St. C. begins to prepare for fall

ST. CLAIRSVILLE Fall preparations and projects were discussed during Monday’s city council meeting.

Service Director Dennis Bigler reported continuing to work with a developer on the Rehm Road area regarding the movement of the main electric line. The operation has been complicated by the rock and the abundance of contacts on the poles. The line is being moved at the developer’s expense and the city will provide electricity to the development.

Regarding the paving project, Bigler reported continuing to plan for the final stages of the work.

He added that bids for the city’s acreage are pending with offers from three or four companies. Currently there is no interest in the existing well. Council authorized him to continue negotiating.

Mayor Robert Vincenzo reported that the city’s application for a $400,000 CHIP grant was not approved for 2014 due to the amount of money budget for the CHIP program. However, the city has been asked to re-apply for 2015. Bel-O-Mar is the grant writer and Vincenzo will attend a meeting in Columbus for re-application.

He noted that the city has received prior CHIP grants totaling $1.5 million. The grants provide services to those in need, requiring the recipients to make an investment in the projects and improvements. He noted that the city has a good chance to be approved for the next program.

“It’s been very good for the city of St. Clairsville. It’s done a lot of good,” Vincenzo said.

In other matters, council granted a request from the Chamber of Commerce to close Main Street between Marietta and Market streets Oct. 24, 5:30-8 p.m. for the Halloween Bash on Main Street, contingent on the chamber’s agreeing to pay overtime for two police officers to bar the way.

The event usually includes 15 hosting downtown businesses and 120 guests. Police Chief Jeff Henry noted the high traffic during the night and speculated that the normal practice of placing barricades will be insufficient.

“It’s worked in the past, but I don’t think it’s safe,” he said.

Council held the second and third readings of an ordinance to authorizing the mayor to enter into contract with ODOT for paving on Route 40 and 9. Paperwork will be sent to ODOT.

Council held the second reading of an ordinance to prohibit parking along certain streets and areas.

Council read an ordinance to make additional permanent appropriations for the normal expenses and other expenditures of the city for Jan. 1-Dec. 31. $389,101.88 was appropriated.

Council also read an ordinance to make line item transfers inside the funds for the normal expenses and other expenditures of the city, Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2013.

Regarding the recreation department, fall travel and pre-travel soccer has started, with 280 participants. Flag football league has a total of 47 players in grades first through fourth. Fifth and sixth grade group has been cancelled due to lack of participation. Refunds will be given to families.

Halloween costume judging is scheduled for Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. The recreation department is seeking sponsors for candy and trophies. The contest is for boys and girls ages one through 12.

The police committee will meet at its usual time of 1 p.m. on the first Thursday after the first Monday’s council meeting each month.

The fire district will meet Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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