City closer to hiring rec director

STEUBENVILLE – City administration officials hope to have a new recreation director in place within the next 30 days after 54 candidates applied for the $41,000 job.

The parks and recreation board personnel committee that includes board President Sandi Rue and board member Jim Emmerling will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday with Mayor Domenick Mucci and City Manager Tim Boland to start reviewing applications for qualified candidates.

“It is good news that we received 54 applications. That is much more than we anticipated and that is a good problem. We will ultimately determine the best candidate for the position. We want to make sure the successful candidate is ready to hit the ground running,” said Boland.

Mucci suggested the board can narrow the list of applicants to 10 to 15 people and then meet again to narrow the list for telephone interviews.

The recreation director position has been vacant for more than a year.

The recreation board will recommend a candidate to Boland.

In other business during the 90-minute recreation board meeting Wednesday night, Mucci announced the city will apply for a recreation grant from the Jefferson County commissioners.

“The county offers these recreation grants annually and we will review several city projects before making our application,” noted Mucci.

The board also agreed to look at different designs for announcement and schedule boards for the parks.

“Our Maintenance and Repair Director Bob Baird is looking at different types of weatherproof signs we can put at our large parks so we can post schedules of people or organizations who have reserved a recreation facility. We can also post community announcements as well,” said Boland.

The board approved a motion to have Boland sign a field utilization agreement with the Steubenville High School girls softball team that includes the team’s game and practice schedule for the Jim Wood ballfield.

The board and the school agreed to the agreement earlier this year that will see the softball team coaches maintain the field and have first right to use the facility.

The recreation board approved several facility requests Wednesday night, including:

A request from the Tri-County Church softball league to use two ballfields at Belleview Park on Tuesdays and Fridays from May 5 through Aug. 22.

Let’s Play Ball on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center gymnasium.

Pugliese West Elementary School for Jim Wood Park on May 28 for an end-of-the-school year party.

A community Easter celebration from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the MLK Center on April 12.

Catholic Central High School tennis team from March to May at the Belleview Park tennis courts.

The recreation board tabled facility requests from Rod Harton to use Belleview Park for his fourth-annual rib cook-off and from Garfield East Elementary School for Belleview Park because representatives did not attend the recreation board meeting.

Councilman at large Kenny Davis reported a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the American Legion Post 33 hall last week raised approximately $4,000 for the Save Our Pool campaign.

“The Belleview Pool will open again this year. We are now working with World International Testing to have the pool slide inspected to determine what we need to do to open the slide to the public again. The public stepped forward last year and they are stepping forward again this year,” said Davis.