Parkersburg council to meet Tuesday

PARKERSBURG – City Council will consider a property purchase and several rezoning requests Tuesday.

Parkersburg City Council is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers on the second floor of the city Municipal Building. The meeting is open to the public.

Council will vote on the final reading of an ordinance authorizing purchase of two tracts of property at East Street and Camden Avenue, adjacent to the city’s Service Center. The $10,000 purchase would be made using coal severance funds.

Mayor Bob Newell says the property will be used to improve access to and the appearance of the city’s service center.

Council also will consider the first readings of three ordinances. Two deal with the building of a Speedway station on a block situated between Divison and Neale streets and Fourth and Camden avenues. The first ordinance would close an alley that divides the property and the second would rezone the parcels for business use.

“They are buying the block, basically, and they are needing the alley closure to build,” Newell said.

A third resolution would rescind and replace the city’s bike ordinance, which determines when bikes are allowed on city sidewalks.

Newell said the change will help complete the Little Kanawha Connector trail and allow the city to designate some city sidewalks as shared space for pedestrians and cyclists. Newell said the new ordinance is based on national guidelines for cyclists and bike paths.

Three resolutions also will be up for a vote, including two dealing with a more than $38,000 Justice Assistance Grant. The first resolution would authorize the city to apply for the grant, which would be used for police equipment and vehicles, while the second grant authorizes the city to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Wood County to distribute the funds.

“The city is the lead agency on the multi-jurisdictional task force,” Newell said. When seeking grant funds, “we are always the ones that apply for it and administer the grant.”

A third resolution would allow the city to enter into a lease agreement with area ambulance services for space at the city’s Fire Station 5. Newell said the agencies have for years used the space, but have held off on making improvements because there was no formal agreement in place.

“This lease gives them the security they need to invest some money in improving that space,” Newell said.