St. C. kicks off new year

ST. CLAIRSVILLE The city is expected to see a busy 2013, with a wide variety of projects and improvements.

Service Director Dennis Bigler, during Monday night’s city council meeting, noted plans to obtain new equipment in the wastewater department, including the purchase of a flusher that was approved last year. The city is also looking into the purchase of a backhoe.

The spring and summer months will see most of the work, but the extensive planning process has already begun.

The water plant’s chemical building must be replaced. A major paving project totaling about $650,000 is also planned. Council will also open bids on the city’s insurance Jan. 18.

“That will be one of the largest paving programs we’ve ever had in the city,” Bigler said.

In addition, line replacement projects and manhole lining are also on the agenda.

“The city’s very fiscally conscious in these rough times, so we’re careful not to over commit, but we’re monitoring the financial status, what the national climate is and deciding how much work we’re going to do,” he said. “But we’re going to be busier this year than we were last.”

Bigler also noted the excellent job done by the crews and the street department during the snowfall.

He added that live Christmas tree pickups will begin this week. Residents may leave their trees on the curb, but are asked to be careful to remove nails and other items that might damage chipping equipment. Pickups will continue for about a week. Residents may contact the contact the city to have their tree pickup up later.

Also, Councilman Frank Sabatino noted a recent meeting. The electric department should finish setting poles this week. Citizens are asked to keep their meters accessible despite the snow.

CouncilmanPerry Jones asked that citizens cooperate in removing their cars from the streets during snow accumulation so street cleaning can be completed. Police Chief Martin Kendzora suggested street parking ordinances might be more strictly enforced during the winter months.

Regarding the fire district, during their reorganization meeting prior to New Years the department re-elected Ken Saffell chief. Marc Summers remains assistant chief. The board includes Frank Sabatino, Al Vass, Ed Gorence, and Greg Bizarri as township representative. The next meeting will be Jan. 30, 4:30 p.m.

In other matters,

Kathy Kaluger was re-appointed clerk.

C ouncil passed a resolution recognizing and congratulating the 2012 St. Clairsville High School football team for their outstanding season and for finishing runner-up in the Division IV OHSAA playoffs.

Council held the second reading of an ordinance to authorize a mutual aid agreement with interstate and intrastate participating municipalities with Municipal Electric Systems in order to receive and provide mutual assistance during emergencies through the exchange of personnel and equipment.

The next meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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