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Industrial Access Road funds discussed by Weirton Finance Committee

By September 13, 2021 No Comments

WEIRTON — Two resolutions focusing on funds for the development of roadways providing improved access to industrial property in the city’s north end are heading to Weirton Council following Wednesday’s meeting of the city’s Finance Committee.

The Finance Committee recommended a pair of resolutions, one authorizing an application to the West Virginia Department of Transportation for 2022 fiscal year Industrial Access Road Program funds in the amount of $721,067, and the other to accept $400,000 as part of the 2021 fiscal year Industrial Access Road Program.

The resolutions will be voted on by council during its meeting Monday.

Kaleb Knowlton, program manager of the city’s Planning and Development Department, explained applying for the 2022 program year would have no cost to the city.

“Frontier is handling the matching portion of that,” he said, referring to the Frontier Group of Companies, which is in the process of clearing and preparing approximately 1,100 acres of former steel-making property in Weirton for future development. The Industrial Access Road Program funding is planned for use in constructing new public road access to much of the property, which would include the sites of the former Weirton Steel Basic Oxygen Plant and Brown’s Island.

Other items recommended by the committee, and set to be presented to council Monday are:

* A resolution for GASB 34 accounting services with Kozicki, Hughes and Tickerhoof PLLC for $30,000

* A resolution authorizing a one-time payment of $17,000 to the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation to assist with salary increases

* A resolution to purchase a 2023 International Chassis with a Loadmaster 25-yard packer for the Sanitation Department at $181,495.02. Public Works Director Rod Rosnick stated the vehicle would not be delivered until early 2023.

* A resolution to purchase a 2022 Ford F550 4×4 Regular Cab Truck with Dump Body and Plow/Spreader package for the Street Department at $97,957. Rosnick said it wouldn’t be delivered until fall of 2022.

* A resolution authorizing a contract with Nautilus Insurance Co., at $2,915.90, for tank advantage pollution liability coverage. It was noted the insurance is required by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

* A resolution for an agreement with Valley Tree Services, at a cost of $975, for the removal of two trees located on a city right of way between 3724 Marlamont Way and 3725 Marland Heights Road.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)