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Mavromatis Earned Vote of Confidence

Members of Steubenville City Council made a wise decision when they approved a two-year contract extension for City Manager James Mavromatis.

Mavromatis, who has been on the job for five years, has brought a no-nonsense style of management to the post, and his leadership has helped the city navigate several difficult issues.

As he told members of the Steubenville Rotary Club last month, those challenges included having to deal with lawsuits and consent decrees from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, a bomb scare at the former Macy’s department store in the Fort Steuben Mall and an outage that led to most of the downtown being left without water for several days.

All of that was followed by the city having to request large water rate increases, money that already has allowed for improvements to aging infrastructure.

That all came before 2020, when dramatically decreased revenues tied to the spread of COVID-19 forced city officials to make tough decisions involving staffing and pay. Those choices required coordination among the city’s leaders and the unions that represent its workers, police officers and firefighters. And, while the city’s finances are brighter today then they were several months ago, Mavromatis said they still must be watched closely.

Despite those issues, Steubenville continues to move forward. Work continues on the Lovers Lane improvement project, for instance. Upgrades are being made to the city’s water system, with a new tank scheduled to be built at the intersection of Lovers Lane and Coal Hill Road. That tower will allow the city to ensure the reliability of its entire system.

Mavromatis is not afraid to make tough decisions. His efforts and truthfulness have allowed him to earn the support and respect of the community, as well as the opportunity to continue to serve as city manager.

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