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Steubenville Council discusses some rule changes

STEUBENVILLE — Rules written more than 60 years ago to govern ambulance services within city limits need to be updated, 5th Ward Councilman Willie Paul said Tuesday.

“The ordinance is old and we need to update (it),” he said. Ambulance Service Inc., the private company serving Steubenville for more than 60 years, recently sold some of its assets to LifeCare, which provides non-emergency transports to patients in long-term care and nursing homes.

City firefighters also now provide emergency ambulance services and are the primary emergency response ambulance service provider within city limits.

“We want it done right, especially since it’s that business,” 2nd Ward Councilman Craig Petrella said. “I think we have to protect the citizens and the city as a whole. Let’s do it right.”

Paul called a safety committee meeting for 7 p.m. next Tuesday. Prior to that, he said he’ll meet with Law Director Costa Mastros and Fire Chief Carlo Capaldi to go over the existing ordinance to talk about what needs to be updated.

Mastros told council he hopes to have a draft of the most pressing changes ready for their perusal at the committee meeting, though he said a complete overhaul “will take some time.”

Sixth Ward Councilman Bob Villamagna sunshined legislation vacating the 300 block of South Lake Erie for development purposes for Ohio Motor Group Property.

“There are no other properties abutting it except his own,” he said.

Councilwoman at large Kimberly Hahn reported the annual Halloween party for children will be at Beatty Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16.

Petrella said he’d like to find a way to encourage people to properly use the trash cans that have been placed in parks and other locations throughout town. He said a league currently practicing at one of the parks “won’t walk over and throw their trash” in the city dumpster.

“They won’t walk that extra five feet and throw your trash in the can,” he said, adding people are using cans donated by some people “as their own private garbage cans … and it’s starting to become a health hazard, animals are coming and getting in.”

Petrella suggested encouraging people to be considerate, “You wouldn’t want people doing it to your neighbor, don’t do it to theirs, either.”

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