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St. C. mayor to testify on state’s tax plan

August 21, 2012
By ROBERT A. DEFRANK - Staff Writer , Times Leader

ST. CLAIRSVILLE City council took a look at state-level financial plans and their local impact during Monday night's meeting.

Mayor Robert Vincenzo reported that he has been delegated by the Ohio Municipal League to give testimony to the statehouse representatives at Cleveland State University Sept. 5. He will speak and answer questions regarding the state's plans to restructure municipal income tax collection.

State Rep. Peter Beck will chair the event.

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Chase Wiethe, Boy Scout Troop 59, addressed St.?Clairsville council Monday night and reported on his Eagle Scout project to improve the community. He will build a natural bird habitat and bird watching area at the St. Clairsville Community Gardens. He will install shrubbery and trees to make a habitat, install bluebird boxes and wren houses as well as purchase bird guides.




to be filed at the recreation center, and install a gazebo. He thanked the mayor and city officials for their cooperation and approval.
Wiethe is also raising funds for the project. Cost is estimated at $3,000. He welcomes any help and support.
Pictured: Wiethe presents plans for the project to council.

Vincenzo added that the state wishes to institute a new uniform system across Ohio. However, the plan would involve the state collecting the funds from the individual municipalities and holding it for possibly a quarter.

"It's an issue each city is very, very concerned about," he said.

Vincenzo said the proposal has been discussed for about two years and the possibility of it being put into action is drawing closer.

In other matters, Service Director Dennis Bigler reported the city has been approved for an Ohio Department of Transportation grant of $336,107 to complete the concrete lining on the north portal of the tunnel. The work may begin fiscal year 2014 and be completed by 2015.

In addition, Finance Director Cindi Henry noted that representatives from the Regional Income Tax Agency will be available next Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the recreation center to assist taxpayers and businesses with their income tax forms.

Also Sue Douglass was appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The city renewed its Health Plan contract and entered into contract with WesBanco to enhance security for online banking.

A Board of Zoning Appeals meeting will be held Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m. to review a petition for a variance to construct an office building.

Also, Councilman John Bukmir noted issues of visibility off Butler Street and Route 9.

Councilman Frank Sabatino provided information about the levy the Cumberland Trail Fire District will place on the ballot. He noted that all fire district residents will vote on the issue.

Also, regarding the fire department's responsibilities, Sabatino said that at least one department member must be present before, during and after a fireworks display. The fire chief must also pre-approve any display.

Vincenzo noted that a blood drive is scheduled for Aug. 28, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at St. Clairsville High School to benefit Allie Hamilton, a 15-year-old recently diagnosed with acute leukemia. To make an appointment, visit www.centralbloodbank.org or call 1-866-366-6771.

Kevin Flanagan, candidate for county court, Western Division, introduced himself.

The next meeting is set for Tuesday, Sept. 4.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com

Times Leader Staff Writer

ST. CLAIRSVILLE City council took a look at state-level financial plans and their local impact during Monday night's meeting.

Mayor Robert Vincenzo reported that he has been delegated by the Ohio Municipal League to give testimony to the statehouse representatives at Cleveland State University Sept. 5. He will speak and answer questions regarding the state's plans to restructure municipal income tax collection.

State Rep. Peter Beck will chair the event.

Vincenzo added that the state wishes to institute a new uniform system across Ohio. However, the plan would involve the state collecting the funds from the individual municipalities and holding it for possibly a quarter.

"It's an issue each city is very, very concerned about," he said.

Vincenzo said the proposal has been discussed for about two years and the possibility of it being put into action is drawing closer.

In other matters, Service Director Dennis Bigler reported the city has been approved for an Ohio Department of Transportation grant of $336,107 to complete the concrete lining on the north portal of the tunnel. The work may begin fiscal year 2014 and be completed by 2015.

In addition, Finance Director Cindi Henry noted that representatives from the Regional Income Tax Agency will be available next Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the recreation center to assist taxpayers and businesses with their income tax forms.

Also Sue Douglass was appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The city renewed its Health Plan contract and entered into contract with WesBanco to enhance security for online banking.

A Board of Zoning Appeals meeting will be held Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m. to review a petition for a variance to construct an office building.

Also, Councilman John Bukmir noted issues of visibility off Butler Street and Route 9.

Councilman Frank Sabatino provided information about the levy the Cumberland Trail Fire District will place on the ballot. He noted that all fire district residents will vote on the issue.

Also, regarding the fire department's responsibilities, Sabatino said that at least one department member must be present before, during and after a fireworks display. The fire chief must also pre-approve any display.

Vincenzo noted that a blood drive is scheduled for Aug. 28, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at St. Clairsville High School to benefit Allie Hamilton, a 15-year-old recently diagnosed with acute leukemia. To make an appointment, visit www.centralbloodbank.org or call 1-866-366-6771.

Kevin Flanagan, candidate for county court, Western Division, introduced himself.

The next meeting is set for Tuesday, Sept. 4.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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