City to study proposed budget

STEUBENVILLE – City Council will meet at 5 p.m. on Dec. 10 to review a proposed budget for 2014 that Mayor and Acting City Manager Domenick Mucci called “encouraging,” during Tuesday night’s meeting.

“We will discuss the final revenue and expenditures budgets for 2013 and also review the tentative revenue and expenditure budgets for the first quarter of 2014. I have included in the proposed 2014 budgets my plans to fill the recreation director job,” explained Mucci.

The mayor also asked for a 6 p.m. meeting on Dec. 10 to review the latest report from the Rural Communities Assistance Program regarding a proposed water rate hike.

Mucci announced during the sunshine meeting the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center will be closed Monday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 because of employee vacations.

“We have made moves to accommodate those people who already had reservations for those days at the center. We will also close the MLK Center the final two weeks of the year because of staffing issues, but again we have made accommodations for the pre-approved reservations at the center,” said Mucci.

Third Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf introduced an emergency ordinance for consideration next week to enter into a three-year contract with Timothy Boland to serve as the new city manager.

Boland agreed Friday to accept council’s offer of $90,000 a year to take the city manager’s job that has been vacant since former City Manager Cathy Davison resigned in May.

Boland is set to assume his new duties on Jan. 6.

Council will hear the second reading of a proposed ordinance Tuesday night that will mean a $6.50 per month water rate increase for all city water customers.

If approved at the Dec. 17 regular council meeting, the rate hike will go into effect early next year.

Second readings will be heard next week for guidelines for the city manager’s vacation allotment and compensation time policy.

And, council members said goodbye to 6th Ward Councilman David Lalich, who will retire Friday.

“You have been an asset to the city and this council for the past 16 years. Everyone always knew where you were coming from and you provided strong leadership,” said Mucci.

“Thank you for being the wise old uncle. You have been a mentor to me,” added 4th Ward Councilwoman Angela Suggs.

“I thank you for allowing me to serve on this council with you. We didn’t always agree on the issues and we faced tough times. But we plowed through for the betterment of our city,” replied Lalich.