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County Commission Approves Hurricane Annexation Request

The City of Hurricane grew 24 acres on Tuesday, April 12, as the Putnam County Commission approved the annexation of the 13.31 acres located behind and adjacent to Wendy’s on Teays Valley Road, 10.16 acres of Teays Valley Road right-of-way, and a 0.68 acre access road connecting Teays Valley Road to the 13.31-acre tract into the City of Hurricane.

Commission Andy Skidmore recused himself from voting because of his position as Hurricane City Manager.

AB Holding, the property owner of the 13.31 acres, petition to come into the city following purchasing the property last month. Courthouse records list a transfer of ownership from Valley Pointe Properties to AB Holdings for property valued at $1.8 million on March 8.

The Hurricane City Council met in a special meeting on March 21 to hold the first reading on the petition for annexation from AB Holding and held the second reading at its regular monthly meeting on April 4. The annexation request was submitted to the County Commission and placed on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.

In other business, the Commission voted to enter into a communication tower ground lease arrangement with Gary and Tammy Kale. The arrangement covers a 20-year period at a $9,000 per year cost. The $9,000 price tag is subject to increases dependent upon changes in the consumer price index.

The Commission acted on nine cases submitted by the Dilapidated and Abandoned Enforcement Agency (DAEA). In Case No. 2019-04, the Commission voted to place a lien upon the property located at 67 Marina Park in Hurricane. The cases before the Commission included three properties for which the owners had failed to complete required improvements. The Commission voted to grant 30-day extensions for the properties located at 1495 Hurricane Creek Road and at 14925 Charleston Road in Red House. The Commission voted to fine property owner of 65 Second Avenue in Hometown at a rate of $25 per day with the stipulation that payment be waived if the specified corrections are made within 30 days.

The next regular commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 28.

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