Weirton charter changes pass with flying colors
WEIRTON — As part of the city’s general election Tuesday, voters approved 11 proposed changes to the city’s charter.
Unofficial results show the tallies on the charter changes were:
¯ Issue 1 — Amending position of treasurer and auditor to city financial director: 1,095 in favor; 476 against.
¯ Issue 2 — Eliminating position of city physician: 1,258 in favor; 421 against.
¯ Issue 3 — Eliminating position of recreation director: 1,034 in favor; 629 against.
¯ Issue 4 — Amending the rules for removing appointed officers: 930 in favor; 753 against.
¯ Issue 5 — Eliminating a five-year residency requirement for mayor and council: 928 in favor; 735 against.
¯ Issue 6 — Eliminating a requirement to have paid at least $500 worth of real or personal property taxes prior to running for office: 975 in favor; 695 against.
¯ Issue 7 — Prohibiting city elected officers from serving in elected or appointed offices at the city, county or state level: 1,040 in favor; 619 against.
¯ Issue 8 — Changing requirements of removing official for missing council meetings: 1,336 in favor; 336 against.
¯ Issue 9 — Amending procedures for contract approvals by the city manager: 1,232 in favor; 424 against.
¯ Issue 10 — Stipulating work hours for the city clerk: 1,083 in favor; 590 against.
¯ Issue 11 — Relating to the conduct of municipal elections: 1,016 in favor; 650 against.
The charter changes first were discussed publicly during a work session held on Feb. 20, with ordinances going before council for their first readings during a March 11 meeting.
A public hearing was held March 20, at which time objections from residents were filed against three of the proposals.
During a special council meeting March 25, a resident submitted opposition to all of the changes, with city officials declaring they would all then be placed on the ballot.