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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 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.



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 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.

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.


Urban Deer Hunt

The City of Parkersburg Urban Deer Hunt will begin on Sept 12th 2020, in Johnson T. Janes Park. The urban hunt will conclude on December 31st 2020.

Applications can be obtained on the 4th Floor of the City Building 8:00AM-4:30PM beginning Wednesday August 19th.

All applicants will be required to complete a certification test; testing will be conducted at the Parkersburg Police Range (2301 Keaver Street Parkersburg) beginning at 5PM on Friday August 28th.

To request an application or if you have questions please contact Kelsey Snyder at 304-424-8568 or

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Drive Through Service Window

As of Monday, August 3, 2020, the drive-through service window underneath the walking bridge at the Municipal Building is now in service for customers desiring to make payments without entering the building.

This service is available as an option in addition to the walk-in window on the first floor. Drop box payments remain available; however, the location has changed to just beyond the drive-through window at the south corner of the building.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM.

Payments that may be made at the drive-through include Police/Fire Protection, Sanitation, Grass & Weeds, Vacant Property, and other miscellaneous charges. Additionally, Business & Occupation tax and User Fee remittances will be accepted.


Housing Assistance Applications

The City of Parkersburg is accepting applications from low-income homeowners in the corporate limits of the City who need repairs done to their homes. Repairs may include; roofing, windows, siding, electrical, HVAC and plumbing. Certain eligibility restrictions apply. Please call 304-424-8452, email or go to our website at for more information or to get an application.


One-Time Business & Occupation Tax Exemption for 2nd QTR 2020

The City of Parkersburg is offering a one-time Business & Occupation exemption of up to $500 of taxes due for the quarter ending June 30, 2020. This exemption applies to certain Retail/Restaurant, Services, and Rental sales.

For details and the exemption form, click HERE.


City of Parkersburg Candidates 2020



Primary election June 9, 2020


Nancy Wilcox, Dem, 4307 16th Avene

Sherry Dugan, Dem, #1 Wharton Drive

Tom Joyce, Rep  (Inc), 2102 Foley Drive

Byron Brent Meeks, Rep, 1507 Lynn Street

Mike Cottrell, Rep, 2700 Emerson Avenue, Apt 209

Mark Meredith, Rep, 2601 Liberty Street



Dave McCrady, District #1, Dem  (Inc), 915 Erie Street

Jessica Irene Cottrille, #1, Rep, 2804 11th Avenue

Andrea “Red” Greer, #1, Dem, 906 Olive Street

Michael Hess, District #2, Rep, 2619 26th Avenue

Sharon A Kuhl, Rep (Inc) 2624 Hugh Street

Robert Mercer, District #3, Rep  (Inc), 903 Camden Avenue

Wendy Rawlins Tuck, District #4, Dem, 1020 14th Street

Brett Bringardner, Rep, 636 Smithfield Street

“Donna Sue” Helmick, Dem, 1038 Lynn Street

Eric Barber, Rep  (Inc), 900 13th Street

J.R. Carpenter, District #5, Dem  (Inc)1329 Market Street

Mike Reynolds, District #6, Rep  (Inc), 2017 Washington Avenue

Charity Wise, District 7, Rep, 2001 Lewis Avenue

Chris Rexroad, District 7, Rep, 2708 Cleveland Avenue

Thomas Rafferty, Dist 7, Dem, 603 Eastlawn Avenue

 Zachary T. Stanley, District #8, Rep  (Inc), 26 Willowbrook Drive

Jeff Fox, District #9, Dem  (Inc), 3315 Clement Avenue


Scam Alert


We have received several reports today of a law enforcement scam via telephone. The scam consists of a person calling and claiming to be with the Parkersburg Police Department. The scammer is using a VOIP phone that makes the number appear to be that of the Parkersburg Police.

At least one time today, he claimed to be a known officer in our department.

The subject tells callers they missed jury duty and a warrant has been issued for their arrest on charges of failure to appear and contempt of court, both with large fines. The subject also tells the victim that if the fine is not paid they will come and arrest them on the warrants. (FACT: You very seldom get a phone call telling you there is a warrant out for your arrest. You usually get a knock on the door by people with badges who want to give you a ride in a patrol car).

In these type of scams the subject usually instructs the victim to go to the store and get either Green Dot or other gift cards because the court does not accept cash or checks (FACT: It’s just the opposite. The courts gladly accept most types of payments, but gift cards and Greendots are not on the list).

ANYTIME somebody calls you and tells you they want payment in gift cards it is a SCAM. Any time somebody calls you and demands you wire them money, it is a SCAM. In fact, these days, a majority of the time people contact you out of the blue and say you owe them money, it is a SCAM.

If you ever have any doubts about something like this, hang up. If you want peace of mind, look up the agency they say they are calling from and make a call yourself. Then you will at least know you are talking to law enforcement.


City of Parkersburg Pools and Water Recreation Facilities

Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce announced today that plans to open the two city pools are underway.
The current scheduled opening day is Sunday June 7th,
“After a thorough review of the guidance provided by the Governor’s office and the Centers for Disease Control, we believe that both pools and the splash pad can be safely and properly operated to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for patrons, staff and the community.”
I have coordinated with the Governor’s office, local health department officials, our contracted management company and internally to ensure we comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines.”
These guidelines require modifications to existing and previously accepted operational and logistical procedures and processes including:
– Authorized occupancy will be reduced; passes will not be sold to support occupancy limitations;
– Only personal, single person use swim safety devices or PFD’s will be permitted (swim wings, vests etc.);
– Normally provided deck chairs will not be available; patrons will be permitted to bring their own outside use folding furniture for their personal use only;
– Thorough and consistent cleaning of high touch surfaces and items will be performed;
– Dedicated personnel above normal pool staff will be assigned to promote and encourage compliance with established guidelines for social distancing;
“The key to safe and successful operation will hinge upon patrons and parents exercising good judgement and accepting personal responsibility for their actions and behaviors with regards to established guidelines”.