Weirton signs off on lease purchase

WEIRTON – City Council signed off on the lease-purchase of vehicles for the public works department Monday and changed its road salt supplier.

Acting on recommendations from the finance committee, council agreed to purchase a 2014 Hino dump truck for a little more than $114,000. The truck was manufactured in West Virginia. The department will save several thousand dollars by reusing the spreader the city already has rather than buying a new one.

Council also is buying a 2014 Ford Explorer Interceptor for about $29,000. It will replace a vehicle in service more than a decade.

Both vehicles came in under budget, department officials had said previously.

Also approved was a contract with Morton International for road de-icing salt. Morton, based in Western Pennsylvania, bid $48.54 per ton, slightly more than $9 a ton less than the city paid last year.

Council also chose Mayor George Kondik as signatory for Weirton’s ongoing sewage project.

A 90-minute executive session to discuss union negotiations and potential litigation followed the public meeting.