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PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg City Council’s finance committee will consider proposals for the fund balance carried over from the previous fiscal year on Tuesday.

If referred by the five-member committee, the full board will vote on the budget revisions at a meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The finance committee meets an hour early in the executive boardroom on the second floor of the municipal building, across from council chambers.

The total amount to be carried over is $2,249,851, but $800,000 has been allocated to the budget for the current fiscal year which began on July 1 and an additional $840,809 has been committed for the current purchase orders at the end of the previous fiscal year on June 30.

“That leaves $609,042 (as) unencumbered fund balance,” said Parkersburg chief financial officer Eric Jiles.

Revisions proposed by Mayor Tom Joyce’s administration include $100,000 to extend the ongoing sidewalk replacement along Park Avenue in City Park from Washington Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets, City Engineer Adam Stout .

“At the end of the day, I’d like this to be completed both ways on Park Avenue and 23rd Street,” Joyce said.

Another $10,000 is included in that particular item for a kayak launch at a location to be determined, possibly Point Park, the mayor said.

This is part of the $312,000 to be transferred to the Capital Reserve Fund. Other allocations in this amount include $50,000 for snow plows, $30,000 for new walkway signage in South Parkersburg and $30,000 for Christmas decorations in Southwood Park.

Joyce said some groups and individuals have been decorating the park in recent years and Councilors Jesse Cottrille and Sharon Kuhl and Councilor Bob Mercer, who represent the South Side Districts, approached him about “step up our game” there during the holidays.

There would be $40,000 allocated to the contract services item of the code administration budget for cleaning up homeless encampments like the sites off DuPont Road and near the East Street Bridge the city has hired JC Bosley Construction to deal earlier this year.

“We have already identified others”, Joyce said. “These are largely abandoned camps.”

Other allocations include $84,739 to the city’s stabilization fund, $50,000 for road salt this winter and $30,000 for the ongoing effort to paint a mural along the flood wall.

The figure of $609,042 does not include $131,451 in the user fee fund above the planned balance of $1.94 million. This will go toward the city’s next paving project, Jiles said.

The fund balance is the result of federal COVID relief funds, which means the city has not had to transfer money to police and fire budgets from the User Fee Fund over the past few years. financial years 2020 and 2021.

The board’s agenda also includes proclaiming October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, final reading of an ordinance adopting the updated state building code, and receiving annual reports on the city’s police and fire department pension funds.

Evan Bevins can be reached at [email protected]

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Parkersburg City Council Tuesday

* 6:30 p.m.: Finance Committee, Executive Conference Room, Second Floor, Municipal Building.

* 7:30 p.m.: Municipal Council, Council Chamber, 2nd floor, Municipal Building.




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