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Mayor Harold Miller relaunching property care award in Weirton

WEIRTON – Mayor Harold Miller announced Monday he intends to relaunch a program aimed at recognizing city residents who take care of their properties.

Miller made the announcement during the regular City Council meeting, saying, after multiple years of inactivity, he plans to bring back the Mayor’s Award for Exceptional Property Care.

Miller said the program initially was inspired through his work as chairman of the city’s Building Enforcement Agency, which focuses on larger property violations and building demolitions.

“We see some of the worst on a regular basis,” Miller said. “This is the time to recognize the best.”

The mayor explained he wants to work with members of City Council to identify properties they feel should be recognized with the award.

A specific timeline for the relaunch of the program was not given.

Miller also issued proclamations in honor of West Virginia Day on June 20 and Flag Day on June 14.

City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo continued with his own “shout out” recognitions, presenting certificates of appreciation to city residents Tom Banketas, Dean Makricostas and Vince Gurrera for their service to the community.

Also Monday, Council approved the following:

• The second reading of Ordinance 2155, enacting a new Unified Development Ordinance;

• The second reading of Ordinance 2156, establishing new floodplain regulations;

• A resolution authorizing an application for credit rating from Moody’s Investor’s Service;

• A resolution for the contribution of $10,000 to the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center;

• A resolution to spend $25,000 for line striping on various streets;

• A resolution to place liens of $4,787.75 for the demolition of structures at 407 Engle St.;

• A resolution to renew a maintenance and support agreement with Mountaineer Computer Systems Inc. at $6,925;

• A resolution for a contract with Nortec for six Microsoft SQL Data Base Licenses at $17,760;

• The renewal of an annual support contract with Accufund Inc. at $8,999.25;

• A resolution rescinding a previously passed resolution and entering into a new contract to purchase a 2021 Ford Explorer for the Inspections Department at $28,166;

• The first reading of an ordinance for the sale of property adjacent to 157 Bennett Drive to Carol Hawthorne at $1,000;

• The re-appointment of Christina Johnson to the Human Rights Commission; Kenneth Wright to the Mary H. Weir Public Library Board; Ron Jones to the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation; Helen Jackson-Gillison to the Police Civil Service Commission; Robert Gribben to the Sanitary Board; Joseph Stankiewicz to the Fire Civil Service Commission; John Porco to the Municipal Service Fee Appeals Board and Joseph Gurrera to the Municipal Service Fee Appeals Board;

• An agreement with the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop to maintain floor mats at the Weirton Municipal Building, at a cost of $84.75 bi-weekly; and

• A resolution to approve and adopt the city’s Title VI Program.

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