Commission hears request for noise ordinance


BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Commissioners communicated with a local couple Thursday morning to follow up on their previous request for the adoption of a Nuisance Ordinance, pertaining to “dog barking” outside of Corporate limits.  

Theresa Servetas said she’s been communicating back and forth with Animal Control Officer Jason Kniceley over the last few weeks regarding their neighbors’ barking dogs.  Kniceley reported that he has visited the residents on three different occasions and said he has not witnessed any excessive barking coming from the dogs in question.  Servetas explained she feels that they are being “discriminated against” for residing outside of Buckhannon’s city limits.  She complained that the neighboring dogs will bark for 2-3 solid hours, sometimes even during the night hours.  “We should have the same rights as the people in town,” she demanded.  Commissioners explained they cannot enforce such an ordinance like the city can—this is something the Sheriff would have to enforce.  ACO Kniceley is reportedly in the process of receiving proper qualifications to enable him to enforce such an ordinance if the Sheriff decided to do so in the future.  There was no motion to move forward with the ordinance. 

The Upshur County Sheriff’s Department 2020 Ford Expedition sport utility vehicle was up for auction Thursday morning and sold to Jacob Ford of Buckhannon.  

On behalf of the Upshur County Trails volunteer group, Rachel Weber provided an update pertaining to the trails located at the Upshur County Recreational Park.  “We received a ‘Try This WV’ grant for trail enhancements, mostly to help people find their directions on the trail,” she explained.  The grant was for approximately $2,800.  They have approximately 6 miles of trails at this time.  With the money they received, they would like to build a kiosk that should be ready in two weeks at the main entrance of the trails.  The maps on the kiosk will need to be updated regularly.  They are also building an archway to the main trails that has mainly been volunteer driven.  Signage with arrows will also be placed to guide people throughout the trails.  Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School students are anticipated to help people create the signs.  The final aspect of the grant is going to allow them to plant native wildflowers and plants. 

In other Commission business, the Board of Assessment Appeals approved the Final Order adopting the Hearing Examiner’s denial of the 2019 Greylock Energy LLC Application for Relief and Election.  They also decided to adjourn the Assessment Appeals as per WV State Code §11-3-24b which states: (i) The board of assessment appeals shall meet as often as necessary until the work of the board is completed: Provided, That the board shall adjourn sine die not later than October 31 of the tax year unless the board, by majority vote, agrees to extend the term if necessary, to afford the parties due process and to complete its work, after which it shall adjourn sine die.

Commissioners also approved the following Thursday morning: Letter of support for the City of Buckhannon’s application for funding assistance through the WV Department of Transportation – Division of Highway’s Transportation Alternatives Project for the purpose of extending the existing Elizabeth J. “Binky” Poundstone Riverwalk Trail system; permission for Jade Jones to utilize the County owned FEMA property located on Camp Road for the purpose of (1) maintaining a garden and (2) serving as a one-time wedding venue next year; “Request for Bids” for one Super Duty Pickup Truck for the Upshur County Maintenance Department (sealed bids must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on September 30, 2020 at the Administrative Annex located at 91 W. Main Street, Suite 101); SMIC renewal quote in the amount of $235.50 for volunteer accident medical insurance for term period October 20, 2020 to October 20, 2021; UniFirst Customer Service Agreement for the Upshur County Maintenance Department and adoption of the “Upshur County – Application for Community Use of Buildings, Equipment and Grounds” form; Ryan Halsey, Project Manager, enclosing Community Development Block Grant – Small Cities Block Grant Request for Payment for the Elkins Road PSD Phase III Water System Improvements in the amount of $8,246.36; WV CDBG Small Cities Block Grant Program Grantee Debarment Review Certification for the Elkins Road PSD Phase III Water System Improvement Project; Federal Aviation Administration Outlay Request Number 1 in the amount of $141,652 for the Airport Improvement Program Project No. 3-54-0039-034-2020 at the Upshur County Regional Airport in Buckhannon, WV; STOP Violence Against Women (VAWA) Grant Program Contract Agreement, Resolution, Certifications, Revised Standard and Federal Conditions and Assurances; hiring of Amber Fealy as a full-time Deputy Assessor; and the extension of Shelia Adam’s temporary full-time employment as an Administrative Assistant in the Commission Office through September 12. 

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