Weirton BEA hears update on demolitions

WEIRTON – Members of the city’s Building Enforcement Agency discussed completed and pending demolitions as well as one new hearing during their regular meeting Tuesday.

Rod Rosnick, chief code official, informed agency members that two single-family dwellings on Orchard Street and Hudson Avenue should be demolished within the next month. Pulice Demolition crews are set to begin on the Orchard Street house within the week.

A single-family home on Weir Avenue belonging to Charles Straum was inspected and found to have interior and exterior violations including high grass and weeds, gutters falling or missing, siding missing, peeling or chipping paint, collapsing floors and ceilings and exposed electrical wires, among other issues.

Code Official John Buffo recommended to move forward with bids for asbestos abatement and demolition, and agency members voted unanimously to accept the lowest bids.

A single-family dwelling owned by Timothy and Jessica Mrock on Adams Street has been on the agenda for more than a month to be considered for demolition.

Wells Fargo appealed the decision in order to determine whether the house will be rehabilitated or demolished. Rosnick said that City Attorney Vincent Gurrera is handling the appeal, which would go to circuit court if an agreement is not reached. Agency members voted unanimously to request that Gurrera pursue the matter and take it to court if necessary.

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