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Traffic Commission approves handicap request

July 28, 2012
By ANGELINA DICKSON - Staff writer ( , Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - Requests for a handicap parking space in one local neighborhood were approved by the Traffic Commission during its recent meeting.

Commissioner George Reddish said he disagreed with the request by the resident at 313 S. 17th St. for the handicap parking space; however, without a legitimate reason to deny the request, he suggested the board approve it.

Chairman Romie Castelli said the resident filled out the application properly and presented paperwork from a doctor indicating there was a handicap, although the application did not indicate the specifics of the handicap. He said if a doctor declared the resident has a handicap, who is the Traffic Commission to deny it.

Ward 6 Councilman David Dalrymple sent correspondence indicating he was in support of approving the request.

"I'm a little reluctant to set a precedent so maybe we need to take a look at the process," said Commission member Douglass Branham. "I think it would be helpful if we were aware of the specific disability or handicap of the applicants."

The Weirton Traffic Commission voted 3-1 in favor of approving the request. In addition, each member agreed that taking a look at the ordinance related to handicap parking spaces is in order to improve the process was in order.

The issue must be approved by Weirton City Council before it can go into effect.

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