Jones resigns from city council post

WEIRTON – There will be a vacancy on Weirton City Council following the resignation this week of Ward 1 Councilman Ronnie Jones.

The announcement was made by City Attorney Vince Gurrera following an executive session at Monday’s council meeting.

“Councilman Jones, after years of service, is moving from his ward. By city charter and city law, he can no longer serve as a councilman,” Gurrera stated.

The resignation became official on Tuesday.

“This is really hard on me. I’m telling you. It’s the hardest thing I’ve done,” Jones said.

Jones, who is retired from the Weirton Area Water Board, also has held a seat on that board as a council representative.

In addition, he currently serves as a member of the House of Delegates, representing the First District encompassing Hancock County and a portion of Brooke County.

City Clerk Nicole Davis read Jones’ letter of resignation aloud.

“It is with deep regret that I must inform you of my decision to step down from my city council post effective June 10, 2014. It is not a decision of choice, but one of necessity,” Jones’ letter read. “I will remain a Weirton resident and continue to serve as a delegate representing the good people of the first district and working for the state as a whole. My service on city council has been very rewarding to me, and I will miss it. I have enjoyed working with you and have great faith in your abilities. I wish you all the best.”

Under city regulations, interested residents of Ward 1 may submit their names for consideration to fill the vacant seat. The remaining members of council will select an individual from the pool of submitted names, with that person holding the office until the next municipal election in 2015.

In other business, council members unanimously voted in favor of numerous agenda items, including:

An amendment to the city’s codified ordinance concerning storm water management and surface water discharge control and applicable rates and fees.

A resolution to authorize the purchase of two digital copiers for the city using the West Virginia State Purchasing Contract.

A resolution to enter into contract for emergency repair of a 2010 Ford Expedition engine for the Weirton Police Department.

A resolution to enter into contract for the purchase of attack guns for the Weirton Fire Department.

A resolution to enter into contract for 2015 fiscal year milling and paving.

A resolution to enter into contract for disposal of municipal waste.

A resolution to enter into an agreement for Workers’ Compensation insurance coverage for the city.

A resolution to enter into contract for GASB 34 accounting services.

A resolution to authorize contribution to the Weirton Area Community Foundation to support the Wheeling Symphony live concert.

A resolution to renew the city’s annual maintenance and support agreement with Mountaineer Computer Systems, Inc. for IT systems, hardware and software.

A resolution to renew the city’s annual maintenance and support contract with Accufund, Inc. for the continued support, maintenance and enhancement of accounting software.

An ordinance to paint a 5-foot yellow line on each side of the mailbox at 130 Eva St., which was proposed by Ward 2 Councilman Chuck Wright.

An ordinance to establish two-way traffic on the alley between the 3000 block of West Street and Orchard Street, which was proposed by Ward 4 Councilman George Ash.

An ordinance adopting the recommendations of the Weirton Planning Commission regarding the zoning map classification of a certain parcel located on Greenbrier Road was tabled unanimously by councilmen for another month.