WHITESVILLE, W.Va – The Whitesville Town Council met Tuesday, February 14 at 6 p.m. to discuss and have the first reading of the ordinance W- 37 nuisances.
If the ordinance passes, this will help get Whitesville a step closer to being able to have dilapidated buildings torn down.
There is one particular building they have in their sights. The Big Star building which use to be a grocery store many years ago.
The buildings structure is not sound and is very dilapidated. The town council as well as Mayor Fred Harless is concerned for the citizen’s safety and well-being.
If the building would come down on its own it is in very close proximity to a church as well as a few private residences.
The Big Star building also sits on the main route, Route 3 through Whitesville. Therefore, if it came down on its own would cause serious traffic issues on this route.
If Route 3 was blocked would it hold up school bus traffic as well as coal trucks and any other person trying to get from one place to another in the county.
X.02 Public Nuisances Affecting Health, Letter D, Number 3 states “All buildings or structures so dilapidated or out of repair as to be dangerous, unsafe or otherwise unfit for human use” would allow the town of Whitesville to go through proper legal channels to have buildings like the Big Star building torn down.
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder.