Council to meet Tuesday; several ordinances on agenda

PARKERSBURG – A half-dozen ordinances will be up for a first reading Tuesday, several relating to planned reclassifications and pay increases for the city of Parkersburg.

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

Six ordinances will be up for first reading Tuesday, with three of those relating to pay. One would extend the suspension of the city’s longevity plan until further action. Another would reclassify 23 positions, and a third would put into place pay increases for police, fire and other personnel.

Mayor Bob Newell said the three items are already reflected in the city’s 2013-14 budget, which was approved last week by council and sent on to the state for final approval.

“All of those were approved in the budget, but have to be formally done by ordinance,” he said. “It is more of a formality than anything.”

Council last week agreed to a $2-an-hour pay increase for police, a $1-an-hour increase for firefighters and a 70 cent-an-hour increase for all other regular full-time employees. Several administrative positions also received pay increases due to reclassifications.

Three other ordinances up for first readings include the sale of two retired pumper trucks to the Eastwood Volunteer Fire Department, the zoning of several pieces of annexed property and waving a building permit fee for the Humane Society of Parkersburg’s spay and neuter clinic.

Two ordinances will have final readings, one authorizing a lease agreement for parking with the Wood County Commission and another creating a full-time assistant public works director position in the city’s Public Works Department.

Prior to the council session there will be a meeting of the Finance Committee, beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the small conference room on the second floor of the Municipal Building. The agenda includes several budget revisions, including payments from FEMA for costs incurred during last year’s derecho storm and a $3,000 budget transfer to cover the cost of entry level testing for police officers.

The committee meeting is open to the public.