Berkeley Co. Council orders owners to clean up properties

Mish Lane and Misty Drive properties are first to be presented with new Clean and Safe County ordinance

January 20, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Council Thursday gave the owners of two properties 45 days to eliminate unsafe and unsightly conditions or face the potential risk of losing ownership.

The orders unanimously approved by the council cite dilapidated structural conditions at properties along Mish Lane in Bunker Hill, W.Va., and Misty Drive in the Whitings Neck area in northern Berkeley County.

The two properties are the first to be presented to the county council in accordance with the county's new Clean and Safe County ordinance, which targets the elimination of unsafe and dilapidated structures and litter control.

The orders were requested by the Safe and Clean County Enforcement Agency, which was formed to review troubled properties.

A $100-per-day civil penalty is expected to be imposed on the property owners if they do not comply in a timely fashion with the orders, which also authorize the county to place a lien on the troubled property.

The county can now also sell the property to recoup the cost of cleaning up the property if the owners fail to address ordinance violations.

The Mish Lane structure has been condemned twice and has been set on fire as many times and is littered with excessive trash and debris, according to the order.

At the Misty Drive property, a two-story home has a collapsed roof, a mobile home and additions have been open to the elements for several years, and debris litters the inside and outside of the residence, according to the order.

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