City of St. Clairsville

Effective April 10, New & Improved Online Bill Pay Service - Read More...

Municipal Utilities Office’s After-Hours Answering Service for Utilities Disruptions - Read More...

Tudor Drive and St. Clair Street…Limited Road Closures Beginning on March 5, 2019 - Read More...

Tornado Siren Testing Schedule

The City of St. Clairsville now has 3 outdoor sirens to alert our residents in case of a tornado or natural disaster. The main siren is on the Courthouse roof, and the others are located at Spring Park and the intersection of Johnet and Harbel Dr. In the event of a tornado or natural disaster, the St. Clairsville Police Department or Fire Department will sound the alarm. Testing will be the first Monday of every month at 12:00 PM for the duration of 1 minute.

Additional Information


Monday, March 11, 2019 (8 – 10 P. M. ONLY): Limited Electric Power Outage Scheduled

 PRESS RELEASE

DATE:            MARCH 7, 2019

FROM:          CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

SUBJECT:      SCHEDULED ELECTRIC OUTAGE

RELEASE:     IMMEDIATELY

This scheduled electric outage is due to the wind storm-related power outage which occurred on February 24, 2019.  Full restoration of the Hess substation dictates the need for this limited power outage scheduled for Monday, March 11, 2019 from 8 P. M. to 10 P. M. in the following areas within the City of St. Clairsville:

  • West of State Route 9 (Marietta Street), and
  • Wellington Woods which includes Windermere Drive, Tudor Drive, Westminster Drive, Chaucer Court and Beckett Court.

Facilities which are considered critical will NOT lose electric service during the planned outage.

If questions during normal business hours on Monday through Friday, please call 740-695-0156.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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Press Release_Scheduled Electric Outage_March 7 2019


February 19, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

February 19, 2019

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 with the following present:

Tim Porter, Council President                           Terry Pugh, Mayor

Perry Basile, Council 1st Ward                          Cindi Henry, Finance Director

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

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

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                       Jim Zucal, Service Director

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

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

Jim Velas, Council 4th Ward

The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Porter

MINUTES:  Minutes of the February 4, 2019 meeting were distributed to Council.  A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Jim Velas to approve the Minutes of February 4, 2019.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes                 

Bukmir                       Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

CITIZENS HEARING: 

Tim Hall:  Chief, Cumberland Trail Fire District.

I have a business card for each of you.  It is my old card with my old title but it has my email address and the station phone number.  You are more than welcome to stop by the Fire House anytime you would like, the doors are always open.  Any questions you may have feel free to call on me.  I truly believe we have a great fire department in the city to protect not only the city but also the township.  The department had a great foundation long before me with the administrators, governing body and most of all the Community support we have day in and day out for the Fire Department.  Thank you for having me.

Jason Baughman, Chief Building Official, Mid-East Ohio Building Department (Muskingum County)

Thanks for having me.  I understand there has been a couple of readings of an Ordinance for possibly changing to have the Mid-East Ohio Building Department to do inspections on commercial buildings in the City of St. Clairsville.  I understand there are some questions so I thought I would be available to answer any questions you might have.  I brought some handouts to show the difference in our fees and the State of Ohio fees.  Explained the different fees.  When the project is done you will get a certificate of occupancy.  For a small project I will do a field inspection fee that covers the cost of sending an inspector.  I approve drawings, the approved drawings go to the job site.  When they are ready for an inspection they call and schedule it, my inspector goes to the field.  Their job is to compare the work to the approved drawings.  If they match, everything is approved.  They sign off and they head out.  If they don’t match the approved drawings, they are required to deny the inspection.  The contractor can change the work, change the drawings or appeal it to the state.  The re-inspection fee comes into play when the contractor continually calls for inspections without building to the approved plans.  They waste our time and I will tell them the next time we come out we are going to charge you a re-inspection fee.  Tom Murphy:  Mike Smith had some questions about sections of the State code.  I researched that and I worked with Jason.  Unfortunately State codes change from time to time and in this case it had changed so the correct state codes are in the Ordinance that you have now.  Jim Zucal:  Jason I want to thank you for the order of the group.  I can tell you that with Tom and I working with Jason we already have gotten off to a good start.  I appreciate him coming in tonight.  He changed his schedule to come to Council.  I appreciate what Tom has done in following up with Council’s questions.  I have experience working with another local authority and I think the local flavor means a lot.  I want to thank Richard for getting the legislation corrected.  I feel this will be a good move for the City and the best interest of the City.

