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Improvement projects set for council consideration

STEUBENVILLE — Legislation authorizing the city manager to advertise for bids for Steubenville’s 2022 hot-mix resurfacing project will be brought to council for consideration Tuesday.

Fourth Ward Councilman Scott Dressel sunshined the legislation Tuesday, along with companion legislation authorizing City Manager Jim Mavromatis to apply for grant funds through the Ohio Public Works Commission to help pay for the street work. Dressel also sunshined legislation directing Mavromatis to apply for funding for the city’s state Route 7 traffic signal upgrades.

City Engineer Mike Dolak said contractors will be invited to bid for the base project area — Eve Drive from Plum to Orchard; Moreland Drive from Eve to Eve; Mary Street from Murphy Avenue to its west terminus; Murphy Avenue from Plum Street to its north terminus; and Cedar Avenue from Plum to its north terminus.

He said the add alternate would be Plum from Eve to Lawson, Canterbury from its south terminus to Kingston Avenue and then from Kingston to its north terminus; and Kingston from Rosslyn Boulevard to Canterbury.

Also Tuesday, 5th Ward Councilman Willie Paul sunshined an ordinance that would ratify two-year contracts with the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Steuben Lodge 1, Steubenville Fire Department Local 228 and AFSCME Local 2015, all on an emergency basis.

council signed off on the final reading of an ordinance adopting the city’s tax budget for 2022 and providing for a public hearing; and heard the first reading of an ordinance adding properties at 3953 Argonne Ave., 1246 Oak Grove Ave., 1300 Oak Grove Ave., 1414 Pennsylvania Ave., 1405 Pennsylvania Ave. and 1420 Pennsylvania Ave. to the demolition list, declaring them a public nuisance and ordering their removal.

Council also advised they’d like to find a way to acknowledge the efforts of Patrick McLaughlin, a Steubenville Visitors Center volunteer who routinely takes it upon himself to tackle projects to improve the community.

Most recently, they said he gathered up the clippings left behind after the Dollar Tree had someone come in and cut the high weeds and grass surrounding their lot that had caused consternation at a council meeting two weeks ago.

“He did a great job,” 5th Ward Councilman Willie Paul said. “I think we should commend (him). He’s always doing something for the city, especially for the downtown.”

Dressel agreed, saying McLaughlin deserved credit “for cleaning up Dollar Tree’s weeds.”

“I do think they supplied some guys to cut the weeds,” he added.

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