City of Martins Ferry

Martins Ferry City Council Special Meeting Minutes of September 18, 2022

Posted on: September 22, 2022

The Martins Ferry City Council met for a Special Meeting on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., at the Donald Myers Council Chambers.  This meeting was called for the discussion of purchasing police vehicles.     

Council President Kristine Davis called the meeting to order and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those present, followed by a prayer by the Clerk.   Answering Roll Call were Bob Hunker, First Ward Council Member; Bruce Shrodes, Second Ward Council Member; Suzanne Armstrong, Third Ward Council Member; Tom Burns and Jim Schramm, Council at Large Members.  Absent: Jack Regis, Council at Large Member and Rick Rodgers, Fourth Ward Council Member.

The Mayor said the Police Department needs to buy 3 vehicles.  He asked Council to appropriate $225,000 which would cover the cost of the cruisers, necessary accessories, decals and any penalty imposed by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.  This money would be taken from the American Rescue Money.   Police Chief McFarland explained the problems with the 3 leased vehicles from Enterprise.  A Chevrolet Dealer in Pittsburgh, PA has offered a price of $43,413.20 per vehicle.  This is $6,000 less than other quotes received.  There would be an additional expense to outfit the cruisers with the necessary equipment.   Chief McFarland consulted with Service Director Sutak and it was estimated that purchasing these vehicles instead of leasing would save the General Fund almost $2,600 a month.

Mrs. Armstrong made a motion to reflect an amendment to the previous motion regarding the purchase of police vehicles on September 7, to make the final total up to $225,000, which includes $19,000 of equipment for the vehicles.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Burns.  A roll call vote was heard with Mrs. Armstrong, Mr. Burns, Mr. Schramm, Mr. Hunker and Mr. Shrodes voting yes.  The motion was declared passed. 

Mr. Shrodes made a motion to excuse Mr. Regis and Mr. Rodgers from tonight’s meeting.  Mrs. Armstrong seconded the motion.  After an affirmative voice vote, the motion passed.

Mr. Hunker moved to adjourn, which was seconded by Mr. Shrodes.  After an affirmative voice vote, the meeting was adjourned at 6:13 p.m. with a salute to the flag.

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Kay H. McFarlan, Clerk of Council                           Kristine Davis, Council President

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Martins Ferry City Council Meeting Minutes of September 7, 2022

Posted on: September 22, 2022

The Martins Ferry City Council met in Regular Session on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., at the Donald Myers Council Chambers. The meeting was called to order by Council President Kristine Davis with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those present, followed by a prayer by the Clerk. Answering Roll Call were Bob Hunker, First Ward Council Member, Bruce Shrodes, Second Ward Council Member; Suzanne Armstrong, Third Ward Council Member; Rick Rodgers, Fourth Ward Council Member; Jim Schramm and Jack Regis, Council at Large Members. Tom Burns, Council at Large Member, informed President Davis he would not be able to attend tonight’s meeting.
Minutes: Minutes of the August 17, 2022 Council Meeting were approved as written.
Correspondence: The Walter Drane company has contacted the Council Clerk regarding updating the Codified Ordinances. Ordinances passed since August 5, 2021 will be sent to the company and the Clerk will be notified when the updates pages are completed and ready to be shipped.
Reports of Officers of the City:
Mayor: The Mayor reported that the Semper Fi Paving Company submitted the lowest bid at $662,045.39 for the paving of 9th Street, 8th Street and 6th Street, the area locally known as “Bull Town”. This bid was accepted and hopefully paving will begin at the end of September. Because recent water line breaks have ruined a few roads, the Mayor asked Council to include 3 other roads (Ohio Rd., Highland Rd., and Wood Rd.) in the “Bull Town” paving job. He will get the additional cost estimates for these jobs and report back to Council.
The Mayor reported on several water line replacements and catch basins being worked on.
Code enforcement is now being done by the Police Department. There will no longer be any warnings. Citations will be issued for high grass, weeds, trash can violations, and piles of junk on property. Offenders will come to Mayor’s Court and be fined.
The problem with the Street Sweeper has been identified but it is not known how long it will take to get the parts to fix it. Tickets will not be issued for improper parking on Street Sweeper Days for the remainder of the year.
The Cemetery Crew will be finishing with grass cutting soon. Some routine maintenance still needs done and a few trees need removed.
Four hundred tons of salt has been purchased and Mr. Sutak is working with a company to possibly store the salt inside.
The Mayor reported on the progress of the Impound Lot at 636 South Zane Highway. The lot is already paved, easy to police, and cameras can easily be installed. The Mayor asked Council if the $30,000 appropriated for the Impound Lot, which was to be built on the former Rose Café site, be put back into the General Fund and instead use some of the American Rescue Money for the Impound Lot on Zane Highway. Mr. Stecker is checking to see if the American Rescue Money can be used for the Impound Lot. One neighbor disagrees with the placement of the lot. Mr. Regis mentioned the neighbors he spoke with asked that the lot 1) not create problems for residents getting in and out of their garages in the alley and 2) the city clean up the mess and keep it organized. Mrs. Armstrong is concerned that the proposed site of the impound lot is on a major thoroughfare in the center of town and will make things look bad in that area. She is also afraid it may depreciate the neighbor’s property values. It is not the impound lot that Mrs. Armstrong is against, it is the location. The Mayor said that the cars towed to the city’s impound lot are ones that will be recovered. The lot will not be filled up with junk cars. Mr. Shrodes asked that the security lights shine down directly on the lot and not shine onto the surrounding homes.
The Police Department and the EMS Department are having problems with vehicles. Two of the EMS cars are small and great on gas mileage. However, when there is snow on the roads or a larger person needs transported, these vehicles are inadequate. The EMS Department is asking for a larger 4-wheel drive vehicle. The Mayor estimated the cost to be around $50,000. This purchase can be paid out of the American Rescue Money. The Police Department would like to purchase 2 cruisers this year and one next year in order to stop the leasing arrangement. These purchases would probably amount to $250,000.
The Mayor informed Council that $150,000 needs to be encumbered due to a major problem with the force main. It is believed that the force main is broke somewhere under a 1 miles stretch of the National Limestone Company.
Mrs. Armstrong asked if the EMS carries COVID Testing Kits. The Mayor thought they did but didn’t know for sure. She was concerned because she knew a man who was treated by the EMS and within the next two days he tested positive for COVID. The Mayor will check on this issue.
Mrs. Armstrong stated that other streets in town need lines painted. Mayor Davies stated if crews have time, they will be painted.
The Fall Curb-Side Clean-Up Day will probably be sometime in early October. The Mayor will have the exact date for the next meeting.

Service Director: Mr. Sutak said a Resolution will be brought to Council at the next meeting to accept the amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and Authorizing the Necessary Tax Levies and Certifying them. This Resolution has to be passed so it can be submitted to the County Auditor’s Office before October 1, 2022.
Mr. Sutak will ask Mr. Stecker to create an Ordinance to have Council authorize moving .3 of the inside millage over into the bond retirement fund to help pay for Street Paving.
A few more catch basins still need done before some of the roads are paved.
Safety Director: No report.
Auditor: No report.
Law Director: No report.
Police Department: Chief McFarland asked the Times Leader Reporter to remind citizens that fines will assessed if building permits or contractor licenses are not secured. Mr. Sutak asked that the fees received from the sale of building permits and contractor licenses be placed in the Safety Service Line Item which paid the previous Code Administrator’s salary. Any officer doing code enforcement duties can be paid from this fund, thus alleviating the General Fund of this responsibility. Research will be done to see if the fines for high grass and garbage can infractions can also be placed in the Safety Service Fund. The Chief reported grant applications have been submitted 1) for Laptops for officers who attend trainings and 2) to help with the cost of maintenance of current Body Cameras.
Fire Department: No report.
Code Administrator: No report.
Park District: No report.
Water Department: No report.
Reports of Committees of Council:
Finance and Audit: Chairman Regis scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. to look at line items of the budget and see if anything needs changed. Mr. Sutak reported that the settlement of property taxes have been received and can be reviewed at this meeting.
Street: No report.
Ordinance: No report.
Sewer/Sidewalk: No report.
Code Administration: Mr. Regis will set up a committee meeting with Attorney Stecker to discuss the city’s liability, if any, with known dilapidated properties in town.
Safety: Mr. Schramm will check with the Police Department on a few safety codes.
Service: No report.
Cemetery: No report.
Public Relations: No report.
Real Estate/Utility: No report.
Income Tax: No report.
Citizens To Be Heard:
Richard Hord, 915 Virginia Street, complimented Officer Starkey on the fine job he has been doing with code enforcement. Mr. Hord asked for an updated on the water run-off on the Miller property discussed at Council Meeting a few months ago. The water run-off has been alleviated by running a hose to a creek bed. As soon as the part is available, the problem will be permanently fixed. Mr. Hord reported that the Belmont County Commissioners approved $75,000 for the city’s paving improvements from the permissible license tax. The Mayor said this money will be used to pave 9th Street. There is no update regarding the former Staffilino Property. The Mayor said he still plans to honor Mr. Nicholson, Mr. Wallace, and Mr. Sommers at a future meeting. Mr. Hord asked about Auditor Randall and was told she was still in the “decision-making loop” but has not been released to return to work.

