Parkersburg Utility Board approves sewer project payment

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Utility Board on Wednesday approved what’s expected to be the second-to-last payment on a $4 million sewer rehabilitation project.

The payment of $1,258,698.60 to Insituform Technologies was unanimously approved by the board at its regular meeting Wednesday. The project involved relining trunk sewer lines beneath Ohio and Garfield avenues and following Worthington Creek from 36th Street to Corning Park, as well as a line beneath Seventh Street.

“They are essentially complete at this point,” PUB Manager Eric Bennett said.

Some restoration work remains, and a final pay estimate could be presented to the board at its Nov. 1 meeting, he said.

In other business, board attorney George Zivkovich said the sale of the former PUB water maintenance and meter shop at 1900 Staunton Ave. closed Tuesday.

The $155,000 sales agreement was granted final approval earlier this month after the property received a variance from the Parkersburg Board of Zoning Appeals to allow new owner Zak Hooper to open his online, secondhand business electronic store in the residential district.

Hooper indicated the lower level of the building would likely be rented to an auto body shop.

In recent years, the building has been used for practice and storage by the Parkersburg High School baseball team.