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Westover residents ask metropolis for assist with Bryant Road property

WESTOVER — Westover residents from Bryant Road and Fairmor Drive stuffed council chambers Monday to ask Westover Metropolis Council to take motion on a longtime nuisance property. 

Robin Ware introduced a letter signed by lots of her neighbors concerning a property situated at 5 Bryant St. Ware mentioned the property is owned by Brian and Gary Walden. 

“The home situated at 5 Bryant St. has been a nuisance to our neighborhood for many years. We’ve lived there by drug sellers, intercourse offenders, youngster abusers and animal abusers, and with each one among these renters we’ve handled the neglect of that property,” she mentioned. “The home at 5 Bryant St., as we converse now, has been overtaken by roaches and infested with fleas. We, the encompassing neighbors, are as soon as once more paying the value.”     

Ware mentioned she’s paying to have an exterminator deal with her house this week. 

“We the neighbors would love this home demolished,” she mentioned. “We love our neighborhood and we need to have a cheerful, peaceable life. We don’t want to fret about the home subsequent door.” 

Mayor Bob Lucci mentioned town is conscious of the scenario and has condemned the construction for the second time in his tenure as mayor. 

“We’re going to do all the pieces in our energy, legally, to do away with the home. It’s rather a lot simpler mentioned than performed,” he mentioned . 

Legal professional Tim Stranko defined additional. 

“We’re constrained by the state constructing code and state code. West Virginia is legendary for its property rights. We simply efficiently eliminated a construction owned by Mr. Walden and it took us by way of the board of zoning appeals and the circuit courtroom. There’s loads of due course of Mr. Walden is aware of the right way to use,” he mentioned. “Because the mayor says, we’re constrained, however no matter energy we’ve we will use.” 

Public Works Director Jason Stinespring mentioned as soon as town is notified by the pest management firm that the bugs are gone, “we’re going to go in with a fine-toothed comb.” 

Stinespring mentioned that if the home sits condemned for greater than a yr or the bug infestation can’t be eradicated, town may have extra authorized standing to tear it down. 

Additionally on Monday, Stinespring mentioned the proprietor of the previous Westover Elementary Faculty constructing on Morrison Avenue has till Oct. 20 to supply a signed contract for the asbestos abatement and demolition of the constructing. 

At that time, town may take the constructing down itself or search a courtroom order. 

The property is owned by Victor Solomon. It has fallen into disrepair and has been fenced off for a while. Town carried out an administrative search warrant to examine the constructing again in August. 

Lastly, council set Westover Trick or Deal with for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.