Wheeling City Council talks roads, raises, and retirement

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During the Wheeling City Council meeting Tuesday, council discussed a whole host of things.

One of the main topics that is on everyone’s mind is the condition of the roads, “The city Operation Department knows that they have an unlimited budget when it comes to overtime and salt and materials to make sure these roads are taken care of, so we do anticipate moving forward that the roads will be taken care of and better than they were taken care of this current snowfall,” said Vice Mayor, Chad Thalman.

Wheeling City Council also invited a representative from Sustainable Strategies D.C. to come in to discuss possible grant opportunities that the city might be missing out on. Council will determine later on if they will move forward with hiring the firm, “Ultimately what we want to do is to get some federal money and some state money here in Wheeling. That would take the burden off of the local taxpayers here in Wheeling to fund everything that needs to to be done,” Thalman said.

Council also recognizes a need to explore better ways to use Heritage Port to not only bring people in for events, but to get them to explore Downtown Wheeling,  “It’s been a great resource, but I feel like we’re only getting 70 to 80 percent we could out of it, or less. We’ve talked about maybe taking it to the next level, making Wheeling a premier waterfront city in the state of West Virginia,” said Mayor Glenn Elliott.

Elected official within the city hasn’t seen an increase in pay since 1992, so that will also be something that comes before council, but it may not affect them while they’re in office, “Council felt very strongly that we shouldn’t be deciding this issue, it should go to the voters and so the way the system works, we can’t just punt it to the voters, we have to vote on it, someone has to object to it, then once that objection happens it’ll be on the spring ballot of this year, 2018,” Mayor Elliott said.

Council also made a proclamation in honor of City Clerk Janice Jones. Tuesday was the last council meeting Jones will attend in her position.

She has served as the City Clerk for nearly 24-years and she will retire in 9 days.

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