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal:

I passed out for all of Council some history of the utilities here in the city in particular the water department.  There is some good reading there and I want to validate concerns and the questions that we all have and that the EPA has notified us of.  There is a notice of violations dated 2015 and 2018.  I want to assure Council that the Mayor, Cindi and I and all our department heads are working on fixing a lot of the problems and we continue to do that.  It comes down to one word, capital.  It takes a lot of money to fix things.  I wanted to validate those concerns and what the EPA sends to the city.  There is some documentation.  There is some information that we had from an operator of record that we had at one time.  The water is at maximum capacity, maximum flow, and maximum deliverable.  It is a good read, there is some good information.  There is also three articles written about the trend today and what is happening in water and what is predicted in the future, and some of the mistakes that have been made in the past and why cities have gotten into problems.  I feel that we all have a chance.  I think we are at a crossroads in the city with what we are going to decide so I want to make sure that we get it right.  I think we want to be very methodical, we want to take our time.  I appreciate Council’s working with the Administration because regardless it is going to have to happen.  As another step in the process in the right direction we are going to reserve the Recreation Center on Thursday, March 7th from noon to 8:00 p.m. to have an open house, public interest, citizens meeting.  There will be media attention, there will be notification coming, I wanted Council to know first.  We are going to put a program together with some video, some documentation, some parts and pieces and just have an open forum.  We want to be transparent with the public to show them what we have in particular with water. We will be there, there will be representatives of Aqua.  We will have videos and pictures.  We will try to do our best to describe what is going on in the city.  I think it is a good first step.  Beth Oprisch:  What information have we shared with the employees?  Jim Zucal:  We met with the Union.  We shared this with them up front.  No decision has been made yet.  What will happen if this comes to fruition there will be a request for qualifications. We will take in applications from qualified parties.  Then we would go out to requests for proposal. That is Ohio law.  It is very structured but if it would come to fruition Aqua would offer all of our employees’ jobs.  That was clearly shared with the union.  We have to do what is best for the customers.  That has been told to them loud and clear.  There is not much more that we can tell them at this point.  We met with the union people with our HR people and the union rep.  Mayor Pugh:  It is a long process and until a decision is actually made, there is nothing to talk to the employees about.  It is our responsibility to provide the citizens with safe drinking water.  I also want the employees to get the best deal they can get even if it is not with the city.  Quite honestly today my priority is the citizens of St. Clairsville.  Jim Zucal:  We have done everything we can do.  We followed Ohio law.  Our facilities are listed as very poor.  The lifespan of the water plant is three years according to the EPA.  You can see there are numerous violations.  We have this one chance to make it right. There was neglect over the years to raise the rates, we don’t have the revenue to fix the problems.  I think as a body of Council, we have to react to this and we are trying to do what we think is best for the city.  Tim Porter:  All that being said our water is safe, our problem is the structures.

Mayor, Terry Pugh:

We have had some water breaks over the last couple of weeks.  We have also had the flu going around our crews.  We had to pull from other departments to get the breaks taken care of.  I just want to commend them all.

We are expecting some snow starting tomorrow morning.  We were discussing how to tell people to move their cars.  One thing we were talking about is the levels that the Sherriff puts out in case of big snows.  Those go out to all of the media.  We could let people know if it was level 2 cars need to be off the roads.  That would require a different ordinance from Council.  That might be a solution.  Jim Velas:  We would have to change the ordinance to go by the snow not the time of day. Mayor Pugh:  Jeff, Jim & I have a meeting tomorrow with Bryan Minder of 911.  When we have a power outage or a water problem and the calls start coming into 911 they have a hard time handling them.  There is a possibility that a real 911 call could be missed with all those calls coming in.  I have secured some bids on an answering service to take the utility calls off 911.  The price is very reasonable and it will only be in effect when the Utility Office is closed.

Police Chief, Jeff Henry:   No Report

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:  No Report

Planning & Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy: 

We have a resume for Karen Iles Burge for the Architectural Board of Review.  Karen was on the Board before but had to resign.  She has the knowledge and the experience and would be a good member of that board.  A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Perry Basile to reappoint Karen Burge to the Architectural Board of Review.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes                 

Bukmir                       Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

There is a Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on Thursday, March 7th at 6:00 p.m.   There are two items on the agenda.  One is a Special Exception request from the Community Improvement Corporation of Belmont County.  The request is for 133 Woodrow Avenue.  The second request is by Thoburn United Methodist Church at 209 E. Main Street.  They would like to add additional signage to what they already have.

