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Weirton Council approves labor agreements

Craig Howell SPECIAL SESSION — Weirton Council convened into special session Friday morning, taking up the agenda originally scheduled for its regular meeting Monday.

WEIRTON ­– Weirton Council, during a special meeting Friday, approved the first reading of two ordinances focused on city labor agreements with two unions, while tabling a series of proposed pay changes for non-union municipal employees.

An ordinance for the agreement with members of the Weirton Municipal Employees Union, most of whom work in the departments of the city’s Public Works operations, was approved 6-1.

Ward 7 Councilman Terry Weigel cast the lone dissenting vote, saying former city manager Joe DiBartolomeo had been instructed to meet with council prior to negotiating any of the agreements.

“He never did,” Weigel said. “In my opinion, he wasted everybody’s time.”

Council also voted 6-1, with Weigel voting against, on the first reading of an ordinance for a contract with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 84.

Ward 4 Councilman George Ash requested the ordinances be amended to make certain the agreements were made retroactive to July 1.

Ward 1 Councilman Tim Connell offered the motion to table the ordinance establishing salary levels for non-union employees, which was approved unanimously.

Mayor Harold Miller explained there were some discrepancies found in accounting used in the proposal, although he didn’t provide any details.

“When we move on this, the pay raises will be retroactive to July 1,” Miller said.

Ward 5 Councilwoman Flora Perrone wanted to assure the city’s general fund employees all of the concerns will be addressed.

“We are working diligently to resolve the details of this issue,” she said.

In other business, Friday, Weirton Council approved:

• Second reading for the sale of property adjacent to 157 Bennett Drive to Carol Hawthorne, 7-0;

• A resolution for an agreement with GoGovApps for GOEnforce Code Enforcement Subscription, Aug. 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022, at $4,500, 7-0;

• A resolution for demolition by Pulice Construction at 341 Greenbrier Road at $6,400, and asbestos abatement with Safeco Environmental for $1,200, both 7-0;

• A resolution for a contribution to the Hancock County Special Olympics Golf Scramble of $1,000, 6-1;

• The first reading of an ordinance for the abandonment of property located adjacent to Shiloh Apostolic Faith Church, at 3000 Weir Ave., 7-0;

• The first reading of an ordinance implementing new rules and regulations for Weirton Fire Department personnel, 7-0

• Resolutions for the purchase of three all-wheel-drive 2021 Ford Explorer SUV marked police cruisers, at $102,423, and the upfitting of those vehicles at $23,031, 7-0;

• The first reading of an ordinance authorizing the feasibility study for the proposed Weirton Public Safety Facility at $21,000, 7-0;

• A resolution for an agreement with Hancock County Sheltered Workshop for water and bottle service at the Weirton Municipal Building; 7-0

• A resolution authorizing financial support of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle at $33,062.50, 7-0

• A resolution to allocate $2 million toward water and sewer plant upgrades from funds provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, 7-0

• Appointed Nathan Mazur to the Mary H. Weir Public Library Board, 7-0

All items originally had been scheduled for consideration during council’s regular meeting Monday.

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

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