LOGAN, W.Va — Resolutions concerning all-terrain vehicles travels on State Rt. 44 near the Hatfield Cemetery and the county’s housing programs dominated most of the discussion at the Logan County Commission (LCC) meeting held June 7.
Extending the trails near the famous Hatfield Cemetery has been something of a long term goal for the Hatfield and McCoy trail system in Logan County.
LCC president Danny Godby noted the commission was to adopt a resolution saying, “Be it hereby resolved the county commission hereby designates a portion of State Rt. 44 from the Hatfield Cemetery until said highway intersects with the Hatfield and McCoy Trail System…for use by all-terrain vehicles.”
The commission then adopted a resolution confirming their commitment to the hazard mitigation grant program. In December 2015, many families throughout Logan County entered into a program where by the county would purchase homes situated in flood planes.
The homes would be purchased at fair market value using funds from FEMA and later demolished leaving “green space” behind.
It would be illegal to erect permanent structures on any of the land purchased through the program which hopes to proactively handle the issue of flooding by moving people out of flood zones.
County code enforcement officer Ray Perry also noted demolition would soon begin on three structures as part of the abandoned and dilapidated housing program which seeks to remove housing blight from the county.
In the program, owners of homes that are abandoned or dilapidated are given notice of the need to clean the property.
Perry explained that the home owner would ideally take it upon themselves to clean the property and remove blight.
If no action is taken or no response received, the county eventually goes through legal processes which involves further notifications of land owners and waiting periods which eventually ends in the county taking ownership of the property and demolishing the structures.
“It gets to be a rather lengthy and tedious process, but it should never to be easy for government to go in on private property and take property and demolish… It should never be easy, but these are last resorts. They’ve become fire hazards and safety issues in the community. I think that’s where the county government steps in and does the job that people fail to do,” noted commissioner Danny Ellis.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]