Ordinances and Resolutions:
This Ordinance was given a First Reading.
An Ordinance Increasing The Hourly Wage For Certain Part-Time Positions in the EMS Department.
Motion was made by Mr. Shrodes to suspend the rules. Motion was seconded by Mr. Schramm. A roll call vote was heard with Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Schramm, Regis and Hunker voting yes. The motion carried. Motion was made by Mr. Regis to pass the Ordinance as read. Motion was seconded by Mr. Hunker. A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers and Schramm voting yes. The motion carried and the Ordinance was declared passed.
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF MARTINS
FERRY TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE ZANE
HIGHWAY 12” WATERLINE CONNECTION TO AETNA
STREET BOOSTER STATION AND DECLARING AN
EMERGENC
Miscellaneous Business:
Mr. Regis made a motion that Council appropriate $60,000 from the American Rescue Money for the purchase of 1 police cruiser. Motion was seconded by Mr. Rodgers. A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers and Schramm voting yes. The motion carried.
Mr. Shrodes inquired about the Auction for older city vehicles. Mr. Regis said he is waiting for the Auctioneer to give him an available date. The Auctioneer will take care of placing an ad in the paper.
Sometime early next year, Mr. Shrodes asked for a list of every vehicle, machinery and piece of equipment the city owns. Mr. Sutak said he will gather this information and get it to Mr. Shrodes.
Mr. Hunker made a motion to allow the Mayor to establish an impound lot at 636 South Zane Highway (formerly Robert’s Pontiac). Motion was seconded by Mr. Schramm. A roll call vote was heard with Hunker, Shrodes, Rodgers, Schramm and Regis voting yes. Mrs. Armstrong voted no. The motion passed.
Mr. Regis made a motion to approve $30,000 from the American Rescue Fund Money for the Impound Lot cameras and fencing. Motion was seconded by Mr. Hunker. A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Rodgers and Schramm voting yes. Mrs. Armstrong voted no. The motion carried.
Mr. Regis made a motion to grant the Mayor permission to add Ohio Avenue, Highland Avenue and Woods Lane to the Paving Project. Motion was seconded by Mr. Schramm. A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers and Schramm voting yes. The motion was declared passed.
Mr. Shrodes made a motion and Mr. Regis seconded, to excuse Mr. Burns from tonight’s meeting. After an affirmative voice vote, the motion carried.
Mr. Schramm noted that the Gas Company’s contractor who replaced the sidewalks on South Zane Highway did an inadequate job.
Mr. Schramm made a motion to reflect Council has received reports from the Officers and Management, and to incorporate these reports into the minutes. Motion was seconded by Mr. Rodgers. After an affirmative voice vote, the motion passed.
After a year of trying to negotiate with the company that paved South Zane Highway, the Mayor has consulted with Attorney Stecker and decided to hire another company to get the road fixed. Bids will be accepted for this job. After the road has been repaired and the bill paid, any money left from the retainer will be given to the original paving company that did the inferior work. Council did not object to this action.
Mrs. Armstrong moved to adjourn, which was seconded by Mr. Hunker. After an affirmative voice vote, the motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 6:57 p.m. with a salute to the flag.

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Kay H. McFarlan, Clerk of Council Kristine Davis, Council President


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Martins Ferry City Council Meeting Minutes of August 17, 2022

Posted on: September 16, 2022

The Martins Ferry City Council met in Regular Session on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., at the Donald Myers Council Chambers.  The meeting was called to order by Council President Kristine Davis with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those present, followed by a prayer by the Clerk.   Answering Roll Call were Bob Hunker, First Ward Council Member, Bruce Shrodes, Second Ward Council Member; Suzanne Armstrong, Third Ward Council Member; Rick Rodgers, Fourth Ward Council Member; Tom Burns, Jim Schramm and Jack Regis, Council at Large Members.     

            Minutes:  Minutes of the August 10, 2022 Special Council Meeting were approved as written.  This includes Mrs. Armstrong’s recommendation that the EMS Worker’s increase in salary be retroactive to August 1, 2022.     

Correspondence:  There was correspondence from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control regarding the transfer of the Belmont Brewerks Liquor License to the new owners.  Police Chief McFarland was consulted and he has no concerns with this transfer. 

Reports of Officers of the City:

Mayor:  No Report.

Service Director:  Bids have been received for the Street Paving Project.  The Mayor, Service Director, and Engineer will meet and carefully review the bids.  The project will need to be finished by October 31, 2022.  Mr. Rodgers asked that the Street Committee be involved in the review of the paving bids. 

A new Catch Basin has been installed in Floral Valley.

The Splash Pad is open.  Donations are still being accepted to help with the cost.  The administration is looking into the cost of installing turf around the area to prevent dirt and grass from getting into the Splash Pad.  After 30 days, the cap will be installed to protect the cement.  There is no additional chlorine in the water going to the Splash Pad.  The water comes straight from the city’s water lines.  It is not re-circulated. 

Many of the summer helpers will be leaving for school soon.  Mr. Sutak praised the summer workforce for their efforts in keeping the grass controlled in the cemeteries, ball fields, parks and other properties the city maintains. 

Mr. Regis asked about a house that is slipping from its foundation.  Mr. Sutak said they are aware of it, but the city does not own the property.  The city administration will see if anything can be done about the property. 

Mr. Rodgers asked that a pothole between 7th and 8th Street near the old Mackey Community Center be patched.  He also asked that property near the United Dairy be cleared of debri.  Chief McFarland will look into this situation.

The Street Sweeper will be repaired as soon as the parts are available.  The administration may consider filing a complaint under the Lemon Law since the Sweeper has broken down 6-7 times in the first year of use. 

Safety Director:  No report. 

Auditor:  No report. 

            Law Director:  Mr. Stecker gave a short explanation of the PACE Resolution and 2 Ordinances that would be voted on later in the meeting.

            Police Department:  Chief McFarland and the Mayor measured the EMS lot that will be converted into an impound lot.  It will measure 107’ x 9’.  The current Code Administrator will be retiring soon and these duties (enforcing code laws) will now be taken over by the Police Department. There will no longer be warnings for high grass and trash not placed in acceptable receptacles.  Tickets will be issued immediately. 

            Fire Department: No report.

Code Administrator: No report.

            Park District: No report.      

            Water Department:  No report.       

Reports of Committees of Council:   

            Finance and Audit:   No report.

Street: No report.

Ordinance:  No report.

            Sewer/Sidewalk:  No report.

Code Administration:  No report.

            Safety: No report.

            Service:  Mr. Shrodes stated the Service Committee met on August 11, 2022.  The Committee discussed: 1) Council becoming more active with property violation, specifically trash and run-down properties, 2) Street Sweeper Problems, 3) Alleys not being maintained and 4) Business lots overgrown with weeds.   Minutes of this meeting were submitted and will be filed with these Council Minutes.

            Cemetery:  No report.

Public Relations:  Mrs. Armstrong announced the Chamber of Commerce is having a banquet on September 15th.  The speaker will be the coach of the Wheeling Nailers. 

Real Estate/Utility:  No report.

Income Tax: No report.

Citizens To Be Heard:

William Graft, 514 North 8th Street, ask the Service Director to check on:

  1. A Gabion Basket Wall that the city installed behind his house.  He believed that wall is moving because his yard is starting to slip.  This wall is on top of his water, sewer and gas lines. 
  2. Trees on the hillside by Riverview Cemetery, in front of his house, is overtaking his cable and telephone wires.  He loses services when there is a lot of wind or a bad storm. 
  3. In the alley behind his house, trash is put out in cans with no lids and animals scatter the garbage and it stinks.
  4. At 522 North 8th Street, there is a vacant house where rats, raccoons, groundhogs and feral cats inhabit. 

Mr. Sutak will address this situation with the help of Office Starkey who will be enforcing code ordinances. 

Richard Hord, 915 Virginia Street, asked the Service Director on how the re-opening of East Ohio Regional Hospital has impacted the city.  Mr. Sutak said the hospital has rejuvenated the city and joint ventures between the city and the hospital maybe planned for the future.  Mr. Hord was told the Betty Zane Festival went well even though the weather wasn’t the greatest.  Everyone was pleased with the Fireworks Display.  Mr. Sutak announced that even though the Street Sweeper isn’t running, tickets will still be issued if vehicles are on the wrong side of the street   Mr. Hord asked about honoring the Ohio Valley Printing Company and owner Phil Wallace and was told the Mayor is working on something.  No updates were available on the former Staffilino Property.  Mr. Hord also inquired about the former Curley property.  Bel-O-Mar has scheduled this property to be demolished by October 15. 

Ordinances and Resolutions:  

For the reading of the following legislation, Mr. Regis made a motion to waive the 72 Hour Rule.  Mr. Rodgers seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Burns and Schramm voting yes.  The motion carried. 

This Resolution was given a First Reading.
            A Resolution Approving the Petition for the Creation of the City of Martins Ferry, Ohio Energy Special Improvement District and the Imposition of Special Assessments for Special Energy Improvement Projects and a Program Plan for Special Energy Improvement Projects Under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1710, and Declaring an Emergency.
Motion was made by Mr. Hunker to suspend the rules.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Shrodes.  A roll call vote was heard with Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Burns, Schramm, and Regis voting yes.  The motion carried.   Motion was made by Mr. Schramm to pass the Resolution as read.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Burns.  A roll call vote was heard with Schramm, Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers and Burns voting yes.  The motion carried and the Resolution was declared passed.

