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Dillionvale looks to attract police officers

December 5, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

DILLONVALE - Increasing wages to attract more police officers is being considered in the village.

Village Council recently discussed decreasing health coverage and increasing wages to attract more officers, and it was decided to draw up an ordinance for Monday's meeting.

The proposed legislation would list an officer in his first year with the village would receive $8 an hour; an officer with one or more years, $9 an hour; and the chief would be paid $10 an hour, according to officials.

Council authorizes the chief at his discretion to permit a ride-along for any citizen, subject to checking with the insurance company along with the signing of a waiver.

The police chief recommended the curfew ordinance be amended with the time to be 10 p.m. across the board.

Council agreed to amend the ordinance at the next meeting. It was recommended that the police give warning slips before a citation is issued.

In other matters, Andy Beranek submitted his resignation as recreation director, and it was approved by council. The clerk-treasurer was asked to advertise for a combined position, that of a part-time police officer and a recreation director.

Council's building committee received a quotation concerning a plumbing problem in the furnace area, and the clerk-treasurer requested another quote.

At a previous meeting, council discussed the purchase of wire for the Night Riders Memorial Park, with the balance of funds from the permissive taxes received from the county commissioners. A motion was approved to purchase the electric wire in the amount of $783.83.

Mayor Michele Dulesky reported the shingles are coming off the roof at the former senior citizens center, and the building is in poor shape.

Councilwomen Christine Lollathin and Trisha Painter discussed news from the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission and reported the completion date for the razing of four houses in the village is Dec. 15.

The contractor will level the ground, seed and mulch. It also was noted the contractor reported when the asbestos is removed from the structures, workers will be wearing white asbestos suits, and residents should not to be alarmed. According to the contractor, it will not be harmful to residents.

A resident asked about the removal of a barrier on an alley used by the Wilson Funeral Home as part of its parking lot so he can have wheelchair access and a handicapped ramp. Solicitor Christopher Gagin suggested the resident put the proposal or a request for a meeting in writing and send it certified to the funeral home with a copy to the village.

Council approved a motion to designate an area outside 136 Second St. as a handicapped parking area and authorized the street department to paint the curb blue and to put up a sign.

Council received a copy of the attorney general's opinion about going into executive sessions. Mentioned in particular was going into executive sessions for personnel matters, and it was recommended that village officials read the statute when going into the sessions for personnel matters.

Council's next regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday in the city building.

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