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Council OKs emergency sewer repairs

September 26, 2012
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - City Council agreed Tuesday to emergency contracts with the James White Construction Co. for repairs to collapsing sewer lines near the University Boulevard and Brady Avenue area and McCauslen Manor.

The two projects are estimated to cost a total of $130,000 for the Weirton-based firm to dig up the collapsing sewer pipes and replace them with a hard plastic pipe.

Sewer Department Superintendent Chuck Murphy told council members last week approximately 73 feet of a sewer line is collapsing under University Boulevard and Brady Avenue.

"The project will not exceed $70,000, and James White is ready to start immediately. We will post detour signs in advance, and the work should take three days. We also plan to replace three catch basins that have contributed to flooding in that bend area," explained Murphy.

Murphy also said once the University Boulevard sewer is repaired the construction company will move to McCauslen Manor to repair combined sewer lines that are collapsing.

"That job will not exceed $60,000 and is expected to take two to three days," said Murphy.

Council also unanimously approved emergency legislation to lease office space to the JB Green Team on a monthly basis at $2,200 per month.

City Manager Cathy Davison said the Solid Waste Authority representing Jefferson and Belmont counties has nearly completed its move from the former Wintersville Elementary School building on Fernwood Road.

The JB Green Team board of trustees started looking for a new home after the Jefferson County Christian School purchased the Wintersville school building earlier this year.

"The recycling trucks will be kept at their recycling center at the Jefferson County Engineer's Office complex on state Route 43. And their employees will use the city owned employee parking lot on Adams Street," Davison explained.

Also approved Tuesday night was an ordinance authorizing the advertising for professional services for the city's park safety and security lighting project.

The city's recreation department currently keeps the Belleview Park tennis court lights on all night in order to provide adequate lighting for security cameras.

Second Ward Councilman Rick Perkins, who chairs the council recreation committee, said the new security system will mean the tennis court lights won't be needed at night.

Also approved on an emergency basis was authorization to advertise for proposals for professional services for the city's Fair Housing Practices Commission.

In other business, an ordinance approving expenditures without a purchase order for more than $3,000 was approved after a third and final reading, as well as an ordinance authorizing the transfer of $10,000 from the city's general fund to the general capital projects fund.

First readings were heard at the meeting for an ordinance amending the city's fair housing code to make it consistent with the state and federal fair housing laws as well as legislation authorizing the advertisement for bids for the purchase of necessary supplies for the service department in 2013.

Council heard the first reading of an ordinance allowing the city manager to advertise two lots on North Fifth Street for sale through an advertised bidding process.

Patrick Nyguyen of North Fifth Street had asked the city to sell him the two lots so he can fence the properties off as a yard and maintain the site.

Nyguyen said if he is able to buy the two properties he plans to "trim back the large tree encroaching on my house, redo the sidewalk that is in need of repair and beautify the North End just a little bit."

"This is a win-win for everyone. Mr. Nguyen takes very good care of his house and current property," remarked 4th Ward Councilman Angela Suggs.

And council members heard a first reading for the city to renew an agreement with the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District to provide assistance with the implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandated Phase II Storm Water Management Plan.

First Ward Councilman Gerald DiLoreto thanked his council colleagues and city employees "for a very successful picnic last week at Beatty Park. We had a lot of people come to the park and they found out it is a beautiful place to visit."

Third Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf called for a pride committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss a proposed beautification project.

And council approved a number of board re-appointments recommended by Mayor Domenick Mucci including;

Vickie Nurczyk, parks and recreation board.

Mike Barber, planning and zoning commission.

Robert D'Anniballe Jr., civil service commission.

Mattie Patterson, fair housing commission.

Paul Rue, utilities delinquency board.

Roger Wells and Ralph Clause, building and engineering appeals board.

Duke Rakich and James Padden, income tax review board.

Kimberly Georgedes and Judy Brancazio, Historic Landmarks Commission.

Carletta Williams, board of health.

Mucci said all board and commission members serve without compensation.

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