This Ordinance was given a First Reading.
            An Ordinance Determining to Proceed with the Acquisition, Construction, and Improvement of Certain Public Improvements in the City of Martins Ferry, Ohio in Cooperation with the City of Martins Ferry, Ohio Energy Special Improvement District, and Declaring an Emergency.
Motion was made by Regis to suspend the rules.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Hunker.  A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Burns and Schramm voting yes.  The motion carried.   Motion was made by Mr. Rodgers to pass the Ordinance as read.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Burns.  A roll call vote was heard with Rodgers, Burns, Schramm, Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, and Armstrong voting yes.  The motion carried and the Ordinance was declared passed.

            This Ordinance was given a First Reading.
            An Ordinance Levying Special Assessments for the Purpose of Acquiring, Constructing and Improving Certain Public Improvements in the City of Martins Ferry, Ohio in Cooperation with the City of Martins Ferry, Ohio Energy Special Improvement District, and Declaring an Emergency. 
Motion was made by Mr. Schramm to suspend the rules.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Hunker.  A roll call vote was heard with Schramm, Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers and Burns voting yes.  The motion carried.   Motion was made by Mr. Burns to pass the Ordinance as read.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Hunker.  A roll call vote was heard with Burns, Schramm, Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong and Rodgers voting yes.  The motion carried and the Ordinance was declared passed.

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF MARTINS

FERRY TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE ZANE

HIGHWAY 12” WATERLINE CONNECTION TO AETNA

STREET BOOSTER STATION AND DECLARING AN

EMERGENC       

Miscellaneous Business:   

Mr. Burns thanked the Legion for placing the Veteran Banners near the City Park.  He also shared his experience riding with several Police Officers on their rounds and is very pleased with their professionalism. 

Mr. Regis made a motion to appoint Mayor Davies and Mr. Hunker to the ESID (Energy Special Improvement District) Board which will have oversight to the above Legislation that was passed.  Mr. Schramm seconded the motion.  After an affirmative voice vote, the motion carried.

Mr. Regis asked Mr. Sutak to clear shrubbery on the Alley between North 7th St. and North 8th Street near Ellet Street.  It is being overrun by raccoons. 

Mr. Regis praised the summer youth for their hard work in keeping the grass cut in the cemeteries and other city properties.  He also thanked the police department for their assistance in keeping people away from a house fire on North 9th Street a couple weeks ago. 

Mr. Schramm reported to Mr. Sutak that the alley behind Keller Funeral Home is impassible due to huge potholes. 

Mr. Shrodes informed Mr. Sutak that a Stop Sign is down in front of 1300 Kennedy Avenue.  Also, a few driveways on Concord Street need to be striped yellow so parked vehicles don’t block resident’s access. 

Mr. Regis made a motion to reflect Council has received reports from the Officers and Management, and to incorporate these reports into the minutes.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Shrodes.   After an affirmative voice vote, the motion passed.  

Officer Starkey will be assuming the duties of the retiring Code Administrator.  His title will not be Code Administrator.  He will just enforce the codes since the Police Department has this authority.  Council asked Mr. Stecker to prepare an Ordinance to place Building Permits and Contractor License Fees into the General Fund. 

Mr. Rodgers asked for a report on updating the council chamber’s public address system.  President Davis met with Mr. Baker and he will be recommending a new, reasonably priced system.  The estimate will include new microphones, recording system and a camera.  The quote should be received sometime in September. 

Mr. Shrodes moved to adjourn, which was seconded by Mr. Hunker.  A roll call vote was heard with Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Burns, Schramm, Regis and Hunker voting yes.  The motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 7:08 p.m. with a salute to the flag.

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Kay H. McFarlan, Clerk of Council                           Kristine Davis, Council President

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Martins Ferry City Council Special Meeting Minutes of August 10, 2022

Posted on: August 18, 2022

The Martins Ferry City Council met for a Special Meeting on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., at the Donald Myers Council Chambers.  This meeting was called for the consideration of legislation.   Council President Kristine Davis called the meeting to order and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those present, followed by a prayer by the Clerk.   Answering Roll Call were Bob Hunker, First Ward Council Member; Bruce Shrodes, Second Ward Council Member; Suzanne Armstrong, Third Ward Council Member; Rick Rodgers, Fourth Ward Council Member; Tom Burns and Jim Schramm, Council at Large Members.  Absent: Jack Regis, Council at Large Member. 

Minutes:  Minutes of the July13, 2022 Regular Council Meeting were approved as written.  

Ordinances and Resolutions:  

This Ordinance was given a First Reading.    

An Ordinance Authorizing The Director of Public Service to Advertise for Bids and Enter into a Contract for the Repair of Certain City Streets.
Motion was made by Mr. Hunker to suspend the rules.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Shrodes.  A roll call vote was heard with Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Burns and Schramm voting yes.  The motion carried and the rules were suspended.   Motion was made by Mr. Schramm to pass the Ordinance as read.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Burns.  A roll call vote was heard with Schramm, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers and Burns voting yes.  The motion carried and the Ordinance was declared passed.

This Resolution was given a First Reading.   
          An Resolution Authorizing the City of Martins Ferry to Prepare and Submit an Application to Participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and/or Local Transportation Improvement Program(s) and to Execute Contracts as Required.     

Motion was made by Mr. Rodgers to suspend the rules.  Motion was seconded by Burns.  A roll call vote was heard with Rodgers, Burns, Schramm, Hunker, Shrodes, and Armstrong voting yes.  The motion carried and the rules were suspended.   Motion was made by Mr. Hunker to pass the Resolution as read.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Shrodes.  A roll call vote was heard with Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Burns and Schramm voting yes.  The motion carried and the Resolution was declared passed.

This Resolution was given a First Reading.   
          A Resolution Approving The OneOhio Region 11 Governance Structure Under the OneOhio Memorandum of Understanding.    

Motion was made by Mr. Schramm to suspend the rules.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Burns.  A roll call vote was heard with Schramm, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, and Burns voting yes.  The motion carried and the rules were suspended.   Motion was made by Mr. Rodgers to pass the Resolution as read.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Burns.  A roll call vote was heard with Rodgers, Burns, Schramm, Hunker, Shrodes, and Armstrong voting yes.  The motion carried and the Resolution was declared passed.

            Mayor Davies stated his intent to bring in legislation about the Martins Ferry EMS.  He met with the EMS and they are dissatisfied with their hourly wage of $10 an hour. The City’s part-time summer help make $12 an hour. The Mayor plans to bring in legislation for Council to consider, specifying a $12 an hour wage for EMS regular employees (a 20% raise).  Mrs. Armstrong recommended that any ordinance brought in make wage adjustments effective retroactively to August 1, 2022.

Mr. Shrodes made a motion to excuse Mr. Regis.  Mr. Rodgers seconded the motion.  After an affirmative voice vote, the motion passed.

Mr. Hunker moved to adjourn, which was seconded by Mrs. Armstrong.  After an affirmative voice vote, the meeting was adjourned at 6:18 p.m. with a salute to the flag.

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Kay H. McFarlan, Clerk of Council                           Kristine Davis, Council President

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Martins Ferry City Council Meeting Minutes of July 13, 2022

Posted on: August 11, 2022

The Martins Ferry City Council met in Regular Session on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., at the Donald Myers Council Chambers.  The meeting was called to order by Council President Kristine Davis with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those present in chamber, followed by a prayer by the Clerk.   Answering Roll Call were Bob Hunker, First Ward Council Member, Bruce Shrodes, Second Ward Council Member; Suzanne Armstrong, Third Ward Council Member; Rick Rodgers, Fourth Ward Council Member; Jim Schramm and Jack Regis, Council at Large Members.   Tom Burns, Council at Large Member, informed President Davis that he was unable to attend this meeting. 

Before this meeting, a budget hearing was held for the Public at 5:30 p.m.  No one voiced any concerns at this meeting. 

President Davis thanked Mr. Regis for arranging the purchase and assembly of the new chairs for Council Members.  She also announced this was the first time the Council Meeting was live streamed on Facebook. 

            Minutes:  Minutes of the June 15, 2022 Regular Council Meeting and the June 21, 2022 Special Meeting were approved as written.  

Correspondence:  There was no correspondence. 

Reports of Officers of the City:

Mayor:  Mayor Davies reported the city has received the 1.2 million dollars paving money.  Mr. Sutak is finalizing the specs for the streets to be paved with the engineers.  The job will then be advertised for bid.  The Mayor thanked Council for their support on this project.

Crews are clearing the cemetery of fallen trees and keeping up with the grass cutting.  Pothole patching was halted when the Roller’s motor died but has since been replaced.  The Street Sweeper has been sent to the garage for repairs.  Part-time laborers are mowing the 52 vacant lots in town that the city maintains. 

The Mayor applauded Officer Holmes for the phenomenal job he is doing with the summer youth program, Monday-Friday, at the Recreation Center.  Twenty to Fifty kids are involved every day.   Some damage was done to the Cardio Weight Room at the Center.  Parts have been ordered to repair the equipment.  The Splash Pad will hopefully be installed by July 27.  Three people volunteered to oversee the Free Skate Event today at the Center. 

