Council to discuss street paving

WEIRTON – The Weirton Finance Committee on Thursday recommended council spend a little over $800,000 to have milling and paving done on selected streets.

Committee members recommended that council award the contract, worth $801,530. If approved, the work would begin on or after June 24 and be done by Sept. 30. The contract stipulates a penalty to be paid if the work isn’t done on time.

The other bid was about $30,000 higher, members were told.

The job priced out slightly higher than city officials had estimated, so the scope of the work will have to be scaled back as well.

The committee also recommended council ink contracts for fireworks for the city’s Fourth of July celebration and annual aerial inspections for Weirton Fire Department’s trucks, and an amended agreement that would complete the purchase of new duty pistols for the police department.

The pistol purchase was authorized months ago, but in order for the transaction to close officers needed to be certified in their use before they turned in their old weapons or purchased them for personal use.

“It was previously authorized, but it took time to get the ammunition in and get officers certified in their use so they can turn in their old weapons or purchase them,” Chief Bruce Marshall said.

Marshall said the new guns will cost the city $25,000. He said the trade-in value for their old weapons ranged from $225 to $250, depending on the model.

“The weapons are to be brought back to the city,” Marshall said. “The officers have the option of buying them at that price.”

Committee members also recommended council purchase tablet computers for four members of the city’s administration and four council members.

Finance Director Tom Maher said they’ll be able to secure pertinent information in a secure site, allowing administrators and council members to access it wherever they are, provided they have a WiFi connection.

Members also recommended council accept the contract for the city’s participation in the Governor’s Community Participation grant program. Parks Director Terry Weigel, who does double duty as Weirton’s Ward 7 councilman, said he’d met with the state’s representative on a $100,000 award for the Panhandle Trail, and was comfortable administering the funds and tracking spending.

The committee also endorsed revisions to the 2012-2013 general fund and coal severance fund budgets.

Council will meet Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the city building.

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