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Photo by Alec Berry The seal of the city of Wheeling overlooks empty chairs in council chambers at the City-County Building.

WHEELING — Officials in the city of Wheeling continue to review requests and proposals for American Rescue Plan Act funding, and today they are expected to consider a $1 million allocation to the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley.

Members of the Finance Committee of Council are scheduled to meet at 5 pm today prior to the second regular Wheeling City Council meeting of the month, which will take place at 5:30 pm in the City-County Building. Committee members are expected to review the June 2022 financial statement for the city and are scheduled to discuss a number of ARPA allocations, including the Community Foundation requests and proposed distributions to American Legion Post 1 and American Legion Post 89, both in the amount of $50,000 .

A supplemental ARPA allocation to the Capitol Theater in the amount of $365,900 is also slated for discussion. The Greater Wheeling Sports and Entertainment Authority was already approved for a $1,495,400 ARPA allocation last month for various improvements to WesBanco Arena and the Capitol Theater.

Following the finance committee meeting, city council members are expected to hear the first reading of a new ordinance approving the Community Foundation’s request during the regular city council meeting. According to the ordinance, the funds will “mitigate financial hardship and support the operations and maintenance of existing equipment and facilities in accordance with the rules applicable for this ‘Designated Impacted Industry,’” which is defined in the federal government’s rules on ARPA fund expenditures to determine eligibility.

In total, the city of Wheeling received around $29.5 million in ARPA funds for pandemic relief. The funds come with guidelines from the US Department of Treasury on how they can be utilized, and the city must spend all of these funds on eligible projects by the end of 2024.

Members of city council are also scheduled to hold public hearings on the city’s Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan and on a proposed amendment to the city’s codified ordinances as it relates to International Building Code, updating the years listed in the city codes to adopt a more current edition of the West Virginia state building codes.

Also today, city council is expected to hear first readings on several new ordinances, including legislation authorizing the city manager to spend $139,578 with USI Insurance Services LLC of Virginia Beach, Virginia, for an excess liability workers compensation policy and $43,824 with Glessner Wharton & Andrews Insurance LLC of Wheeling for cyber insurance.

A new ordinance scheduled to be introduced this evening will authorize a $133,797 contract with Mansuetto Roofing and Sheet Metal of Martins Ferry for roof replacement at the city’s water treatment plant, and another new piece of legislation will authorize the expenditure of $96,601 with Savage Construction of Wheeling to cap and existing wall at the water treatment plant.

Three new traffic ordinances are also scheduled to be introduced during tonight’s city council meeting. Legislation will receive first readings to establish Lane 7 downtown between Market and Chapline streets as a two-way street with a new stop intersection for westbound traffic on Lane 7 at the Market Street intersection. A new ordinance is also slated to receive a first reading to establish a permit-parking-only zone on the north side of 11th Street at the intersection with Water Street.

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