The Celebration in the Park on July 2 went well with no complaints.  The Fireworks were fantastic!

Service Director:  Mr. Sutak reiterated that the paving job specs were being examined by the engineering company and a legal ad will placed in the paper for bids.  The ad will run for two weeks.  Grants will be sought from the Ohio Public Works Commission to possibly pave additional city streets.

The air conditioning unit for the dining room and kitchen area at the Recreation Center has failed.  Bids have been received to replace the old unit with two separate units.

Safety Director:  Director Regis

            Auditor:  No report. 

            Law Director:  No report. 

            Police Department:  No report.

            Fire Department: No report.

Code Administrator: No report.

            Park District: No report.      

            Water Department:  No report.       

Reports of Committees of Council:   

            Finance and Audit:   Mr. Regis announced that the third reading of the budget resolution will be read tonight.  Two copies will be sent to the County Auditor.  Later in the meeting, a Finance Committee Meeting was scheduled for Monday, July 18 at 5:00 p.m. to discuss Personnel Issues. 

Street: No report.

Ordinance:  No report.

            Sewer/Sidewalk:  No report.

Code Administration:  No report.

            Safety: No report.

            Service:  Mr. Shrodes scheduled a Service Committee Meeting on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. 

            Cemetery:  No report.

Public Relations:  No report.

Real Estate/Utility:  No report.

Income Tax: No report.

Citizens To Be Heard:  President Davis reminded citizens to limit their speaking to 5 minutes.  

Richard Hord, 915 Virginia Street, expressed his appreciation for the plaque honoring the past Fire Chiefs of Martins Ferry.  He said that since this is an election year, the Belmont County Commissioners would “pass” on having a town hall meeting in the city.  The city was thanked for the recent signage and road striping installed on South Zane Highway and Euclid Avenue.  Striping of South Broadway will be delayed until after work is completed by the Gas Company.  The Mayor is still working on getting the unacceptable paving job of South Zane Highway fixed.  There was nothing to report on the Staffilino Property.

Dr. Yuri Gorby, Piedmont, Ohio, is a scientist working with the Concerned Ohio River Residents (CORR).  He has taken ground samples and done radiological surveys in the area surrounding Austin Masters.  A former worker of Austin Masters provided CORR with clothing that he wore to work and samples of the soil from these items were sent for analysis.  Dr. Gorby showed Council a chart with his findings.  Concerns included:   1) airborne particles outside of Austin Masters; 2) the source water below the facility and 3) workers at the Plant. 

Silverio Caggiano, Middle Ridge, Ohio, Retired Fire Chief, shared his experience with Austin Masters when the company tried to locate in Youngstown, Ohio.  Mr. Caggiano spoke to Austin Masters representatives and assured them inspectors would be there on a regular basis.  Shortly after this conversation, Austin Masters decided to move to Martins Ferry.  Mr. Caggiano emphasized the need for Martins Ferry’s Fire Department to have a plan should Austin Masters catch on fire or an emergency arise at the plant. 

Ordinances and Resolutions:  

This Resolution was given a Third Reading. 

A Resolution Adopting A Budget For The City Of Martins Ferry For The Fiscal Year
Beginning January 1, 2023, And Declaring An Emergency. 
 

Mr. Regis made a motion to pass the Resolution as read and Mr. Rodgers seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, and Schramm voting yes.  The motion carried and the Resolution was declared adopted. 

An Ordinance to Make Appropriations for the Expenses of the City of Martins Ferry, State of Ohio, During the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2022, and Declaring an Emergency. 

This Ordinance was given a First Reading.  Mr. Regis made a motion to suspend the rules.  Mr. Shrodes seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, and Schramm voting yes.  Motion carried and the rules were suspended.  Mr. Schramm made a motion to pass the Ordinance as read.  Mr. Hunker seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was heard with Schramm, Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, and Rodgers voting yes.  The motion carried. 

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF MARTINS

FERRY TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE ZANE

HIGHWAY 12” WATERLINE CONNECTION TO AETNA

STREET BOOSTER STATION AND DECLARING AN

EMERGENC       

Miscellaneous Business:   

Mr. Regis commented that the next Council Meeting, on August 3, coincides with the start of Betty Zane Days and the 5K Race.  Mrs. Armstrong made a motion and Mr. Schramm seconded to cancel the August 3 Council Meeting.  A roll call vote was heard with Armstrong, Rodgers, Schramm, Regis, Hunker, and Shrodes voting yes.  The motion carried.  A Special Meeting can be called if any business needs addressed.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of Council will be on August 17. 

Mr. Regis asked for an update on the demolition of the house on the “S” Curve of Broadway Street.  The Mayor said the owner is tearing down the structure himself and as long as the work is progressing, the city would not demolish the house and put a lien on it. 

Mr. Regis assured Council Members and the audience that the Fire Chiefs have discussed the Austin Masters Facility and are formulating a Fire and Emergency Plan. 

Mr. Schramm made a motion to appropriate up to $17,000 from the Permanent Improvement Fund to replace the air conditioner in the Kitchen and the Dining Area of the Recreation Center.  This is contingent on Mr. Sutak assuring Council that there is adequate funds in the Permanent Improvement Fund to cover this expenditure. Motion was seconded by Mr. Hunker.  A roll call vote was heard with Schramm, Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, and Rodgers voting yes.  The motion carried. 

Mr. Shrodes aired his concerns about 4 houses near his home that are dilapidated and need torn down.  He would like the Council Members to compose a list of dilapidated houses in the city and submit the list to him so these properties can be discussed at the Service Committee Meeting on August 11.  Mr. Shrodes would like to see violations assessed against the owners of dilapidated structures and make them accountable for the upkeep of their properties. 

Mr. Regis asked the Street Committee to consider setting a list of guidelines for any Utility Company that does road work in the city.  These guidelines would specify the way the street should look after the Utility work is finished.  Mr. Sutak will call the Gas Company and ask when they are going to start paving the Zane Highway.  Law Director Stecker will check to see if Council could pass an Ordinance requiring any company doing work that disturbs city property, to put up a bond to cover the cost to repair said property. 

Mr. Regis reported old/unused city vehicles will be taken to an auctioneer to auction off.  The city will get the proceeds.  Instead of turning the old Rose Café property into an Impound Lot, the Mayor suggested using the EMS Lot.  This action would be less costly to the city.  Only fencing would be needed.  This issue was referred to the Service Committee. 

Mr. Shrodes made a motion to excuse Mr. Burns from tonight’s meeting.  Mr. Rodgers seconded the motion.  After an affirmative voice vote, the motion carried. 

Mr. Hunker made a motion to go into Executive Session under Ohio Revised Code 121.22, G1, Compensation of a Public Employee.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Regis.  A roll call vote was heard with Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Schramm, and Regis voting yes.  The motion carried. 

Motion was made by Mr. Rodgers and seconded by Mr. Regis to go out of Executive Session. A roll call vote was heard with Rodgers, Schramm, Regis, Hunker, Shrodes and Armstrong voting yes.  The motion carried.

Mr. Schramm made a motion to reflect Council has received reports from the Officers and Management, and to incorporate these reports into the minutes.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Regis.   After an affirmative voice vote, the motion passed.             

             Mr. Shrodes moved to adjourn, which was seconded by Mrs. Armstrong.  After an affirmative voice vote, the meeting was adjourned with a salute to the flag.

___________________________________               ___________________________________
Kay H. McFarlan, Clerk of Council                           Kristine Davis, Council President

Date:  ______________________________


Martins Ferry City Council Special Meeting Minutes of June 21, 2022

Posted on: July 14, 2022

The Martins Ferry City Council met for a Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., at the Donald Myers Council Chambers.  The meeting was called to order by Council President Pro-Tempore Rick Rodgers with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those present, followed by a prayer by the Clerk.   Answering Roll Call were Bruce Shrodes, Second Ward Council Member; Suzanne Armstrong, Third Ward Council Member; Rick Rodgers, Fourth Ward Council Member; Tom Burns, Jim Schramm and Jack Regis, Council at Large Members.  Absent: Bob Hunker, First Ward Council Member.  Mr. Rodgers reserved his right to vote.   

Ordinances and Resolutions:  

This Resolution was given a Second Reading.             

A Resolution Adopting A Budget For The City Of Martins Ferry For The Fiscal Year
Beginning January 1, 2023, And Declaring An Emergency. 
 This Resolution will go to a third reading.

This Ordinance was given a Second Reading.              
          An Ordinance Authorizing The Issuance Of $1,200,000 Of Street Improvement Bonds, Series 2022, To Pay Part Of The Costs Of Street Improvements In The City, And Declaring An Emergency.   

Motion was made by Mr. Regis to suspend the rules.  Motion was seconded by Mrs. Armstrong.  A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Burns and Schramm voting yes.  The motion carried.   Motion was made by Mr. Schramm to pass the Ordinance as read.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Shrodes.  A roll call vote was heard with Schramm, Regis, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers and Burns voting yes.  The motion carried and the Ordinance was declared passed.

Motion was made by Mr. Regis to cancel the Thursday, June 23, 2022, Special Meeting of Council due to a lack of a quorum.  Motion was seconded by Mrs. Armstrong.   A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Burns and Schramm voting yes.  The clerk will put a sign on the City Building Front Door alerting the public of the cancellation and also contact The Times Leader to see if they can put the notice in the paper.

