St. C. talks roof repair

ST. CLAIRSVILLE Issues of roof repair at the city building were on the table during Monday’s meeting of the city council.

On behalf of the service director, who could not attend the meeting, Law Director Al Davies reported that the roof is in a state of disrepair and in need of immediate attention. He asked that council accept the low bid from Mansuetto Roofing.

Finance Director Cindi Henry asked for more time to review the expenses associated with the project.

She noted the completion time is 60 days, which should put payment into the next fiscal year.

Mayor Robert Vincenzo noted that inquires and plans for roof repairs have been addressed with the engineering company for more than two months, with work including specifications completed on the roof to determine the extent of the repairs needed. State approval has been gained from the Department of Factories and Builders. Bids were received Friday afternoon.

Council will hold a special meeting this Friday at 3 p.m. to decide the matter.

Police Chief Jeff Henry has begun delivering monthly reports of police activities to council. He reported average calls, arrests and tickets.

Code Administrator Tom Murphy and Council Members Terry Pugh and Perry Jones were commended for their work in addressing issues of overgrown grass on North Street properties. Murphy was also complimented for his work in addressing issues of unmaintained trailers.

Council approved the mayor’s appointment of William Phipps and Charles Bean to the planning commission. Their experience and history of service was noted.

“I think these are two exceptional individuals,” Vincenzo said.

Council passed a resolution adopting a hazard mitigation plan for the city. Davies reported that the legislation is similar to the plan passed by the county. Vincenzo noted that it was mandatory that the city have a plan in place so the city will be eligible for post-disaster federal funds.

Jones reported a tree was posing a safety hazard at Clark Road and High Street Extension. It is being addressed.

Council Member Frank Sabatino noted the fire board will meet Wednesday, 4 p.m. at the main station. The fire department also advises citizens to change the batteries on their smoke detectors and replace any device that is older than 10 years.

“Seconds are off the essence,” said Sabatino.

Council Member Libby Heintzelman reported an active recreation center. She added that the center is open for suggestions for further activities.

Voting will be held at the recreation center today.

Also, sinkholes and leaks were reported on Hillview.

Leaf pickup began Nov. 1, with leaf bags available at the recreation center and utility office. There is a limit of 10 per household for as long as supplies last.

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