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Schools 2 Pools Underway!

The City of Parkersburg is once again offereing the Schools to Pools Program this summer. Passes are now available. The goal of the program is to help students be more active and lead healthier lifestyles during their summer break.

The program will provide a free pool pass to elementary school students who reside in the City of Parkersburg, and who are also income eligible. With this pass, your child will be provided free admission to Southwood Park Pool for the 2018 Pool Season. Please note, City Park Pool will be closed this summer due to renovations in anticipation for the new splash pad that will be installed for next summer. The 2018 pool season will begin May 25th, and run through August 12th.

Forms are now available at the City Park Office. The Park Office is located in the Pavilion Building, and operates between the hours of 7:00am to 3:00pm. Please call 304-424-8572 or more information.

We hope you and your children have a safe and healthy summer!

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Parkersburg celebrates Arbor Day!

Last Friday, May 11th, 2018, the City of Parkersburg & the Parkersburg Tree Commission celebrated Arbor Day.  With the help of the students with the Agriculture Program at the Wood County Technical Center, a tree was planted near the Center’s sign along Blizzard Drive.  The students planted the tree and installed a barrier for a mulch ring around the tree.

This year’s Arbor Day marks the 20th year that the City of Parkersburg was named a Tree City USA community.  To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a municipality must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

  1. Must have a tree board or department.
  2. Must have a Tree Ordinance
  3. Must document at least $2 per capita toward the planting, care and removal of trees.
  4. Must observe and proclaim Arbor Day.

The City of Parkersburg and the Parkersburg Tree Commission again wants to thank the students and faculty with the Agriculture Program at the Wood County Technical Center for their continued help for Arbor Day and the service they provide to the community.

 

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DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SEEKING QUALIFIED BUILDING CONTRACTORS FOR HOME REPAIR PROGRAMS

Planning and Development services provided by the City of Parkersburg are intended to grow the local economy and provide area residents with the best quality of life. As such, the Department manages the City’s Community Development Block Grant and HOME Funded Programs. This funding is made available by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development on an annual basis. A portion of these funds are used to ensure residents of both Parkersburg and Wood County have access to decent, affordable housing.

Specifically, the Minor Home Repair Program, Emergency Home Repair Program, and the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program offer quality home repairs at either no cost, or zero interest loans to eligible homeowners.

All contractors interested in offering bids and quotes for residential rehab work advertised by the Development Department should contact Ryan Barber, Development Projects Administrator, One Government Square Parkersburg, WV 26102 (304)-424-8452 or by email at ryan.barber@parkersburgwv.gov

Projects are only awarded to responsible contractors possessing the ability to perform successfully under the terms and conditions of the proposed procurement. A contractor’s license to do work in West Virginia is required prior to the award of any contract.  Awards are not made to any contractor which is debarred or suspended or is otherwise excluded from participation in Federal assistance programs.

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Fair Housing Month

Mayor Joyce recently proclaimed April, 2018 Fair Housing Month and urged all citizens to join in by creating and promoting fair housing opportunities in the community. The City of Parkersburg is proud to join the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. 

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Grants Available for Residential Rehab Projects

The City of Parkersburg, through the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, offers the Minor Home Repair Program (MHRP). The MHRP seeks to provide homeowners who may not normally qualify for a traditional home equity loan with a grant to make needed improvements to their home to bring the unit closer to state and local building code standards.

A qualifying applicant for the MHRP must be low-and moderate-income. For example, a family of four with a total household income below $32,640 would qualify for this program.

To comply with federal regulations, the dwelling unit must be located within the City of Parkersburg and be occupied as the primary and principal residence of the applicant.

For more information click here, or call 304-424-8452.

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COPE Officer

The Community Development Block Grant provides funding for critical public services, which includes assistance to the City’s Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) Program. This program has operated since 1996 and was continued again in 2017. It is the mission of the Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) Unit to work with all citizens to preserve life, protect property, and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.  Our COPE Officer can be seen attending Neighborhood Watch meetings, addiction support groups, as well as numerous youth events throughout different neighborhoods.  Funds are also used to support expenses related to neighborhood bike patrols.  In 2017, the City of Parkersburg allocated $75,000 for this important program.

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Down Payment Assistance Program

The Down Payment Assistance Program provides assistance to residents of Wood County of up to $10,000 to help with the required down payment and closing costs of a first time home purchase.  During the City’s first six months of offering the program, there have been over thirty inquiries, with four loans closed on up to $10,000 each processed for first-time home buyers. Three more applicants are in the final stages of closing on their home. This program is made possible through the Parkesburg/Wood County HOME Consortium funding.

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Worthington Creek Apartments

The 38 unit apartment building celebrated its grand opening on October 17, 2015.

Worthington Creek Apartments is a  pet-friendly community of two bedroom apartment homes designed exclusively for residents 55 and over. All homes feature modern amenities you would expect to find in a luxury home at a comfortable price

Through the Parkersburg-Wood County HOME Consortium, the City was able to leverage more than $6 million in private investment with $100,000 in financial assistance.  Worthington Creek Apartments was developed by the Miller-Valentine Group in Cincinnati, OH.

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Marriott Towneplace & Suites

The Community Development Block Grant program can provide assistance to local businesses that retain and/or create jobs in the community.  One successful partnership was the new Marriott Townplace Suites in downtown Parkersburg. Working with Uptown Lodging, the City used $200,000 in CDBG funds to leverage more than $7 million in private investment for the renovation of the old Uptowner Hotel.  What was once a vacant building for more than 20 years now positively contributes to the redevelopment of downtown Parkersburg.  Furthermore, the new  80 room, all-suite hotel has created 18 full-time positions, all of which have positively improved the economic situation for low and moderate income individuals.   The Marriott Townplace Suites officially opened its doors on May 30, 2017.

 

  

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Code Enforcement

The Community Development Block Grant provides funding for critical public services, which includes assistance to the City’s CODE Enforcement Division. The mission of the Code Enforcement Division is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our community by encouraging compliance with the Codified Ordinances of Parkersburg and International Codes; to enhance the appearance of neighborhoods and business districts to prevent blight, protect property values and enhance economic conditions. This level of service would not be possible without CDBG funding.  CDBG funding allocated $49,000 for one Code Enforcement Officer in FY17. Since July 1, 2017 this officer has reported 295 incident reports, which includes items like junk vehicles, tall grass, and minimum housing requirements.

  

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