Home rule public hearing planned

WEIRTON A public hearing to address the City of Weirton’s proposed home rule program will take place at 6 p.m. April 7 in room 201 of the Weirton Municipal Building.

The proposed home rule program will be available for public inspection in the city manager’s office beginning March 7. Citizens interested in reading the plan can visit Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Residents are invited to present oral or written comments at the hearing on April 7, and the information will be utilized by the city in its application to the state for the program.

The first reading of the ordinance approving the home rule plan application will be held at the regularly scheduled Weirton City Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. on April 7 in council chambers after the public hearing.

Written comments can be addressed to: Valerie Means, Weirton City Manager, 200 Municipal Plaza, Weirton, WV 26062.

If the city can obtain permission from the state Legislature, the home rule application could allow Weirton to pass laws or ordinances that are not specifically permitted within existing state legislation. There are 16 other cities applying for home rule across the state.

Weirton’s plan involves changes in the city’s powers regarding probationary employment of uncertified building or zoning code officials; building and zoning code enforcement provisions; police officers’ enforcement provisions in Alcohol Beverage Control Commission establishments; and municipal authority to place restrictions on streets and highways within city limits.