PARKERSBURG - Parkersburg City Council passed several ordinances during Tuesday night's meeting.
Before hearing the ordinances, Councilman John Rockhold spoke on the benefit of council members attending the West Virginia Municipal League's annual conference in Charleston last week. Rockhold said he was glad to have been part of the event.
"(Officials) were fortunate because we discussed home rule, health care changes and all the people who went left nothing uncovered," he said of the conference. "It was a wonderful time to learn and benefit; time and money well spent."
Parkersburg City Council member Mike Reynolds, with a picture of Parkersburg hotel The Chancellor behind him, listens to the final reading of the ordinance transferring the Uptowner hotel property to the Urban Renewal Authority for sale to Uptown Lodging LLC. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)
Councilwoman Sharon Lynch said she was glad to have had the opportunity to attend the conference.
"There was good information given on home rule as well as the affordable care act," she said. "I appreciate the opportunity to attend."
Rockhold was sporting a ballcap with a story at the council meeting.
"Six years ago I asked the mayor of Spencer for a hat," he said. "This year he gave it to me with the fact I had to do something in exchange for it."
He said he was to wear the hat, advertising for the Black Walnut Festival held in Spencer on Oct. 11-13, to a city council meeting. Rockhold said he not only would wear the cap but invite all in attendance at the meeting to attend the festival.
In other council business, the final reading of an ordinance transferring property at 415 Seventh St. to the Urban Renewal Authority for sale to Uptown Lodging LLC was approved unanimously by council members.
The motion was sponsored by Councilmen Jim Reed, Rockhold and J.R. Carpenter.
The final reading of a second ordinance authorizing the lease/purchase financing of seven Parkersburg Police Department vehicles at $202,397.40 was passed.
The first reading of an ordinance amending the election districts of the city of Parkersburg because of precincts being consolidated by the Wood County clerk and commission was approved. There will be no changes in district lines if the ordinance makes it to a final reading, council said.
There was no discussion on any of the ordinances and no one spoke during the public comment period.