Stop Sign Removal Decision Tuesday

WHEELING – City Council will vote Tuesday whether to remove stop signs at three intersections on Richland Avenue, where motorists have to stop eight times in a stretch of slightly more than a mile.

North 19th Street resident Tom Dailer approached the Wheeling Traffic Commission in November, complaining that the number of stop signs on the street is excessive. He believes the signs were put in place many years ago to control speed – a purpose which commission members repeatedly have said is an inappropriate use of stop signs.

Following a study that measured traffic flow and the average speed of vehicles driving through the area, the commission ultimately voted to recommend removal of three of the signs, at North Fourth and North Sixth streets and Osage Lane.

That decision, which wasn’t unanimous, didn’t sit well with Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge, who said the signs are needed to protect children who walk through the neighborhood to and from school every day. During council’s last meeting two weeks ago, Delbrugge – who represents Warwood – said she had received more than 60 phone calls from constituents urging the stop signs be left in place.

Up for first reading is an ordinance to spend about $33,000 on a new steel rolling door for WesBanco Arena. If council approves the purchase March 4, it will be the first expense of proceeds from the city’s new 0.5-percent sales tax that went into effect Oct. 1.

The city received $278,000 from the tax through its first three months, well behind the amount officials projected it would bring. It should receive its next payment from the State Tax Department sometime in April.

In other business, council will vote on requests for handicapped parking spaces in front of 505 Wagner St., 223 Jefferson Ave. and 2227 Jacob St.

Council’s Finance Committee will meet at 5:15 p.m., prior to the full meeting.