Three seek Windsor Heights mayor’s seat

WINDSOR HEIGHTS – Windsor Heights voters will be asked to choose from three candidates for mayor in the village’s election Tuesday.

They are: Stacy Hornick of 378 Toat Ave., Bill Liposchak of 381 Toat Ave. and James A. Smith of 319 Toat Ave.

Liposchak, the incumbent, has filed as an official write-in candidate. His name won’t appear on ballots, so voters who choose him must write in his name.

He was appointed to serve about a year and a half remaining of Hornick’s term after Hornick resigned to care for her ill parents.

A graduate of Wheeling Park High School, Hornick has lived in Windsor Heights for 25 years and served on Windsor Heights Council for four years before being elected mayor in 2005, earning her the distinction of being Brooke County’s first woman mayor.

She served as mayor for six years, during which she worked with Windsor Heights Council to establish the village’s police department and secure grants for its cruiser and equipment. She also worked with council to secure grants for renovations and a new furnace for the village garage, energy upgrades and a backup generator for the community center, playground equipment and shelter at LaCross Park and playground equipment and lights for the Windsor Heights Playground.

Hornick said, “Our village has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. I would like to continue helping make the village a nice and safe place to live. My goals are to continue to work with village council to address the concerns of the residents. As previous mayor, I know that residents have some concerns and I would address all of them as I did previously. My phone is always open to calls and concerns.”

A Windsor Heights resident since 1976, Liposchak was elected to council in 1977 and served as mayor from 1995 to 2005 and again with his more recent appointment.

In his first tenure as mayor, he was involved with the $1 million extension of sewer lines to the village, purchase of the former St. Theresa Catholic Church and its conversion to a community center, senior center and emergency shelter using $40,000 in state funds and private contributions; and the addition of LaCross Park.

He has been a Weirton Steel/ArcelorMittal employee for 41 years and member of the Brooke County Public Service District for many years.

Liposchak said he initially didn’t plan to run for mayor but was persuaded by others and missed the filing period because of work. He said he was motivated partly because some candidates want to disband the police department and he hopes to influence council to preserve it.

He said if elected, he will push for more playground equipment, another shelter and picnic tables at LaCross Park and for new playground equipment at the Windsor Heights Playground.

Liposchak said the community center has become a great asset and he would like to bring summer tutoring, possibly through local college students, there to help youth.

A graduate of Wellsburg High School, Smith is maintenance manager for the Board of Trade Building in Wheeling. A retired coal miner, he worked at various mines in the Tri-State Area for 35 years.

He served on mine rescue teams for more than 10 years, serving as captain of the McElroy Mine Rescue Team, and received special commendations for his part in the Sago Mine rescue from Gov. Joe Manchin, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Consol Energy and the United Mine Workers of America.

Smith received training as a high-voltage electrician from the U.S. Department of Labor.

He said, “I am confident in being a leader and in evaluating what jobs require immediate attention and in organizing workers and volunteers.”

Smith said if elected, he will work to improve the village’s infrastructure, including its wastewater treatment system and roads; address recent incidents of breaking and entering and ensure playground safety, while being accountable for the village’s spending.