City revisits deck project

STEUBENVILLE – City Council will consider emergency legislation Tuesday to authorize the acting city manager to advertise for bids to build an observation deck at the site of the former Fort Steuben Bridge.

Third Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf introduced the single piece of legislation at Tuesday night’s council sunshine meeting.

“This is an emergency ordinance because there is a time element to spend the allotted funds for this project,” explained Mayor and Acting City Manager Domenick Mucci.

Council originally authorized advertisements for the Steubenville Marina observation deck in January, but Mucci said the city did not receive any bids for the project.

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.

Mucci said the state agreed to provide $50,000 and the city received an additional $200,000 in Federal Highway Enhancement funds to trim the pier and construct a pedestrian bridge to an observation deck on the pier.

Mucci said the money can only be used for the deck project.

Council in February authorized the purchase of real estate at the city marina owned by the Ohio Department of Transportation for $1 as part of the observation deck project.

Council also will hear the third and final reading of legislation Tuesday night setting an overtime and compensation time leave policy for city exempt employees.