Council Solidifies Manager Contract

Steubenville City Council on Tuesday approved an emergency ordinance to hire Timothy Boland as the new city manager.

Boland, a graduate of Miami of Ohio University, served as town administrator in Pataskala, Ohio, for seven years, and was the economic development director in Delaware County from 1999-2007.

Prior to that, he served as the planning and zoning administrator for Perrysburg and Powell, Ohio.

Boland accepted council’s offer of a three-year contract calling for him to earn $90,000 a year. That’s the same amount former City Manager Cathy Davison was making when she resigned in May.

First Ward Councilman Gerald “Yonk” DiLoreto cast the lone vote against hiring Boland, an expression of his frustration over a provision in Steubenville’s charter that requires a candidate have a minimum of 10 years’ experience as a city manager.

“As a former high school principal, I have seen our outstanding graduates move on to college and have success as professionals elsewhere. If and when these types of individuals return to our home, we should have the flexibility to consider them for leadership positions here,” DiLoreto said, adding he still intends to support Boland “110 percent.”

Boland is expected to take over Jan. 6 for Mayor Domenick Mucci, who has served as acting city manager since Davison’s resignation.

Council also heard the second reading of a proposed $6.50-per-month water rate increase for all city customers. Several residents opposed the increase, urging council to go after those who are delinquent on their bills rather than raise rates.

The new rates will go into effect early next year if council approves them during a Dec. 17 meeting.

In other business, council unanimously agreed to seat new Councilman Bob Villamagna one month early to replace former 6th Ward Councilman David Lalich, who retired Nov. 30. Voters elected Villamagna to succeed Lalich in the Nov. 5 election.