STEUBENVILLE - The city's planning and zoning commission approved a new three-year contract with the Regional Housing Center of Columbus during a brief meeting Monday night.
According to Assistant Urban Projects Director Anthony Bodo, the regional housing center has been working with the city's fair housing practices commission for the past 15 years.
The Ohio Regional Development Corporation of Coshocton also submitted a proposal, but regional housing center scored above the Coshocton firm on a review of the two submissions.
In other business Monday, two firms were approved to submit qualifications for professional consulting services for the city's security lighting project.
The planning commission had approved $150,000 from the 2012 Community Development Block Grant one-year plan at the July meeting be used for security lighting at Belleview Park, North End Park, Murphy Field and the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.
Bodo said an in-house review ranked CT Consultants of Youngstown and McKinley and Associates of Wheeling as the two highest ranked firms as far as qualifications.
"I am asking the commission to accept both proposals and a final decision will be made once they submit bids for the project. We can then proceed with the lowest bidder," said Bodo.
Bodo announced the fiscal year 2012 consolidated annual performance and evaluation report public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3.
Bodo reported the former LaBelle Nursing Home demolition is complete.
"That project was funded by Neighborhood Development Services of Ravenna. The property is still owned by the Tower of Power Church, and we have seen a blighted structure successfully removed from that neighborhood," noted Bodo.
He also said the Clean Ohio Grant application for remediation of asbestos in the Grand Theater has been approved.