Ward 1 seat to be filled today

WEIRTON – Residents of Weirton’s Ward 1 are expected to have new representation on city council after tonight’s meeting.

Weirton City Council will convene at 5 p.m. today in council chambers of the Weirton Municipal Building. The final item on the agenda is the naming of a Ward 1 councilperson.

Ronnie Jones resigned as Ward 1 councilman June 10, with the announcement being made during the June 9 council meeting.

The resignation came as a result of Jones moving to a residence outside of the ward, making him no longer eligible to hold the elected post.

Jones, who first was elected to council in 2007, said he will continue to serve as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing the state’s First District.

Under city regulations, council had up to six weeks to select a replacement, who will serve until the next municipal election in 2015. If an appointment is not made, a special election must be held.

Council also will take action on a series of proposed budget items connected with possible changes to the city’s Municipal Service Fee and Police and Fire Service Fee, as well as the establishment of a proposed 5 percent cable franchise fee.

All of the proposed ordinances were tabled by council at its June 9 meeting. Council since has expanded its Business and Occupation Tax to assist in covering a $1.6 million budget shortfall anticipated to take place half-way through the current fiscal year.

In addition, council will discuss several other business items tonight, including two text amendments to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance, two resolutions for proposed liens for demolished properties, the proposed removal of a residential handicapped parking space and authorizing the Governor’s Community Participation Grant Program to amend the scope of work for the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center.