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April 1, 2020 is Census Day, the day that determines who is counted in the 2020 Census and where they are counted.

It is vital that all households in Parkersburg complete and submit a census form and every resident of our community counts and deserves to be counted!

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and is key to shaping the future of communities. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs legislative district boundaries. They also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers to communities for public services and infrastructure like hospitals, emergency services, schools and bridges each year over the next 10 years.

Please find Mayor Joyce’s proclamation below;

Census Proclamation


Message from Mayor Tom Joyce

Message from Mayor Tom Joyce

It is crucial that every single individual in our community do their part in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, this means staying at home and following hygiene and social distancing recommendations, if you and/or your family members leave your home for any of the permitted purposes in Governor Justice’s order.

The use of Parks for exercise such as walking or biking is permitted at this time; but persons should observe the guidelines prior to, during and after the use of the parks.

Any disregard for the order or guidelines creates a public health hazard and not only places our community at risk, but it places at risk all essential personnel including health care professionals and First Responders.


Gov. Justice’s order states that “all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited purposes permitted by this Order (view the order in its entirety at

Any gathering of more than 10 people is prohibited, unless exempted by this Order. Nothing in this order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or residence.



Special Statement Regarding Trash Pickup

Effective Wednesday April 1st 2020, the City of Parkersburg will only remove trash that is properly placed in suitable waterproof containers, including plastic bags and trashcans.
This temporary change was decided upon as a measure to limit the potential exposure of City personnel from COVID-19 exposure.
Bulk waste goods such as furniture, appliances and the like should be held at this time. Your understanding and cooperation is appreciated.
From Mayor Tom Joyce:
“The Public Service Commission issued a ruling (General Order 262.2) outlining the above referenced exclusion of bulk goods and only requiring the collection of properly contained waste. While The City of Parkersburg is not governed by the PSC, nor are we required to follow their guidance, I elected to proceed with the change to keep our employees safe.
My #1 priority during this pandemic has been and will be to continue to keep our employees safe; and while this change will have an impact on the aesthetics of some neighborhoods, there is nothing more important than safety.
We will make arrangements if necessary to “catch up” on bulk waste collection as soon as it is safe to do so, but for now I am asking that bulk waste be held for collection at a future date.”

Parking changes to facilitate restaurant curbside delivery

Effective immediately the City of Parkersburg is transitioning downtown parking to 15 minute free parking in the areas outlined below:

Market Street 8th-3rd
7th Street Juliana -Market

This measure is being implemented to provide easier access to downtown Parkersburg’s eateries and other businesses that have been or may be affected by COVID-19 guidelines recommendations and orders related to gatherings and congregation.

We hope this action will allow all downtown businesses to maintain limited operations within the confines of current restrictions in an efficient and effective manner.The city will reevaluate as necessary but for now this change will remain in effect indefinitely.


US Small Business Administration Disaster Information

US Small Business Administration Disaster Information

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

For more information from the SBA, please click here.  To download an economic injury worksheet, please click here.   All worksheets should be submitted to the following attention:


Attn: Ann Urling

Deputy Chief of Staff

Office of Governor Jim Justice

State Capitol

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, WV  25305

304-558-2000 (office)

304-342-7025 (fax)



Storm Sewer Replacement on Roseland Ave.

The contractor has begun to mobilize for a storm sewer

 replacement on Roseland between Fairview Ave. and 36th Street.

This will affect traffic pattern in this area.  The road may have to

be closed during some portions of the project to facilitate the

necessary repairs. The closure will take place from 34th Place to

36th Street. Please click HERE to view the attached map showing

the project location and the closure limits when applicable.