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Council identifies additional paving priorities around city

WEIRTON — After its initial street paving plan came in under budget, Weirton Council met in a work session Wednesday to identify additional streets to include in this year’s work schedule.

During Monday’s regular council meeting, two contract resolutions were approved with NLS Paving, with one using $969,424.50 in general fund dollars and the other using $213,679.75 in Community Development Block Grant funds.

Public Works Director Rod Rosnick noted the city received two bids for paving work this year, and NLS’s bid was approximately $300,000 less than what officials had set aside from the general fund for paving.

Rosnick said the cost of asphalt has increased by 9 percent over last year, and feels if there is an opportunity to address additional streets, it should be done.

Councilmembers agreed paving should be a priority with the funds.

“I don’t think we’ll get this opportunity again,” Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh said.

Ward 7 Councilman Terry Weigel proposed paving one street in each ward and some alleys.

Under the initial proposal, half of St. John’s Road in Ward 1 would be paved for $90,000; a portion of Kingsview Road in Ward 2 would be addressed at a cost of $36,000; and a section of Hindman Lane in Ward 3 for $37,000.

In Ward 4, it was proposed to have $8,900 for use on Pleasant Avenue and $10,000 for alleys or other streets, at the discretion of the councilman.

Ward 4 Councilman George Ash, however, said he would prefer to use the funds set for Pleasant Avenue to address more alleys in the city’s downtown.

Elmhurst Drive would be addressed in Ward 5, at a cost of $31,900; $81,000 would be dedicated to address a section of Murphy Avenue in Ward 6; and in Ward 7, $2,500 would be used for repairs to West Circle Drive and $10,000 on alleys.

Ward 6 Councilman Enzo Fracasso said he was glad to have some work on Murphy Avenue, referring to it as a “four-lane highway.”

“It’s never been done since it was put in,” Fracasso said.

Ward 1 Councilman Tim Connell said he knows North Main Street has been a concern, but it is primarily used by industry located in that area, and tractor-trailers parking on the street.

“You’ve got 25 or 30 big rigs parked there,” Connell said.

Mark Miller, city planning and development director, said other possible projects are being discussed for North Main Street.

Ash also had suggested using some of the funds to address issues with the Weirton Police Department’s hand-held radios, saying officers are unable to use the radios inside the Weirton Municipal Building. However, Finance Director Diana Smoljanovich reported other options are being considered to address the concern.

Ward 2 Councilman Mike Adams said residents have approached him with concerns about Truax Lane, but it was stated it will have to wait for another year.

Ash also had proposed the possibility of purchasing motorcycles for the police department and addressing heating needs at the city building. Council, however, agreed the paving was needed instead.

Council is scheduling a special meeting to vote on the additional paving for 6:30 p.m., July 17.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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