is presented in bold font.



Employment Opportunity – Program Supervisor

The City of St. Clairsville has an opening for a Program Supervisor to oversee and create departmental programs and budgets, and occasionally work in place of the Recreation Director. Job description and application information can be found here on our website. Deadline to apply is August 16, 2019.


48-Hour Limited Boil Order – Woodrow Ave and W. Main St

PRESS RELEASE

FROM:          CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

DATE:          July 26, 2019

SUBJECT:    WATER LINE REPAIR / LIMITED BOIL ORDER

RELEASE:    IMMEDIATE

 

Beginning as soon as water service is restored, the City of St. Clairsville has issued a 48-HOUR BOIL ORDER for drinking water and cooking purposes for residents and businesses on the following streets ONLY:

North side of Woodrow Avenue from South Marietta Street to Home Pizza

South side of West Main Street from South Marietta Street to Home Pizza

An unexpected water line repair has caused this advisory.  Residents and businesses also may experience discoloration and temporary loss of water pressure for the following two to three days due to the repair.

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

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Limited Boil Order

PRESS RELEASE

FROM:          CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

DATE:          July 25, 2019

SUBJECT:    WATER LINE REPAIR / LIMITED BOIL ORDER

RELEASE:    IMMEDIATE

Beginning as soon as water service is restored, the City of St. Clairsville has issued a 48-HOUR BOIL ORDER from 9:45pm EST for drinking water and cooking purposes for residents and businesses on the following streets ONLY:

North side of Woodrow Avenue from South Marietta Street to South Market Street

South side of West Main Street from South Marietta Street to South Market Street

An unexpected water line repair has caused this advisory.  Residents and businesses also may experience discoloration and temporary loss of water pressure for the following two to three days due to the repair.

If questions, please call 740-695-1161 or 740-695-1410.  Thank you.

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July 1, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

July 1, 2019

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

Tim Porter, Council President                          Terry Pugh, Mayor

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

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

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

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

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

Cindi Henry, Finance Director

The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Porter

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

Roll Call Vote:

Bukmir             Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan              Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch            Yes

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

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

CITIZENS HEARING:

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

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

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

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

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

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal:  No Report

Mayor, Terry Pugh: 

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

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

Roll Call Vote:

Bukmir             Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan              Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch            Yes

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

Police Chief, Jeff Henry:

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

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:

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

Roll Call Vote:

Bukmir             Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan              Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch            Yes

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

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

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

Planning & Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy:

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

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith: Not Present

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:

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

Police, Mark Bukmir: No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas:   No Report

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch:   No Report

Safety, Jim Velas:   

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

Building Perry Basile:  Not Present

Planning Commission: Mike Smith:  Not Present

Fire District, Frank Sabatino: 

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

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

Recreation, Linda Jordan:

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

Park District, Linda Jordan:

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

Law Director, Richard Myser:

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

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

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

Roll Call Vote:

Bukmir             No                                Sabatino                      No

Jordan              No                                Velas                           Yes

Oprisch            Yes

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

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

Roll Call Vote:

Bukmir             Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes

Jordan              Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch            Yes

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

Resolution No. 2019-15 was declared adopted.

NEW BUSINESS:

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

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

July 1, 2019 Council Minutes


Resolution Number 2019 – 18

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2019 – 18

A RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE

PROPOSED CLASS II INJECTION WELLS

IN RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, BELMONT COUNTY, OHIO

AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2019 – 18


Ordinance Number 2019 – 17

ORDINANCE NUMBER 2019- 17

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ELECTION OF

AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY CHARTER PURSUANT TO THE

RECOMMENDATION OF THE CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION

AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

 

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

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

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

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

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

The proposed amendments are as follows:

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

             ORIGINALLY READ:

                         Section 5.  Executive Powers of the Mayor.

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

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

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

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

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

AMENDED TO READ:

                         Section 5.  Executive Powers of the Mayor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

             ORIGINALLY READ:

                         Section 1. Director of Finance. 

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

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

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

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

AMENDED TO READ:

            Section 1. Director of Finance. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

             ORIGINALLY READ:

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

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

             AMENDED TO READ:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

ORDINANCE NUMBER 2019 – 17

 


Resolution Number 2019 – 16

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2019 – 16

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY COUNCIL

TO RECOGNIZE THE OUTSTANDING SERVICE OF “BEAU”

TO THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND

TO PERMIT HIS TRAINER TO PURCHASE HIM

UPON BEAU’S RETIREMENT FROM SERVICE

AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2019 – 16


No Parking During Paving Project

PRESS RELEASE

FROM:         CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

DATE:          JULY 17, 2019

SUBJECT:   NO PARKING FOR MILLING AND STREET PAVING

BEGINNING ON SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019

RELEASE:   IMMEDIATE

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

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

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

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

 

Press Release – Remove vehicles Paving project