PARKERSBURG - Several items will come up for discussion and a vote at today's Parkersburg City Council meeting.
Among the topics to be considered are suspension of longevity pay for employees, a change in the city's bike ordinance to remove a portion of Juliana as part of a downtown bike path and a land swap which would give the city a building near Point Park.
Mayor Bob Newell said a resolution to give the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport $15,000 from the capital reserve fund likely will be pulled from the agenda. Airport officials have indicated the need for the funding no longer exists and they will not ask for the money as the Federal Aviation Administration reversed its decision to cut funding to contract towers.
"If it's not necessary, we will not give it to them," Newell said. "It has to be pulled off at the council meeting, either through a motion," or council could let the motion die.
Two ordinances are on final reading include a bill to amend a portion of city code 373.12 to remove Juliana Street between Second and Ninth streets as a designated bike path. The mayor's Bike Advisory Board has instead recommended an alternate bike path through the downtown area and has asked for signage to be removed along that portion of Juliana. The change was considered by council previously, but was postponed Feb. 26 to give the advisory board more time to plan and present the alternate bike path.
Also on final reading is legislation concerning the longevity raise. It would allow council the option of bringing longevity pay back at a later date if so desired.
A resolution allowing for a land swap of a municipal parking lot at First and Juliana streets for a building at 113 Ann St. will be on first reading. The Ann Street building could be renovated by the city to be a permanent market place.
Newell said he doubted those topics would lead to much discussion because they were discussed during committee meetings last week with all council members in attendance.
Prior to the council meeting, the Urban Renewal Authority will meet at 7 p.m. in council chambers. The authority will consider several property purchasing offers as well as a request to take possession of a properties at 2434 Dudley Ave. and 2411 Lynn St. by eminent domain.