CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The city of Nitro is taking matters into its own hands to tear down a condemned house.Mayor Dave Casebolt reported to city council that a house on 10th Street will be torn down by the Public Works Department in the near future.Once the house is demolished, a lien will be issued against the property owner."This is cheaper on the property owner and much cheaper on us," Casebolt said.The city had received two bids in 2011 to tear down the structure and one other house, but both were higher than expected.
In other business, Casebolt announced the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock Ridenour Lake with trout in the coming days. The bait shop will be open Friday.The city also received notification from the State Historic Preservation Office regarding use of an existing grant to install a dog park at Ridenour Lake.The land intended for the park was found to have no historic value. Now the city must await approval from the federal grant board to make sure the project is within the scope of the grant."Typically that's a short process, but the federal government is revamping that grant program," Casebolt said.But it is not that big of a problem right now, because not many people take their dogs to the park in the winter, he added.