State of city address tonight

STEUBENVILLE – City residents will have the opportunity to learn how the city is doing at 6:30 p.m. today when Mayor Domenick Mucci delivers his annual state of the city address in the Eastern Gateway Community College lecture hall.

City Council’s recreation committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. at EGCC for an update on re-opening the Belleview Pool this year, as well as the status of the search for a new recreation director.

The council sunshine meeting will follow the mayor’s state of the city speech.

City Council members, along with the city department heads, are expected to listen to the mayor discuss the past year and his view of the future.

During his address Mucci is expected to encourage city residents to “get involved in our town” and to participate when possible in local projects,

“Some important items facing our community include the implementation plan that will guide and shape a better Steubenville. The first implementation meeting is at 9 a.m. on May 7 at the Historic Fort Steuben Visitors Center. I encourage getting involved,” said Mucci.

He also will suggest support for 2nd Ward Councilman Mike Johnson’s proposed “Broken Window Approach.”

“If drafted properly, the appropriate resources and the enforcement of the property maintenance code will allow us to address a number of issues. This is an exciting approach to alternatives that will strengthen our community,” said Mucci.

“Volunteer to be engaged in the new beautification committee that is spearheaded by Councilwoman Angela Suggs. The committee meets on the third Thursday of every month,” noted Mucci.

Mucci will touch on investments at the Hollywood City Center and the Fort Steuben Mall.

He also will address the grassroots campaign by Councilman at large Kenny Davis to open the Belleview Pool last year and to open the pool again this year by raising private funds and seeking grants.

Mucci will review the annual reports submitted by the city departments and is expected to recognize Finance Director Alyssa Kerker, who received a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting.

The mayor will publicly welcome new Health Commissioner Shaleeta Smith and thank Patty Reda, who retired in March for her service to the community.

Also set to be recognized is City Engineer Michael Dolak, “who helped manage 59 projects in 2013 that resulted in an investment of $22,773,639 into our town.”

“We must continue our efforts of collaboration in order to provide essential services to the public. Government and private business must work in tandem to grow our economy,” Mucci will state tonight.

“Yes, we have our challenges, but you must remember you have a dedicated group of city employees, elected officials and appointed representatives who work diligently to provide services to the community. We continue to work hard to keep our town moving forward and to build a better future for our residents,” Mucci is expected to tell the audience.