PARKERSBURG - The Personnel Committee of Parkersburg City Council will consider hiring a community resource coordinator whose duties will include management of the city's 311 information line and establishing a permanent downtown marketplace.
The committee will discuss creating the position at 5 p.m. today in the small conference room on the second floor of the municipal building. The meeting is open to the public, and the community resource coordinator is the only item listed on the agenda.
Development Director Ann Conageski said the position will report to her under the development department and will be responsible for a variety of projects being handled by V.I.S.T.A. Volunteer Jay Fisher. Conageski said the position being created would be filled by Fisher.
"It is new and it is something we would want him to do," Conageski said.
Mayor Bob Newell, who is out of town and will not attend today's meeting, said Fisher's position has been funded for the past two years by V.I.S.T.A. Under the new position as a city employee, Fisher would earn just under $34,000.
"I would like to retain him," Newell said.
The community resource coordinator would be responsible for:
* Coordinating the launch and oversight of the city's 311 information line.
* Plan and manage the winter and summer farmers market at their new 113 Ann St. location. The position would also plan and oversee the permanent downtown marketplace and help create a nonprofit corporation to govern the market's indoor and outdoor space.
* Assist with updates to the city's and market's web pages, including those on Facebook and Twitter.
* Complete and manage a downtown property inventory, which will be listed through an online database.
* Assist the development department with ongoing projects, such as the urban bike and pedestrian trail network, the downtown way finding sign project and the urban garden program.
* Seek funding sources, such as grants and donations, for such projects.
* Other projects as assigned.
The position would require a degree in planning, marketing, business administration, economics or similar field and at least one year of experience in planning and coordinating events. It also would require computer and social media skills, communication skills and organizational skills.