9:10 p.m. Council considers legislation

STEUBENVILLE — Legislation to raise the city’s building permit fees was officially heard for the first time Tuesday night.

The ordinance, if approved after three separate readings, will mean building permit fees will be increased from the current 1965 rates.

An ordinance to reprogram unused Community Development Block Grant funds was approved by the council.

Legislation authorizing City Manager Cathy Davison and Urban Projects Director Chris Petrossi to apply for Clean Ohio funds for an asbestos abatement and demolition project at the former RG Steel plant in Steubenville also received unanimous approval Tuesday night.

The council approved legislation authorizing the city manager to advertise for bids for the John Scott Highway and Mall Drive improvement projects as well as the University Boulevard and Brady Avenue improvement projects.

The projects are scheduled to begin later this year and be completed next year

An ordinance to advertise for the Steubenville Marina deck project was also approved.

The Ohio Department of Transportation agreed to save the pier closest to the Ohio side of the river when the Fort Steuben Bridge was demolished.

City Engineer Mike Dolak said the state agreed to provide $250,000 in funding the project to trim the pier and construct a pedestrian bridge to an observation deck on the pier.

A resolution recognizing Catholic Schools Week was approved unanimously during the meeting.

The council met in an hour long executive session prior to the regular meeting to discuss personnel.

Read the Wednesday edition of The Herald-Star for all of the details from the city council meeting.