Follansbee considering ATV rules

ATV CONCERNS — Concerns about young riders of all-terrain vehicles led Follansbee Council on Monday to consider whether an ordinance regulating them is needed. (Photo by Warren Scott)

FOLLANSBEE — Follansbee Council may adopt an ordinance regulating all-terrain vehicles after hearing concerns from residents about the safety of young riders of them.

On Monday Deputy Police Chief Dan Casto said while residents of the Parkview area have complained of ATVs dragging mud across roads,they seem most bothered that the riders will harm themselves.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Alexis Russell, who represents Parkview, said drivers have told her they nearly struck the vehicles as they crossed their paths.

Casto said he’s spoken to the youth and their parents about potential dangers to them and feels his warnings didn’t fall on deaf ears.

But he acknowledged many city governments prohibit ATVs on their streets unless they are being used for work, such as plowing snow or towing a trailer used in yard work.

State law prohibits ATVs from being driven on state roads with center lines, which include Archer Hill Road, Allegheny Street and Main Street in Follansbee.

Mayor David Velegol Jr. said council could draw from Weirton’s ATV ordinance in developing their own for the city.

Councilman at large John Casinelli said it would be wise to have a law addressing the vehicles in case they become a larger problem.

“It’s always good to have something with some bit in case things get out of control,” he said.

Council agreed to consider an ordinance when it meets again at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Follansbee Community House.

In other business:

¯ City Clerk David Kurcina noted the filing period for candidates in this year’s city election began Monday and will continue through Jan. 30.

The offices of mayor, police chief, city clerk, city attorney and the council at large seat determined by all voters and seats representing each of the city’s five wards will appear on ballots.

Candidates may file at the City Building from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday except on Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; and from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday during that period.

There is a $20 filing fee for each office.

¯ Velegol asked council to consider extending a contract with consultant Mike Zino, who was hired to study accounting and other procedures used by the city’s office staff and determine ways they may be streamlined.

The mayor said Zino has put in about $10,000 in hours that had been agreed upon when council hired him last year.

Russell said she would like to see the current contract before deciding.

Council discussed holding a special meeting to speak with Zino but no date was set.

¯ Velegol led council in observing a moment of silence for the late Paul “Bud” Billiard, long-time Brooke High School football coach and volunteer who died Jan. 5 at the age of 79. City officials also have remembered Billiard by raising banners of green and gold, the high school’s colors, along Main Street.

Casinelli said he was quite moved by the memorial service held for Billiard, which included a large number of his former players gathering on the football field at Brooke Memorial Stadium named for him.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com.)


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