Commission discuss property cases, announce new position

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Commissioners are dealing with several property cases within the county once again. On Thursday morning, the commissioners discussed three property cases brought before them from the Upshur County Safe Structures and Sites Enforcement Board.

This Safe Structures and Sites Board filed a petition for order on November 15, 2021 for Case Number 051321-01 (Meade Tax District – Tax Map 1 – Parcel Number 130) owned by Mitchell W. Hyre and consider Order Adopting Enforcement Agency Findings. According to Assistant County Administrator Tabatha Perry, the case originated in May of 2021. She added that the board sent a notice of investigation, notice of required action, as well as provided two extensions. On December 3, 2021, Hyre was served and had until December 23 to request a hearing, in which he did not, nor attend the hearing. Perry explained per WV code, that the commission can therefore enter an order recommending the findings of the board, which is that the structure needs torn down and the property disposed of, providing reasonable time. Commissioner Cutright made a motion to notify Hyre by certified mail and allow him 14 days before implementing a $50 a day fine. After the 14 days, Hyre will be fined $50 a day.

The commission recently addressed property case number 011421-01 (Washington Tax district – Tax Map 7K-Parcel Number 55.3) owned by Yancy Carr, in which a $50 a day fine was implemented. Since then, the property was purchased by Carr’s neighbors Tom and Debbie Osburn. The Osburns explained that their plan for the property is to clean it up and tear it down. Commissioner Tenney recommended allowing the Osburns ample time to clean up the property, given it was their purpose for purchasing. Commissioner Cutright made a motion to suspend the $50 a day fine, since they have recently purchased the property and allowing them a nine-month extension. The commissioners made a motion to allow the Osburns until September 30, 2022 to complete the clean-up.

All three commissioners expressed appreciation and gratitude to the Osburns for making the investment of this property and helping the commission with this ongoing issue.

The Safe Structures and Sites Board also made a petition for order, filed on December 16, 2021 for Case Number 070821-02 (Banks Tax District – Tax Map 4 – Parcel Number 2). According to the board, the property owner David W. Bolyard Jr. has 20 days to request a hearing before the Upshur County Commission.

The Commission is also advertising for the full-time Upshur County Recreational Park Facilities Director position that recently became vacation. This is a salary position with benefits. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, previous managerial experience, knowledge of pool operations and sports tournaments. The application, along with a full job description, can be found at the Commission Office in the Administrative Annex or online at Applications must be received in their office no later than close of business on Friday, January 21, 2022.


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