City Charter Commission Discussed

Steubenville City Council will consider a resolution next week to establish a charter review commission.

If approved by at least five council members, the commission would look at the city’s government for the first time since 1992.

But during a committee meeting Tuesday night, not every council member appeared to favor the creation of a nine-person review commission.

“I don’t think the timing is right. With 6th Ward Councilman David Lalich and 2nd Ward Councilman Rick Perkins deciding to not run for re-election, we will definitely have two new council members starting in January. We should not thrust this review commission on the new council members,” said 3rd Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf.

“If this is approved the mayor will appoint nine people and the commission will start holding hearings and taking testimony from department heads,” he continued.