Mrs. Armstrong moved to adjourn, which was seconded by Mr. Regis.  After an affirmative voice vote, the meeting was adjourned at 6:06 p.m. with a salute to the flag.

___________________________________               ___________________________________
Kay H. McFarlan, Clerk of Council                           Kristine Davis, Council President

____________________________________
Date


Martins Ferry City Council Meeting Minutes of June 15, 2022

Posted on: July 14, 2022

The Martins Ferry City Council met in Regular Session on Wednesday, June 15, at 6:00 p.m., at the Donald Myers Council Chambers.  The meeting was called to order by Council President Kristine Davis with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those present in chamber, followed by a prayer by the Clerk.   Answering Roll Call were Bob Hunker, First Ward Council Member, Bruce Shrodes, Second Ward Council Member; Suzanne Armstrong, Third Ward Council Member; Rick Rodgers, Fourth Ward Council Member; and Jack Regis, Council at Large Member.  Tom Burns and Jim Schramm Council-at-Large Members informed President Davis that they were unable to attend this meeting. 

            Minutes:  Minutes of the June 1, 2022 Council Meeting were approved as written.  

Correspondence:  There was no correspondence. 

Reports of Officers of the City:

Mayor:  Mayor Davies was granted permission by Council to read a Proclamation for Retired Police Office Vern Trigg.  Mr. Trigg thanked the Mayor and received a round of applause from Council.

The Mayor recognized a Boy Scout in the audience who was attending the Council Meeting to earn his Citizenship Badge. 

Officer Holmes has organized a summer youth program at the Recreation Center.   The Program is held Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Over 20 kids attend regularly.  The Youth Room is being used quite often.

Crews are working to get caught up on grass cutting in the cemetery.  The part-time workers have made the first round of cutting abandoned lots and lots owned by the city.  Cross walk and curb lines are being painted and pothole patching is being done as the weather permits. 

Mayor Davies is trying to create activities for all citizens, youth and adults, at the Recreation Center.  He has contacted a woman who bought a skating rink in Moundsville and she is willing to sell the skates at a reasonable price.  This will enable the Recreation Center to offer skating for kids and adults in the gym.  A music system has been purchased and Teen Dances may also be offered.  A former OVAC wrestling champ contacted Mr. Regis and would like to teach kids wrestling techniques at the Center. 

Fireworks in the Park will be held on Saturday, July 2, beginning at 11:00 a.m.  There will be a free swim at the pool.  Fireworks will begin at dusk.  Food Trucks and Craft Vendors will also be present.  Vendors will not be charged a fee for space in the Park.  Mr. Sutak is working on getting entertainment for the day.

Update on Splash Pad:  It will take 4 days to install and 30 days to cure the cement.  Mr. Sutak has applied for a $50,000 grant and some money has been pledged from the community for the project.

Service Director:  Mr. Sutak is looking for Ohio Public Works and/or EPA funding for the Turf Care Pump Station in order to re-route the sewer line to the E.O.R.W.A. line.  There is either a blockage somewhere or the line has caved in. 

Crews are working on removing fallen trees from Riverview Cemetery and Border Lane. 

Mr. Sutak asked Council to pass an Ordinance allowing the city to borrow $1.2 mil. for street paving.  He noted that after these streets are paved, money will be saved since pothole patching won’t be needed year after year. 

The Service Director will be meeting with a gentleman who is educated in the physiology of weight lifting.  This man is willing to set up some programs for youth and adults at the Recreation Center.

The Administration would like to see the Recreation Center to transform into a Wellness Center which could be a better way to apply and receive funding. 

Mr. Rodgers said the railroad tracks need checked on Rt. 7 by Nickles Bakery.  The tracks seems to be rough.  Mr. Sutak will call the Railroad Company and ODOT and have the tracks inspected. 

Next week Mr. Sutak plans to prepare the County Application for permission to use license plate money for paving 9th Street.  Water issues on 9th Street may have to be addressed before paving can begin.

Mr. Sutak will contact the Gas Company to see what sections on South Zane Highway they are planning to pave. 

Safety Director:  No report. 

            Auditor:  Auditor Randall discussed the appropriations on the May Financial Report.  The 2023 Budget was given to Council to review but cannot be voted on until after the Public Budget Hearing on July 13. 

            Law Director:  Mr. Stecker introduced Attorney Ty Compton and PACE Representative Christopher Jones.  East Ohio Regional Hospital is considering a couple of projects and wants to utilize PACE financing.  This involves some legislative action from Council.  Mr. Compton and Mr. Jones explained the PACE Program and what is required from Council.   

            Police Department:  Chief McFarland introduced 3 new police officers.  He also praised the work and dedication of Former Officer Vern Trigg.  One full-time police officer is still needed. 

            Fire Department: No report.

Code Administrator: No report.

            Park District: No report.      

            Water Department:  No report.       

Reports of Committees of Council:   

            Finance and Audit:   Auditor Randall will let Mr. Regis know when she needs to meet with the committee. 

Street: No report.

Ordinance:  No report.

            Sewer/Sidewalk:  No report.

Code Administration:  Before the next meeting, Mr. Regis would like to speak to the Code Administrator about a list of run-down properties in the city that he compiled.  Mr. Sutak said that the Land Bank looks for properties to tear down that have “end users”.  This means if someone is willing to buy property once a dilapidated house is torn down, then it is looked at more favorably by the Land Bank since the property then would be put back in “tax collection” mode. 

            Safety: No report.

            Service:  No report.

            Cemetery:  No report.

Public Relations:  No report.

Real Estate/Utility:  No report.

Income Tax: No report.

Citizens To Be Heard:  President Davis reminded citizens to limit their speaking to 5 minutes.  

            Mike Alica, 816 Delaware Street, reports that some streets are being missed by the street sweeper.  Cars are being ticketed for being on the wrong side of the street and the residents aren’t receiving the benefits of the street sweeper.  The Mayor said that during vacation times, he sometimes has to put the street sweeper employee on another job. 

            Tina Martin, 411 Concord Street, asked why residents can’t park their cars back on the side of the street after the street sweeper has passed.  She was told that the police don’t know if the street sweeper has passed through a street and that is why they write tickets in the slot of time listed on the posted signs. 

            John Martin, 411 Concord Street, is concerned that a house is ready to fall into the alley behind Concord Street.   If the house collapses, it will block access to the street.  Also, the weeds from the house scratch the garbage truck as it goes by.  Mr. Shrodes said there are 4 houses in that area that need to come down.  The Mayor said he would have the part-time summer help trim the weeds back. 

Richard Hord, 915 Virginia Street, asked for comments on the recent Strawberry Festival.  Mr. Shrodes replied that the weather was fantastic and the vendors were very pleased with their sales.  Mr. Hord asked if there were any future plans for two building in the downtown area.  The Mayor said a deal on the PNC Bank Building fell through and there is some interest in the former Dollar General Building.  When asked what achievements he was most proud of so far this year, the Mayor replied 1) the cooperation between the Administration, Council, and the city’s work force,  2) the Recreation Center; and 3) Officer Holmes Summer Youth Program. 

Teena and Ty Miller, 70064 Sunset Heights, alerted Council to a problem with the Sunset Heights Water Tower.  This couple maintains that the tower has been discharging water onto their property for the last two years at almost 15 gallons of water per minute.  Mrs. Miller states she has contacted Water Superintendent Bill Suto numerous times, beginning in October, 2019, asking that he fix this problem.  Mrs. Miller read a time-line of their efforts to get this problem fixed.  The couple estimates this has cost the city around $130,000 annually.  This leakage has caused the Miller’s property to be saturated and is washing away their road.  The Mayor said he will have someone test the water to see if it is spring water or city water.  If it is city water that is leaking onto the Miller’s property, the Mayor assured them that the problem will be fixed. 

Todd Dawson, Floral Valley Resident, Scout Master with the Boy Scout Troop #107 in Bridgeport, Ohio, alerted Council that there is a fallen tree at the Park in Floral Valley.  The Mayor said he will get someone up there and remove it. 

Ordinances and Resolutions:  

This Resolution was given a First Reading.   

A Resolution Adopting A Budget For The City Of Martins Ferry For The Fiscal Year Beginning January 1, 2023, And Declaring An Emergency. 

Mr. Regis made a motion to Suspend the 72 Hour Rule.  Mr. Shrodes seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, and Rodgers voting yes.  The motion carried.  This Ordinance was given a First Reading.              

               
          An Ordinance Authorizing The Issuance Of $1,200,000 Of Street Improvement Bonds, Series 2022, To Pay Part Of The Costs Of Street Improvements In The City, And Declaring An Emergency. 
             

Because there were only 5 Council Members present, the Rules could not be suspended.  This Resolution and Ordinance will go on to further readings.

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF MARTINS

FERRY TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE ZANE

HIGHWAY 12” WATERLINE CONNECTION TO AETNA

STREET BOOSTER STATION AND DECLARING AN

EMERGENC       

Miscellaneous Business:   

Mr. Regis made a motion to reflect Council has received reports from the Officers and Management, and to incorporate these reports into the minutes.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Hunker.   After an affirmative voice vote, the motion passed.  

