County votes to close unused alley

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission approved a resident’s request to close an unused alley located to the south of Old Weston Road and the north of U.S. Highway 33 in the village of Lorentz.

Commissioners reviewed the necessary documents from Mary Herndon, including the request application, tax map of the property, aerial photo of the property, the property’s deed that reflects Herndon’s purchase of the alley and a copy of the public notice.

A public hearing took place during the previous County Commission meeting Jan. 11, with Herndon present via telephone conference.

Herndon advised commissioners that no liens existed against the property.

County administrator Carrie Wallace said the commission had not received any correspondence concerning the closing of the alley.

Commissioners inquired with individuals in attendance for any objections or comments. No concerns of closing the alley were received.

During the Jan. 11 meeting, Commissioner Terry Cutright said, “I’ve looked the property, and there’s nobody else. It’s not accessing anybody else’s property on either end or on either side, so I don’t see any problem at all.”

Commissioners voted unanimously to sign and approve the order.

Wallace advised Herndon once the survey on the alley is completed and returned, she will have to file the order with the survey in the County Clerk’s office.

In other county news:

• On behalf of Women’s Aid In Crisis, Bobbi Cox provided commissioners with a presentation of Stalking Awareness Month.

• Victim advocate Matthew Cutright announced his resignation. Because of Cutright’s resignation, Prosecuting Attorney David Godwin is requesting approval from commission to advertise for the victim advocate position.

• Lori Ulderich-Harvey, with the Upshur County Family Resource Network and the Upshur County Tobacco Prevention Coalition, requested space in the courthouse annex for a display table.

The next County Commission meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 25 in the Upshur County Courthouse Annex.