8:52 p.m. Council keeps fire station open

STEUBENVILLE City Council approved its 2013 operating budget Tuesday night that includes keeping the Pleasant Heights fire station open but laying off five firefighters.

Two of the firefighters will be laid off because the three year SAFER grant for the fire department is expiring.

The additional three fire department reductions will come from personnel reductions.

The council also approved a resolution Tuesday to create a charter review commission that will see nine people appointed by Mayor Domenick Mucci study the city charter and possibly recommend changes.

The last charter review took place in 1992.

In other action during the regular meeting the council approved an ordinance authorizing the city manager to sign a contract with MWH Constructors for the design of a super pulsator building at the water filtration plant.

The council also approved:

legislation to advertise for proposals for a new delinquent water account collection service; and,

an amending the current table of organization.

The council approved a resolution declaring April as Fair Housing month in the city.

Read the Wednesday edition of The Herald Star for all the details from the city council meeting.