PARKERSBURG - Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell says he will ask city council and the Finance Committee to approve $34,000 to help bring roads in Wyndemere up to city code so the streets in the housing community can be dedicated as public thorofares.
"We are trying to fix this long-standing issue with Wyndemere where the developers basically walked away from this project," Newell said. "It is a very nice subdivision up there, and the streets really need to be done."
Newell said Wednesday he will bring the request before the finance committee on Tuesday prior to the city council meeting.
Mayor Bob Newell next week will ask the Parkersburg City Council Finance Committee to approve a plan to spend $34,000 as matching funds for road repairs at Wyndemere to bring the streets up to city code before asking that they be dedicated as public streets. (Photo by Michael Erb)
"I am going to be asking city council for money to match what they are doing at Wyndemere," Newell said. "The city will not be doing any of the work. We will just be helping with the finance and inspecting to make sure things are up to code."
Newell said the funds are being matched by K2 of West Virginia LLC. The West Virginia Secretary of State's office lists Gregory B. Krivchenia II as the primary member of the K2 group.
Any remaining costs will be covered by the Wyndemere Homeowners Association, Newell said.
John Migliore, a representative of the Wyndemere Homeowners Association, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Work would include both Wyndemere Drive, which branches off of 12th Street, and Wyndemere Way, which extends to College Parkway. Newell said work on the roads will include repairing a hill slip, repairing the base of the roads and developing the road's stormwater system.
If approved by the finance committee, the funding would then go on to full council for approval. After all of the work is completed, council will be asked to vote on dedicating the road as a public street.
Newell said if the road is dedicated, at least one of the Wyndemere gates would have to be removed.
"Once they are dedicated they won't be able to gate that community," he said.
Since the road extends to Vienna, only that section would still be allowed to have a gate, Newell said.
"They can still put up a gate at that end, but they have to leave the other end open," Newell said.
Newell said Wyndemere marks the last of three housing communities within the city where streets were incorrectly developed before being brought to the city for dedication.
Willow Lane was dedicated in 2009 after lengthy debates, a lawsuit and thousands of dollars in work on the street. Most recently, city council approved a plan to dedicate Packard Court, a subdivision off Packard Street.
Newell said in recent years the city has hired a certified city planner to help head off such issues.
"Just a few short years ago we didn't have a certified city planner, and we have that now in Rickie Yeager," Newell said. "I think we won't have those problems anymore."