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Employment Opportunity: Public Works Office Assistant (Parks & Floodwall)

The City of Parkersburg is Currently hiring for the Position of Public Works Assistant (Parks & Floodwall).

Job Description: PW Administrative Assistant – Parks

Applications are available:

On-line, http://www.ParkersburgCity.com

and in the Personnel Department, 5th Floor, Municipal Building, One Government Square.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Personnel Department
City of Parkersburg
PO Box 1627
Parkersburg, WV 26102

or returned to the Personnel Department on the 5th Floor of the Municipal Building.

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Holiday Closures

In accordance with WV Code §2-2-1; The City of Parkersburg will observe Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, 2020 and Friday, November 27, 2020. The City Building will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 and will open for normal business at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 30, 2020.   The Sanitation Department will be one day behind schedule and will run on Friday, November 27th and Saturday, November 28th.

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Peoples Bank to Pay All Memorial Bridge Tolls on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Peoples Bank announced that in appreciation of its clients and the community, it will be paying the tolls on the Memorial Toll Bridge on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
“With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we wanted to show our appreciation for the Mid-Ohio Valley, which has been our home and headquarters since we started in 1902,” said Chuck Sulerzyski, Peoples Bank President and Chief Executive Officer. ”We know this has been a stressful year for many, and we felt like this is a great way to thank and show support for our clients and the community. We are very thankful for our clients and the support we have received from them and the community this year”
“On Tuesday, November 17, we will pay for the tolls of not just our clients, but anyone crossing the bridge that day,” said Tyler Wilcox, Executive Vice President, Community Banking Group.
Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce stated “Throughout the years, Peoples Bank has continued to invest in our community. On behalf of those who will cross the Memorial Bridge on Tuesday, November 17, I thank Mr. Sulerzyski and his leadership team for doing their part to make residents’ days brighter by covering their toll while on their way to and from Parkersburg.”
Peoples Bank associates will be stationed near the toll booths at certain points of the day on Tuesday, November 17.
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Christmas Parade

Parkersburg’s Reverse Drive-Through Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 5. Units are stationary with spectators able to drive through from 2:00 to 3:30 PM.  Please see the application below for your organization to participate.

2020 Parkersburg Christmas Parade Application

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Market Street Streetscape Enhancement

The City of Parkersburg invites concerned parties to attend a public meeting regarding the Market Street Streetscape Enhancement Project, on Tuesday, November 10th from 4:00-6:00 PM at Bicentennial Park at 3rd and Market Streets in downtown Parkersburg.

This project proposes to enhance the streetscape along Market Street from 9th Street to 13th Street, including the easterly and westerly sides of Market Street.  The project’s goal is to encourage increased pedestrian, bicyclist, and transit rider amenities and activities, while also accommodating vehicular traffic that provides safe access to users of all ages and abilities.

Planned improvements include:

  • Replacing all existing sidewalks
  • Making appropriate ADA improvements, including curb cuts and standard ramps.

Other improvements that may be executed include:

  • Ingress/egress consolidation for local businesses
  • New decorative light fixtures on the existing telephone poles on the easterly side of Market Street
  • Installation of landscaping treatments (additional street trees spaced appropriately on the westerly side of Market Street)
  • New cross walks constructed at each intersection
  • Stamped concrete installed to be consistent with those installed previously on the lower sections of Market Street

 

Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce stated, “This is an opportunity for public input regarding substantial investment and infrastructure upgrades. It’s important for citizens, particularly those in the impacted neighborhood, to provide their input and feedback to the planning team.”

