City Council to talk priorities, goals

STEUBENVILLE — City Council members will meet at 6 p.m. on Jan. 24 to discuss 2017 goals and priorities.

Second Ward Councilman Mike Johnson called for the council-as-a-whole meeting during Tuesday night’s council meeting. Council members have met in the past for goal-setting meetings.

And, the ongoing debate between council members and the city board of health continued Tuesday night with 6th Ward Councilman Bob Villamagna questioning comments in Tuesday’s edition of the Herald-Star by board of health President Pro Tempore Dr. Patrick Macedonia.

“I, along with the other council members, will do everything humanly possible to provide good health services. Our citizens are not going to lose any services. There will be no loss of services for anyone,” said Villamagna Tuesday night.

“Jim Mavromatis is the city manager. He is beyond reproach. There is no need to keep him out of the health department consolidation talks,” continued Villamagna.

In other matters, council unanimously approved three ordinances:

¯ Creation of the Opal Boulevard and Glendwell Road Neighborhood Conservation District.

¯ Rezoning of 243 S. Third St. from B-1 central business district to I-1, general commercial and industrial district.

¯ Giving 3 percent from the city’s hotel and motel bed tax to the Steubenville Convention and Visitors Center.

Council heard a first reading of an ordinance to adopt the current replacement pages to the codified ordinances.

First Ward Councilman Gerald DiLoreto introduced three ordinances:

¯ Authorizing the city manager to advertise for bids for the Lincoln Boulevard guard rail replacement project.

¯ Authorizing the city manager to advertise for bids for the 2017 hot mix asphalt program.

¯ Authorizing the city manager to advertise for bids for lane marking.

And Johnson sunshined several pieces of legislation, including the creation of a Neighborhood Conservation District for Starkdale Road as well as authorization for the city manager to sign documents continuing the revolving loan program; advertising for the 2017 Community Development Block Grant street paving project; and advertising for bids for the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center HVAC system.

Council members approved several mayoral re-appointments, including William Hendricks for the Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority board and Lori Sullivan to the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County Board of Trustees.

Following the public meeting, council moved into an executive session to discuss the sale of real estate.

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