Weirton Firefighters Say Grant Voted Down Would’ve Cut Response Time

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The Weirton Fire Department wanted to make residents aware of a grant that they say council voted down that could have  kept residents in the city safer.

A $120,000 grant that would have paid for a floating boathouse and dock system.

International Association of Firefighters Local 948 President Jim Brueck spoke at the council meeting Monday night to voice his displeasure and to let residents know about free money turned down.

Brueck said the money would have cut down response time.

“On the eve of the election that’s what your local politicians are doing especially when it interferes with public safety,  political agenda, nobody ever wins with that,” said Brueck.

During the meeting, Councilman Fred Marsh said he didn’t vote in favor of the grant during a special meeting because he never received a copy of the resolution prior to the meeting and he didn’t think the property where the dock would go belonged to the city.

“How could you put a piece of property on a grant application that you don’t know if you own? That would be like me telling you here you can have that car but it isn’t mine,” said Marsh.

Weirton residents will vote for Mayor Tuesday.

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