Weirton revises its budget

WEIRTON — City Council on Monday approved resolutions to revise the general fund and coal severance budgets for the current fiscal year.

City Manager Travis Blosser, last week, noted the general fund revision partially was put forward to accommodate expected changes in revenue from the city’s sales tax and police and fire service fee. It includes an increase of $270,000 in the sales tax, which is now in its second year. Officials also are projecting a decrease in revenue in the police and fire fee as a result of the purchase and demolition of former mill property purchased this year by the Frontier Group of Cos.

No comments on the revisions were offered by members of council on Monday, with both budget resolutions approved with a 6-0 vote. Ward 6 Councilman Enzo Fracasso was not in attendance.

Council also approved a resolution for the purchase of air lifting bags for the Weirton Fire Department at a cost of $3,932. The lifting bags are used in rescue operations.

During the citizens’ comments portion of the meeting, council heard from Robert Pendergrast, a resident of the Weir Avenue area, who expressed frustration with two stop signs that were improved for installation in November at the intersection of Weir Avenue and South 11th Street. The ordinance for the stop signs had been approved by an emergency reading, with council noting the closure of a portion of Pennsylvania Avenue as a result of a landslide.

Pendergrast said he had been under the impression the stop signs would be temporary and informed council he was gathering signatures for a petition to have them removed.

“It’s a problem we don’t need,” he said. “We’re not fixing a problem. We’re creating a problem.”

Mayor Harold Miller asked Pendergrast to turn the petition in to the city clerk’s office, but said he and other city officials have visited with churches and other groups on Weir Avenue and not heard any other comments from citizens about the issue.

In other business:

¯ Miller presented proclamations naming Sept. 24 as National Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day; naming the month of September as Literacy Month; and naming Sept. 15 as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

¯ Miller announced trick-or-treat hours in Weirton are set from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

¯ Council held a 30-minute executive session to discuss litigation concerning the police and fire services.