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9 p.m. Council approves legislation

November 20, 2012
By Dave Gossett - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE -- City Council approved two ordinances as emergencies and supported a resolution opposing n Ohio House of Representatives bill now under consideration.

The council authorized City Manager Cathy Davison to proceed with a task order with MWH Constructors Incorporated for repairs to the 100 year old sewer line under University Boulevard.

City officials have said the sewer line is in immediate need of repair and a void created beneath the brick and block sewer must be backfilled in order to avoid a sinkhole in the future.

The council also passed an energy service agreement as an emergency with Plug Smart for a review of all energy used by the city.

And the council passed a resolution opposing the passage of HB 601 by the Ohio General Assembly which proposes uniformity measures for municipal income tax.

Council members have indicated they fear the state legislation will create unfunded mandates and a substantial loss of revenue.

The council also met for two and a half hours in an executive session prior to the regular meeting to discuss a projected $822,000 general fund budget and the status of contract talks with the city's three unions.

For all the details from the City council meeting read the Wednesday edition of the Herald-Star.

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