Council News from the meeting of November 7, 2011

Members of St.Clairsville City Council
Mayor Robert Vincenzo Present
Service Director Dennis Bigler Present
Council President Patricia Bruhn Present
Finance Director Jill Lucidi Absent
Director of Law Al Davies Present
First Ward Councilman Jake Olsavsky Present
Second Ward Councilman Frank Sabatino Present
Third Ward Councilman John Bukmir Absent
Fourth Ward Councilman Terry Pugh Present
Council-At-Large James Weisgerber Present
Council-At-Large Michael Kasper Present
Council-At-Large Perry Jones Present

The minutes for the meetings of October 17, 2011.

Citizen's Hearing/New Business

Bill Jeffers appeared before City Council and asked two questions. First he would like the trees on his property topped off a bit and want to know what to do about the continuing water erosion problem. He has contacted the school but they are not returning his calls. He wants to be sure that he is "doing it right" and contacting the right people. Brian Kralovic spoke about the two trees in question and his opinion of them. Mr. Jeffers asked if Mr. Kralovic would put that in a letter.

No further discussion from City Council was offered to Mr. Jeffers when he continued to press Council about what action they are going to take. Al Davies, the Law Director for the City of St. Clairsville, informed Mr. Jeffers that one of his course of action options is to consult an attorney.

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Reports

Service Director Dennis Bigler Report
Mayor Robert Vincenzo Report
Police Chief Martin Kendzora No Report
Finance Director Jill Lucidi Report
Zoning Officer Tom Murphy Report

Service Director's Report

  • With regards to the Jeffers property, contractors will be on Young Lane working soon and hopefully will help the situation
  • Brian Kralovic is sealing the trestle on the bikeway. It was power washed and then has to be sealed. This is a job that must be done every so many years.
  • The work on the Amphitheatre is about done. There is only a few days of work left on the structure, weather permitting.
  • The watering bags at the wastewater plant are working well and are estimated to save the city $18,000 annually. We are looking to see where else the bags can be used, such as the water plant, to produce even more savings.
  • The City used the callout system to notify the city residents that leaf pickup began today, loose or bagged. It is easier to pick up the bagged leaves. Environmentally friendly leaf bags are available at the recreationn department for St. Clairsville households. They are available at the utility office also.
  • The Street Department is also preparing for winter weather by putting on the snow equipment and testing it out.
  • The Electric Department is putting up the Christmas decorations and will soon be putting up the Christmas tree on the Courthouse Plaza.
  • Dan Laslo recently retired from City after five years of service.The City extends its gratitude for his years of service and wish him well.
  • Bigler's office is continuing work on the St. Clair Commons project. Fiber optic cable will soon be coming through the city in preparation of this project.
  • Bigler is looking for a housing developer for the 7 acres around the old fairgrounds.
  • Bigler recently submitted one of the largest OPW grant applications. He extended his thanks to all who helped him put the grant together.
  • Dennis Bigler received a call from the Ohio Department of Development who are looking for 20 people to help develop a tax credit for the State. It would require two trips to Columbus. Bigler plans on participating in this project.

Mayor's Report

  • Mayor Vinenzo presented Electric Superintendent, Don Smithberger, with two awards recently received at the annual AMP Oh conference. The City received their annual safety award and the Environmental Stewardship Award.
  • Mayor Vincenzo agreed that other than some landscaping around the Ampitheatre, the sturcture itself will be complete in a few days. There are already commitments from the school to use the facility in the spring as well as from other organiztions.
  • Mayor Vincenzo is deeply grateful for the workers from Friends Church and Calvary Church for the work they completed on the Amphitheatre. This is truely "A Labor of Love". He hopes to be able to formally recongized them for the work soon.

Finace Director's Report

  • The latest financial statements were distributed.
  • Lucidi reported that the City recently received %59,000 in at tax payment which will keep the city in good shape for the rest of the year.
  • Lucidi plans on issuing a memo for emergency purchases only soon to end the year.
  • Reseolution2011-30 is on the floor for emergency passage tonight for the updated budget figures.
  • With regards to the unemployment situation, the City was denied again but we will appeal again.