Frank Sabatino:  I want to thank Tom Murphy for his prompt attention with an issue that came up in the 2nd Ward recently.

The Planning Commission will meet on Monday, March 4th at 6:00 p.m. for approval of the final site plan for Changes Family Hair Salon & Office at 243 W. Main Street.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith:  No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino: No Report

Police, Mark Bukmir: No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas:

Just changes in the Ordinance on parking during snow.  We hope to come up with something that works for the Fire Department, the Police Department and the road crews.

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch: No Report

Safety, Jim Velas: No Report

Building and Grounds: Perry Basile: No Report Jim Zucal:  You are aware we started on the old Fair building?  Perry Basile:  Yes I stopped by Saturday.

Planning Commission: Mike Smith:  No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:

I would like to thank Chief, Tim Hall for taking the time out of his busy schedule to come to the meeting.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 20th at 3:00.

Recreation, Linda Jordan:  No Report

Park District, Linda Jordan:  No Report

Law Director, Richard Myser:

We have two pieces of legislation to come before Council for the second reading they are Ordinance No. 2019-04 and 2019-05.

No one has contacted me about going into Executive Session this evening.

There was presented and read to Council on its second reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-04. AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE BUILDING DEPARTMENT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

There was presented and read to Council on its second reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-05. AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A REQUEST TO THE BOARD OF BUILDING STANDARDS TO CERTIFY THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE TO EXERCISE ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OHIO BASIC BUILDING CODE WITH THE CONDITIONS THAT THE MUSKINGUM COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT PERFORM ALL INSPECTIONS AND AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT

FOR SUCH ENFORCEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND MUSKINGUM COUNTY, OHIO AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

NEW BUSINESS:

The Mayor’s Report to Council for January, 2019 was $2,473.15.  A motion to accept the Mayor’s Report was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Mike Smith.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes                 

Bukmir                       Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                      Yes

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

The Next Council Meeting will be Monday, March 4, 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 second by Mike Smith.

February 19, 2019 Council Minutes


Ordinance Number 2019 – 6

ORDINANCE 2019 – 06

AMENDING CODIFIED SECTION 933.02/.06

AS PREVIOUSLY AMENDED BY ORDINANCE 2018-04

TO ESTABLISH SEWER RATES EFFECTIVE

AT THE EARLIEST DATE DETERMINED

BY LAW AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

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

SECTION 1: That Codified Ordinance Section 933.02(b) is hereby amended to read as follows:

933.02 SEWER RATES; BILLING

(b) User Charges: Effective with the earliest date determined by law, the following sewer rates are hereby approved and established:

RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL SEWER RATES WITHIN CITY LIMITS

EFFECTIVE 2017

Block Block Limits Per Month Cost Per 1,000 Gallons
1 First 2,000 Gallons $8.25
2 Next 2,000 Gallons $9.05
3 Next 3,000 Gallons $9.85
4 Next 3,000 Gallons $11.65
5 Over 10,000 Gallons $12.45
Minimum Charge per Month $16.50

COMMERCIAL SEWER RATES FOR COMPOUND METERS WITHIN CITY

LIMITS EFFECTIVE 2017

Block Block Limits Per Month Cost Per 1,000 Gallons
1 Per 1,000 Gallons $12.45
Minimum Charge per Month $0

SEWER RATES NOT WITHIN CITY LIMITS EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2018

Block Block Limits Per Month Cost Per 1,000 Gallons
1 First 2,000 Gallons $11.31
2 Next 2,000 Gallons $12.31
3 Next 3,000 Gallons $13.31
4 Next 3,000 Gallons $19.96
5 Over 10,000 Gallons $21.46
Minimum Charge per Month $21.62

 

3/1/2019 3/1/2020 3/1/2021 3/1/2022
$10.25 $11.25 $12.25 $13.25
$11.05 $12.05 $13.05 $14.05
$11.85 $12.85 $13.85 $14.85
$12.65 $13.65 $14.65 $15.65
$13.45 $14.45 $15.45 $16.45
$20.50 $22.50 $24.50 $26.50

Sewer Rates for Compound Meters within the City Limits will increase to the ‟10001+” tier for each year thereafter.

Accounts shall be payable at the Municipal Utility Office or WesBanco Bank, Inc., online or drop box, on or before the twenty-third (23rd) day of the month in which the utility bill was mailed to the customer.  If the account is not paid within the aforesaid time period, a late payment charge of ten percent (10%) shall be imposed.

