CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- At its regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Nitro City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance addressing the problem of vacant properties in the city.The ordinance would require property owners to register their vacant properties with the city after the property is vacant for a certain length of time, Rita Cox, city recorder, said. The law would have leniency for property that is being marketed for sale, she said."The idea is that . . . we all have these buildings that sit there and they still require police and fire presence," Cox said. "The idea is to encourage people to sell it, fix it, tear it down -- do something with it."The ordinance would include a fee for registering vacant property, she said.
The City Council will hear the second reading and have a final vote on the ordinance at its next scheduled meeting, April 16. There also will be a public hearing about the ordinance at that meeting.In other business, Mayor Dave Casebolt appointed Herschel Facemyer to the Employees' Civil Service Commission. The commission hears grievances from city employees other than the police and fire departments.Besides Facemyer, Keith Tyler also serves on the commission. Facemyer and Tyler will appoint a third member, Cox said.Reach Lori Kersey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-1240.