City property code fines may rise

WEIRTON — Weirton Council is discussing a proposed increase to the fine structure concerning the city’s property code regulations.

During its meeting Monday, council voted 7-0 on the first reading of an ordinance which would amend the fines and procedures included in Articles 101, 557 and 560 of the city code.

The ordinance, which must still pass a second reading to go into effect, is sponsored by Ward 4 Councilman George Ash.

Ash explained current fines for property code violations are a minimum of $50.

“That really doesn’t cover the administrative cost,” Ash said, noting the manpower of processing such property issues.

Under Ash’s proposal, the minimum fine would be increased to $100, with the maximum remaining at $500.

Ash explained, in addition to the fee structure, the municipal judge has the option to impose an additional $10 per day, on top of any fine ordered, up to the $500 maximum.

“It would have to be the judge’s prerogative,” Ash said.

The issue of amending the property code fines had been raised during council’s October meeting with another ordinance, also sponsored by Ash. After other members of council expressed concern, it was tabled by a 5-1 vote. On Monday, after being removed from the table, the original ordinance was voted down unanimously at Ash’s request.

In other business Monday, council:

• Approved the second reading of an ordinance removing the yellow curbs on the west side of St. Johns Road;

• Approved the second reading of an ordinance rezoning 103 South 11th St. from R-1 single family residential to C-1 highway commercial;

• Approved a resolution contributing $3,000 to the Brooke-Hancock County Veterans’ Memorial Park Inc.

• Approved a resolution for audit services for the 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 fiscal years, at a cost of $19,550 per year;

• Approved a resolution to purchase 10, 100-foot sections of 5-inch LDH hose for the Weirton Fire Department, at $5,440;

• Approved a resolution for health insurance coverage for eligible city employees;

• Approved a resolution for vision insurance coverage for eligible city employees;

• Approved a resolution for dental insurance coverage for eligible city employees;

• Approved a resolution for an agreement with Alex E. Paris Contracting Co. for the Park Drive Extension Project, at a cost of $645,391.60;

• Approved, by 7-0, an emergency reading of an ordinance to establish six No parking between 2-3 p.m. — school loading zone signs; with three on Park Avenue, facing north, and three on Elaine Street, with two facing east and one facing west. As the ordinance was passed unanimously as an emergency reading, it will be implemented immediately.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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