The financial institution designated in this section is authorized to collect a utility customer’s payment, process the payment and deposit the payment into the City’s account at said financial institution.  It is deemed that said services are being rendered as a convenience to its customers.

Section 2:  That this Ordinance is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety of the residents of the City of St. Clairsville in order to stabilize the sewer fund in a reasonable and expeditious manner.

Section 3:  That this Ordinance shall take effect and be in full 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 4th day of March, 2019, by the affirmative vote of 7 members of the council.

Ordinance Number 2019 – 6

 

 

 


Tudor Drive and St. Clair Street…Limited Road Closures Beginning on March 5, 2019

PRESS RELEASE

FROM:              CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

DATE:               MARCH 1, 2019

SUBJECT:         PLANNED ROAD CLOSURES

RELEASE:         IMMEDIATE

On Tuesday, March 5, the City of St. Clairsville will close a limited number of streets due to a culvert replacement project.  The streets which will be completely – or partially – closed include:

  • Tudor Drive;
  • Clair Street, between Neff and McFadden Streets ONLY; and
  • there will be some limited access points.

Approximate working hours will be weekdays from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  The work will continue each day until the project is complete.  Please remember to drive slowly and cautiously in the vicinity of this maintenance work for everyone’s protection.

These limited street closures are expected to last 8 to 9 days.  If questions during normal business hours on Monday through Friday, please call 740-695-0156.  After hours, please call the non-emergency Police Department phone line (740-695-0123).  Thank you for your cooperation.

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March 7, 2019 Public Meeting Announcement

TO:  CITY RESIDENTS

FR:  CITY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES

RE:  FUTURE OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE’S WATER AND SEWER SYSTEMS

The City is holding an open public meeting to provide information to the City’s residents about the current condition of the City’s water and sewer utilities.  Representatives of the City and a private operator will be available to answer questions following a brief presentation of the issues under consideration.

The event is being held on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the City’s Recreation Center, 102 Fair Avenue, from Noon until 8:00 P. M.  The public is encouraged to drop in to the session at any time.

Any questions about this public meeting can be directed to the Office of the Director of Public Services and Safety by calling 740-695-0156.

ZUCAL_Public Meeting Announcement_March 7 2019


Council Work Session Scheduled for March 5, 2019

The St. Clairsville City Council is holding a work session on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 6:45 P. M. in the Municipal Building’s Council chamber.  This meeting has been called to provide information to Council about the current condition of the City’s water and sewer utilities.

Representatives of the City Administration and a private operator will be available to answer questions following a brief presentation (with slide show) of the issues under consideration.

Any questions about this public meeting can be directed to the Mayor’s Office by calling 740-695-1324.

Council Work Session_March 5 2019


February 4, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

February 4, 2019

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Monday, February 4, 2019 with the following present:

Tim Porter, Council President                          Terry Pugh, Mayor

Perry Basile, Council 1st Ward                         Cindy Henry, Finance Director

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

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

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                       Jim Zucal, Service Director

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

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

Jim Velas, Council 4th Ward

The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Porter

MINUTES:  Minutes of the January 22, 2019 meeting were distributed to Council.  A motion was made by Jim Velas and seconded by Linda Jordan to approve the Minutes of January 22, 2018.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes                 

Bukmir                        Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

CITIZENS HEARING: 

There were no Citizens present who wished to address Council.

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal:

I put before Council tonight a table of organization that we worked out with Clemans Nelson

Our HR, Labor Relations Attorney’s.  One of the main reasons for this table of organization was for our new asset plan for city water and wastewater we had to have that so I thought it was important that we share it with Council.  If you see anything there you have questions about contact me.  I think it is well done, I shared it with the Mayor.  It also because various boards and organizations around the city have asked for that so I think it is important that we have it.

