St. C. council praises Red Devils

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – During its Monday meeting, city council congratulated the 2012 St. Clairsville High School football team for completing its season with a 14-1 record and finishing as runner-up in the Division IV OHSAA football playoffs.

Council noted this was the first time a Red Devil team competed in the state championship game. The city passed a resolution honoring the team for its accomplishment.

“It caused excitement in the city that we hadn’t had in a number of years,” said Mayor Robert Vincenzo, adding that the players showed dedication and team spirit. “A job well-done.”

All are invited to a celebration at the Ohio Valley Mall, Saturday at noon. The St. Clairsville High School Band will perform and the city will issue a proclamation.

In financial matters, Vincenzo also presented new information regarding Municipal Income Tax House Bill 601. The legislation has been delayed until the first of the year and has been taken off the docket and procedures have been suspended. It will likely be re-introduced during the next new session.

“We only have a month of reprieve,” he said.

In a prior meeting, council joined more than 600 municipalities in passing a resolution in opposition to the state’s plan. The motion was sent to State Rep. Andrew Thompson and State Sen. Lou Gentile.

Finance Director Cindi Henry had reported on various ongoing and expected losses of income due to state cuts.

Council passed an ordinance for line item transfers for normal expenses and appropriated $25,000 in RITA monies from various funds that had not been appropriated the first of the year.

Regarding city infrastructure, Service Director Dennis Bigler reported North Pipeline will begin relining the West Main Street sewer line Thursday.

Also, Horizon has begun the process of replacing poles along U.S. 40 and will likely continue until the end of the month. No disruption of phone service is expected.

Leaf pickup is also wrapping up.

The department heads held their first safety council meeting last week. Grant funding for workers compensation may be available.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy reported a meeting of the planning commission regarding development plans for properties in Sunset Drive and Norris Street.

In addition, the fire district took on a full time and part time firefighter and is looking into updated computers and equipment.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleader