Wheeling City Council Pictures A Mural to Welcome Visitors

Photos by Joselyn King Wheeling City Council members Ken Imer, left, Brian Wilson and Wendy Scatterday exchange thoughts prior to Tuesday’s meeting.

WHEELING — A mural to greet visitors entering Wheeling from Interstate 70 is in the works.

Wheeling City Council heard the first of two readings Tuesday night of an ordinance authorizing the creation of a mural in Kossuth Park. The park is situated at the base of the I-70 eastbound exit ramp onto Main Street.

Walters Construction of Wheeling submitted the low bid to build the base for the mural at $26,330.

Wheeling Heritage is partnering with the city on the project, and will secure the artists to do the artwork, according to Jesse Mestrovic, director of parks and strategic planning.

“This is a labor of love we have been working on for over a year with Wheeling Heritage to identify various downtown gateways into our city, and to enhance these and make them more attractive — more beautiful,” he said.

“Our gateways are the first impressions when people come to the city,” Mestrovic said. “Those things are very important. We want to make them more attractive to our visitors, and to our residents, and instill some pride with that, as well.”

Council heard two readings and unanimously passed a resolution reinforcing the standards considered by city leaders when considering bids for city projects.

Under the standards, the city will look at such factors as whether the bidder’s workforce is drawn from local residents, and the experience and continuity of the bidder’s workforce and staff.

Other factors to be considered will be proof of the the bidder’s participation in a bona fide apprenticeship and/or training program, and the length of time for that participation.

Bidders also will have to show compliance with workers’ compensation laws, unemployment compensation laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Also unanimously passed by council were traffic-related ordinances approving the vacating and abandoning of a portion of McColloch Street; a handicapped parking zone at 42 Biltmore Ave.; a three-way stop sign at Betty Street and McClurg Avenue; a no parking zone on Jayson Street and Glen Hollin Road; and unrestricted parking on Eighth Street.

Council passed an ordinance authorizing the expenditure of $40,000 to pay for the city’s share of the fireworks display on Independence Day. The cost of the fireworks is shared with the Wheeling Symphony.

The city also will spend $118,634 with Bob Robinson Chevrolet of Triadelphia for a 2018 Police SWAT truck; $37,782 with Whiteside’s of St. Clairsville for a 2019 Chevy Silverado for the water department; and $62,786 with Jim Robinson Toyota of Triadelphia for two 2018 Toyota Tacoma trucks for the water department.

Lastly, council approved the expenditure of $94,000 with Service Supply Ltd. (Playcraft System) of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, for new playground equipment at the Overbrook, Owl Court and Greggsville playgrounds.

All members of council and Mayor Glenn Elliott were present for Tuesday’s meeting, while City Manager Robert Herron was absent.

Wheeling City Council next meets at noon Oct. 2 in council chambers at the City-County Building, 1500 Main St.

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