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Water rate proposal to go before Weirton Council Monday

WEIRTON — A proposed water rate increase and several purchase requests are set to go before Weirton Council Monday.

The meeting will be held in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center, with an informational meeting at 6:55 p.m., and the regular council meeting at 7 p.m.

Those wishing to attend the meeting must wear a mask, and are asked to enter the community center through the main entrance located at the Municipal Plaza parking lot. The council meeting also will be streamed on the City of Weirton Facebook page.

The proposed water rate increase is a result of Senate Bill 234, enacted by the state Legislature in 2015, which requires a utility board to set aside one-eighth of its yearly maintenance budget.

“The board made responsible efforts to fund it a little bit at a time,” Utilities Director Butch Mastrantoni explained during Wednesday’s Finance Committee meeting.

With planned improvements and expansions to the city’s wastewater treatment plant, however, additional funding is needed beyond what is possible with current revenue streams.

Water rates in the city would be increased by 27.64 percent, represented by charges going from $5.50 per 1,000 gallons of water used to $7.02 per 1,000 gallons. Mastrantoni has said the average household would see an increase of $6.90 per month in their bill.

Officials have said future rate increases will be possible as the expansion project moves forward.

Monday will be the first of two required readings for the ordinance, which also will need a public hearing. Plans are for the rates to go into effect Sept. 24.

In other business, council is set to hear the following pieces of legislation:

• Second reading of an ordinance placing a 14-foot yellow line at 137 Franklin St., to be centered on the mailbox

• Second reading of an ordinance rezoning 2525 Pennsylvania Ave. from R-1 to C-1

• A resolution for an agreement with GOGovApps for $4,284

• A resolution for a contract with BP Real Estate and Auctioneering to include a 15 percent auctioneers fee

• A resolution to renew a support contract with CivicPlus for $11,165.57

• A resolution to renew a support contract with Accufund Inc. for $8,999.25

• A resolution for GASB34 services with Kozicki, Hughes and Tickerhoof at $30,000

• A resolution to purchase six new X26P Tasers with holsters and spare batteries for $7,578

• A resolution to purchase two 2020 Ford SUV fully equipped police cruisers for $85,335

• A resolution for a contact with Pittsburgh Public Safety Supply for eight new sets of turnout gear for the Weirton Police Department’s Special Response Team at $26,192.16

• A resolution for demolition services with Pulice Construction at $14,500

• A resolution for asbestos abatement with Justice Business Services at $1,437

• An appointment of Councilman George Ash to the Weirton Area Water Board, completing the term of Rocky Bragg.

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

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