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Council proposes year-end legislation

December 12, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - City Council will consider legislation Tuesday to eliminate a $300-per-month car allowance for elected officials and department heads and will implement a state-based mileage rate system for personal vehicles used for work-related trips.

The ordinance officially was proposed by 6th Ward Councilman David Lalich, who also serves as the finance committee chairman.

Fifth Ward Councilman Willie Paul raised the car allowance issue during last week's regular council meeting and said he would ask for the appropriate legislation.

Council met for nearly two and a half hours prior to the Tuesday sunshine meeting to review a tentative agreement reached Monday between City Manager Cathy Davison and representatives of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2015.

According to AFSCME Local 2015 President Brian Young, that agreement will limit potential layoffs to one union employee.

Lalich also introduced a new $10,000 retirement or resignation program to allow city employees more time to consider their options.

Council failed to pass emergency legislation last week to offer a $10,000 retirement or resignation program to city employees because three council members voted against the measure sending the ordinance to three separate readings.

Council also prepared for its final regular meeting of the year with a list of end-of-the-year legislation to be considered at next week's session.

Second Ward Councilman Rick Perkins introduced an emergency ordinance to declare buildings located at 1409 State St.; 711 N. Seventh St.; 235 N. Eighth St.; 312 Mears Ave.; and 523 Maxwell Ave. to be unsafe structures and ordering their demolition.

"These are all fire damaged structures that need to come down. The demolitions will be paid for with Community Development Block Grant funds," noted Perkins.

He also proposed an ordinance from the planning committee authorizing the advertisement for a request for qualifications for professional services under the Ohio Community Housing Improvement Program.

Lalich introduced seven additional emergency ordinances including a revenue tax budget for 2012 and a temporary revenue tax budget for 2013.

"The temporary tax budget gives us time to work with our city unions, look at our health care program and budget cuts for 2013," explained Davison.

Other legislation proposed by Lalich included a measure to make final appropriations for expenditures this year.

Lalich also introduced an ordinance authorizing the finance director to repay $147,183 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act federal grant fund to the street fund and an ordinance authorizing the approval of bills without a purchase order over $3,000.

Legislation adopting the indirect cost allocation plan for the city also was introduced by Lalich.

The Tuesday regular meeting is the final scheduled meeting for City Council this year.

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