Mr. Regis made a motion that Council schedules two special meetings next week, one on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. and one on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. to discuss legislation only.  Mr. Shrodes seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, and Rodgers voting yes.  The motion carried. 

President Davis will be out-of-town next week and Mr. Rogers will act as President Pro-Tempore for the two special meetings. 

A request has been received, by a citizen who cannot navigate the city building steps, to move the July 13, 2022 Council Meeting to the Recreation Center so he is able to attend.  The public hearing for the budget is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on July 13 before the regular meeting.  Since the time and location of the public hearing has already been published in the paper, Council is unable to accommodate this citizen’s request.  President Davis said he can attend one of the August meetings.  Mr. Stecker said if this citizen has comments, he can submit them in writing. 

President Davis asked Council to consider operating from an Agenda.  Deadline to submit an item for the Agenda could be the Friday before the Council Meeting.  This would enable Council to address topics and to be better prepared to answer any question that may arise.   

Mr. Hunker made a motion, and Mr. Rodgers seconded, to excuse Mr. Burns and Mr. Schramm from tonight’s Council Meeting.  After an affirmative voice vote, the motion carried. 

The Mayor informed Council that he may not be able to attend the July 13 Council Meeting due to his wife having surgery the next day in Columbus. 

Mrs. Armstrong made a motion to allow President Davis to evaluate a procedure to operate with an Agenda.   Motion was seconded by Mr. Regis.  After an affirmative voice vote, the motion carried. 

Mr. Rodgers gave Council Members his new phone number:  (740) 312-9021.

            Mr. Shrodes moved to adjourn, which was seconded by Mr. Rodgers.  After an affirmative voice vote, the meeting was adjourned at 7:24 p.m. with a salute to the flag.

___________________________________               ___________________________________
Kay H. McFarlan, Clerk of Council                           Kristine Davis, Council President

Date:  __________________


Martins Ferry City Council Meeting Minutes of June 1, 2022

Posted on: June 16, 2022

The Martins Ferry City Council met in Regular Session on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., at the Martins Ferry Recreational Center.  The meeting was called to order by Council President Kristine Davis with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those present, followed by a prayer by the Clerk.   Answering Roll Call were Bob Hunker, First Ward Council Member, Bruce Shrodes, Second Ward Council Member; Suzanne Armstrong, Third Ward Council Member; Rick Rodgers, Fourth Ward Council Member; Tom Burns, Jim Schramm and Jack Regis, Council at Large Members.     

            Minutes:  Minutes of the May 18, 2022 Council Meeting were approved as written.  

Correspondence:  There was no correspondence. 

Reports of Officers of the City:

Mayor:  The Mayor reported the force main sewer coming out of Turf Care (formerly Lesco) has been broken for a while.  Sewage has been transported by septic truck to First Street in order to be disposed.  Mayor Davies has signed a contract to fix this pipe.  Drilling will have to be done under St. Rt. 7 to determine where the break is located. 

The swimming pool is opened and the Youth Room at the Recreation Center opened today.  The grass at Riverview cemetery was cut and looked great for the Memorial Day weekend. 

Patching was done around the outside of the Water Plant.  Water Transport Trucks caused damage to the sides of the plant and repairs were needed.   The project cost around $12,000.

The crosswalk lines in the downtown area have been painted.  Crews are cutting grass and clearing empty lots. 

The Mayor asked Council’s permission to purchase a new Packer Garbage Truck at a cost of $193,661.88.  A loan could be secured with a 3% interest rate with a down payment of $50,000 and monthly payments of $2,185 for 5 years.  It was estimated it would take 3 months to get the Packer.

The Mayor asked Council to give Mr. Sutak approval to submit an application to acquire the license tag fee money from the County’s Municipal Street Fund to use for the 9th Street Paving Project. 

Mr. Hunker asked for an update on repairing the unacceptable paving job at the south end of the town.  The Mayor said when the Gas Company finishes their pipeline work on Zane Highway, the city will contract with their paving contractor to re-pave this section of South Zane Highway.  Mr. Regis questioned when the Gas Company might be finished with their project.  Mr. Sutak offered to call the Gas Company to see if a completion date is known. 

The Mayor told Mrs. Armstrong he sent a message to the owners of the abandoned house on Seventh Street (next to the Kosky house), and asked what they wanted to do with this property.  The Mayor has not received a reply.  He will try and touch base with the owner again. 

Service Director:  Mr. Sutak informed Council that the City’s Bond Council will be in touch with Mr. Stecker to draft Ordinances for the city to borrow $1.2 million for the proposed paving project. 

Council’s permission was request to allow Mr. Sutak to enter into an agreement with Cory Delguzzo to research and determine who owns the property that St. Rt. 647 runs through.  If the city owns it, it will be easier to de-annex St. Rt. 647 back to the State of Ohio. 

Mr. Regis asked Mr. Sutak to check on two pieces of property on North 9th Street that need weeds cleared and the grass cut.  He also asked that the “dip” near the sub-station on Wood Lane be flattened when the schedule permits. 

Safety Director:  Director Regis spoke to Mr. Sutak regarding traffic concerns on Border Lane. It was agreed to lower the speed limit to 15 mph.  Signs will be installed this week. 

Director Regis reminded everyone that it is ‘Festival Season” and there will be many street closures in the upcoming months.  Please be patient with these little inconveniences since these festivals are good for the city.  The Strawberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 4 and much of 4th Street and Walnut Street will be closed.  President Davis added to be on alert for children running in the streets, especially near the ballfields. 

Auditor:  No report. 

            Law Director:  No report. 

            Police Department:  No report.

            Fire Department: No report.

Code Administrator: No report.

            Park District: No report.      

            Water Department:  No report.       

Reports of Committees of Council:   

            Finance and Audit:   Mr. Regis reminded Council that there will be a public hearing on the Budget on Wednesday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m. prior to the Council Meeting.

Street: No report.

Ordinance:  Mr. Shrodes scheduled an Ordinance Meeting for Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. in Council Chambers to discuss the Ordinances for loans to fund the proposed Paving Project.

            Sewer/Sidewalk:  No report.

Code Administration:  No report.

            Safety: Director Regis told Mr. Schramm that out-of-service city vehicles will be included in the City’s Auction.  Councilman Regis will try and meet with the Auctioneer later this month to discuss Auction details. 

            Service:  Mr. Shrodes reported over 40 people were involved in the outstanding preparation of the cemetery for the holiday weekend.  Also, the Poppy Sale, held by the American Legion, was very successful. 

            Cemetery:  Mr. Burns thanked Mr. Shrodes, the Legion and all involved who placed flags on the Veterans Graves in both cemeteries.  Police Chief McFarland has some ideas on how to hook-up the electrical system so that there can be a light on the monument in the cemetery.  Mr. Burns expressed appreciation for the employees who are taking good care of the cemetery, especially in the summer heat.

Public Relations:  No report.

Real Estate/Utility:  No report.

Income Tax: No report.

Citizens To Be Heard:  President Davis reminded citizens to limit their speaking to 5 minutes.  

Tom Burns, Council-at-Large Member, reported he cleaned up the alley extending from Kroger to the Dollar General Store.  Mr. Burns spoke to Mr. Sutak about putting a sign up on the corner of Broadway and Jefferson Streets, directing truck traffic to the left on Jefferson Street.  Trucks are coming down Broadway and wrapping around to Jefferson Street, many times hitting Mr. Burn’s car. 

Frank Cika, 1105 North 9th Street, inquired about the details on the paving job of North 9th Street.  The Mayor said the road will be dug up with a 2 inch fill but first a water problem will need to be fixed on Ohio Avenue. 

Richard Hord, 915 Virginia Street, asked the Mayor about the new hospital being built in St. Clairsville, Ohio.  The Mayor replied he thought it was a good thing for patients to have emergency care close by.  He doesn’t feel this will effect East Ohio Regional Hospital since most patients transported through St. Clairsville EMS go to Wheeling Hospital.  Plans are in the works to honor Phil Wallace and his company.  The Mayor reviewed a list of houses that have been torn down in the city so far this year and in the months to come.  There is nothing definite on what might occupy the former Staffilino Building.  The Mayor said the owner is working on a few ideas. 

Paul Cantor, 55380 Barnes Road, thanked President Davis for changing the venue of the Council Meeting to the Recreation Center in order to be handicap accessible.  The Mayor said a lift chair is being considered for the city building.  Mr. Cantor asked about the Safety/Fire Plan for the Austin Masters Building.  Director Regis said the Fire Department would access the needs of the situation before taking any action when answering a fire call at the property.  President Davis explained that Council does not have any authority over Austin Masters beyond City Ordinances.  The Mayor received a report today saying the Radon levels in the city’s water supply is “non-detectable”. 

Alexandria Goddard, 910 Carlisle Street, ask Council the status of the complaint that was filed regarding the Ordinance and the violations that were alleged against Austin Masters.  Mr. Stecker said the city in the informal reconciliation process as described in the ordinance.  The Administration met with the Austin Masters Property Owners who shared a draft of their response.  They are finalizing their draft and Mr. Stecker anticipates receiving their response in the next week or so. 

