Wheeling Leaders Adopt New Municipal Flag

The city of Wheeling has a new official flag approved by city council Tuesday.

Mayor Glenn Elliott thanked the Wheeling 250 Committee for its efforts in creating the new banner. A prior flag for the city of Wheeling — adopted in 1968 — hangs in the back of council chambers, but largely has gone unnoticed.

Elliott believes the new flag will stand the test of time.

“Based on the comments I’ve received, people were shocked that we even had a city flag,” he said. “I think the reason why that flag has existed so long, but hasn’t been embraced, is you have to think about flag design. I think this new flag has an opportunity to be embraced in light of the Wheeling 250 events as Wheeling celebrates its 250th birthday.

“It’s impossible to design a flag that makes everyone happy. Flags that stand the test of time … are those that stick to symbols, and don’t contain text on them.”

The ordinance unanimously passed by council describes the flag as having two horizontal blue stripes at its top and bottom representing the Ohio River and Wheeling Creek. An additional white stripe in the center creates three stripes, representing the three major modes of transportation that contributed to Wheeling’s development — “river, road and rail.”

Five gold stars in the white stripe represent major eras in Wheeling’s past. The “indigenous star” symbolizes Wheeling’s first inhabitants; “the frontier star,” the first settlement by Ebenezer Zane and his brothers in 1769; the “transportation star,” the Ohio River, National Road and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad; the “statehood star,” Wheeling as West Virginia’s first capital; and the “industrial star,” Wheeling’s role as a manufacturing and industrial center.

In other business, council heard first reading of an ordinance calling for the expenditure of $94,000 with Service Supply LTD of Reynoldsburg, Ohio for playground equipment at the Overbrook, Owl Court and Greggsville playgrounds.

Another ordinance would authorize the expenditure of $40,000, representing Wheeling share of the costs of the Independence Day fireworks celebration. The city of Wheeling and the Wheeling Symphony partner on the costs for the event.

Other ordinances receiving first readings would authorize the purchase of a police SWAT truck at $118,634 from Bob Robinson Chevrolet of Triadelphia for the police department; a Silverado truck at $37,782 from Whiteside’s Chevrolet of St. Clairsville for the water department; and two Toyota Tacoma trucks at $94,000 from Jim Robinson Toyota of Triadelphia, also for the water department.

And council unanimously passed resolutions identifying 470 Stone Boulevard (The Windmill) and 1913 Warwood Ave. as re-development sites.

Vice Mayor Chad Thalman, and council members Brian Wilson, Wendy Scatterday, Ty Thorngate and David Palmer were present for the meeting, while Councilman Ken Imer did not attend.

Council next meets at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St.

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