The booklet has a rather unassuming title. It's cover simply reads "Comprehensive Plan, Steubenville, Ohio."
When you open the 130-page document, however, you begin to get a clearer picture of where the community is right now, and, more important, where planners think the town should be headed.
It's the result of three years of work, according to Mayor Domenick Mucci, and the contents were compiled after city residents indicated their vision of the future. MKSK Planning and LSL Planning Inc. wrote the plan based on information gathered from those residents and other sources.
Chris Petrossi, the city's urban projects director, said the plan serves as a guide for future development while looking at current and projected future problems, trends, resources and opportunities, while City Manager Tim Boland added that it should help present a clear vision of the city's future.
The comments by Mucci, Petrossi and Boland came during a meeting held Wednesday in the visitors center at Historic Fort Steuben. The gathering was the first for community members who had volunteered to be a part of the Comprehensive Plan Improvement Committee. Those in attendance learned that while plan is a work in progress, it provides a blueprint for potential for growth and development in the city.
For any of the goals outlined in the plan to become reality, however, it will take the work of residents from all parts of the community, and that's where everyone comes in. The committee as it stood Wednesday had 15 members, but, as the three city officials said, there's room for more - in fact, any city resident who would like to offer his or input is welcome to be a part of the process.
The entire document can be viewed online by visiting the city's website at www.cityofsteubenville.us, and residents who are willing to participate in the implementation of the plan can call Mucci or Petrossi at (740) 283-6000.
By making the call and participating in the process, you'll be able to have a role in determining the community's future.
TRYING TO GET CAUGHT UP: Since it was founded on March 13, 2006, the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center has depended on money raised from its annual gala to help provide quality health care to our area's uninsured and underserved residents.
Those who attended this year's event, which was held April 27 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville, came out to attend a evening with friends, recognize some of the businesses and individuals whose hard work makes the center go and to help raise money to allow the center to continue to meet its goal.
Ann Quillen, executive director of the health center, and Dr. Tom and Suzanne Brown, gala co-chairs, were among those who discussed the importance of the center and its accomplishments during the past year.
According to information included in the gala program, that list included providing more than 1,500 patient visits and saving patients more than $1 million on medications through the center's prescription assistance program.
Recognized were the Peoples National Bank of Mount Pleasant, which provides support to the satellite clinic in Mount Pleasant; Dr. John Hyland, the medical honoree; and Bea Antol, the volunteer of the year. Earning the humanitarian award was Trinity Health System, which provided an interim home for the center at Trinity Medical Center East after a leaking roof at its 701 N. Fourth St. home forced the operation to temporarily move to Trinity Medical Center East. Also honored were the 2014 Young Ambassadors, area high school students whose work teaches them about philanthropy and fundraising.
Plans for this year include the opening of a dental clinic.
The health center continues to fill a vital need in our community. It's another example of an agency that most of us hope we never have to visit, but it makes us feel better knowing that it's there if it's ever needed.
AND FINALLY: Beginning Thursday, subscribers to the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times will be able to access every page of every paper on their computer, tablet or smart phone. Our new All Access editions will let you read each day's paper wherever you are on whatever electronic device you choose.
We're excited to be able to make digital editions of our newspapers available, and we're sure our subscribers will appreciate the new options they have when they need the most in-depth coverage of news and events from around the Tri-State Area. You'll have access to everything we offer in our print editions, from anywhere in the world where you can connect with our website.
If you want to learn more about what you can expect to see beginning Thursday, check out the latest edition of Ohio Valley This Week by visiting that website at heraldstaronline.com.
(Gallabrese, a resident of Steubenville, is executive editor of the Herald-Star and the Weirton Daily Times.)