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Wheeling City Council Looking to Spend Nearly $10 Million on Projects Next Week

WHEELING — Members of Wheeling City Council are expected to pull the trigger on a total of nearly $10 million worth of projects and purchases next week, including final approval for the next phase of major wastewater improvements.

Although several vehicle purchases and other project contracts are slated for a second reading next Tuesday night in city council chambers, the big ticket item will be the contract for Phase III-G wastewater collection and treatment system improvements.

Council will vote on an ordinance authorizing City Manager Robert Herron to spend $8,995,000 with Triton Construction Inc. of St. Albans for the work, which will include improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant and lift stations throughout the city. The project will be charged to the city’s sewer bond project fund.

Triton Construction Inc. was the sole bidder for this project, city leaders noted.

“This project involves various repairs and upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant, as well as repairs and upgrades at the Warwood lift station, the Mar-Win lift station and the old Mozart lift station,” Herron said. “It’s very important to make sure the lift stations remain in good operating order. Unlike other recent projects, this isn’t focusing on sewer line replacements. It’s geared towards needed upgrades and repairs at the treatment plant and the lift stations.”

Legislation approved by Wheeling City Council in June was intended to create a project fund of about $26 million for previously identified water pollution control projects both within the system and at the treatment plant.

Earlier this spring, council approved water and sewer rate increases for the first time since 2016 in order to generate funds to help pay for needed water and sewer improvements, and waterworks and sewer system revenue bonds were issued to finance the cost of designing, acquiring, building and equipping these projects.

Sewer improvement projects are required under the city’s long-term water pollution control plan, for which a total of around $280 million worth of improvements over the course of more than two decades are planned for the city in order to keep the systems up-to-date and to address mandates from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Another ordinance up for passage during Tuesday’s council meeting authorizes payment of $46,263 to Dukes Root Control of Syracuse, N.Y., for the purchase of root control systems to be used by the city’s Water Pollution Control Division. This is a mechanical device that goes into a sewer system and uses sonic sound waves to detect roots that may be intruding into a sewer line, officials noted. A similar purchase was made by the city last year for $25,183.

Other expenditures on the agenda include a $17,830 contract with Chromalox of Pittsburgh for a tank heater to be charged to the city’s Water Department, and a purchase agreement with SHI International for city-wide Cybersecurity Endpoint Protection tools, with costs paid in part through the city’s general fund, Water Pollution Control and Water Department over five years.

Several vehicle purchases are also up for council approval on Tuesday. They include ordinances authorizing the city manager to expend funds in the amounts of:

– $53,382 with Bob Robinson Chevy of Triadelphia for two 2022 Chevy Colorado trucks to be charged to the Water Department, $31,251 for another 2022 Chevy Colorado to be charged to the Sanitation Department and $26,691 for another one to be charged to the Water Pollution Control Division.

– $ 34,554 with Bob Robinson Toyota of Triadelphia for one 2022 Toyata RAV 4 to be charged to the Water Department.

Costs for each proposed purchase are dictated by the state of West Virginia’s contract pricing index.

Tuesday’s Wheeling City Council meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the City-County Building on Chapline Street.

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