Parkersburg officials to hold meeting Tuesday

PARKERSBURG – Parkersburg City Council will meet 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to vote on prohibiting tobacco products on city playgrounds and authorizing a city auction.

Council meets in council chambers on the second floor of the downtown Municipal Building. The meeting is open to the public.

Council will be asked to approve a resolution amending Parkersburg City Park Rules and Regulations to prohibit all tobacco products within 15 feet of a designated tobacco-free zone, specifically playgrounds.

Mayor Bob Newell said the amendment is necessary to have the rule on the books.

“You’d think common sense would prevail and they wouldn’t smoke or have tobacco on a playground, but that’s not necessarily the case, so we are creating the rule to make it official,” Newell said.

The resolution only requires one vote by council.

An ordinance authorizing an auction will be up for a second and final vote Tuesday. The auction is set for Sept. 14 and a list of items for auction will be presented to counci before Tuesday’s vote.

Prior to the council meeting the city will hold two committee meetings. The Personnel Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. and the Finance Committee meets at 7 p.m., both in the small conference room on the second floor of the Municipal Building.

Both committees and full council will be asked to approve the hiring of a planning administrator to overlap with the transition of the current planning administrator to development director. The two-month overlap would cost about $7,000 and the money would come from the city’s capital reserve fund.

The finance committee also will discuss some revisions to the city’s CDBG and HOME budgets, as well as a discussion on a retirement option for policemen or firemen called the Deferred Retirement Option Plan.

All meetings are open to the public.