Council to look at property purchase

PARKERSBURG – Parkersburg City Council will meet Tuesday evening to approve a handful of items, including a property purchase near the East Street Bridge.

Council meets 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.

Council is expected to approve the first reading of an ordinance authorizing purchase of two tracts of property at East Street and Camden Avenue, adjacent to the city’s Service Center. Mayor Bob Newell said the $10,000 purchase using coal severance funds would allow the city to improve access to the center, as well as improve the appearance of the area.

“It will give us more property for our equipment, which has been very problematic,” he said. “It will also allow ingress and egress to the property, something that is rather difficult right now.

“We also want to dress up the property better so it just looks better.”

The relatively short agenda for Tuesday’s meeting also contains three resolutions.

The first resolution authorizes Newell to accept a $9,000 grant to be used at the Parkersburg Art Center to upgrade ventilation and rehab the men’s room. Ten percent of the cost would be covered by the center.

Newell said the money is a community participation grant and must pass through the city before it can be used by the center.

A second resolution authorizes the city to enter into an agreement with the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Directors to construct and manage a short-term parking lot at Seventh and Juliana streets. Newell said once the agreement is approved by council it will be sent to the board of governors for approval.

Newell said once it receives board approval the city will begin preparing the property. He expects work to begin in about a month.

A Finance Committee meeting will be held prior to the council meeting at 6:30 p.m. for members to review and approve end-of-year budget revisions. One of those budget revisions, required to be submitted to the state, is listed as the third resolution for approval at the regular council meeting.