PHS crew team, city sign equipment storage deal

PARKERSBURG – The city and Wood County Schools have signed an agreement to allow Parkersburg High School’s crew team to store equipment at the former Water Department and Meter Shop.

In January Mayor Bob Newell asked the Parkersburg Utility Board to allow local high school crew teams the use of Staunton Avenue facility. Though the building is owned by the city, its use falls under the utility board, which later approved use of the building by the schools.

The Wood County Board of Education approved the deal during its meeting Tuesday, and Newell said city and school officials signed the deal this week.

“We are completely vacated from the building, and they have the keys,” he said Friday.

The three-year agreement contains options for renewal, Newell said. The school board was part of the contract due to insurance and liability issues. Newell said the crew team will be responsible for utilities while the city will continue to pay for upkeep.

Parkersburg South’s crew team opted not to sign in on the deal, Newell said, but the door is open if officials later changed their minds.

“We did reach out to the South crew team, and at one time they thought about it,” he said. “I believe they are sticking with their plan to go with Adventure Pursuit. There is space at our building for both teams, and personally I’d like to see them both together. If they wanted to down the road I’m sure we could modify the contract; it wouldn’t be difficult.”