LOGAN, W.Va. — The first blighted structure scheduled for demolition in Logan County has been removed by the Logan County Commission (LCC).
The property was located on Pansera Lane in Deskins Addition near Stereo Video had reportedly not been inhabited for decades.
At a recent meeting of the LCC, Logan County code enforcement officer Ray Perry 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.
Logan County Administrator Rocky Adkins explained homeowners 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 or placing a lean on the property and demolishing the structures.
Properties go through a process of asbestos inspection and possibly asbestos removal if needed. The county is forced to pay for the inspection and removal and is not allowed to recoup any costs beyond what the they have spent on demolition and inspection.
“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 property and demolish. It should never be easy. These are last resorts. They 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 3o4-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]