We do get a lot of notices from the Ohio EPA.  I like to share with Council what is going on in the world of EPA and our compliance and noncompliance issues.  I am going to do a better job of sharing with you the notices that come in so that you have them before you and you can understand.  They are typically addressed to the Mayor and Council.  It is my job to make sure that we are in compliance.  We did get a second notice of violation pertaining to our INI which is the infiltration of storm water mixed with sanitary sewage.  We do have a plan in place.  I am working with Kendal our Water/Wastewater Superintendent, working with Curt Hanstine our Engineer from Diversified.  We have a plan in place and I am going to address the issue so that the EPA can hopefully be satisfied with what we are doing.  I want to keep you informed and communicate with you about that.  Beth Oprisch:  This is the plan of action they want done by February 28thJim Zucal: Yes, they always list the course of action that need to be done within 30 days.  This is what they have always done.  Kendal and I have already talked about that, we are working with Curt, the Engineer to get all of that done.  We will give them the status report, we have a control plan in place.  We have contracted with a company to come in and do some camera work in the sewer lines.  We are also going to start working with Diversified to do some smoke testing this summer.  I will give you that letter when they say we are happy with what you are doing.  Beth Oprisch:  This is a second notice?  Jim Zucal:  We received an earlier notice, we had to work on the plan.  We actually have a written plan and Curt who is a licensed engineer, we had to address that and Kendal had to do some work on his end.  I was involved, they want it done in a timely fashion so before we got it all done they hit us with another notice but we will have it to them by the end of the month.  Beth Oprisch:  They said we failed to comply, is that accurate?  Jim Zucal:  Yes because it is a task.  They wanted us to identify all the areas in the city where there is cross connection. We have to supply maps.  That is why our GIS is important and we had to contact the contractor that we worked with out of Cranberry Township close to Pittsburgh who came in already and has done some camera work but we need to do more camera work.  We also have to go out again and do some smoke testing.  From what I have found out this has been going on around the city for about 20 years.  It is a never ending process.  That is the problem we have down on Bellview . We know what the problem is but it cost a lot of money.

The group who were in here from the Mid-East Ohio Building Department talked to us about localizing our building inspection with Ohio code.  They talked to me again.  Jason is a licensed engineer.  I think that when we have more of a local building department you get more of a local flavor.  Right now we are going with the State.  I talked to the Mayor, we talked to Richard.  What happens you have to create a building department, Tom is a big part of that and I will be glad to work with him, we can piggyback with Mid-East to do our building inspection.  We have an Ordinance tonight and it is up for three readings.  Mayor Pugh:  The only reason I had the emergency language put in there was so that we don’t have the thirty day waiting period.  The plus for this is if you have someone who is going to build a commercial building in the city they might start in March and we will have this approved.  The reason I feel very strongly that we should consider this is because of the bathroom that we built by the Rec. Center that took us 8 months because of the State.  If we are going to ask somebody to invest in commercial property in St. Clairsville and they are going to go through the same problems we went through with that little bathroom it is ridiculous.  The County is supporting this group, they are pushing for development.

Tim Porter:  If we go with this group that will eliminate us going through the State?  Mayor Pugh:  Yes.  Tom Murphy:  Right now within the municipal limits of St. Clairsville if you build more than a three unit residential structure or do commercial work on a building or constructing a new commercial building you have to go through the State of Ohio.  They do the plan review and then the inspection.  This new group will do basically the same as the State does.   Mayor Pugh: 

The only reason we have the emergency language in these ordinances is so that they do not have wait the thirty days after they are passed.  Tom Murphy:  This is only for commercial buildings not for single family residential.  The City does not pay anything the builder has to pay.  Jim Zucal:  There is plenty of time for three readings.  Perry Basile:  Do we actually have businesses waiting in line or is it just something you are preparing for?  Tom Murphy:  For example the Laroche project are applying to the State now because that is who we are using now.  I have not heard that there are people waiting.  We have other people like Pizza Malano, they are planning a big renovation.  Those two businesses still have the Ohio code, they are applying under those requirements.  Mike Smith:  On page two of Ordinance No. 2019-05 it mentions Ohio Administrative Code 4101:1 and 4101:2 I could not find those two anywhere.  Tom Murphy:  I can double check these codes and let you know where they are.

Frank Sabatino:  One day we are salting and with the winter comes the pot holes.  Are we able to use the dura patcher?  Jim Zucal:  That was a great topic of discussion today.  Our guys are getting caught up from all the snow plowing and salting.  I was hoping today we could get that machine out, the machine will be out first thing in the morning.  We are also going to grab a load of cold mix but we know that is money that is not well spent but sometimes you need it.

Mayor, Terry Pugh:

I want to apologize for missing the last Council Meeting.  I am sure most of you are aware of Barry Sigmon passing on January 31st.  Barry was a class three water operator for the City.  He became sick suddenly. He came down with cancer that spread to his whole body.

