St. C. plans for 2014 projects

ST. CLAIRSVILLE City council discussed future developments during Monday’s meeting.

Mayor Robert Vincenzo reported the Ohio Municipal League has invited him to Columbus Wednesday to testify concerning House Bill 5, which would reform income tax collection. However, local municipalities remain concerned that new legislation may complicate their ability to efficiently use their income tax funds.

“It’s constant,” he said. “It’s being addressed. It’s probably one of the most important bills to come out of the state legislature.”

He said a vote may be taken at the first of the year.

Service Director Dennis Bigler reported long-awaited plans to make repairs to the National Road bikeway tunnel are underway. Grants had been made available to address issues such as voids between the concrete liner and tunnel roof. Experts will identify the voids and the city will access the grant to proceed. Bigler said work should be completed next year, resulting in the complete restoration of the bikeway.

Bigler noted leaf pickup schedules will be released. He asked that the city consider mandating the use of paper bags for residents who place their leaves out for collection. He pointed out the weight of leaved bagged in plastic has proven a strain for employees. Also, the removal of the plastic afterward is inefficient. The city can currently provide paper bags freely.

Bigler added that plans continue for the installation of the city’s new metering system. The servers have been received and are running at the utility office. Bigler noted the city is running on the new servers. Council Member Terry Pugh asked if the software could be used to upgrade the utilities and finance operations. Bigler will inquire into the possibility.

In police matters, Pugh noted that the police committee is looking into the availability of funds for a full-time dispatcher.

In other matters, council passed an ordinance accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the auditor. A total of $263,800 was approved by the budget commission inside the 10-mill limitation, while a total of $759,800 will be derived from levies outside the 10-mill limitation. The auditor estimates of the tax rate to be levied is 2.50 inside the 10-mill limit and 9.60 outside the 10-mill limit, if the current expense levy of 1.95 passes in November.

Also, council passed the written resolution authorizing a contract with the Gudenkauf Corp. to perform emergency measures for electronic services to the old electric lines located in the Bumgardner Subdivision. The lines must be placed inside of plastic conduits. Council had passed a voice vote authorizing the action during the past meeting.

Regarding the fire district, Council Member Frank Sabatino reported a successful open house Oct. 13. Bids have been received for projects at the main station. The next district meeting is set for Nov. 13.

Council approved the mayor’s appointment of Randall Bernard to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Council wished Mike Frolini, city worker, well as he left for other employment.

Trick or treat will be held Oct. 31, 6-7:30 p.m. Participants are advised to only visit lit houses. Adults are advised to carry flashlights and motorists are asked to drive carefully.

DeFrank can be reached at