STEUBENVILLE - Alyssa Kerker was confirmed Tuesday by City Council as the city's next finance director.
City Manager Cathy Davison recommended the 10-year veteran employee to council, citing Kerker's experience and education.
Council's confirmation vote was unanimous, and Kerker later said she was "excited and honored to be recommended for the job."
Chanoski discusses vision
"I am looking forward to working with the city manager and the department heads to help move this city forward," she said.
Kerker worked as the senior accounting administrator under former Finance Director Michael Marshall, who stepped down from the city job on July 31.
Davison said she now is working to realign the finance and utility offices and will not replace Kerker as senior accounting administrator. "That will save the city $51,674.74 a year," Davison said.
She and a three-member committee of certified public accountants reviewed nine applications for the position and interviewed four candidates during the search process.
In other business during the regular meeting, council approved a 10-year strategic plan that sets eight goals and embraces a plan for the future.
"This is the most exciting thing I have been involved in since I joined council three years ago. The city department heads spent hours preparing their goals and we reviewed that work during a two-day retreat session. This plan is really a road map for the city's future with accountability built into the document," said Councilman at large Eddie Joe Chanoski.
"If a citizen has a question about the future of the city I will use this document as a tool to determine what we are working on. Everyone in the city should read this plan," added Chanoski.
Sixth Ward Councilman David Lalich called for an immediate focus on covers for the city's pulsator beds at the water filtration plant.
"We discussed that issue during the retreat and it is a very important project. It is dangerous in the winter because of the ice buildup. We should move forward and get that project funded," said Lalich.
"This strategic plan sets up a vision statement citing eight goals for us to meet in the future. We will be looking at financial and economic development, infrastructure and our employees as well as the service we provide to our residents," explained Davison.
According to the "Vision for the Future" statement, the community will be known, "as a city that inclusively recognizes and embraces the racial and cultural diversity of its community, that is business friendly and invites diversified business development leading to economic opportunity for its citizens, that is financially sound and responsible while preserving its aesthetic appeal and sustaining quality services to the public provided by committed employees and talented citizens and as a city that has meaningful and productive partnerships with agencies and neighboring communities in order to develop more efficient ways to enhance services.
"Finally, Steubenville will also be known as a city with progressive growth and development that embraces its history, beauty and sense of community."
Council approved the third reading of an ordinance to allow the rezoning of property on Sunset Boulevard owned by Tina M. Gump and Arthur Paul Gump.
The rezoning will allow a Portsmouth developer to proceed with plans to build a new CVS Pharmacy at the intersection of Sunset and Hollywood Boulevard.
Council authorized the city manager to apply for $177,000 in Ohio Public Works Commission funds to be used toward the paving approximately a half mile of Sinclair Avenue.
"The county paved Permars Run Road this year and we cooperated with them to pave the road within the city limits to John Scott Highway. We hope to pave Sinclair Avenue from John Scott Highway to Lovers Lane in 2011," explained Dolak.
Mayor Domenick Mucci announced trick-or-treat hours in the city will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
"And the city recreation department will hold a Halloween party at 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 for children in grades one through six at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center," Mucci said.
Council also approved awarding the sole bid for the city's combined permanent sewer monitoring system to EmNet LLC of South Bend, Ind., for $185,434.
The city engineer's project estimate was $190,000.
Davison said the combined permanent sewer monitoring system is required by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
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