PARKERSBURG - City Council will meet Tuesday to approve a Safe Route to School project for Franklin Elementary School.
Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the large conference room at the Municipal Building. The meeting is open to the public.
City council is expected to approve a resolution authorizing the city to sign an agreement with the West Virginia Department of Highways for a Safe Route to School Project. The project would include $100,000 for infrastructure improvements, such as sidewalks and curbs, near Franklin Elementary, and $12,000 for non-infrastructure activities, such as traffic safety lessons and walk to school events for students.
Mayor Bob Newell said the Safe Route to School project has been about three years in the planning.
"We had a group of parents come to us about three years ago asking about improving walking routes to the school," Newell said. "Unfortunately, it is a slow process applying for the funds. We are just now seeing movement on what we started three years ago. We are glad to be able to get it done now, but it is a slow process."
Council's Urban Renewal Authority will meet at 6:45 p.m. prior to the council meeting in the small conference room on the second floor of the Municipal Building. The authority will discuss a possible agreement with Pennzoil-Quaker State to acquire a property off of Keever Street, between 18th and 20th streets. City council approved the first phrase of a property purchase in May.
"This is something we had looked at a while back and we have reached an agreement (with the prior owners) on the cleanup of the site," Newell said.
The owners also have agreed to lift certain restrictions on the site which might have prevented the city from putting in a walking path, he said.
The Urban Renewal Authority meeting also is open to the public.