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Weirton council finalizes ‘brunch bill’ ordinance

WEIRTON — City council Monday finalized the implementation of its “brunch bill” legislation.

Voting unanimously, council passed the second reading of Ordinance 2116, implementing the sale of alcoholic beverages “by certain Alcohol Beverage Control Administration Class A license holders” beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays in the city.

Council passed its first brunch bill ordinance almost a year ago, sending the proposal to the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board in February 2019 for consideration. It was approved by the state board later in the year.

According to City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo, the legislation technically was already in effect as a result of action taken by the West Virginia Legislature to pass a statewide brunch bill — Senate Bill 561 — which was signed into law by Gov. Jim Justice in June, but council wanted to make certain all legal aspects of the city’s ordinance were followed.

“We just cleaned it up,” DiBartolomeo said.

In other business, council approved:

¯ A resolution to purchase 25 Cairns 1044 fire helmets from Witmer Public Safety Group, at a cost of $8,482;

¯ A resolution to place a lien of $8,948.75 on property at 316 Ohio St. for demolition costs;

¯ A resolution to place a lien of $12,237.75 on property at 3623 West St. Extension for demolition costs;

¯ A resolution to authorize revisions to the 2019-2020 fiscal year general fund budget.

Council also approved the appointments of Amanda Alexander and Bill Frohanapfel to the Zoning Board of Appeals, and Robert Hinchee tot he Fire Civil Service Commission.

Mayor Harold Miller also announced Kevin Himmelrick will be serving as interim fire chief for the Weirton Fire Department until a new chief is selected. The need comes following the recent retirement of Jerry Shumate.

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