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Jefferson County, Steubenville to talk court move

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County commissioners received official correspondence from the city of Steubenville in the form of a letter from council about moving the city’s Municipal Court to the Jefferson County Justice Center.

The topic came up during Thursday’s meeting in the county courthouse.

According to commissioners, the request to explore the option originally came from Judge John Mascio. Commissioners Thomas Gentile and Dave Maple clarified that the request was sought out by the city, not the county.

“It should be known to the citizens of Steubenville that the city, through Mascio, has requested the county investigate taking on municipal court,” Maple said. “In no way did the did the county commissioners proactively approach the city of Steubenville. We did get something in writing, so I am ready to kick the ball forward on this.”

Gentile attended the Feb. 4 Steubenville City Council meeting to request the official correspondence from the city.

“The invitation was not from the county commissioners for them to move down there, it was to get some clarity in response to Mascio’s request to us.” Gentile said.

The next step, according to Maple, is to ask the city what space will be needed and reviewing potential other moves of county and city offices to accommodate the potential move.

The letter from City Council advised the commissioners to contact City Manager James Mavromatis to begin preliminary discussions.

Also at the meeting, the commissioners announced and approved the hiring of Patrick Boyles of Weirton as maintenance supervisor, pending the completion of background and drug checks.

Boyles is the director of maintenance and security at Triangle Tech of Pittsburgh and has held several similar positions, according to his resume.

“I’ve interviewed a lot of people in my time for different positions over the years in various roles that I have been in during my lifetime, and Patrick Boyles was a very exceptional candidate, both on paper and in person,” Commissioner Thomas Graham said.

The position opened up after the retirement of Bob DiFonzo.

The commissioners stated they received more than 60 applications for the position and narrowed that list down to at least seven who were interviewed.

“We had quite a few excellent applicants and I want to thank everyone that applied for the job and expressed an interest in working for Jefferson County. I would like to thank them,” Gentile said.

The commissioners received bids for a slip repair project on county Road 28. The engineering department’s estimate for the project was $207,400.

The commissioners received seven bids for the project ranging from $181,291.20 to $275,127.60. The bids were approved for forwarding to the engineering department for review and recommendation.

Mike Siebieda of McKinley and Associates of Wheeling, the county’s engineering consultant, appeared to clear up questions about the company’s recommendation for the Justice Center roof replacement project. The recommendation had been tabled by the commissioners at the last two meetings to allow more time to seek information.

Upon hearing from Siebieda, the commissioners accepted the recommendation of N.F. Mansuetto and Sons Inc. of Martins Ferry for the whole roof replacement. The bid was $493,850.

The commissioners also heard from Steve Mick, a maintenance employee at the Justice Center, about various projects.

Upon hearing the weekly report and discussing a meeting with representatives from the Ohio EPA with Water and Sewer Department manager Michael Eroshevich, the commissioners all praised Eroshevich and the department.

Gentile said the EPA representatives alluded to using Jefferson County’s water and sewer department as an example around the state.

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