BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Commissioners revisited the Gardner Case Number 010920-01 (Warren Tax District – Tax Map 8D – Parcel Number 12,13,14) once again Thursday morning.
This case originated in January 2020 and was referred to the Commission in August of 2020. On January 8, 2021, a fine of $50 per day was inevitably imposed upon Richardeen Gardner and William Philips, the real property owner and personal property owner, following the yearlong battle of orders to improve the condition of the property.
When Gardner spoke to Commissioners Thursday morning, she explained that the property cleanup was still a work in progress. However, since last speaking with Gardner in March, the property has been transferred to her grandson. Gardner noted that the new property owner has not contributed to the current condition of the property.
County Administrator Carrie Wallace explained that the DOH has filed a complaint against the personal property owner William Phillips and the DEP has opened a case that is currently pending review in Charleston.
After Commissioners viewed updated photos of the property, they agreed to continue implementing the $50 a day fine on the new real property owner, Gardner’s grandson and the personal property owner, William Phillips, indefinitely. Commissioners Terry Cutright and Sam Nolte explained that this has gone on long enough and they will not review the case again until the property is in compliance.
They made a motion to institute a fine on the personal property owner and real property owner without deadline. Gardner expressed her hopefulness that the property will be taken care of soon.
In other business of the County Commission, the following agenda items were approved:
Commissioners tabled action on correspondence from Laura B. Meadows, Upshur County Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director, regarding the Commission’s representative vacancy to service July 2, 2021 through June 30, 2024.