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Mucci touts collaboration, investment at city address

October 24, 2012
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Mayor Domenick Mucci said a growing number of investments in the city indicate the city is moving forward.

Mucci delivered his second-annual state of the city address to a sparse crowd Tuesday night at Eastern Gateway Community College.

"Millions of dollars in infrastructure investments have been made by the city and additional business investments of note include facade renovation, a new parking lot and sidewalk replacement at the North Seventh Street Plaza, the Tri-State Financial Services investment in a former automobile dealership in the downtown, a new CVS Pharmacy on Sunset Boulevard and major renovation work under way at the Washington Square Apartments," cited Mucci during his 42-minute speech.

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Steubenville Mayoy Domenick Mucci gave his annual review of the city on Oct. 23, 2012

"Schoeffler Energy opened offices in the Chase Bank Building on North Fourth Street; a million dollar investment by Hess Energy in the former Staffilino dealership on Sunset Boulevard; the opening of offices on Brady Circle West by Audubon Engineering; the purchase of the Rose facility on Lovers Lane by H&H Screening and Graphics East for its new mideast operations; Strauss Industries purchase of the former RG Steel property in Steubenville; a new restaurant coming to the Fort Steuben Mall; and a new hotel at the site of the former All-American Bowling Lanes," continued Mucci.

Progress Alliance Executive Director Ed Looman called Mucci's remarks "encouraging."

"I have been talking about the growth we can expect to see in Jefferson County from the oil and gas industry and now we are starting to see that growth and investment become a reality. Employment throughout the county is up. The county sales tax numbers are up and the city income tax is up. That is all encouraging. The mayor touched on the fact that things are starting to get better," stated Looman.

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STATE OF CITY ADDRESS — Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci provided a detailed report on city department activities in 2011 and 2012 during his annual state of the city address Tuesday night at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Mucci reviewed each city department, including the city health department where, Mucci said, a community health assessment was conducted in 2011.

"The objectives for this assessment centered around identifying health care needs, gaps in services, determining satisfaction levels for services rendered and appraising barriers to access health services. As a result of the findings from the assessment, an action plan was developed by the board and staff. The action plan focuses on preserving core services while collaborating with community partners to meet other public needs," noted Mucci.

"After a year of planning and conscience building we now see a more efficient one stop department in our Community Development Office. And the department is undertaking an update and new comprehensive plan for our town. We should receive a draft of the new plan in November," said Mucci.

"City Engineer Michael Dolak and his staff were able to manage 76 projects that resulted in the investment of millions of dollars into our town. Those projects included the Washington Street rehabilitation project; the John Scott Connector rock slope repair; the Tweed Avenue bridge replacement; preparing for the Lovers Lane upgrade project; wastewater treatment plant upgrade and the Brady Avenue; and University Boulevard improvements," Mucci noted.

Mucci also recognized Municipal Court Judge Dan Spahn for implementing alternative sentencing and a resentencing program that has resulted in a savings for the city.

"Yes, we have our challenges. But you must remember, you have a dedicated group of city employees, elected officials and appointed officials working diligently to provide services. We continue to work hard to keep our town moving forward and build a better future for our residents," said Mucci.

He concluded his remarks with an appeal to city voters to support the 5-mill operating levy renewal on the Nov. 6 ballot.

"This renewal is not a new ballot issue nor is it an increase. It is a continuation of a ballot issue that first went on the ballot in the early 1960s and generates about $575,000 annually," Mucci said.

"I thought it was a tough speech to give because of all of the details. But the mayor ended his address on a positive note discussing business investment in the community. Businesses are coming to the city and that will mean increased employment. It was a good state of the city address," observed Ed Florak of the Community Improvement Corp. and the Jefferson County Port Authority.

Sixth Ward Councilman David Lalich said he was "disappointed" by the small audience.

"I believe the state of the city address should have been attended by more citizens. I was hoping for a large crowd and questions about the state of our city," Lalich said.

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