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County Commission Imposes $100 per Day Fine upon Property Owner

Raymond Davis of Charleston became the first property owner to be subjected to fines for failure to comply with an order to remedy conditions on his property at 67 Marina Park, Hurricane. Davis was given notice in January that fines of $100 per day would begin in sixty days if he failed to clean up the cited conditions. The fines began on April 20, the date of the Commission meeting.

A second property owner, John Cook, was also given notice that he would be assessed $100 per day fines for conditions existing at 55 Marina Park, Hurricane. The Commission, citing a request from Cook, opted to delay the assessment of fine for an additional 30 days.

The Commission approved a request from Bancroft Mayor Donna McKneely to have the town’s corporate limits be made subject to Putnam County’s Dilapidated and Abandoned Ordinance. Beginning Tuesday, April 20, anyone (even an anonymous source) can file a complaint with the DAEA Board concerning property conditions within the municipality and the DAEA Board will investigate and issue a corrective action if necessary.

One item on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting which the Commission did not act upon was a request to purchase property located at 6321 Poca River Road South. A grant for the purchase was approved in February of 2020 but the Commission, after determining that the property could not be developed for any purpose other than recreation, is now considering returning the grant funds to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The matter was tabled to a future meeting.

In other business, the Commission adopted levy rates for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2022. Putnam residents will be subjected to the same rates on July 1, 2021 as were in effect on July 1, 2020.

The Commission also approved a request for a letter of support for the WVDOT to proceed with a full engineering design to widening Sleepy Hollow Road in Hurricane and for the Regional Intergovernmental Council to explore funding options for the project.

In another agenda item, the Commission approved a Violence Against Women Act grant application.

The next Commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 29.

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