Congressman David McKinley is in the Ohio Valley for a full week of meetings, including one held on Monday with residents of Wheeling Island in which issues including silt buildup on the back channel of the Ohio River were discussed.
Attendees at Monday's meeting included Colonel Bernard Lindstrom, Commander of the Pittsburgh District of the Army Corps of Engineers, Chief Shawn Schwertfeger of the Wheeling Police Department, and Chief Larry Helms of the Wheeling Fire Department, among others.
“Listening to the concerns of local leaders is a key part of this job,” said Rep. McKinley. “We've been working on the problem with silt buildup in the Wheeling Island back channel for over two years. Bringing top officials with the Army Corps to the Island to see the problem firsthand was an important step.”
“This problem affects residents on both sides of the Ohio River and has impacts on flooding, the safety of boaters, and local first responders,” added McKinley. “After our meeting I am confident the Army Corps understands the importance of this issue. We look forward to working together with the Army Corps and local officials on both sides of the river to help address this problem."
The Wheeling Island meeting was just the first in a series of meetings McKinley will hold across the district this week. On Tuesday, McKinley was in Marshall County to discuss a variety of issues, including domestic violence and drug abuse, before speaking at the Cameron Rotary meeting.