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UPDATE: Parkersburg to resume Memorial Bridge toll collections

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Published: Mar. 19, 2020 at 2:19 PM EDT
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UPDATE: 5/18/20 12:30 P.M.

The city of Parkersburg will resume collecting tolls on the Memorial Bridge on Wednesday, Mayor Tom Joyce said in a news release.

City officials removed the tolls and opened the bridge up to free travel on March 22 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Normal tolls will resume at 8 a..m. Wednesday, and Joyce said the current plan is to operate the outside lanes both for both eastbound and westbound traffic.

“When the bridge employees were made aware of the other city employees returning to their regular work location and assignments; an overwhelming majority of the bridge personnel contacted their supervisor volunteering to return to work,” Joyce said.“We have made preparations and verified that we have the necessary and appropriate supplies and personal protective equipment to provide for proper safety of the employees.”


Update: 3/23/2020 4:40 P.M.

Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce announced Monday afternoon all city buildings will remain closed to public access.

City Council President Mike Reynolds elected to cancel the city council meeting scheduled for Tuesday March 24th (Additional comments or questions related to council meetings should be directed to Mr. Reynolds)

City Parks will remain open and social distancing is mandatory until further notice (6 feet between you and others); restroom facilities in city parks are closed effective immediately;

Citizens are strongly encouraged to use the Contact Us section of the City of Parkersburg website to report legitimate and emergency concerns or requests for service.

This is an update to the mayor's announcement Monday morning, and was issued after Governor Jim Justice announced his stay at home order, effective Tuesday night.


UPDATE: 3/23/20 9:30 A.M.

Public access at all Parkersburg city buildings will be restricted starting on Monday, Mayor Tom Joyce said in a news release announcing changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following is a list of actions being taken by city officials:

- All employees 65 or older and those with legitimate immunocompromised conditions have been placed on paid leave or provided the ability to work from home when possible and appropriate until further notice.

- Critical staff, including police, fire (non civilian) and sanitation personnel will continue to operate as normal with regards to staffing. Civil service personnel will continue to practice all protective measures precautionary and sanitary activities related to distancing.

- All other staff will be placed on rotating schedules - two days on, three days off - to allow for continuity of operations and services and to also provide maximum distancing opportunities for staff .

-The Memorial toll bridge will remain open for free passage effective until further notice; all toll collectors have been placed on paid leave

- Municipal court is postponed until further notice

- Officials are exploring the capability to allow city council to call into the meeting on Tuesday.

- All deliveries will be directed to and left with fire department personnel at Station 1 until further notice.


UPDATE

Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, and until further notice the Parkersburg City Building will only be open for public access 8 A.M.-1 P.M. Monday through Friday.

For assistance outside these hours please call:

Mayor: 304-424-8416

Building Permits: 304-424-8537

Zoning: 304-424-8477

Police (Non-Emergency): 304-424-8444

Fire: (Non-Emergency ): 304-424-8470

Parks: 304-424-8572

Public Works & Engineering: 304-424-8568

Billings & Finance: 304-424-8593

Development: 304-424-8519

City Council: 304-424-8490

The city offices will provide over the phone service 1-4:30 P.M. to the best of its ability and staff have been instructed to mitigate the need for in-person services to the greatest extent possible.

The city say it has not experienced an impactful level of absenteeism at this time.


Press Release from Wood County Commission:

During an emergency meeting Thursday the Wood County Commission voted unanimously to designate limited hours for public access to the Wood County Courthouse and the portion of the Judge Black Courthouse Annex which faces Market Street due to the Coronaviaus COVID-19 threat.

The new hours of 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. will go into effect beginning Friday, March 20 and will remain in effect until and unless other changes are needed.

The court system, including Family Court, which is in the Judge Black Courthouse Annex, the magistrate court, which is housed in the Wood County Justice Center, and the circuit courts and circuit clerk’s offices housed in the Judge Black Annex are governed by supreme court regulations and are not subject to this change in public access hours.

“We want to ensure the public has all of its needs addressed while trying to ensure the health and well-being of our employees and protect them as best we can,” said Commission President Blair Couch about the change.

The commissioners are also considering other options to assure services are being delivered while county employees are protected. Couch said the changes in the public access office hours could be in effect for several months.

Those needing to arrange an appointment with any of the offices that will be closed after 1 p.m. may call those offices. The phone numbers and information about services provided by the offices are all available on the Wood County Website: https://woodcountywv.com.

Wood County Assessor David Nohe said no assessor’s office employees will be going door to door during this period of time.

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