St.C. seeking $200K for Commons’ water tank

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – This past week, the St. Clairsville City Council passed a resolution allowing the mayor to file an application with the Appalachian Regional Commission for a grant of $200,000 for a new 500,000-gallon water tank for the Commons Mall Crossing at the St. Clair Commons.

Service and Safety Director James Zucal said this project was important to the continuing development of the area. The deadline for applications was November.

In addition, the Belmont County OPWC sub-committee, a local committee to evaluate proposed projects for recommendation to the Ohio Public Works Commission, met Oct. 25 and has given this project priority recommendation to the OPWC for funding. The city will hear the results when the OPWC makes its decision this week or next week.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” Mayor Terry Pugh said.

The city is requesting a $400,000 grant and a $400,000 loan from OPWC. The total project cost is about $2.2 million.

“It’s crucial that we get the funding to put in this new water tank,” Zucal said, adding the city will apply for other funding. “We’re hoping to come up with about $ 2 million in grants.”

The city has concluded taking applications for a vacancy for a water/wastewater superintendent. The council is considering more than 30 applicants. There is also a vacancy for a laborer’s position in the light and power department.

Pugh also said training is completed for the use of the Dura-Patcher, cooperatively purchased by St. Clairsville and Richland Township. Pugh added that the equipment has proved useful.

“It’s definitely going to be a valuable asset to us and the township,” Pugh said.

The city and township has also completed paving work around the recreation center to the Red Devil stadium. Pugh also thanked St. Clairsville School District and the booster club for monetary donations to the project.

“This was a real collaboration between the school, booster club, city and the township,” Pugh said. “From the original bid, we probably ended up completing it for around a third of the cost.”

The project cost was close to $25,000, with the school and booster club providing about a quarter of the 400 tons of asphalt, and the township providing labor and equipment. Pugh said the original bid had been close to $80,000.

In addition, the city will strictly enforce the planning and zoning codes regarding political signs. Pugh said the city has had complaints regarding the placement of signs, obstructing utility poles and placed too close to hydrants.

“It’s a safety issue,” Pugh said, adding political signs are not permitted on city right-of-ways and may only be placed on private property.

Also, leaf pick up has begun. Residents are asked to rake their loose leaves at least 10 feet from the road, but not onto the roadways. Anyone with paper bags full of leaves may call the city office at 740-695-1324 and street department employees will pick them up.

The planning commission will meet 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Issues include the decision to approve the final plat of the St. Clair Commons, site of a new senior living facility. The project may be completed and facilities open in December or January.