Council Votes Tuesday on 911 Center

WHEELING – The proposed transfer of control over the Wheeling-Ohio County 911 Communications Center to county commissioners tops City Council’s agenda for a 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting.

Council will take a final vote on the ordinance at the meeting, to be held on the first floor of the City-County Building. Relinquishing control of the 911 center is a move city officials expect will save them about $180,000 a year – roughly the difference between the amount Wheeling taxpayers spent to operate the center and the amount of 911 fees provided by the Ohio County Commission to reimburse city coffers.

County officials – who will have to pass similar legislation to effectuate the transfer – have yet to act on their end, however.

Commissioners say there are a few details that need to be worked out before they’ll agree to take control of the center, but have been mum on just what those remaining issues are. County Administrator Greg Stewart is optimistic a deal can be reached in time to meet a Jan. 1 target date for the transfer, however.

City Manager Robert Herron has not responded to a request for comment on the negotiations.

In other business, council will vote on whether to provide $40,000 for the Wheeling Symphony’s annual Independence Day concert and fireworks show; spending $19,424 on equipment for the water treatment plant; establishing a handicapped parking space in front of 1 Hawk Court; and prohibiting parking on the north side of Springdale Avenue near its intersection with Louisa Avenue.

Council’s Finance Committee also is set to meet prior to the regular council meeting, at 5:15 p.m.