Seven seek Windsor Heights council seats

WINDSOR HEIGHTS – Seven are seeking five at-large seats on Windsor Heights Council in the village’s general election Tuesday.

They are challenger Judith Ann Bartz of 371 Toat Ave.; incumbent Karen Clyne of 924 Machnicki St.; challenger Grace Davis of 211 Francis Ave.; incumbents Herbert Hupp of 722 Diotti St.; Tuson Johnston of 275 Francis Ave.; John Kokosinski of 1110 Stipandic St.; and Charles “Chuck” Miller of Toat Ave.

A Brooke High School graduate, Bartz studied data entry at the School of Computer Technology in Pittsburgh and worked in the data entry department of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel for 20 years. She also was employed by Wheeling Corrugating for 20 years and the Wal-Mart at the Highlands for six years. She served on the first Windsor Heights Council when the village was incorporated in 1989.

Bartz said if elected, she would research grants and programs that could help the village provide services and work to bring more activities for youth and some form of public transportation for seniors, possibly through the local senior center.

A Windsor Heights Council member for four years, Clyne worked as a waitress for 24 years and for CarQuest for 14 years. She said she was active in the PTA, “doing whatever was asked of me” and would continue to apply the same work ethic as a a council member

As a grandmother, Clyne said she’d continue “to work to make Windsor Heights a safe place for our children and a place we can be proud to live in.”

A graduate of Brooke High School and the Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing, Davis was employed for 18 years by Wheeling Hospital, first as a registered nurse in its medical-surgical unit and later in its visiting nurses program.

She said the latter gave her valuable experience interacting with people from various backgrounds and in problem solving that she would apply as a council member.

Davis said if elected, she would push for repairs to village streets and playgrounds, enforcement of ordinances against dilapidated housing, more direction for the police department and better rapport between village officials and residents.

“I want to open up the lines of communication,” she said.

A Windsor Heights Council member since 1990, Hupp is a retired employee of Consol Energy, where he was s supervisor for 25 years.

He said if re-elected, he would continue to push for improvements to the village and its community center, which also serves as an emergency shelter for southern Brooke County. Hupp said he would continue to support community events, such as village picnics, yard sales and cleanups and be receptive to the concerns and problems of residents.

A Windsor Heights native and council member for 15 years, Johnston is employed by Environmental Coordination Services & Recycling in Martins Ferry, where he is a night supervisor. He previously was employed by the Wheeling Linen Service for six years and Weirton Steel Corp. for 17 years.

Johnston said he is among council members over the years who have volunteered to plow village streets and cut grass at local parks in an effort to stretch the village’s funds. He said he has worked with other village officials to secure grants for playground equipment, a park shelter and through Chesapeake Energy, a pavilion for the ball field.

Kokosinski declined to be interviewed.

A Windsor Heights councilman for eight years, Miller is a retired employee, with 32 years, at Windsor Coal.

Miller said if re-elected, he would work “to ensure that our police force stays in operation. In this day and age, I feel it is of major importance to make sure that residents of our community remain protected by our police department. Secondly, I would like to see major updates to our playground and ball field. With the help of my niece, Karen Matusic, who connected us with representatives from Chesapeake Energy, we were able to get a start on some of these improvements through a $5,000 grant that Chesapeake sent to our community.”