It’s been more than a year since the Wheeling City Council started discussing proposed sites for a public safety building.

On Tuesday, council took a step forward in the process– and many residents were upset.
Council had a first reading on an ordinance to purchase property on 19th and Jacob streets for the public safety building.

Originally, the seller wanted more than $500,000, but the city was able to negotiate after having an independent appraisal done.

If the city were to get Brownfield Grants, the $195,000 would go to the seller.

No decision has been made, but residents lodged many complaints about the price and other issues as things began to get heated.

The meeting was adjourned after one person wishing to be heard had to be stopped by Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger.

As for the public safety building site, there’s still many more steps before that becomes a reality or gets laid to rest.

The next move will come at the next meeting, where a 90-day option period will be voted upon.