Robert Reed, 701 N. Lincoln Ave, Bridgeport, Ohio, expressed concern about what is in the standing water in the basement of Austin Masters and that there are problems that need to be addressed.  The Mayor explained that the sewers are plugged and the water does not drain off the road.  President Davis said everything regarding the Austin Masters site is being referred to Mr. Stecker.

Beverly Reed, 98 5th Street, Bridgeport, Ohio, reviewed the relationship of the Concerned Ohio River Residents (CORR) and the city administration regarding concerns with Austin Masters Company.  She expressed the desire of the group to work with the Administration in order to put the Groups concerns to rest.  It was stated that ODNR (Ohio Department of Natural Resources) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulates the operations at Austin Masters.  The Mayor said the test well is currently not being used because the city wants to secure it with a steel block.  Currently, it is capped and locked. 

Jack Regis, Jr., Safety Director, a 30 year member of the Martins Ferry Fire Department and past Fire Chief, commented that the city’s volunteer Fire Department was one of the best in the State of Ohio.  He said if a fire call would be called for Austin Masters, he trusts the entire department to do the right thing to not harm themselves or others. 

Ordinances and Resolutions:  

            There were no Ordinances or Resolutions to be read.

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF MARTINS

FERRY TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE ZANE

HIGHWAY 12” WATERLINE CONNECTION TO AETNA

STREET BOOSTER STATION AND DECLARING AN

EMERGENC       

Miscellaneous Business:   

Mr. Regis made a motion to reflect Council has received reports from the Officers and Management, and to incorporate these reports into the minutes.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Hunker.   After an affirmative voice vote, the motion passed.  

Mr. Schramm made a motion to appropriate $193,661.88 from the Sanitation Fund to purchase a new Packer Garbage Truck.  Mrs. Armstrong seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was heard with Schramm, Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers and Burns voting yes.  The motion carried. 

Mr. Regis made a motion to approve an agreement with Cory Delguzzo and the Service Director to research properties along St. Rt. 647.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Hunker.  A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Burns and Schramm voting yes.  The motion carried. 

Mr. Rodgers inquired about a new public address system for Council Chambers.  President Davis said she contacted Mr. Baker, who is gathering information and will be preparing a quote for a new system.

Mr. Hunker made a motion to authorize the Service Director to submit an application to the County Engineer to use permissive tax money for paving.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Schramm.  A roll call vote was heard with Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Burns, Schramm, and Regis voting yes.  The motion carried. 

The Mayor asked Council if money could be borrowed from the Permanent Improvement Fund to build a Splash Pad at the Pool.  It is anticipated that donations will assist with repayment of this expense.  Mr. Regis made a motion to appropriate dollars, to be determined, from the Permanent Improvement Fund for a Splash Pad.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Burns.   The exact cost for the Splash Pad will be given to Council at the next meeting.   A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Burns and Schramm voting yes.  The motion carried.     

Mrs. Armstrong moved to adjourn, which was seconded by Mr. Shrodes.  After an affirmative voice vote, the meeting was adjourned at 7:06 p.m. with a salute to the flag.

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Kay H. McFarlan, Clerk of Council                           Kristine Davis, Council President

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Martins Ferry City Council Meeting Minutes of May 18, 2022

Posted on: June 3, 2022

The Martins Ferry City Council met in Regular Session on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., at the Donald Myers Council Chambers.  The meeting was called to order by Council President Kristine Davis with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those present in chamber, followed by a prayer by the Clerk.   Answering Roll Call were Bob Hunker, First Ward Council Member, Bruce Shrodes, Second Ward Council Member; Suzanne Armstrong, Third Ward Council Member; Rick Rodgers, Fourth Ward Council Member; Tom Burns, Jim Schramm and Jack Regis, Council at Large Members.     

            Minutes:  Minutes of the May 4, 2022 Council Meeting were approved as written.  

Correspondence:  There was no correspondence. 

Reports of Officers of the City:

Mayor:  Mayor Davies presented a Declaration of Proclamation to Don Falbo, who has been a barber in the city of Martins Ferry for 70 years. 

Pothole and street patching has been difficult because of the weather and access to asphalt.  Also, because of the rainy weather, grass cutting in the cemetery is falling behind and workers are trying to get caught up.   

The water line on Center Street that runs in front of the old city garage down to the Martins Ferry Yacht Club, has been replaced. 

Several citizens, including several young men, worked to get the swimming pool ready for the season.  The pool is currently being filled.  No opening day has been set. 

Two houses, one on Indiana Street and one on Washington Street, have been demolished since the last Council Meeting.  One garage was torn down on Breitenstein Lane.  The garage which was falling down in the alley between 4th and 5th Streets, was torn down a couple of weeks ago.

An interest rate of 4.9% was quoted to the Administration on a loan of $1,200,000 for the paving project discussed at the last meeting.  Mr. Sutak is checking other financial institutions for better rates. 

The new Veterans Memorial Monument was set in place yesterday in the Cemetery.

 The Fireworks in the Park Event is set for July 2.  The Mayor asked Council for $5,000 to purchase fireworks.  Some private citizens have promised money toward the purchase of fireworks, but nothing has yet been received.  The fireworks need to be ordered soon before they sell out.  Also, there will be a free swim for the kids at the city pool on July 2. 

Recently another letter was sent to the gentleman who owns the house on “S” Curve of Broadway Street, giving him 15 days to complete the demolition of his house.  The Administration will meet with the owner tomorrow and tell him he has until Monday to get his belongings out of the house.  The city will then demolish the house and haul the debri away.  Council was asked to appropriate up to $5,000 from the General Fund for the destruction of this house.

The Mayor met with Bel-O-Mar last week and gave them the names of three Contractors to solicit for bids to tear down the former Curley residence.  The price for the job should be below $50,000.  One house on Jefferson Street, one on Virginia Street, one on Center Street and one house on Zane Highway should be demolish within the next month. 

Mrs. Armstrong asked for an update on the Kosky House.  The Mayor said the owner was going to secure the building but it hasn’t been done yet.  The front lawn was mowed.  The Mayor will contact the owner again.

Service Director:  The Mayor said Mr. Sutak apologized for not being at this meeting.  He had another meeting to attend.

Safety Director:  No report. 

Auditor:  No report. 

            Law Director:  No report. 

            Police Department:  No report.

            Fire Department: No report.

Code Administrator: No report.

            Park District: No report.      

            Water Department:  No report.       

Reports of Committees of Council:   

            Finance and Audit:   Mr. Regis reminded Council that there will be a public hearing on the Budget on Wednesday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m. prior to the Council Meeting. 

Street: No report.

Ordinance:  No report.

            Sewer/Sidewalk:  No report.

Code Administration:  No report.

            Safety: Mr. Schramm announced that there will be a Safety Committee Meeting on May 19 at 9:30 a.m. in Council Chambers. 

            Service:  Mr. Shrodes asked the Administration to send a follow-up letter after Property Violations are issued.  He expressed thanks and praise to the Civics and other individuals who took the time last weekend to clean the City Park.  Mrs. Armstrong asked if the sidewalks at the Park could be swept and cleared of grass clippings. 

            Cemetery:  Mr. Burns reported he fixed a Veteran’s Flag that was chopped up by a mower and will check on another flag when he gets the location of the grave.  He will also do some touch-up work on the shed. 

Public Relations:  No report.

Real Estate/Utility:  No report.

Income Tax: No report.

Citizens To Be Heard:  President Davis reminded citizens to limit their speaking to 5 minutes.  

Richard Hord, 915 Virginia Street, thanked the City for honoring Don Falbo with a Declaration of Proclamation.  It was stated that a plaque has been erected to honor the past Fire Chiefs and hangs to the left of the Chiefs of Police plaque.  Mr. Hord asked if East Ohio Regional Hospital had plans for expansion.  The Mayor said EORH is checking to secure funding for new projects and they are trying to be more visible in the surrounding communities.  When asked what the plans might be for the Curley property once the house is demolished, the Mayor replied there has been interest in the property but no concrete plans as of yet.  The Land Bank has demolished a yellow house across from Totterdale Brothers Supply Co. but future plans for demolition were unknown at this time. 

Ordinances and Resolutions:  

            There were no Ordinances or Resolutions to be read.

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF MARTINS

FERRY TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE ZANE

HIGHWAY 12” WATERLINE CONNECTION TO AETNA

STREET BOOSTER STATION AND DECLARING AN

EMERGENC       

Miscellaneous Business:   

Since the Veteran’s Monument is now in place, Mr. Burns will focus on advertising and selling flags to honor or memorialize Veterans.  The flags will be erected in the downtown area and possible Zane Highway.  He also shared his experience of escorting City Police Officers on their 3-11 shifts. 

President Davis reminded Council that July 13th will be the only meeting in July.  A public meeting for the budget will be held before this meeting at 5:30 p.m. 

A citizen, who has accessibility issues with Council Chambers, has requested to attend the June 1st meeting.  Therefore, President Davis announced the June 1st meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Recreation Center. 

Mr. Regis made a motion to appropriate $5,000 from the General Fund for the Fireworks on July 2 at the Park.  Mr. Rodgers seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Burns and Schramm voting yes.  The motion carried. 

Mr. Shrodes made a motion to appropriate up to $5,000 from the General Fund for demolition of property on Broadway Street with a lien to be put on property for the used amount.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Burns.  A roll call vote was heard with Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Burns, Schramm, Regis and Hunker voting yes.  The motion carried.  

