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Council will look at code changes

November 13, 2012
By LINDA HARRIS - Staff writer ( , Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - Weirton City Council will revisit proposed changes to the fire department civil service code tonight.

Council members nixed the changes at its October meeting, complaining they'd been blindsided by the proposal because the fire civil service commission had not involved them in the process prior to bringing the resolution to council floor. Though they initially considered tabling the proposal, they were forced to backtrack after learning that if they failed to act within 20 days of the civil service recommendation it would take effect regardless of their concerns.

Today's agenda includes:

Resolutions to enter into a letter of intent for a viable guaranteed energy savings performance contract; authorizing an application for the governor's Community Participation Program funds; contracting for annual aerial and ground ladder truck testing and certification; placing liens on certain Elm Street properties to recover costs incurred in their demolition; switching to Highmark for health insurance for municipal employees; enrolling in HRA DirectPay coverage for city employees; establishing new dental coverage; revising the general fund budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year; purchasing two thermal imaging cameras for the city fire department; contracting for engineering services for the Safe Routes To School grant program; and retaining Teed & Associates, Charleston, for audit services.

Contributions to Brooke-Hancock Veteran's Memorial Park.

Considerations of ordinances installing "no parking" areas across from 3216 Weir Ave.; authorizing a 3 percent pay raise for city workers and establishing new minimum and maximum salaries for them.

An executive session to discuss litigation and personnel matters also is on the agenda for the meeting, set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers.

Joe Eddy, president and chief executive officer of Eagle Manufacturing in Wellsburg, will meet with council at 6:45 p.m., prior to the start of the meeting, to discuss the oil and gas industry. Eddy will be representing the "Just Beneath the Surface" Alliance and the "Energy Speaks" campaign.

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