Randolph County Commission passes controversial Unsafe Lands and Buildings ordinance

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The controversial unsafe lands and buildings ordinance was passed by the Randolph County Commission Thursday after over an hour of public questioning and debate.

Randolph County Commission passed the second reading of the ordinance in a 2-1 vote.

"The refuse. I think it covers too many areas," said Sue Likens, a Randolph County resident.

Some of the terms used in the ordinance to define refuse and debris include tires, glass, furniture, cans, appliances and bottles.

"There are too many violations that can be blown out of proportion," said Likens.

If someone fails to comply with the county commission's orders, they could face a $100 fine per day.

"I think you should talk with the people first. It's not so much getting the job done tearing down the houses. it's the possibility if they don't or can't," said Bill Likens, a Randolph County resident.

The ordinance will appoint a board who will investigate civil complaints of dilapidated housing and enforce measures to clean or destroy those properties. But much of the ordinance was lost among rumors said Commissioner David Kesling.

Commission President Mark Scott said this ordinance has been needed for a long time. That it is not meant to punish residents who work with the commission to solve violations.

This was the second reading of the bill and is now official Randolph Ordinance.