In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be moved to the Executive Conference Room on the 2nd Floor of the Municipal Building. Any residents or business owners, or others unable to attend may send questions or comments through email or regular mail to the attention of Mr. Tim Kirk, PE Project Manager:

MortonThomas and Associates

417 Grand Park Drive, Suite 104, Parkersburg, WV 26105

MarketComments@amtengineering.com

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PKB 2030

The City of Parkersburg announces the release of its 2030 Comprehensive Plan, a document that will guide development for the next decade. The City of Parkersburg Development Department, together with the PKB 2030 Steering Committee, the Municipal Planning Commission, and consultants at McBride Dale Clarion have collaborated throughout the process to complete the document in compliance with West Virginia state law. The proposed plan acts as a blueprint for future expansion and management of land use, housing, economic development, transportation, and public services.

Beginning Friday, October 30, the plan will be available for review at www.pkb2030.org. Anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Parkersburg will also have the option to post comments on the website. Additionally, an open house will be held on Thursday, November 5th from 6-8 PM at the Parkersburg Art Center where community members can learn more about the plan, ask questions of city leaders, and provide feedback to the PKB 2030 Steering Committee. Governor Justice’s mask and social distancing orders will be followed; attendees are welcome to arrive at any time during the 2 hour event.

Mayor Joyce invites those who live, work, and do business in the City of Parkersburg to review the Comprehensive Plan and make comments either on the website or at the Open House event. “Our community’s success is due in great part to the collaborative work amongst our city employees, local business owners, non-profit organizations and civically-engaged residents. I look forward to discussing the contents of the plan with citizens.”

A Comprehensive Plan is required for West Virginia municipalities every ten years. The process of creating the plan for Parkersburg began in early 2020, and included an online survey and public workshops. Following the November 5 Open House, the 2030 Comprehensive Plan will be reviewed by the Municipal Planning Division in a public hearing on December 1, and Parkersburg’s City Council on December 8 for a first reading with a second reading scheduled for December 22.

 

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Small Business Relief Fund

The City of Parkersburg announces the launch of the Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF), a program funded through a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) funds, and aimed to assist small businesses in the City avoid job loss caused by closures related to social distancing by providing short-term working capital assistance to enable retention and/or creation of job opportunities for low- to moderate- income persons. The SBRF funds awarded to an eligible business, through the SBRF Program, may be used for working capital expenses. This funding can be used to help small businesses restart their operations after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 
The maximum amount of assistance an eligible business may apply for and/or receive (provided they document the unmet need) is $17,500.
 
Funds awarded to an eligible business, through the SBRF Program, may be used for working capital expenses. For the purpose of this program, eligible working capital expenses include the following:
• Payment for business rent or required monthly business loan payments.
• Payments of wages, taxes, and normal benefits for business employees essential to maintain your business.
• Normal operating costs that are included in “cost of goods sold” on a business income statement (raw materials for manufacturers, component pieces for assemblers, items for resale for retailers, food for restaurants, etc.)
• Normal operating expenses that are included in “operating expenses” on a business income statement (utilities, insurance, professional services, etc.).
 
The City is proud to partner with the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council (MOVRC) in the administration of the SBRF program.
 
To be considered eligible for assistance through the SBRF, a small business must meet the following criteria:
• Be located in the corporation limits of the City of Parkersburg.
• Have been in business for at least one year (since March 1, 2019).
• Have been in good standing with applicable City fees as of December 31, 2019.
• Must be a low- to moderate-income (LMI) business owner and/or a business that employs (or previously employed) at least 51% LMI workers.
• Must employ ≤ 25 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Low- to Moderate- Income (LMI) Workers, however, priority will be given to business that employ ≤ 10 FTE LMI workers during the first application cycle. Please see definition for FTE-LMI Worker below.
 
To receive a copy of the application and program guidelines (hard copy or electronic), please call 304.422.4993 or email ana.ambrose@movrc.org. Applications must be submitted to the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council by Friday, October 16th, 2020 at 10 a.m. Applications can be mailed or emailed to the Regional Council.
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City Observes Labor Day

The City of Parkersburg will observe Labor Day on Monday, September 7. The City Building will reopen for normal business at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, September 8.

The Sanitation Department will be one day behind normal schedule, with collection beginning Tuesday, September 8, through Saturday, September 12.

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