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Council to Consider Nearly $2M In Upgrades

WHEELING — Wheeling City Council will consider awarding contracts for a number of infrastructure projects throughout the city during tonight’s regular council meeting, including a contract that will move forward some ongoing upgrades to the city’s wastewater system.

Among matters slated for a vote tonight is an ordinance authorizing the expenditure of nearly $2 million in funds earmarked for water pollution control as part of Phase III in the city’s ongoing wastewater system upgrade project. This phase includes several sewer lining installations in areas throughout the city, including sections of Market Street as well as areas of South Wheeling and sections near both the Greenwood Cemetery and WesBanco Arena.

In recent years, the city has been working on a long-term plan to correct issues with the city’s aging wastewater system. Plans focus on bringing the city into compliance with federal and state environmental regulations by addressing concerns about the city’s combined sanitary sewer and wastewater system. The city is taking steps to complete major upgrades to the municipal infrastructure that will separate stormwater from the city’s sanitary sewer system.

The city is addressing the long-term sewer and wastewater project in multiple phases, with Phase I and Phase II already completed.

The multimillion-dollar project is expected continue for years into the future with sewer separation work in other areas of the city, as well as other system upgrades.

Also on tonight’s agenda is legislation to spend money from the water distribution fund for smart water meters and system. A water valve replacement contract for South Wheeling is also being considered tonight, with bids from three area companies received, according to the agenda.

Council also is expected to vote on an ordinance to change the zoning district classification for property at 17th and Wood streets from I-2 General Industry to C-2 General Commercial, as requested by the landowner. The city will also consider legislation amending the city’s code regarding street vendors, prohibiting street vending of similar items within a 100-foot radius of an established business that sells those items.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. today in council chambers at the City-County Building on Chapline Street.

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