Steubenville council OKs Garfield district

STEUBENVILLE — City Council approved the Garfield Avenue Neighborhood Conservation District Tuesday night during a relatively quiet meeting.

Council also approved changes to a current ordinance requiring property owners to register all rental units and to notify the city if their address or telephone number changes. The ordinance set the registration to be renewed every calendar year in January.

An ordinance requiring contractors to renew their licenses every January was approved by a unanimous vote. And, legislation ending a bonus payment for the police chiefs and fire chiefs who have a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree received a second reading.

Council’s building and grounds committee discussed changes to the city ordinance governing the tree commission, and 4th Ward Councilman Scott Dressel said he will meet with Law Director Costa Mastros to draft legislation setting new rules for trees on city right-of-way sites.

In other business:

¯ Finance Director David Lewis reported a copy of the 2018 draft budget has been forwarded to council members.

¯ Council approved two mayoral re-appointments, including Virginia Mascio and Stanley Gaston to the board of library trustees.

¯ Fifth Ward Councilman Willie Paul introduced five resolutions for the appropriation of properties for the Sunset Boulevard and Lovers Lane intersection improvement project.

¯ A resolution of commendation for the Steubenville Big Red football team for winning the Ohio Division IV championship was introduced by 1st Ward Councilman DiLoreto.

¯ Second Ward Councilman Mike Johnson proposed legislation to authorize the demolition of properties at 1107 Cardinal St.; 1126 and 1205 Claire Ave.; 409 1/2 Henry Ave.; 1424 Orchard St.; 113 Brondos Ave.; 637-639 Lincoln Ave.; 831 Lincoln Ave.; 1207 Lincoln Ave.; 990-992 McKinley Ave.; 1375 Tweed Ave.; 516-516 1/2 and 518 Maxwell Ave.; and 1213-1215 and 1217 Adams St.

¯ Mayor Domenick Mucci reminded city residents the annual residential Christmas lighting contest will be judged on Dec. 13 and 14.

Council met in an executive session following the regular meeting at 6th Ward Councilman Bob Villamagna’s request to discuss nonunion city personnel.