CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — The Chapmanville Town Council’s monthly meeting held Monday, September 12, addressed several issues residents of the town were having.
Following the reading of the minutes from the August meeting, comments from the public was taken.
Jeremy Farley, director of the PIECES (Pride In Every Community Equals Success) coalition, requested to have a Drug Give-back box placed at the Chapmanville Police Department. The box would be for residents to drop off unused and unwanted medications for proper disposal. The box would be under the supervision of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department. The request was granted.
Town resident Jackie Ferrell spoke to the council on several matters, including the cost the town charges for the printing of FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) documents. Currently the town is charging $1.50 per page. Following a discussion, the council voted to change the amount to twenty-five cents per page. Ferrell also brought to the attention of the council that in the town’s charter, it states that the town’s government is a secular.
“If you don’t know what that means, I suggest you look it up,” Ferrell said. “I’m afraid we are heading for some kind of suit for condoning religion in our meetings.”
Next to speak before the council was Jeffery Justice, owner of Krist Door Service. Justice asked the council what could be done about what he referred to as a “junk yard” that his customers must drive through to access his business location near Commerce Park.
“We’ve got two businesses there,” Justice said. “We’ve got people coming from Madison, Charleston and Williamson. They have to drive through that every time they come in. The railroad came in and had them move the junk cars from the property and in 30 days they are right back on there. He brought in a double wide three years ago and it is still sitting there not even put together.”
Justice said vehicles have set there for two and three years on the side of the road.
“My understanding is that it has to be a licensed vehicle within six months or it has to be moved,” Justice said. “If it is a junk yard, we need to put a fence put up around it. Is my understanding correct on that?”
Town Attorney Robert Kuenzel informed Justice that although they have adopted property maintenance codes in the past, they don’t have a licensed property inspector. Kuenzel said they could possibly as Logan County Code Enforcement Office Ray Perry to look at the situation.
“I’ll look at the ordinance that we have adopting the property maintenance code and see if we can’t maybe contract with Ray to come down and look at some of this stuff for you,” Kuenzel said.
Justice asked if it didn’t take certification to inspect the property, could the town’s police could do something concerning the situation.
“I’ll look at the ordinance. Enforcement, that is the key,” Kuenzel said.
Someone offered the opinion of having Perry look into other situations to “clean everything up.”
Kuenzel said it had come up in the past, but things in Chapmanville have been hectic for the past several months.
“Mayor Barker has us on stable ground now and I think that is something we can move forward with,” Kuenzel said. “I’ll talk with Ray and look at that.”
Alexis Smith from the Region II Planning and Development Counsel spoke on a resubmittal on a grant for a Small Cities application for the water system improvement Phase II.
“It was submitted in April as per the plan. The Regional Planning and Development office has requested additional information,” Smith said. “We will take care of all additional information. Some of the information is older and they have requested that we submit a waiver request. I ask that you make a motion for the mayor to sign that so we can get that waiver in.”
The motion was approved.
Russell Yeager told council that he was still experiencing a water problem when it rains even after the installation of a water drain in an alley near him. Yeager gave council several options that he thought would solve the problem.
“I’m getting tired of it…. I’m getting tired of a wet garage… ruined carpet,” Yeager said. “I’d appreciate any thing the city could do.”
Editor’s Note — Due to the length of the meeting, additional issues addressed during the Chapmanville Town Council will be discussed in future reports.
Martha Sparks is a reporter for Civitas Media can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728.