We have a vacancy on our storm water quality board.  Bill Street was a member and you must have an engineer on the Board.  It does not meet very often.  Tom Murphy:  The only time they would get involved is if there is grading for an acre or more.  It is good to have an engineer on the board.  Frank Sabatino is on the board and Darin Pytlak, our Street Superintendent.  We would like to add Curt Hanstine to the Board to fill the engineer spot.  Terry Pugh:  Curt has done a lot of work in the city especially on Bellview and Overbaugh.  A motion to appoint Curt Hanstine to the Storm Water Quality Board was made by Beth Oprisch and seconded by Linda Jordan.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                      Yes                 

Bukmir                        Yes                              Smith                           Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

Police Chief, Jeff Henry:   No Report

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:  No Report

Planning & Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy: 

Thanks for appointing Curt to the Storm Water Board.

The Planning Commission will have a meeting on Monday, March 4that 6:00.  The purpose of that meeting is the recent rezoning we had for 243 West Main Street.  They are proposing their final site plan at that meeting.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith:  No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:

The Utility Committee met this evening.  I want to thank Donnie and Anita for attending.  A lot was discussed.  I noticed the Electric Department was out taking Christmas decorations down in the rain.

Police, Mark Bukmir: No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas:

The Street Department did a great job with the snow fall.  I think they handled it pretty well.  Some of the people unfortunately do not remove their cars from the street when they are trying to plow.  Some of the questions I received was why is the snow ordinance not being enforced.  I tried to explain to them that it was being enforced as much possible.  There is specific wording in the ban as to when the vehicles have to be off the street and unfortunately that ban doesn’t take effect until midnight and if you have some snow falling early in the morning or all day long, you have got vehicles parked on the street and that makes it hard for them to plow.  Many people do have places to park off the street and don’t.  I try to explain that it is not that the Police Department does not want to inforce the ordinance it is just because of the strict guidelines.  We have a lot more cars in the city than we did when this law was passed.  Mayor Pugh:  One thing I have talked to the Chief about is there are certain areas in the city that we are actually going to try to target.

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch: Thompson needs patching.

Jim Zucal:  They are going out tomorrow.  We have a list of streets and Thompson is on it.  Frank Sabatino:  Large hole on the Cul-De-Sac on Locust Lane

Safety, Jim Velas: No Report

Building and Grounds: Perry Basile: No Report

Planning Commission: Mike Smith:  No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:

I would commend Robert DeFrank he did a wonderful article on Fire Chief, Tim Hall and John Slavic.  Next meeting will be Wednesday, February 6th at 3:00.

Recreation, Linda Jordan:  Next Meeting is Monday, February 18th at 4:30.

Park District, Linda Jordan:

Anyone wishing to make a shelter rental this summer can call Katie Banks at 740-298-1139

The next meeting is Monday, February 11th 

Law Director, Richard Myser:

We have two pieces of legislation that will come before Council for the first reading.  We have already discussed them.  They are 2019-04 and 2019-05.

No one has contacted me about going into Executive Session this evening.

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-04. AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE BUILDING DEPARTMENT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  Beth Oprisch:  Tom Murphy is going to look up the codes for us.  Perry Basile:  I have the list of costs to compare between the State and Mid-East Ohio Building Department and they are cheaper than the State.

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-05. AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A REQUEST TO THE BOARD OF BUILDING STANDARDS TO CERTIFY THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE TO EXERCISE ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OHIO BASIC BUILDING CODE WITH THE CONDITIONS THAT THE MUSKINGUM COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT PERFORM ALL INSPECTIONS AND AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT

FOR SUCH ENFORCEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND MUSKINGUM COUNTY, OHIO AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

The Next Council Meeting will be Tuesday, February 19, 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 second by Beth Oprisch.

February 4, 2019 Council Minutes


January 22, 2019 Council Minutes

COUNCIL MINUTES

January 22, 2019

St. Clairsville City Council met in Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 with the following present:

Tim Porter, Council President

Perry Basile, Council 1st Ward                        Cindy Henry, Finance Director

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

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

Beth Oprisch, Council-At-Large                     Jim Zucal, Service Director

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

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

Jim Velas, Council 4th Ward

The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Porter

MINUTES:  Minutes of the January 7, 2018 meeting were distributed to Council.  A motion was made by Beth Oprisch and seconded by Linda Jordan to approve the Minutes of January 7, 2018.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                     Yes                 

Bukmir                       Yes                              Smith                          Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

CITIZENS HEARING: 

There were no Citizens present who wished to address Council.

