Members of the Summers County Planning Committee want to make the community nicer, but they are dealing with a large amount of vacant and dilapidated homes in the area.
The committee’s attorney, Anna Ziegler, said people in the community approach her about the issue all the time.
“People stop you on the street, they stop you in the grocery store,” Ziegler said.
Neglect and old age have left all of these homes in ruins. David Milburn is the President of the Planning Committee and said he and the commitee put a lot of thought into the problem.
Milburn said the cost is the issue.The city cannot afford the expense of tearing down the buildings, so the cost to either repair or tear down the homes will fall to those who own the property.
“Maybe to address that dilapidated, maybe not to move them, but to encourage landowners and property owners to fix them up and at least make them better,” Milburn explained.
Ziegler said it is essential the problem be addressed if Summers County has any hope of growing its population.
“One of the resounding themes of issues that kept coming up was that we need to fix the dilapidated homes in Summers county. Summers County, like a lot of West Virginia, has an issue with vacant and dilapidated structures,” Ziegler said.
The committee is scheduled to meet in April to continue working on the problem, but for now the people of Summers County will simply have to wait and see how their community will tackle the issue.