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Commissioners aim to tackle dilapidated structures

Updated: Thursday, October 17 2013, 07:02 PM EDT

By Rich Pierce 

Brooke County, WV

October 17, 2013 

The Brooke County Commissioners have been dealing with numerous complaints of dilapidated houses all over the county and they would like to see them torn down.

Commission President Tim Ennis said a new proposed ordinance would allow the process of tearing down those buildings to quicken.

“It’ll enable us to go out and make some needed improvements to our area,” Ennis said.

The new plan is to allow a certified contractor, rather than a licensed engineer to inspect the structures.

“We don’t have a county engineer. We’ve talked to other counties and how they approach this and most of them use a licensed contractor as well as many of the municipalities in the state of West Virginia,” Ennis said.

The process of tearing down or improving the buildings starts when a complaint is filed by a resident. But what qualifies as a dilapidated structure?

“(Its) windows are knocked out of it, grass hasn’t been cut. Nobody has lived in the place for two or three years. Shingles are blowing off of it. It’s several issues like that,” Ennis said.

Not only does Ennis expect the change to expedite the process, he said it will cut costs for the county.

“Hopefully, few can get a local contractor to help out at a much reduced rate,” Ennis said.

The amendment to the ordinance is in the preliminary stages. There will be a public hearing on the proposed change next Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. 

Commissioners aim to tackle dilapidated structures


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