Wheeling Councilman Brian Wilson Will Resign Ahead of Move South

Wheeling Councilman Brian Wilson looks on as Councilwoman Wendy Scatterday speaks during a past city council meeting. Wilson announced his resignation on Tuesday. File Photo

WHEELING — City council soon will have a vacancy as Councilman Brian Wilson announced he will resign at the end of the month to start a new job in Louisiana.

Wilson, councilman for the city’s 3rd Ward, accepted a site director position at a historic house museum in Louisiana and will start next year, he said during Tuesday’s council meeting. He has served on council since July 2016.

“Leaving my hometown and the life we have built here will be painful and this decision has been bittersweet, to put it mildly,” Wilson said.

“Serving on this city council has been the absolute greatest honor of my life.”

Council will work to fill Wilson’s spot and plans to make a decision by the first or second week of January, Mayor Glenn Elliott said. Those who live in the 3rd Ward and are interested in applying can send a resume and cover letter to City Clerk Brenda Delbert. Wilson’s term ends June 30, 2020.

Wilson and his wife will serve as site directors at the Louisiana museum, he said, where they can use their experience in historic preservation. He has worked as a preservation contractor in Wheeling and is a member of the city’s Historic Landmark Commission.

“For someone who is a historic preservationist, it’s really a once-in-a-lifetime position,” Elliott said. “You’ve been a great asset to this council. A great representation for the 3rd Ward.”

Also at the meeting Tuesday, council members approved the “Food For Fines” program for the month of December. The city program, first enacted during last year’s holiday season, allows people to pay for parking tickets by donating canned goods.

Those who wish to pay parking tickets through the program can bring five canned goods to the city’s finance department throughout the whole month, Elliot said. The cans will then be distributed to area food pantries.

Council also held over an ordinance on funding projects to improve the city’s sewer system in order to hold a public hearing. Herron said the first phase of the sewer projects will start in spring next year.

The projects are the result of a 17 percent increase on the city’s sewer rates that the council approved in December 2017, which have generated $28 million for evaluating and replacing sewer lines in Wheeling.