St. C plans for the future

ST. CLAIRSVILLE City council reviewed several ongoing projects for the future improvement of the city during Monday’s meeting.

Mayor Robert Vincenzo reported that he will attend an?Ohio House municipal income tax hearing in September regarding the upcoming final draft.

Service Director Dennis Bigler reported receiving an ordinance for paving for 2015 submitted by the Ohio Department of Transportation. It will be examined and considered for reading.

Bigler also reported a kickoff meeting with Cooper Power Systems last week. The session covered such matters as the ordering of equipment and installation of new meters.

Work will start this year on installing some of the equipment, but electrical installation in homes should not start until Feb. 1, and March 1 will be the earliest for water.

Bigler noted the importance of timing the work to coincide with the construction season to cause the least disruption possible.

He added some entry be city personnel may be necessary before that time in order to acquire information about different meter types and installation issues. Citizens will be notified beforehand.

Vincenzo said the meeting was a productive one.

“It was very intense,” he said, noting the among of work involved. “It’s going to be a great transformation.”

Also, paving will begin next Monday on the $600,000 project. The city will use the call system and work with the police department to notify citizens and see that cars are moved.

In addition, a board of zoning appeals meeting will be held Aug. 28, 5 p.m. to review a variance request for a garage construction on Walnut Avenue, another on South Marietta Street, and a new business at 104 South Sugar Street.

In matters of law enforcement, Council Member and Police Committee Member Terry Pugh reported progress on a new parking ordinance.

The fire district will hold its regular meeting 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Regarding the park, the pool is closed but will re-open Saturday and Sunday, and during the Labor Day weekend of Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Council held the final reading to adopt a storm water quality ordinance.

Council also held the final reading to adjust electric service rates. The ordinance was passed with Council Member Frank Sabatino casting a dissenting vote.

Council passed an ordinance to establish new funds, make additional permanent appropriations, transfers and advances for the normal expenses and other expenditures of the city, Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2013. The ordinance will establish a new ODNR sand volleyball fund and OPWC paving fund and provide for the volleyball fund.

Council also passed an ordinance to increase the permanent appropriations, reverse advances and forgive advanced items for the normal expenses and other expenditures of the city for the period of Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2013.

In other matters, the Glow4Goal 5K run/walk held by the American Cancer Society and the Belmont County Relay for Life will be held Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Woodrow and South Sugar streets will be closed at 6 p.m. for the race and reopened as soon as possible.

Residents of Hutchinson, Sunset and the west end of Woodrow are asked to remove vehicles from the roadway by 8 p.m. until the end of the race at 10 p.m. Residents are also asked to turn on their porch lights to show support and light the way to the finish line.

With the start of the new school year, residents are asked to show extra caution when driving.

Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Fregiato briefly addressed council, introduced himself in his new position and pledged to continue to carry out his duties.

The next council meeting was set for Tuesday, Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m.

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