REPORTS:

Service Director, Jim Zucal:

I want to assure Council and our Constituents’ that we are busy.  I want to complement our Street workers and the leadership.  They have done a fine job during this horribly inclement weather.  I shared with the finance Committee tonight that the City is fortunate to have good employees and good equipment.  We didn’t have any breakdowns or accidents.  Friday I talked to a guy who said he was going to send you home safe to your families.  It seems like we keep getting these weekend storms but they are doing a good job.  If you do have any concerns please contact me and we will try to address those.  Again all the crews are doing a great job.  We had some water breaks today and the utility department was out working on those.  So again tough conditions but pretty tough guys and gals and everybody is doing a good job.  If there is anything I can help you with please let me know.

Beth Oprisch:  How is that working out not having an on call?  Jim Zucal:  We haven’t noticed much of a difference.  It was unscheduled stand by and it was really just in the utilities.  I can tell you this, in 2016 when I first started we averaged six to eight leaks a week.  Today is the worst day we have had, we two minor and one service leaks.  We normally don’t have more than two or three a month.  It is just from being on a more even keel with the variable drives, etc.

Perry Basile:  What is the standard protocol for the City when storms are coming?  Do we pre salt?  Jim Zucal:  What we normally do is we watch the weather very closely.  It seems like we have had weekend storms.  The Street Department and the Electric Department are put on stand-by.  They have a rotating list that they fill out.  We meet with the Superintendents on Fridays The Police Department watches the weather very closely.  Don Smithberger is at the top level in General Services we get out there and get started.  We don’t pre-treat.  I always defer to ODOT and they put down brine.  I have been talking about brine with Cindi and the Mayor.  Brine is a great pre-treatment product.  Rock salt is not because it blows off the travel lane, so that is why they pretreat with brine.  It is really cheap, we can buy it off of ODOT.  It is a simple system to set up.  I actually wanted to try it this year but we had not gotten around to that.  We will try it next year.  Donnie likes two hour lead time so we keep a good check on the weather.  I think they do a really good job.  We need to share with the public that when it snows and there are cars parked on the street it is hard for the guys to plow around the cars.  Beth Oprisch:  Is it possible to get the brine this year?  Jim Zucal:  We can it is not a real sophisticated system.  We are going to keep looking at it and finding the right truck to put it in also.  Beth Oprisch:  Is there a certain pattern that we plow?  Jim Zucal:  The Guys have their own routes.  They work on the mains and the hills first.  I have been told they have run this pattern for a long time and they know where to go. They come back later and address the secondary roads and the alleys.

Mayor, Terry Pugh:  Not Present

Police Chief, Jeff Henry:   No Report

Finance Director, Cindi Henry:  No Report 

Planning & Zoning Administrator, Tom Murphy: 

You have before you Ordinance No. 2019-03.  That is the Ordinance that we talked about last meeting for the rezoning of 243 West Main Street from Corridor District to Down Town District.  The Wodarcyk’s are present and there is emergency language in the Ordinance.

William Hooker is a member of the Architectural Board of Review, his time has expired and he has expressed a desire to be reappointed.  A motion was made by Beth Oprisch and seconded by Mike Smith to reappoint Bill Hooker to the Architectural Board of Review.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                     Yes                 

Bukmir                       Yes                              Smith                          Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

Finance, Mike Smith:  No Report

Utilities, Frank Sabatino:

I would like to reiterate what Jim said and give thanks to our department members out there on the cold days and nights taking care of leaks, the roads, etc.  What a commendable job.

Police, Mark Bukmir: No Report

Street North Side, Jim Velas: No Report

Street South Side, Beth Oprisch: No Report

Safety, Jim Velas: 

The City Safety Meeting will be this Thursday at 10:00 at the City Garage.

Building and Grounds, Perry Basile: No Report

Planning Commission, Mike Smith: No Report

Fire District, Frank Sabatino:

The Fire Board met on Wednesday, January 9th.  It was our regular reorganization meeting.      I was appointed as the Rep. for the City on the Fire Board.  We rotate between the City and the Township for the Chairman of the Board.  I was appointed Chairman this year. Chief John Slavic who was with us for a couple of years, he always said it was short term, submitted his resignation and Tim Hall was appointed Chief immediately.  We want to thank John for bringing us some Big City Ideas.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 5th at the Main Station.

