Council to meet
in executive session
STEUBENVILLE - City Council will meet in a closed door executive session at 7 p.m. today to discuss personnel.
A regular council meeting is set for 7:30 p.m.
set for weekend
WELLSBURG - Wellsburg water customers will be without service from 11 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Saturday while crews repair a valve at 12th and Charles streets that broke Jan. 27, causing an outage.
After service has been restored, there will be a 48-hour boil order in effect until a sample of the water has been tested. Residents will experience discolored water at that time and should refrain from doing laundry.
For questions, call (304) 737-2143.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Ohio State Highway Patrol Dispatcher Melissa J. Rath of Steubenville was selected for the 2012 Ohio State Highway Patrol Telecommunications Award at the St. Clairsville Dispatch Center and also for the patrol's Cambridge District.
Post peers chose Rath based on technical job knowledge and ability, enthusiastic work attitude, teamwork and prompt and courteous response to the public's requests for information and assistance, according to the patrol.
She joined the patrol in 2009 as a dispatcher assigned to the St. Clairsville Dispatch Center. Prior to that she was a dispatcher for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.
Rath and husband, Sean, a sergeant at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, have two daughters Payton and Karysn.
Harrison grand jury
CADIZ - A Harrison County grand jury on Friday returned indictments, including one for an Adena man involved in assault following an argument, according to officials.
Steven Brokaw, 26, 41 Sycamore St., was indicted on a felonious assault charge. It is alleged an argument at the victim's home resulted in serious injuries, including broken bones.
Others indicted were:
Curtis Golsby, 54, 207 Roan Ave., Cadiz, one count of burglary.
David M. Howard, 24, 697 Country Club Road, Cadiz, one count of having weapons while under disability.
Secret indictments also were issued, according to officials.
Former store slated for demolition
SMITHFIELD - Terri Barath, Village Council member and representative to the Regional Planning Commission, reported the former Mortland Store on Main Street will be one of 28 homes slated for demolition due to nuisance complaints.
Ohio Valley Title is working on the title research for all the buildings slated to be torn down and, once completed, a 30-day legal notice will be sent out, officials said. In the meantime, consultants are in the process of conducting asbestos surveys.
Officials want the Mortland house to be taken down sometime after April.
Barath also reported the Ohio Neighborhood Stabilization has seven of the 11 homes on the agency's report, including the Sparks property on Third Street.
Regarding the home repair program, Smithfield received 10 of the applications and about $70,000 is available for seven or eight homes to be selected for repair in the county. The applications are for individual families for repairs on their homes. No village is involved, Barath noted. Homeowners must be aware of the requirements involved and the application is to be filled out by the homeowner.
Cera announces funding for EGCC
COLUMBUS - State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, announced the release of $89,495 by the State Controlling Board for Eastern Gateway Community College.
According to Cera, $76,500 will be used for roof replacement, while the remainder, $12,995, will help meet contractual obligations with the architect providing design and construction administration for the restoration project at EGCC Pugliese Center Parking Lot. The college parking lot is in need of restoration.
"Being able to complete the roof repairs, especially since they leak, will help maintain the stability of this facility for years to come. Restoring the parking lot and making sure it is up to code helps keep the facility operational for the professors and students attending the school," said Cera.
From staff reports