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Utility board approves budget, bylaws

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Utility Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a 2021 budget and board bylaws.

The board met online Tuesday to approve the items, but had little discussion prior to the votes.

The $16.6 million budget is similar to the previous year, but includes a 1.6 percent cost of living adjustment increase for employees. It also includes savings from several positions which have been revised or eliminated.

The annual capital outlay for 2021 was increased by about $1.1 million compared to the previous budget due to the design phase of the PUB’s water system improvement project.

Members Tuesday also approved bylaws for the board which have remained relatively unchanged since the utility board was established.

The bylaws also set the timing of meetings, but legal counsel said they do not prohibit the board from changing the start time or dates of meetings “with a majority vote.”

Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce who led Tuesday’s meeting said he would continue to conduct the meetings remotely until board members decided to restart in-person meetings. Joyce also said members with concerns would be able to continue joining the meetings via telephone.

The board’s next regular meeting is June 9.

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