FOLLANSBEE - Follansbee City Council will be starting the new year with a new member, as Councilman at large Jim Andreozzi departs for a seat on the Brooke County Commission.
Council last week agreed to accept letters of interest from residents interested in serving the remaining six months of Andreozzi's two-year term. On July 1, the position will be filled by the winner of the city's upcoming election.
On Monday council agreed to hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 7 to fill the seat.
RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE — Follansbee Mayor David Velegol Jr., center, read a proclamation recognizing Jim Andreozzi, right, for his service as councilman at large. Former Mayor Tony Paesano also was on hand to thank Andreozzi, who has resigned to serve as Brooke County commissioner in January. -- Warren Scott
Council members and city officials also spent part of Monday's meeting recognizing Andreozzi for his nearly eight years of service on council. Elected to the county commission in November, Andreozzi will begin an eight-year term in the office on Jan. 1.
Former Mayor Tony Paesano said as councilman, Andreozzi was involved in such projects as lobbying for the preservation of the Market Street Bridge and construction of the Morton Road pump station to increase water pressure and provide fire protection to customers in that area.
Both he and Mayor David Velegol Jr. presented a proclamation to Andreozzi in recognition of his service.
Andreozzi said, "Being a councilman in a city I love has been an easy job."
He said he believes social problems in Brooke County, such as drug abuse, are due largely to the poor economy and he will work as a commissioner to bring more jobs there.
Paesano and Velegol also presented proclamations to the Brooke High School Cheerleaders, who brought home the school's 13th state cheering title this weekend, setting a state record.
Coached by Melissa Michaux, Michelle Scherich and Christine Stucin, the squad is comprised of Elizabeth Fernandez, Haley Bowman, Teirria Duffy, Emily Hosler, Alex Sperlazza, Katie Nunley, Danielle Johnson, Casondra Camilletti, Alexandra Velegol, Aubrie Reynolds, Holly Davis, Brooke Clark, Abbi Yachini, Makayla Moore, Marin Rogers, Sydney Gambellin, Nicole Himmelrick, Lauren Fritz, Kelly Schambach and Caitlin Cuomo.
A proclamation and key to the city also were presented to Chuck Goettel, who has retired after 35 and a half years of employment in the city's street and public works departments.
Paesano said from plowing snow from the city's streets to assisting with set-up for Follansbee Community Days, Goettel played a key part in the city's day-to-day operations.
In other business, council:
Heard from Georgia Georgetti-Cunningham, a resident of Blosser Lane, who asked council to address a problem in turning onto her lane from Allegheny Street.
Blosser Lane sits below Allegheny Street and the intersection, creating a visibility problem, and the intersection is only wide enough for one vehicle.
Georgetti-Cunningham said residents are aware of the problem and when traveling up the lane normally yield to vehicles entering from Allegheny Street. But she said recently she encountered a U.S. Postal Service truck that didn't yield, which forced her to pull aside and onto a concrete block that damaged her car.
Council agreed to look into posting a mirror at the intersection to aid drivers in seeing approaching vehicles.
Accepted a sole bid submitted by Lauttamus Communications for 17 portable radios, 12 handheld radios and two radios for the city's fire department to comply with federal regulations calling for emergency departments to switch to narrow band frequencies to reduce congestion in the radio spectrum.
The bid included $24,809 for the equipment, $1,200 for its installation and a yearly maintenance fee of $2,977.
In related business, City Manager John DeStefano opened bids for four doors at the fire station. Responding to a request for bids for aluminum and steel doors were Wayne Doors of Wintersville, which submitted bids of $28,539 and $13,768, respectively; and C&R Construction and Remodeling of Follansbee, which submitted bids of $15,650 and $11,750, respectively.
In light of the wide margin between the two sets, council referred them to Follansbee Fire Chief Larry Rea for review.
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