Longevity pay repeal up for vote

PARKERSBURG – An ordinance to repeal longevity pay for employees will have its third and final reading tonight during a meeting of Parkersburg City Council.

Council will meet at 7:30 tonight in council chambers on the second floor of the Parkersburg Municipal Building. The meeting is open to the public.

The longevity pay ordinance was amended last week during a second reading to repeal rather than suspend longevity pay. The ordinance also had language added requiring the city’s Finance Committee to meet annually to review employee job descriptions and pay.

Because the changes were so dramatic, the ordinance is now required to have a third reading. Council is expected to pass the amended ordinance this evening.

Several resolutions also will be up for a vote tonight, including a proposed cooperation agreement between the city and Uptowner Lodging. The deal would provide incentives in the form of funding and tax breaks for the renovation of the old Uptowner Inn as an extended-stay hotel. The agreement package was unanimously approved last week by the city’s Finance Committee and similar packages have been approved in the past for other businesses.

Council also is expected to approve a resolution allowing for an agreement with the Wood County Recreation Commission to operate and manage the miniature golf facility at City Park for the 2013 season.

Another resolution would name the stage area at Southwood Park after former mayor Al Smith.

This is the final council meeting of April. Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting is May 14.