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Weirton City Council’s Finance Committee recommends building demolition on Wood Street

WEIRTON — City officials are looking to move ahead with a delayed demolition project, but still keeping an eye on finances.

Resolutions before the city’s Finance Committee Wednesday included a demolition agreement with Pulice Construction for 3613 Wood St., at a cost of $14,500; and an asbestos abatement by Justice Business Services, at the same address, for $1,437.

Both resolutions will go before the full Weirton Council Monday.

Ward 6 Councilman Enzo Fracasso noted the city had enacted a resolution holding off on any unnecessary expenditures, as a result of earlier financial concerns prior to the COVID pandemic. Officials have begun receiving figures indicating revenue has not been as affected as previously believed.

“Seeing as our finances are not as bad as we thought, I think we should lift it,” Fracasso said.

City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo, however, said officials still need to be careful.

“I think we have enough to cover this,” he said of the planned demolition, adding he feels the resolution needs to stay in place. “It helps us watch a little bit better.”

Finance Director Diana Smoljanovich reminded the city should not consider the $2.4 million in CARES Act funding it will receive for projects, as the money is to reimburse expenses resulting from the pandemic.

The committee also discussed some possible changes to the fiscal year 2020 Community Development Block Grant, which is set for final approval Monday.

“We’re going to amend it on the floor,” Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh said.

In particular, Marsh mentioned the possibility of reducing the allotment from A Child’s Place CASA by $10,000, leaving them with $4,000, and giving the funds to Weirton Transit Corp. The idea, Marsh said, would be to provide additional funds for bus passes for low-income residents living in the city’s downtown.

The budget has been up for public review and comment in recent weeks. The total budget is $424,688.

Other items to be recommended by the Finance Committee include:

¯ An ordinance amending provisions of the garbage and rubbish collection regulations;

¯ A resolution to renew the city’s annual support contract with ACCELA for support and maintenance of the city’s customer interaction website, at a cost of $6,411.44;

¯ A resolution for an agreement with the West Virginia Department of Transportation for the Park Drive enhancement sidewalk project. The city will provide a match of $98,375.

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

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