St. C. prepping for winter

ST. CLAIRSVILLE City council prepared for several upcoming events during Monday’s meeting.

Mayor Robert Vincenzo reported that crews were busy patching daily in preparation for the coming winter. Also, preparations are under way to install two additional manholes on Walnut Avenue and North High Street.

Vincenzo noted that sewer lines have been clogging up in those areas and sewer machines have been having difficulty reaching those sites due to distances and a 45 degree turn in the High Street sewer.

Councilman Frank Sabatino reported that the fire board met Sept. 19 with its next meeting set for Oct. 31, 4 p.m. A part-timer was hired during the meeting.

The Cumberland Trail Fire Department will host an open house this Sunday to kick off National Fire Prevention Week. The theme for the week is “Have two ways out.” The event is 2-6 p.m. and will include exhibits, fire extinguisher and safety training and a Medivac helicopter landing at 5:45 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church.

The electric department will also put on an electric safety lesson at 2:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Holiday safety and child safety will be among the topics.

Also, the new used truck has been useful to the electric department.

In legal matters, council held the second reading of an ordinance adopting a storm water management plan.

In police matters, Chief Martin Kendzora reported that Marietta and Main streets as well as North Market and Main streets may need to be closed to accommodate next Tuesday’s TEA Party at the courthouse, depending on the crowds.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy reported a board of zoning appeals meeting Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. regarding variances to construct a new home on Carroll Drive.

In addition, Murphy reported that FEMA will be releasing funding for expenditures regarding the heavy storms of late June and early July. A few thousand is expected. The final number will be released in about three weeks.

In matters of recreation, an Artists 4 Autism fundraiser will be held Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. The gymnasium will be used for the Belmont County Student Art Exhibit along with entertainment at the amphitheatre. A total of six bands will perform. Anyone wishing for more information may contact the host, Randolph Bernard, at (304) 312-7528.

Also, an academic field day is set for Oct. 11. The Head Start Program will use the gymnasium Oct. 12 for a health fair. A Harmony House fundraiser, Halloween dance and costume party is set for Oct. 13. The annual costume judging contest is set for Oct. 24, 6 p.m. for boys and girls ages one to 12.

Regarding the park, Council Member Perry Jones asked residents to consider the upcoming five-year levy renewal. He noted recent and ongoing park improvements such as the pool, restrooms and dugouts.

Tri-County Help will hold a march to raise domestic violence awareness Oct. 17, 6-7:15 p.m., including a brief presentation on the courthouse.

“It’s really a worthwhile project. Probably as worthy a project as anything ever done in this city,” said Vincenzo.

The Christmas Parade will be held Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m. with the tree lighting at 6 p.m.

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