STEUBENVILLE - The Yes for Progress Levy Committee learned Tuesday night it received a unanimous endorsement from the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber President Sue Hershey announced the support during the committee's final planning meeting.
"I am very pleased to tell you the chamber's board of directors met today and fully supported your levy campaign," said Hershey.
PASSING OUT SIGNS — Members of the Steubenville Yes for Progress Levy Committee are prepared to pass out yard signs and posters today following a final committee meeting Tuesday night. Taking part in the planning meeting were, from left, Judy Barilla, Councilman at large Kenny Davis, City Manager Cathy Davison, Water Department Superintendent Bill Skinner and Sandi Rue. - Dave Gossett
City Manager Cathy Davison said the levy renewal yard signs will be available for distribution this afternoon.
"We will be mapping out where the signs should go so we have them equally distributed throughout the community. We also have levy renewal posters available to be used as placemats in our restaurants or they can be placed in business windows," said Davison.
It was the final meeting of the committee that has been working to encourage city voters to support the renewal of the operating levy that was first approved by residents in the 1960s.
Mayor Domenick Mucci also said he will offer a "state of the city" address on Oct. 23 at Eastern Gateway Community College.
"I will be reviewing our accomplishments and what each city department has done during the past year. And we will hold our City Council meeting following the state of the city address," said Mucci.
Mucci also asked committee members to contact their churches and pastors "to request support from the faith community."
Davison said she discussed the levy renewal issue with the Buena Vista Neighborhood group, "and we will continue meeting with different groups and organizations as we move closer to Election Day. A double sided flier will be sent out to all city residents explaining the need for the levy during the last week of October.
"This levy raises approximately $575,000 annually and the funds are used to support different city services, including the health department, recreation department, municipal court, assistance for the needy, our city owned street lights as well as the police and fire departments," Davison said.
"These are exciting times for our city. We are seeing the benefits of collaboration with the county and the (Fort Steuben) Visitors Center as well as the benefits from our economic partnerships with Progress Alliance and the new Jefferson County Port Authority. We are making strong moves into the future," stated Davison.