Mr. Schramm made a motion to reflect Council has received reports from the Officers and Management, and to incorporate these reports into the minutes.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Regis.   After an affirmative voice vote, the motion passed.  

Mr. Regis made a motion to appropriate $450 from the General Fund for compensation for the cleaning services performed at the swimming pool by Trey Regis, John McFarland, and Alexander Finsley ($150 each).  Motion was seconded by Mr. Schramm.  A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Shrodes, Armstrong, Rodgers, Burns and Schramm voting yes.  The motion carried. 

Mr. Rodgers moved to adjourn, which was seconded by Mrs. Armstrong.  After an affirmative voice vote, the meeting was adjourned at 6:37 p.m. with a salute to the flag.

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Kay H. McFarlan, Clerk of Council                           Kristine Davis, Council President

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Date


Martins Ferry City Council Meeting Minutes of May 4, 2022

Posted on: May 19, 2022

The Martins Ferry City Council met in Regular Session on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., at the Donald Myers Council Chambers.  The meeting was called to order by Council President Pro Tempore Rick Rodgers with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by those present in chamber, followed by a prayer by the Clerk.   Answering Roll Call were Bob Hunker, First Ward Council Member,; Suzanne Armstrong, Third Ward Council Member; Rick Rodgers, Fourth Ward Council Member;  Jim Schramm and Jack Regis, Council at Large Members.  Bruce Shrodes, Second Ward Council Member and Tom Burns, Council at Large Member informed President Davis and President Pro Tempore Rick Rodgers that they were unable to attend this meeting.  Councilman Rodgers reserved his right to vote.   

            Minutes:  Minutes of the April 20, 2022 Council Meeting were approved as written.  

Correspondence:  There was no correspondence. 

Reports of Officers of the City:

Mayor:  The Mayor asked the Council Clerk to read the Declaration of Proclamation for the Rev. William O. Webster.  Rev. Webster came to Grace Presbyterian Church in November, 1987 shortly after Clerk McFarlan’s father retired from Grace Church.  Rev. Webster thanked the Mayor and said it was a privilege to give back to the city and community.  Rev. Webster received a standing ovation. 

The City Clean-Up, held at the city garage, went well and the Mayor praised the employees who worked that day.  Curbside clean-up will be held in the fall. 

Crews are patching potholes in-between raindrops.  Grass cutting has begun in the cemeteries and work will begin soon on the wall in Riverview Cemetery. 

The Grant Avenue catch basins are finished.  Part of a sewer collapsed on Broadway Street and has now been repaired.  Work on the Impound Lot has begun. 

The City Park was cleaned and the grass cut for the Opening Day of Baseball/Softball Season on April 30, 2022.  The Mayor announced the members of the Park Board.  The diving board, at the swimming pool, will need repaired or replaced. 

A water line project will begin next week near Wilson Blacktop and the old city garage. 

The Youth Room at the Recreation Center is almost ready to be opened.  The Mayor made a plea on Social Media for a number of items needed such as a pool table, air hockey table, gaming devices, etc.  and the response was overwhelming. 

The back of the third reserve Packer is in bad shape and repairs would cost about $90,000.  The estimated cost of a new Packer is $194,000.   The Mayor and Service Director are working on funding options for a new Packer. 

The State of Ohio has $500,000,000 to be given to Appalachia Communities.  Contacts have been made to see what monies the city might be eligible to receive. 

Mr. Sutak continues to work on a paving plan.  Currently the city has enough County Permissive Tax money to pave 9th Street.  The Mayor asked for Council’s permission to advertise for paving bids for 9th Street, Crawford Heights, Hillendale and Floral Valley.  He also outlined a funding plan for a $1.2 million paving project for next year. 

The one-story dilapidated house on Broadway Street has now been declared a public nuisance and hazard by the Safety Director.  A letter has been sent to the owner stating this issue will be sent to court.  The Mayor stated this house must be demolished. 

Mr. Regis reported that he saw 4 kids exiting the rear of the former Curley House.  This house needs to be torn down.  The Mayor will again send city employees to board up doorways and windows to secure the property. 

Mr. Rodgers asked for an update on the sewer line at Floral Valley.  The Mayor said that Ohio/West Virginia Excavating couldn’t locate that pipeline and had to use a special procedure.  No completion date is known but the project is moving ahead. 

Service Director:  Mr. Sutak said the Mayor covered everything in his report. 

Safety Director:  People were concerned when they heard the fire engine and police car sirens this past weekend.  It is a tradition that when one of the high school teams win a championship, it is celebrated with a mini parade through town. 

Director Regis will meet with the Police Chief and Fire Chief to develop a protocol on when to activate the Emergency Siren and for what situations such as tornado, hazardous material spill, etc. 

Director Regis would like Council’s permission to move forward with an auction for vehicles and other equipment the city is no longer using.  Councilman Regis has a lot of experience with auctions and has offered to help. 

It was also mentioned that code enforcement is becoming a big issue for the city.  Ideas are being explored to pressure citizens to be more accountable for their property’s maintenance. 

            Auditor:  The Financial Report for April as well as the 2023 Budget was distributed to Council.   Auditor Randall explained that she wanted Council to have time to look over the 2023 Budget and encouraged them to ask questions.  This budget must be submitted to the Belmont County Auditor by July 20th.  It was proposed to cancel the July 6th and July 20th Council Meetings and schedule a Public Hearing on July 13 at 5:30 p.m. followed by a Council Meeting to approve the budget. Mr. Sutak would like to have a Budget Hearing with the County Budget Commission to discuss funding that may or may not be coming to the city. 

            Law Director:  No report. 

            Police Department:  No report.

            Fire Department: No report.

Code Administrator: No report.

            Park District: No report.      

            Water Department:  No report.       

Reports of Committees of Council:   

            Finance and Audit:   Mr. Regis will schedule a meeting when it is convenient for Auditor Randall. 

Street: No report.

Ordinance:  No report.

            Sewer/Sidewalk:  No report.

Code Administration:  No report.

            Safety: Mr. Schramm spoke to Chief McFarland regarding the high number of miles on some of the Police Cruisers.  The Mayor is meeting with a representative from Enterprise on May 19.  After this meeting, a decision will be made whether to continue with the service of Enterprise or revert to the city directing purchasing police vehicles. 

            Service:  No report.

            Cemetery:  No report.

Public Relations:  No report.

Real Estate/Utility:  No report.

Income Tax: No report.

Citizens To Be Heard:  President Pro-Tempore Rodgers reminded citizens to limit their speaking to 5 minutes.  

Shannon Kosky, 211 North 7th Street, notified Council that she lives next to the house at 225 North 7th Street and it has become a nuisance property.  Parts of the house are falling in and a menagerie of animals live in the structure.  The Mayor said he has spoken to the owner and they said the grass would be cut once every two weeks.  This is a huge house and it would cost a lot to tear it down.  The Mayor will send a crew to the house and board up the broken windows/doors to secure the property. 

Richard Hord, 915 Virginia Street, asked if there has been any business prospects for the vacant lot on the corner of 5th and Hanover and the former Staffilino property.  The Mayor replied there are no definite plans for either properties at this time.  Mr. Hord also inquired if there were any prospects for the former Valley Vending Services Building on the corner of 4th and Jefferson Street.  He was told the building is being used for storage.  Mr. Hord thanked the individuals responsible for the creation of the plaque honoring all the chiefs of police in Martin Ferry.  When asked his opinion on yesterday’s Primary results, the Mayor said he doesn’t see a lot of change for the city until the general election. 

Ordinances and Resolutions:  

            There were no Ordinances or Resolutions to be read.

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF MARTINS

FERRY TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE ZANE

HIGHWAY 12” WATERLINE CONNECTION TO AETNA

STREET BOOSTER STATION AND DECLARING AN

EMERGENC       

Miscellaneous Business:   

Mr. Regis made a motion to cancel the July 6th and the July 20th Council Meeting and schedule a Council Meeting for July 13th in order to pass the 2023 Budget.  A public hearing on the budget will be held at 5:30 p.m. before the July 13th meeting.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Schramm.  A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Armstrong, Rodgers, and Schramm voting yes.  The motion carried. 

Mr. Regis made a motion to reflect Council has received reports from the Officers and Management, and to incorporate these reports into the minutes.  Motion was seconded by Mrs. Armstrong.   After an affirmative voice vote, the motion passed.  

Mr. Rodgers acknowledged all teachers, in both the private and public sectors, for National Teacher Awareness Week. 

Mr. Rodgers made a motion to excuse Mr. Burns, Mr. Shrodes and President Davis from tonight’s meeting.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Hunker.  After an affirmative voice vote, the motion passed.  

Mr. Regis made a motion to allow the administration to advertise for bids on the paving project of North 9th Street, Hillendale, Crawford Heights and Floral Valley.  Mr. Rodgers seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was heard with Regis, Hunker, Armstrong, Rodgers, and Schramm voting yes.  The motion carried. 

             Mr. Schramm moved to adjourn, which was seconded by Mr. Hunker.  After an affirmative voice vote, the meeting was adjourned at 7:03 p.m. with a salute to the flag.

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Kay H. McFarlan, Clerk of Council                           Kristine Davis, Council President

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