Wellsburg Council OKs street paving projects

WELLSBURG – City Council on Tuesday approved several streets for paving and heard of planned changes by a private garbage hauler serving the city.

Council accepted a $97,380 bid from Carl Kelly Paving of Parkersburg for the pavement of the following streets: Second Street to Yankee Street; parts of Duvall Heights; Pleasant Avenue from 1457 Pleasant Ave. to Sycamore Street; Highland Avenue; 22nd Street; Charles Street from 18th Street to 19th Street and Pleasant Avenue from 27th Street to the rear of Shiloh Apartments.

Carl Kelly submitted the lesser of two bids, with the other submitted by Lash Paving of Martins Ferry.

In related business, City Manager Mark Henne said Pleasant Avenue won’t be paved until he can secure estimates for the cost to install about five catch basins to collect runoff from the street. He said the basins will help to reduce damage to the street caused by the water.

Second Ward Councilman Paul T. Billiard said attention should be given to sinking storm drains on side streets in the area that present a hazard to vehicles.

Henne said there are plans to address those drains, too.

In related business, council agreed to allow resident Will Yost of 26th Street to pave a section of alley by his home.

Fourth Ward Councilman Charlie Harris suggested paving alleys should be the city’s responsibility, but 3rd Ward Councilman Randy Fletcher said council has authorized other residents to pave alleyways near them and the city can’t afford to set a precedent by paving one at this time.

City Police Chief Stanley Kins and Dena Verner, a city clerk, said they are among residents who would like to have their alleys paved.

Despite his concerns, Harris joined other council members in OK’ing the paving.

Council also agreed to abandon a section of alley between 166 Locust Ave. and 1456 Pleasant Ave. at the request of residents there.

In other business, council received notice from Republic Services of Wheeling, the private garbage hauler serving the city, asking that residents place their garbage on main streets instead of in alleys, beginning Sept. 1.

The notice cited problems with the alleys being blocked by other vehicles, preventing garbage haulers from reaching some homes and lack of space between buildings, making it difficult for staff to safely get out of the trucks.

But the city property committee has noted some residents, because of their location, have no choice but to put their garbage out in an alley.

City Attorney Bill Cipriani noted the garbage hauler has applied for a 25 percent rate increase through the West Virginia Public Service Commission. It wasn’t clear if the increase will affect an ongoing contract between the city and the hauler.

City Manager Mark Henne said he will attempt to arrange a meeting with Republic officials to discuss issues.

Also on Tuesday, council:

Authorized crews involved in an environmental assessment of the Brooke Glass site to enter the property from the adjacent Yankee Trail. Henne said crews plan to bore holes into the ground to collect samples to determine if there’s environmental contamination.

The Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle and Northern West Virginia Brownfield Assistance Center have secured a $777,000 federal grant for the assessment. Plans call for the former glass factory site to undergo remediation and the building razed to allow future development there.

Approved the $11,845 purchase from Lyle’s Auto of Follansbee of a 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor to replace the police vehicle used by the city police department’s K9 unit and the $4,028 purchase from Wayne Door Sales of Wintersville and installation of a garage door for the fire station.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com.)