9:25 p.m. Council approves legislation

STEUBENVILLE — City Council approved legislation to contract with a new collection agency in an attempt to retrieve delinquent water bill accounts.

The ordinance, proposed last week by Sixth Ward Councilman David Lalich, will see the city use RBC Incoprated of Mansfield to go after the delinquent water accounts.

According to Law Director S. Gary Repella, ” it is in the best interests of the delinquent customers to make arrangements to pay their account before their bills is turned over to the collection agency. Once the collection agency starts the collection process they will be tacking an additional percentage fee on top of the delinquent bill the customers will be required to pay. The city will receive the full amount of the delinquent bill and RBC will be paid through the additional fees.”

The council heard the first reading of an ordinance accepting the city’s new comprehensive plan.

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed comprehensive plan at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9.

Legislation to adopt the one year action plan for the 2013 Community Development Block Grant funds was approved on an emergency basis.

The city received $595,549 for the 2013 fiscal year and the money will be used for several projects including street improvements, clearance and demolition projects, code enforcement and Fair Housing activities.

The council met in an executive session to discuss ongoing contractual negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police Ohio Labor Council.

Read the Herald Star Wednesday edition for all the details from the City Council meeting.