Weirton passes first reading of new fire contract

WEIRTON — The union representing firefighters in the city of Weirton is one step closer to a new labor contract.

Weirton Council, on Monday, voted 5-0 on the first reading of an ordinance to establish new salaries for members of the Weirton Firefighters’ Association Local 948. A second reading must be passed for the contract to become effective.

The new contract would include a 5 percent pay increase, as well as adjustments in the holiday compensation and overtime calculations, according to City Manager Travis Blosser.

During council’s discussion Monday, Ward 4 Councilman George Ash asked union President Jim Brueck if the agreement was acceptable to the union. Brueck responded that the union had agreed to the terms.

Ward 5 Councilman Douglas Jackson and Ward 7 Councilman Terry Weigel were not in attendance.

Also Monday, council approved 5-0 the first reading of an ordinance to abandon a portion of an unnamed 16-foot alley, the western portion of Avenue F with utility easements and a 15-foot alley known as Alley K.

The request, which had been recommended by the Weirton Planning Commission, is to assist with continued development for Bidell Gas Compression on its property in the city’s north end.

Council also approved a resolution for a contract for property and liability insurance coverage for the city, at a cost of $639,759.

• A contract for the purchase of a 2018 Hino 338 2 1/2 ton dump truck for the Public Works Department, at a cost of $120,879;

• An ordinance to establish a dedicated residential disability parking space at 131 Cropper St. for Minnie Pete. Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh and Ash noted council previously passed an ordinance allowing such dedicated parking spaces to be approved with only one reading.

• The second reading of an ordinance establishing a double yellow line 30 feet in the middle of the street where Pennsylvania Avenue connects with Circle Drive.