The Wyndemere model for every street?

There’s been a great deal of public discussion on the Wyndemere area wanting the city to help pay for street improvements in what was constructed by a private contractor who didn’t build the streets to city specifications.

Much of the discussion has center around the gate at the Vienna end of the community and how residents do not want their neighborhood to become a cut-through from Parkersburg to Vienna, yet they want their streets to be dedicated, public streets so the city of Parkersburg would maintain them.

The city law director says as long as the community has one entrance-exit, it fulfills the responsibility of public access on a public street. So, by the law director’s view, the gate at the Vienna end could stay closed since the other end of the community has public access.

Well, I wonder does the law director’s definition mean my neighbors and I can erect a gate at one end of our one-block-long street, thereby blocking motortists from driving through it when circling to drop their children off at a nearby school or going to a nearby golf course? Since it already is a dedicated, public street would the city still have to maintain it?

What if residents in every neighborhood in the city decided they didn’t want excessive traffic cutting through their little community and started erecting gates at one end of their neighborhoods? What would that do to traffic flow in the city and how difficult would it be for police, fire and refuse collection to service the neighborhoods?

It seems very logical the city would never permit such a fundamental obstruction to motorists to exist, yet is that any different that what is being proposed in Wyndemere?


The deadline for entering the 59th annual News and Sentinel, Marietta A.M. Cookbook Contest is less than a month away.

Recipes submitted in accordance with the published rules are eligible to win prizes, including the grand prize of a $500 gift card from Foodland.

The deadline for entering the contest is Sept. 16, and the cookbook edition will be published Nov. 24, the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Categories for 2013 are appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main dishes, holiday cookies and desserts.

Recipes may be dropped off at The Parkersburg News and Sentinel office at 519 Juliana St., Parkersburg, mailed to Cookbook Editor, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, P.O. Box 1787, Parkersburg, WV 26102, or emailed to

The tasting party for selected recipes will be Oct. 24, which is one of my favorite days of the year … even though I usually wind up washing dishes that day while also getting to sample the goodies prepared for the contest.

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