Parkersburg committees to meet tonight

PARKERSBURG – Parkersburg City Council will hold two committee meetings today.

The Public Works Committee will meet at 5 p.m. in the executive conference room on the second floor of the Parkersburg Municipal Building. The meeting is open to the public.

Three items are included on the meeting agenda. The committee will discuss the city’s sidewalk program and a proposed parking facility at Seventh and Juliana streets.

City Councilwoman Kim Coram also will give a presentation on alternative transportation.

The Finance Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the same location or immediately after the Public Works Committee meeting if that meeting should run long. The Finance Committee meeting also is open to the public.

Five items are included on the Finance Committee meeting agenda, including a proposal to give $15,000 to the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport. The money would come from the city’s Capital Reserve Fund.

If approved, the item would still go before full council for discussion and approval.

Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell said the funding would be used by the airport to keep the FAA contract control tower open during a gap in funding. The tower is slated for closure in June, but officials believe the tower might reopen in October when a new federal budget is enacted.

“They feel it would be easier to keep it open until they can get this funding situation fixed,” Newell said.

The committee also will discuss the parking facility at Seventh and Juliana Streets, a proposal to use former employee parking spaces to create short-term parking spaces at Third Street and Phillips Court Alley, and inter-department budget revisions for the street cleaning and police departments.

The committee also will consider a possible property swap to acquire a building at 113 Ann St. near Point Park. Newell said if acquired, the property potentially could be renovated to become a permanent home for the Downtown Farmers Marketplace.

“We would make it into a year-round market,” he said.

City Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting is May 14. Newell said the proposals approved today will likely be brought to council for approval at it’s May 14 meeting.