Zoning Officer's report

  • A meeting was held last week to discuss two issues. Bill Azallion has requested a variance to turn his structure on E. Main St. into a duplex.
  • The second issue was a variance request by Citizens Bank for signage. Both variances were approved.
  • The next meeting will be 11/22 at 5:30 where the Board will consider a variance request by Premier Bank & Trust for signage.

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Council Committees
Finance Jim Weisberger No Report
Utilities Frank Sabatino No Report
Police Mike Kasper No Report
Street North Side Jake Olsavsky No Report
Street South Side John Bukmir No Report
Safety Perry Jones No Report
Building & Grounds Terry Pugh No Report
Planning Commission Jim Weisberger No Report
Fire District Frank Sabatino Report
Employee Relations Robert Vincenzo No Report
Recreation Mike Kasper Report
Park District Perry Jones Report

Fire District

  • Frank Sabatino reported that the Fire Board has recently accepted the Retirement Letter from Fire Chief Reline effactive December 31, 2011
  • The Fire Board has receive 13 applications for Reline's position. They are in the screening process, then will interview and perhaps have a selection ready by December.
  • Bruce Henderson, a member of the Fire Board, has also announced his retirement from the board effective December 31, 2011.
  • The next meeting will be November 22, 2011 at 4:30 at the main station.

REcreation Department

  • Mike Kasper read a report from the Recreation Department. They still have storage slots available for boats and campers if anyone needs them.
  • Elections will be held at the recreation center on Tuesday.

Park District

  • All in all the park had a good year.
  • The project at the pool is behind schedule because the company doing the work is behind on their schedule.

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ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

Ordinances and Resolutions must be read at three council meetings in order to be passed into law. This allows the public ample time to respond or comment. The ordinance or resolution goes into effect 30 days after its third reading. Legislation can be passed on an emergency basis if so directed by council. This allows the readings to be heard at one meeting and eliminates the 30-day period. For details on any legislation, contact the mayor's office at 740-695-1324.

2011-30 - A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYNG THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

First Reading November 7, 2011
Second Reading November 7, 2011
Third Reading November 7, 2011
Passed as Emergency Yes

2011-31 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICES TO SUBMIT A FINAL GRANT APPLICATION TO THE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION'S OHIO MID-EASTERN GOVERNMENTS ASSOCIATION FOR FUNDS TO UTILIZED FOR REPLACEMENT OF AN EXISTING ELEVATED WATER TANK WITH A NEW ELEVATED WATER TANK AND ANY REQUIRED APPURTENANCES IN THE CITY OF ST. CLAIRSVILLE AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

First Reading November 7, 2011
Second Reading
Third Reading
Passed as Emergency No

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Mayor's Collection

This section will be updated after the second meeting of each month.

Forfeits, Fines, and Costs $515.00
General Revenue Fund $00.00
Victims of Crime Fund $81.00
Computer Fund $90.00
Indigent Driver Alcohol Treatment Fund $13.50
Indigent Defense Support Fund (HB 562) $45.00
Indigent Defense Support Fund (HB 1) $180.00
Drug Law Enforcement/Justice Program Services $31.50
Child Safety Restraint $0.00
Seat Belt(Driver) $00.00
Bonds $00.00
Zoning Permits $1,163.00
Zoning Fees $00.00
Parking Tickets $280.00
County Court Monies - OVI $00.00
County Court Monies - DRUGS $00.00
Gazebo Rental $00.00
Community Garden $00.00
Donation (Community Garden Gas) $0.00
Garage Sale Permits $30.00
Subtotal $2,429.00
Overpaid Ticket 0.00
Check Returned ($0.00)
Deposit Correction $0.00
Deposit Slips $0.00
Total $2,429.00

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New and Other Business

  • The next regular council meeting will be Monday, November 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm.
  • Council went into Executive Session citing ORC 121.22 (g)(3) and ORC 121.22 (g)(4)

Correspondence

None.

Adjournment

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