St. C. projects outlined to council

ST. CLAIRSVILLE City council addressed several ongoing projects during Monday’s meeting and set a special meeting June 24 to resolve them.

Service Director Dennis Bigler reported on the planned project to replace and upgrade meters in the city. He noted that the contract language is still being worked on. A special council meeting next week will be necessary to approve it.

Also, he noted paving bids were received. They were under estimate and the city was awaiting permission from the grantor agency, which may be received in July. The completion deadline is in mid-October.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Tom Murphy reported working with ODOT toward paving on U.S. 40 and Ohio 9. Paving should take place 2015. Murphy noted storm drain issues on U.S. 40 East that the city would like ODOT to address.

In matters of recreation, the concert series kicked off and boasted a crowd of more than 400. Joseph Sisters will perform tonight, 7-9 p.m. Also, regarding the Standout Classic, 12 teams will participate in the Boys Summer Classic. The city will continue to accept teams for the Girls Varsity Shootout. It will be held July 9-11.

In other matters, Council Member Jim Weisgerber noted numerous trees have overgrown into the street in some neighborhoods and are obstructing cars. Letters can be sent to property owners if a tree is growing onto a right of way.

Council passed an ordinance to approve the 2013 reprinting of the St. Clairsville codified ordinances.

Council passed a resolution requesting that the county auditor certify to the city the current tax valuation and dollar amount generated by a 1.95 mill and a .95 mill replacement levies, to be placed on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Council Member Terry Pugh asked if further action could be taken on tearing down the old street department building on Ohio 9 and clearing shrubbery from around it.

Council Member Perry Jones noted a delay in opening Allen Pool was caused by pump problems. Any questions about shelter reservation should be directed to Terry Walters at (740) 827-2218.

Council will consider a request from Wayne Burke of Friends Church to an all-day event Aug. 15, featuring family events to conclude with fireworks.

Council heard a request from Bruce Balcar that meetings be held at a more convenient and family-accessible location.

A budget hearing will be held 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of July.

A special council meeting was set for June 24, 5 p.m. to discuss the meter update project, work stipends and wage increases for the Fraternal Order of Police and AFSCME, and the matter of a new chief of police.

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