Council Members To Be Updated on 2010-11 Budget

Wheeling City Council will kick off the week today with a Finance Committee meeting at 4 p.m. in the city manager’s office to learn where the city stands for Fiscal 2010-11, which began July 1.

Council members are expected to hear reports on proposed capital projects and programs and the financing that will be needed to implement them. In addition, during the finance committee meeting – which the entire seven-member City Council routinely attends – discussion is expected on cost of living adjustments for retirees.

Then on Tuesday, during the regular City Council meeting slated for 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, council members will be asked to support a resolution asking the U.S. Senate to leave collective bargaining issues for police and fire departments in the hands of local municipalities. The city of Wheeling does not recognize collective bargaining by its employees.

According to the resolution, there is a measure before the U.S. Senate that calls for amending the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2009, which would guarantee collective bargaining rights for every state and local police unit, firefighter unit, emergency medical technician unit and corrections officer unit and other first responders. The measure, House Resolution 4899, already has passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

The city’s resolution states, “The City of Wheeling resolves and calls upon the U.S. Senate to find and determine that the issue of collective bargaining is a truly local issue that should be left to the wise determination of the local units of government most effected by the same.”

In other business Tuesday, council will be asked to approve the purchase of five new police vehicles, various chemicals for the Water Pollution Control Department, payment for sidewalk installation on Market Street at a cost of $59,460 to Savage Construction of Wheeling and a contract, also held by Savage, to install a new bridge at Wells Street in Greggsville at a cost of $146,969.

A measure that calls for the city to hold a bus levy election in November for the Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority will be up for a vote, as well as a number of traffic rules. Another ordinance that establishes an agreement between the city and the Ohio County Board of Education for the schools to utilize Garden Park Recreation Complex also is set for a vote.

Anyone wishing to speak at the council meeting must sign up at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Both the finance and council meetings are open to the public. No cell phones or ballcaps are permitted at the council meeting.