Council to Consider Police Chief’s Restructuring Plan

There could be a few more chiefs in the city police department if Wheeling City Council approves a measure amending the structure of the department as requested by Police Chief Robert Matheny.

Council is slated to vote on the proposal during its regular 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting in Council Chambers, second floor of the City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St. The ordinance calls for increasing the number of sergeants from 12 to 20 while promoting two lieutenants to the position of deputy chief. It also would mean a reduction of two lieutenants and 10 police officer II positions in the city police department.

Matheny said the changes would allow him to better utilize his staff. He said the majority of his officers, including those in the Fraternal Order of Police, favor the restructuring. The changes would cost the city about $40,000 more per year, according to City Manager Robert Herron.

Also Tuesday, council will be asked to approve five requests from various residents for handicapped parking spaces at homes or businesses. Another vote is expected on an ordinance to designate the intersection of Armory Drive and Mount de Chantal Road in Clator as a stop intersection for traffic moving north on Armory Drive.

Council members also will hear requests from two individuals seeking private club licenses. Richard L. Chapline Sr. is seeking a license to operate GG’s at 1429 Market St. while Ronald L. Nixon St. wants to operate Ron’s Club I at 3420 Jacob St.

Among the measures slated for first reading Tuesday is an ordinance amending the Stormwater Management and Surface Water Discharge Control regulations. The ordinance was held over from the May 4 meeting after Councilman James Tiu requested that fines for multiple violations of the rules be increased from $1,000 to $5,000. He suggestion was approved by council and the final vote on the ordinance will occur at the June 1 meeting.

Council also will be asked to support a resolution authorizing the city manager to move forward on planning, design and/or construction of the Wastewater Phase II project that includes engineering plans for connector line modifications and interceptor cleaning. It also would entail engineering plans for the sewer separation projects in Clator, Bedillion Lane, the area of Fifth and Main streets, W.Va. 2 near 41st Street, Stamm Lane and Alice Avenue are also included.

“Basically we are looking to eliminate 21 combined sewer overflows and make some improvements at the sewer plant,” said Public Works Director Russell Jebbia.