By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town officials want to start cracking down on property owners with unfinished, boarded up buildings in town.
At Monday night's council meeting, the mayor and council members were briefed by a zoning consultant and part-time building inspector on ways to start stricter enforcement of building code violations.
"We have people come to us and they're frustrated," said Charles Town Mayor J. Randolph Hilton.
Hilton said unfinished and abandoned buildings can be found throughout town.
Council member Geraldine Willingham said she knows of one building that has been boarded up for 30 years.
Building inspector John Dick, chief building inspector in Martinsburg, W.Va., and a contract building inspector for Charles Town, said that steps can be taken, including demolition of the buildings, if work is not done on unfinished projects.