PARKERSBURG - Parkersburg City Council will discuss a lease agreement with the Wood County Library to expand its southside facility during its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building.
The meeting is open to the public.
Among the agenda items for Tuesday's meeting is a resolution authorizing a 50-year lease agreement between the city and the Library Board of the Parkersburg/Wood County Public Library. The lease would allow the library system use of Blizzard Park, which is next to the library's existing Blizzard Drive facility.
In September, library officials announced plans to construct a new building next to the existing 1713 Blizzard Drive branch to better serve the south Parkersburg community.
Though the resolution authorizing the agreement does not specify a dollar amount for the lease, it does refer to it as a "nominal fee."
"Council will discuss that, but I suspect it will be a dollar a year," up to 50 years, said Mayor Bob Newell. "It will be in the actual lease agreement."
* Parkersburg City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers on the second floor of the city Municipal Building.
* Immediately following regular council meeting the Urban Renewal Authority will meet in the same location.
As it is a resolution, the motion Tuesday would require only one reading for approval.
In other business, council will hold a public hearing before voting on a resolution to transfer a piece of property to the Urban Renewal Authority for the purpose of selling it to MLW Construction. The parcel of property at 1335 St. Marys Ave. was donated to the city by the estate of Eleanor Louise Johnson and owners Douglas Burton and Christa Michelle Walker.
The property would be sold to MLW Construction for $1,000 to be used as parking for that business.
Council also will consider the first reading of an ordinance reclassifying the city finance director position. The change would set a base annual salary for the job between $55,000-$60,000. Officials hope the change will allow the city to attract qualified candidates for the position.
"It's to help us be competitive" with other businesses, Newell said. "We'll never match some of those salaries, but we need to get a bit closer."
Immediately following Tuesday's regular session of council, the Urban Renewal Authority will meet in the same location to consider the purchase of a vacant lot at 1700 Spring St. by an area homeowner for use as a yard or garden.