More than 50 Weirton residents and local business owners turned out to the town hall meeting on Saturday at Weir Mary H. Public Library to have their voices heard.
For the past week, West Virginia representatives like Ryan Ferns, have been going county to county to hear from the public. Legislative representatives will head to Charleston on Wednesday for a 60 day forum to address current issues and work on creating solutions.
“That 60 day period is when we pass the bulk of our legislation for the year,” WV State Senator Ryan Ferns explains. “Any additions or subtractions of laws, bills, and legislation will occur for the most part during the 60 day session.”
“I’m hoping that the legislator will look at the funding for the local libraries and in the state, because there is no funding for our libraries, resident Molly Mossor said. “We depend on gifts, local levies, the voters, our city government and grants.”
“I hope they send a very clear message that we are a very powerful state there is a lot of people here who have a lot of talent that needs to be utilized,” resident and business owner Doug Jackson explained.
Many business owners took to the floor with multiple issues that are affecting their business, such as the Clean Air Act, that is set to go in effect July 1, 2015.
“We are hopeful that the state can work with us in terms of some kind of compromise so that we can ease into this process instead of being forced into it all at once,” said Chris Kern, General Manager of Mountaineer Casino Racetrack.
After the fourth meeting, what exactly do they plan to discuss in Charleston?
“Roads, obviously our roads are in deplorable condition, are road fund is under funded as many people know, so we have to find better ways of balancing our budget to afford, Ferns said. “Improving the business climate and the number one priority is jobs.”
Ferns added other hot topics of concern are the growing drug problem and education reform.
If you would like to stay updated on what’s happening over the next 60 days you can follow Ferns on social media.
A follow up meeting will take place sometime after the forum to discuss what happened with the public.