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Council moves forward with development issues

WEIRTON — Weirton Council, during its meeting Monday, approved several items connected with development projects within the city.

Council gave its approval to the second reading of Ordinance 2164, entering the city into a contract with James White Construction for the infrastructure of the Park Drive Development.

The infrastructure contract comes at a cost of $2,653,656, which will come from the city’s Tax Increment Finance funds.

Council voted 6-0 in favor of the ordinance, with Ward 6 Councilman Enzo Fracasso recusing himself and leaving the room during the vote. Fracasso previously cited a personal connection with James White Construction.

Council also passed, by a 7-0 vote, a pair of resolutions dealing with funding to help with the construction of an industrial access road into the Frontier Crossing development.

One resolution authorized the acceptance of funds from the 2021 fiscal West Virginia Industrial Access Road Program, through the state Department of Transportation, with the other authorizing the application for funds for the 2022 fiscal year.

Under questioning by council, Kaleb Knowlton, programs director for the city’s Planning and Development Department, explained the city is working with the Frontier Group of Companies in applying for the 2022 funds, and are waiting for a traffic study in order to submit the application.

Knowlton noted the city has until the end of the fiscal year to submit its application, but warned available funds will dwindle as time passes.

Other business approved by council Monday included:

The second reading of Ordinance 2165, placing a stop sign at the intersection of Terminal Way and Freedom Drive, 7-0

An ordinance rescinding a dedicated residential disability parking space at 216 Elmer Ave., 7-0

An ordinance establishing a dedicated residential disability parking space at 102 Phillips St., 7-0

An ordinance outlining parking permit requirements and rescinding all previous parking permit regulations, 7-0

An ordinance placing a stop sign on the alley behind the 2700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue at the intersection of the alley and Powers Road, 6-0, with Councilman Mike Adams recusing himself

An ordinance to reduce the speed limit on Powers Road to 15 miles per hour, 6-0 with Adams recusing himself

An ordinance enacting and adopting a supplement to the city’s Code of Ordinances, 7-0. Council explained this ordinance sends updated information on city regulations to be posted on the city website.

An ordinance modifying Ordinance 1313 establishing new minimum and maximum salary levels for certain non-union municipal general fund employees, 6-0 with Adams recusing himself

A resolution authorizing a contract with Nautilus Insurance Co. for pollution liability insurance on underground storage tanks, 7-0

A resolution for GASB 34 accounting services with Kozicki, Hughes and Tickerhoof, at $30,000, 7-0

A resolution authorizing a one-time allotment of $17,000 to the Weirton Park Board to assist with employee pay, 7-0

A resolution to purchase a 2022 Ford F550 4×4 regular cab truck with dump body and plow/spreader package for the Street Department at $97,957, 7-0

A resolution to purchase a 2023 International chassis with a Loadmaster 25 yard packer for the Sanitation Department, at $181,495.02, 7-0

A resolution for an agreement with Valley Tree Service to remove two trees located between 3724 Marlamont Way and 3725 Marland Heights Road, at $975, 7-0

Established Weirton’s trick-or-treat hours to be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 30.

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

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