Should the Jefferson County, W.Va., Commissioners delay demolishing the old county jail and give the newly elected commission a chance to consider the issue? They should, but the review process should be quick and efficient.
The commissioners got approval to demolish the old jail on Nov. 27 from the West Virginia State Supreme Court of Appeals. The court ruled that the legislature was within its rights when it enacted a bill to exempt county governments from doing a review before demolishing a building identified as historic.
That would seem to seal the old jail's fate, but on Nov. 5, the commission's membership changed with the election of Rusty Morgan and Greg Corliss. Corliss has asked the current commission to defer the demolition decision until the new group takes office.
It's unclear whether there's time for the current commission to act on the matter, since an issue that's been before the Supreme Court is usually delayed for 30 days, according to Commissioner James G. Knode.