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Renovations of Weirton Municipal Building discussed

RENOVATIONS POSSIBLE — Weirton City Council may be seeking proposals for renovations to the Weirton Municipal Building, following a recommendation Wednesday from the city’s Finance Committee. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — The City of Weirton may soon be seeking proposals for renovations to the Weirton Municipal Building.

As part of Wednesday’s meeting of the city Finance Committee, a resolution was recommended to authorize a request for proposals for “the assessment and study of the City of Weirton’s Municipal Buildings’ need for repairs or improvements.”

The resolution will be taken up by the full city council during its meeting at 7 p.m., Monday.

City Manager Mike Adams and members of the Finance Committee noted some work has been performed in recent years, including updates to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, but, despite periodic discussions by city officials, a top-down renovation project has not been moved on.

Finance Director Diana Smoljanovich explained there is approximately $4 million set aside for improvements to the building, noting, though, some of those funds previously had been earmarked by council for an expansion project for use by the Weirton Police Department.

Adams explained he requested copies of previous studies for such a project and the most recent found in the city’s files was generated in early 2018 by the Larson Design Group of Williamsport, Pa.

“They probably studied it sometime in 17,” Adams said.

Ward 7 Councilman Terry Weigel said he was under the impression the previous city manager may have spoken with a company about performing an assessment.

“I’m not sure what all detail they went into,” Weigel said.

Adams and Smoljanovich said they would review records to see if there were any expenditures matching such a study in the last two years.

Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh asked for the resolution to include a clause indicating the need for a priority list of any recommendations coming from the study, so council has guidance on what renovations should be addressed first.

“I don’t want to be up here with a list arguing about what we’re going to do,” Marsh said.

The Finance Committee also recommended repairs to the Weirton Fire Department’s Ladder 2, in an amount not to exceed $7,625.67.

Fire Chief Kevin Himmelrick explained the truck had been at a fire within the tin mill of Cleveland-Cliffs in Weirton, and received another call.

“In trying to get out, they caught the tip of the ladder on the building,” Himmelrick said.

Other recommendations are for financial support of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle at $33,680; a resolution for the demolition of a structure at 3905 Adams St. at $10,700, and an asbestos abatement at the same property for $6,432.

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