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8:25 p.m. Council considers legislation

Local news

June 19, 2012
By Dave Gossett - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE -- City Council heard the first reading for an ordinance Tuesday night authorizing the hiring of a professional engineer for design work on the Lovers Lane roadway that may include a roundabout circle at the intersection with Fort Steuben Drive, wider driving lanes and possible mail box drop off sites.

"Quite a lot of traffic uses that roadway. Our conceptual design at this point will see Lovers Lane widened from the current nine and a half foot lanes to twelve foot lanes. We are also looking at expanding the Lovers Lane and Sunset Boulevard intersection," City Engineer Michael Dolak has said..

"The roundabout, if we choose that option, could be 100 percent federally funded. A roundabout slows traffic down and relieves congestion. That would be the first phase of this project. The second phase would be widening the existing lanes and the Lovers Lane and Sunset Boulevard intersection," declared Dolak.

The council also heard a first reading for an ordinance allowing the rezoning of The Rose property on Lovers Lane.

The owners of The Rose and Clara's Catering have asked the city's Planning and Zoning Commission to approve rezoning their Lovers Lane property to allow a screening and graphics company to set up shop in the building.

An ordinance authorizing the reprogramming of Community Development Block Grant unexpended funds to be used for the paving of South Sixth Street was approved on an emergency basis.

And an ordinance authorizing cooperation with the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission for the Moving Ohio Forward Grant program was approved.

An ordinance authorizing an agreement with Toronto for commercial building inspection services to be supplied by the Steubenville building department was also approved on an emergency status.

And an ordinance to formalize a contractual agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge Number One that will restore the holiday pay and furlough days the police union agreed to give up last year was approved by the council.

Read the Wednesday edition of The Herald-Star for all the details from the City Council meeting.

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