Weirton City Council adopts updated building codes

WEIRTON — City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance, during a special meeting Tuesday, which would ensure the city stays up to date on national building code regulations.

Council was presented with an ordinance updating and amending the city’s building code to add the ANSI/ASHRA/IESNA Standard 90.1 2010 edition for commercial buildings.

Ward 6 Councilman Enzo Fracasso, however, said council had yet to actually see a copy of the updated regulations.

“When are we getting them?” Fracasso asked.

Mark Miller, the city’s planning and development director, explained the city is required to adhere to any changes in the regulations, and the ordinance was simply a way of showing it was in compliance.

“When they make amendments to the building codes, we follow suit,” Miller said. “We have to adopt these in order to stay current with our building code.”

Miller said he could get copies for council prior to the ordinance’s second reading.

“It really bothers me to vote on it and not have it,” Fracasso said. “I want to know a little bit about it.”

The ordinance was passed on a 4-1 vote, with Ward 4 Councilman George Ash voting “no.”

Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh said he would not be voting on the ordinance until he had an opportunity to read the regulations. Ward 5 Councilman Douglas Jackson was not in attendance.

In other business, council voted 6-0 on a resolution adopting the city’s official levy rates for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Interim City Manager Diana Smoljanovich said the rates had not changed from previous years, and were set at $0.125 per $100 of assessed value for Class I property; $0.25 per $100 on Class II property; and $0.50 per $100 on Class IV property.

Council also voted 6-0 on the second reading of an ordinance amending the city’s salary ordinance, setting new levels for several positions.