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Jefferson County Commission turns down request for $25,000 to complete purchase of historic property

December 02, 2011

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — John Allen, chairman of the Jefferson County Landmarks Commission, walked away empty handed Thursday after asking the Jefferson County Commission for $25,000 to complete the purchase of an 18-acre historic cement mill property near Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Commissioners Walt Pellish, Dale Manuel and Patsy Noland voted no, while Lyn Widmyer and Frances Morgan supported it.

"This is an important property," Morgan said.

The selling price for the tract along the Potomac River, site of a Civil War battle and historic industrial operation, is $375,0000.

Allen said the landmarks commission raised $350,000, including a $200,000 West Virginia Department of Highway grant that runs out at the end of this month.

Pellish, who represents Shepherdstown, told Allen to renegotiate with the owner to get the price down to $350,000, which is closer to its appraised value.

— Richard F. Belisle

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