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Photo by Alec Berry The Seal of the City of Wheeling looms over empty chairs in the council chamber of the City-County Building.

WHEELING – After months of exploration and anticipation, the Town of Wheeling is moving forward with the creation of additional dog parks – the next coming through a partnership between the town and the Wheeling Park Commission.

Wheeling City Council members are expected to get the ball rolling on the next dog park when a first reading of a new ordinance takes place Tuesday afternoon. The law authorizes city manager Robert Herron to enter into a contract of $ 58,794 with Savage Construction of Wheeling for the new dog park.

“We had been looking for a location for a dog park in the Elm Grove area for some time,” Herron said, noting that a site around the JB Chambers I-470 complex had been considered. “We first thought of an area near the skate park, but there just isn’t enough room there.”

Herron said the city is working with the Wheeling Park Commission on the project.

He said the city will enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Wheeling Park Commission that the City of Wheeling will build the park, and subsequently the Wheeling Park Commission will maintain it.

“This is a very good project,” noted Herron, expressing his gratitude to the chairman and CEO of the commission, Bob Peckenpaugh and his staff for their cooperation. “We really enjoy working with the Wheeling Park Commission and their staff on this great community project. “

The specific location of the new dog park will be on a 1.5 acre site between the White Palace and the golf course, accessible via the main one-way entrance to Wheeling Park. A small parking lot will be created near the area near an access road adjacent to the White Palace, and the dog park will have separate grassy sections for large dogs and small dogs, as well as access to water , shaded areas, benches (for humans) and maybe even a decorative fire hydrant (for dogs), Herron noted.

Money from the city’s project fund – which was bolstered last year by federal CARES law refunds – will be used to build the dog park. Herron added that a donor to be announced at a later date has also made a significant contribution to the creation of the new dog park.

Herron noted that the new facility and Wheeling Park will be smaller than the town’s spacious Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park near Tunnel Green near East Wheeling.

The legislation for Savage Construction’s contract is expected to receive a second and final reading later this month, and Herron said work is expected to begin immediately afterwards. While much of the new dog park is slated for construction this fall, the site may not be open to the public until next spring, the city manager suggested.

City officials have researched locations in Elm Grove and Warwood for new dog parks, and Herron said legislation at another site may be imminent for the neighborhood to the north of the city. Site research is being refined and a location behind the water treatment plant in Warwood is being considered for the new dog park in that area.

Tuesday’s Wheeling City Council meeting is scheduled for noon at the City-County building on Chapline Street.

Other new legislation to be presented during the meeting includes an order authorizing the purchase of over $ 18,000 of body camera equipment for the Wheeling Police Department, with almost all costs paid. through a federal justice aid grant.

An order authorizing the purchase of five all-wheel drive Ford Police interceptor utility vehicles at $ 37,515 each from Stephens Auto of Danville, W.Va., is also expected to be introduced.

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