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8:38 p.m. Legislation introduced at council session

November 13, 2012
By Dave Gossett - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

Legislation introduced by city council

By Dave Gossett

STEUBENVILLE City Council members appear ready to oppose a proposed law in the Ohio House of Representatives that is aimed at creating uniformity measures for municipal income tax measures.

The resolution expressing opposition to the pending house bill was introduced Tuesday night by Sixth Ward Councilman David Lalich.

Lalich also introduced legislation during the council sunshine meeting authorizing City Manager Cathy Davison to proceed with emergency repairs to the lower University Boulevard sanitary sewer system.

Assistant Wastewater Superintendent Chuck Murphy told the council two weeks ago the sewer line is in need of immediate repairs.

"We have a very bad section of approximately 1,200 feet of combined sewer pipe about 30 feet deep that runs from the Hampton Inn parking lot to the Seventh Street intersection with University and to the Inland Company. It is made out of block stone and brick and may be more than 100 years old," explained Murphy.

"We have already contacted National Gunite that did similar work on a sewer at the Steubenville entrance to the Market Street bridge and the estimated cost of this project is about $860,000," said Murphy.

"We will be able to do the work repairing the combined sanitary and storm sewer underground without digging up the roadway. But we will also have to backfilll a void that has been created by the leaking sewer line. If that is not done there is the possibility of a sinkhole eventually developing in that area," Murphy advised the council.

Lalich also introduced an ordinance authorizing the city manager to sign a contract with Plugsmart to review the city's utility bills in order to determine if savings can be found.

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

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