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Armory may be annexed

Buckhannon Council seeks minor boundary adjustment

December 14, 2012
By John Wickline - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

The Buckhannon City Council is seeking a minor boundary adjustment that would bring in the West Virginia Army National Guard and Upshur County Wellness Center properties on Brushy Fork Road into the corporate limits.

A public hearing on the issue will be held at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 24 in the Upshur County Commission chambers.

According to information provided by the city leaders, no businesses are located within the proposed annexation area, and there are no residences located within the area. The two governmental agencies are the only affected entities by the proposal. The city leaders also said they have secured rights-of-way for a 12-inch waterline that would serve the two properties. The waterline extension project is expected to cost about $250,000.

The areas to be annexed would also be subject to paying a monthly police and fire service fee of $2.75 each.

But prior to approving the city's request, county commissioners are wanting to discuss the matter. The commissioners want to determine the roles of each side in the future.

"I would think they could share in the development (of the Wellness Center)," Commissioner Creed Pletcher said.

Commissioner JC Raffety said he wanted to work out issues involving first responders, especially after the complex begins hosting sporting events.

"There's always the potential for vandalism," Raffety said. "We've seen that already in the development phase."

Contractors working in the first phase of construction at the armory would not be subject to any business and occupation taxes. Those working in the next two phases of construction, however, would be required to pay a 2 percent B&O tax.

The first phase construction contracts are not subject to the city tax because the area had not been annexed at the time the contracts were awarded.



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