Recreation, Linda Jordan: 

Roller Hockey signups for ages 4 to 13 is open

The Center is accepting sponsorships for the Summer Concerts

Next meeting is Monday, January 28th at 4:30 at Rec. Center

Park District, Linda Jordan:

No Meeting – Next Meeting will be Monday, February 11th at 4:30 at Home Savings Bank.

Law Director, Richard Myser:

We have one piece of Legislation tonight.  It is Ordinance No. 2019-03 the Ordinance that Tom addressed.  Two weeks ago we discussed this Ordinance in detail.  We can suspend the rules and pass it tonight and I think the Wodarcyk’s would appreciate that so they can move on.

No one has contacted me about going into Executive Session this evening.

There was presented and read to Council on its first reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-03. Jim Velas moved that the rules requiring Ordinances and Resolutions to be read on three separate readings be suspended and declaring an emergency; Linda Jordan seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                     Yes                 

Bukmir                       Yes                              Smith                          Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

There was presented and read to Council on its third and final reading by title only, ORDINANCE NO. 2019-03. A motion was made by Linda Jordan and seconded by Mark Bukmir that Ordinance No. 2019-03 be passed by Council.

Roll Call Vote:

Basile                          Yes                              Sabatino                     Yes                 

Bukmir                       Yes                              Smith                          Yes

Jordan                        Yes                              Velas                           Yes

Oprisch                       Yes

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

Ordinance No. 2019-03 was declared adopted.

The Next Council Meeting will be Monday, February 4, 2019 at 7:30 in Council Chambers.

There being no further business to come before Council a motion to adjourn was made by Mike Smith and second by Perry Basile.


Ordinance Number 2019 – 5

ORDINANCE NUMBER 2019 – 05

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A REQUEST TO THE BOARD

OF BUILDING STANDARDS TO CERTIFY THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

TO EXERCISE ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH

THE OHIO BASIC BUILDING CODE WITH THE CONDITION THAT THE

MUSKINGUM COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT PERFORM ALL

INSPECTIONS AND AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT FOR SUCH

ENFORCEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE

AND MUSKINGUM COUNTY, OHIO, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, the Board of Building Standards of the State of Ohio has formulated and adopted the Ohio Basic Building Code containing regulations governing the erection, construction, repair, alteration and maintenance of all building or classes of building specified in Section 3781.06 of the Ohio Revised Code; and

WHEREAS, the said Board of Building Standards has certified the Muskingum County Building Department to exercise enforcement authority in accordance with the Ohio Basic Building Code; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary in accordance with law to administer and enforce the Ohio Basic Building Code within the limits of the City of St. Clairsville pursuant to Section 3781.10(E) of the Ohio Revised Code; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary for the City of St. Clairsville to request the Ohio Board of Building Standards to certify the City of St. Clairsville to enforce the Ohio Basic Building Code with the condition that the Muskingum County Building Department performs all inspections and exercise enforcement authority in accordance with the Ohio Basic Building Code; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary that an agreement be entered into between the City of St. Clairsville and Muskingum County for the enforcement of the Ohio Basic Building Code and to perform all inspections and exercise enforcement authority in accordance with the Ohio Basic Building Code within the limits of the City of St. Clairsville.

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

Section 1:        The Mayor of the City of St. Clairsville is hereby authorized and directed to sign and submit an application to the Board of Building Standards requesting said board to certify the City of St. Clairsville Building Department to enforce the Ohio Basic Building Code with the condition that Muskingum County Building Department perform all inspections and exercise enforcement authority as necessary in accordance with the Ohio Basic Building Code within the limits of said City and to enter into an agreement with Muskingum County for such purpose.

Section 2:        The City of St. Clairsville, through its Mayor and Service Director, is hereby authorized and directed to enter into an agreement with Muskingum County for the enforcement of the Ohio Basic Building Code within the limits of the City of St. Clairsville, whereby the Muskingum County Building Department will exercise all enforcement authority and accept and approve plans and specifications and make inspections necessary within the City of St. Clairsville in accordance with the provisions of the Ohio Administrative Code 4101:1 – Board of Building Standards:  the Ohio Building Code; and 4101:2 – Board of Building Standards:  the Ohio Mechanical Code.

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 exercise enforcement authority in accordance with the Ohio Basic Building Code with the condition that the Muskingum County Building Department perform all inspections.

Section 4:        That this ordinance shall take effect and be in full 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 4th day of March, 2019, by the affirmative vote of 7 members of the council.

Ordinance Number 2019 – 5