WHITESVILLE, W.Va – In late February the Whitesville Town Council met to have a second reading of the ordinance W- 37 nuisances.
The second reading of the ordinance proved successful and was passed unanimously by the town council.
The ordinance will help the town be able to have dilapidated buildings torn down if they are a safety or health concern for the town and its residents.
One of the buildings the town has been concerned about is the Big Star building.
The portion of the ordinance that will allow the town council to have buildings torn down is 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.”
According to Susan Grubbs, town recorder during the recent Whitesville Town Council meeting the council approved the demolition of the Big Star building.
The Big Star building sits on the main route, Route 3 that goes through Whitesville. Therefore, if it came down on its own would cause serious traffic issues on this route.
Also, 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.
According to the Whiteville Town Council once the town of Whitesville goes through all the proper channels the DEP will be paying for a $100,000 of the demolition of the building.
However, the building must be in the towns name before these funds from the DEP can be used.
Any amount over the $100,000 will have to come from other sources.
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-307-3104, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder.