Jefferson County briefs

February 20, 2004

Board seeks flexibility in Farmland Protection Plan

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board is seeking amendments to the county's 2002 Farmland Protection Plan that would allow more flexibility in ranking property to be considered for the program.

The program purchases conservation easements on rural properties.

Board Chairman Roger Dailey told the County Commissioners on Thursday that "the plan is written too tightly." The proposed amendments would establish two ranking periods per year, and would allow applicants to update their applications to improve their ranking.

Offers to purchase easements would expire after 60 days if the amendments are adopted. Offers currently expire at the end of the fiscal year.

The commissioners agreed to send the amendments to county prosecutor Michael D. Thompson for legal review.

Commission, City Council plan construction meeting

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Charles Town City Council will meet with the Jefferson County Commissioners at 6 p.m. today in the commissioners' office to discuss proposals for constructing new space for county offices.


Four plans are being considered. They include:

  • Moving county offices to a new location in the city.

  • Tearing down the old Jefferson County Jail at the corner of George and Liberty streets to make room for new office space.

  • Saving the old jail and incorporating it into a new office complex. That proposal also calls for tearing down a string of county office buildings along West Washington Street.

  • Leaving the string of existing buildings along West Washington Street in place, but tearing down the Mason building. Several county offices, including the Sheriff's Department, are in the Mason building.

"We need to meet with Charles Town because they have a great vested interest," Commission President Al Hooper said. "If we can't make it work in town, it will have an impact."

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