Wheeling City Council Approves $10 Million in Sewer System Work

WHEELING — City Council finalized plans for improving Wheeling’s sewer systems and said farewell to Councilman Brian Wilson during its final meeting of the year Tuesday.

At the meeting, council approved an ordinance authorizing spending $10 million on improvements to sewer lines across Wheeling neighborhoods. The project also will improve wastewater treatment in the city and a pump lift station in Warwood, City Manager Robert Herron said.

Councilman Dave Palmer thanked city administration for moving forward with the project.

“It’s infrastructure that I feel we need to improve and have been working gradually towards it,” Palmer said. “It’s not an easy task moving forward but it is a task that needs to be completed.”

The project is the first phase of a $28 million sewer improvement plan approved by council in December of 2017.

The meeting was also Wilson’s last, as he announced earlier this month that he will resign from council at the end of the year because he accepted a historic preservation job in Louisiana. Members of council thanked Wilson for his service and presented him with a bag filled with gifts made in Wheeling.

“He’s been an invaluable member to this body,” Mayor Glenn Elliott said. “I couldn’t be more proud of him for what he accomplished.”

Council members also said they were fairly certain that Wilson was the youngest person to be elected to city council. Wilson, who represents Ward 3 of the city, was elected in May 2016 at the age of 26.

“He never hesitated to make tough decisions,” Vice Mayor Chad Thalman said. “I think Wheeling and Ward 3 will be losing a great resident and councilman.”

The city is accepting applications for Wilson’s spot through the end of the month.

Those interested can send a cover letter and resume to City Clerk Brenda Delbert at 1500 Chapline St., Wheeling, WV 26003.

Elliott said council plans to interview the top four to five candidates who apply and vote on Wilson’s successor at council’s second meeting in January.

Elliott also updated council on the city’s Food for Fine program, in which those given parking tickets can pay them by donating canned goods during the month of December. So far, 22 traffic citations have been settled through donations.

Through the program and other general donations, the city has received a total 313 cans that will go to local food pantries, Elliott said.

Council also recognized the service of three city employees who have each worked for the city for 50 years. Council members presented plaques to Judy Rice, Barb Janetski and Karen Grimes.

“They really are engines within their departments,” Herron said. “It’s been a pleasure to work with them as long as I have.”

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