Council to vote on tobacco policy

PARKERSBURG – A handful of resolutions, including the band on tobacco products at muncipal playgrounds, will go before Parkersburg City Council today.

Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building where the meeting is open to the public

Council will vote on a resolution banning use of tobacco products within 15 feet of a city playground. The issue previously came before council, but was sent to committee for further review.

Two weeks ago the Public Works Committee voted to return the resolution to the full council.

If the resolution passes, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department will place tobacco-free zone signs up at playgrounds. Those caught violating the ban could face up to a $500 fine.

Council also will be asked to approve an ordinance allowing for a memorandum of understanding between the city and the West Virginia Intelligence and Fusion Center.

The memorandum would allow for the installation of a license plate reader on a city police cruiser. The device would automatically read any license plate it sees and run its information, allowing an officer to automatically know if plates are expired or if the vehicle is stolen.

Other resolutions pertain to budget adjustments or to money coming in to fund Prevention Resource Officers at high and middle schools within the city.

Two ordinances will be brought for first readings to establish a floodplain ordinance for the city and abandon a 15-foot unnamed alley near Emerson and 32nd Street. The property would become the responsibility of the North Parkersburg Baptist Church if it would seek to expand its facilities in the future.

Two committee meetings will precede the council meeting.

At 6:15 p.m., the Public Works Committee will receive an update from Norm Payne on a proposed concert area near the Fifth Street Bridge in south Parkersburg. Payne has twice presented to the committee and was asked for more information.

At 7 p.m., the Finance Committee will consider two budget revisions, one for a shift in Community Development Block Grant funds and the other for money out of capital reserve to be moved to the Wood County Drug and Related Crimes Task Force. If approved, the budget revisions will also be brought to full City Council for a vote this evening.

Both committee meetings are open to the public.