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Council hears concerns on dilapidated property

June 12, 2012
By John Clise - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Members of the Buckhannon City Council heard concerns recently from residents regarding dilapidated property on Barbour Street.

Winston Moore raised concerns during Thursday's meeting regarding a property located at the intersection of Ritchie and Barbour streets. Moore said part of the street looks like a garbage dump.

Incoming Councilman Ron Pugh, a resident of Barbour Street, spoke in support of Moore's issue.

"Really, I see it as a health hazard," Pugh said. "I've seen rats, some nearly 9 or 10 inches long, and roaches crawling almost all the way across the road.

"It's a health hazard that needs cleaned up," Pugh said.

Moore said he believes there is enough debris against the side of his house to fill a 2-ton dumptruck, as a result of the neighboring property's condition.

Mayor Kenny Davidson said the city will look into the situation.

In other news, city engineer Jay Hollen said work is continuing on the new National Guard facility, with utilities and other issues being mapped out.

Work also continues at Jawbone Park, with the farmer's market now open. Grass and tree plantings are scheduled for later in the summer. The parking lot at the facility is complete, with parking for 58 vehicles.

Over the summer months and into the fall, visitors will be able to enjoy Festival Fridays each Friday evening in Buckhannon. A brainchild of Create Buckhannon, the Festival Fridays will celebrate arts, music and food each week.

In other business, city attorney David McCauley asked permission to investigate the possibility of establishing a vacant building registry to allow the assessment of fees on these buildings.

McCauley said the buildings in question may be habitable, but it is more of a quality-of-life issue. McCauley also said it isn't to produce massive revenues but rather to encourage the use of all usable buildings in the city and the repair or demolition of those not habitable.

Mayor Kenny Davidson asked for the tabled Urban Deer Hunt Ordinance be raised for discussion.

Councilman Scott Preston made a motion to return the ordinance to the table and he was seconded by Councilman Dave Thomas.

Councilman Keith Queen reminded council a petition with more than 200 names was filed against the ordinance last fall when it was tabled indefinitely.

The motion to put the issue back on the table was approved 3-2, with Queen and Councilwoman Pam Cuppari voting against it.

Recorder Rich Clemens did not attend Thursday's meeting.

Council members also approved Ordinance 364, which deals with a property exchange between the city of Buckhannon, Upshur County Commission and First Community Bank to create an easier way to operate vehicles in and around the bank and in a city alley adjacent to the bank. The property is located near the southwestern corner of West Main and South Kanawha streets in downtown Buckhannon.



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