Weirton charter changes pass with flying colors

THE VOTES ARE IN — Weirton Ward 4 Councilman George Ash checks in ballot workers Tuesday at the Weirton Municipal Building as results come in for the city’s municipal general election. Weirton, Follansbee, Wellsburg and Bethany all had elections Tuesday. -- Craig Howell

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.