Election timing among 11 charter changes passed

WEIRTON — As part of the city’s general election Tuesday, voters approved 11 proposed changes to the city’s charter.

Unofficial results show the tallies on the charter changes were:

• Issue 1 — amending position of treasurer and auditor to city financial director: 1,095 in favor; 476 against.

• Issue 2 — eliminating position of city physician: 1,258 in favor; 421 against.

• Issue 3 — eliminating position of recreation director: 1,034 in favor; 629 against.

• Issue 4 — amending the rules for removing appointed officers: 930 in favor; 753 against.

• Issue 5 — eliminating a five-year residency requirement for mayor and council: 928 in favor; 735 against.

• Issue 6 — eliminating a requirement to have paid at least $500 worth of real or personal property taxes prior to running for office: 975 in favor; 695 against.

• Issue 7 — prohibiting city elected officers from serving in elected or appointed offices at the city, county or state level: 1,040 in favor; 619 against.

• Issue 8 — changing requirements of removing official for missing council meetings: 1,336 in favor; 336 against.

• Issue 9 — amending procedures for contract approvals by the city manager: 1,232 in favor; 424 against.

• Issue 10 — stipulating work hours for the city clerk: 1,083 in favor; 590 against.

• Issue 11 — relating to the conduct of municipal elections: 1,016 in favor; 650 against.

The charter changes first were discussed publicly during a work session Feb. 20, with ordinances going before council for their first readings March 11.

A public hearing was held March 20, at which time objections from residents were filed against three of the proposals. During a special council meeting March 25, a resident submitted opposition to all of the changes, with city officials declaring they would all then be placed on the ballot.

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