BUCKHANNON - The city of Buckhannon may expand its city limits with the addition of about 5.4 acres of property.
Buckhannon City Council approved last week the first reading of an annexation ordinance to include three tracts of land along the eastern side of Brushy Fork Road, near the Upshur Cinema 6.
The land parcels, owned by Delta West, must be within corporate city limits for Auto Disposal Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Interstate Auto Auctions in Chicago, to be able to expand its business in the area, City Attorney David McCauley said.
If passed, the parcels of land will be annexed and leased to ADS. However, the ordinance must be passed on its second reading before it can be implemented.
"The biggest part of this 5.4 acres they would like to see annexed will be leased to ADS/IAA," McCauley said.
McCauley said the expansion would allow the company to hire five new full-time employees with yearly salaries of $60,000-70,000 per employee.
"Why not," McCauley said. "It's a good thing for the folks of Buckhannon."
City Engineer Jay Hollen had only one concern about the annexation. He said the right-of-way for a city waterline runs through the edge of the property.
"My concern is, this is also the location that we have installed our new water line for the Army National Guard," Hollen said. "I don't know if it has to be included in an ordinance or if we have to take care of that, but we had a very difficult time here when we had to cross through their fenced in property, moving cars.
"We could only work a certain amount of footage a day because of keeping the site secure and everything.
"My concern is, that's the main 12-inch line. If something breaks, we need to be in there immediately. I don't want to be moving hundreds of cars and taking down fences and dropping the security."
Hollen asked if it would be possible to talk with the company about, or include in the ordinance, a restriction that would prevent them from putting a fence too close to the water line right-of-way.
"Is there a way that we can prohibit the building of a fence overtop of that right-of-way so that if we needed to get in there and work on that waterline, that's my big concern," Hollen said. "I don't want to have to go through that again."
McCauley said he did not think that would be an issue. He said a company representative from Chicago traveled to meet with him in Buckhannon and seemed very accommodating.