College Avenue resident Dr. Tim Reese raises a few final concerns about a proposed law that would ban non-residents from parking on certain streets surrounding Wesleyan College during the workweek.

WVWC parking ordinance stalled — again

BUCKHANNON – Action on a law designed to protect the parking spaces of residents who live in the vicinity of West Virginia Wesleyan College was again stalled Thursday after city council voted to table the measure.

Discussions focused on how – and even if – city officials want to pass an ordinance limiting parking surrounding the college to residents who live on nearby streets only have been ongoing since this spring.

Dr. Tim Reese first complained to the Consolidated Public Works Board that Wesleyan students were parking in front of his and his neighbors’ residences on College Avenue.

That pattern, Reese subsequently told council, resulted in College Avenue residents finding it difficult, if not impossible, to park anywhere close to their homes and apartments.

After consulting with college administrators, city officials drafted an ordinance that mayor David McCauley has described as a compromise between local residents and the college: a two-hour parking policy.

At council’s Thursday evening meeting, city attorney Tom O’Neill reviewed the latest version of the ordinance.

According to its title, the ordinance would provide for resident-only parking on certain streets in the city of Buckhannon in the vicinity of Wesleyan and authorize the addition of signage designating those areas as “residential parking only.”

“With respect to this draft, we’ve gone to two-hour parking unless you are a resident displaying a placard,” O’Neill told council. “It will be two placards per lot unless the lot is required by the zoning ordinance to have off-street parking.

“So if it’s a multi-unit building, you don’t get two spots per unit; you only get two for the whole lot if you have that off-street parking,” he added.

Although council originally considered a much broader ordinance that included multiple streets, O’Neill explained that group had been narrowed down to just four sections of roadway.

Should the law pass, it would only be applicable to the sections of College Avenue, Barbour Street, Fayette Street and Pocahontas Street between South Florida Street and Meade Street, according to a copy of the ordinance.

Additionally, the two-hour parking policy would only be effective between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday – and council would have the ability to suspend the policy on a case-by-case basis.

“It may be suspended by council upon motion for special events … on a case-by-case basis,” O’Neill said.

McCauley noted college officials had not yet had an opportunity to review the latest draft and suggested council table a first reading until the Oct. 18 meeting. A second reading would then take place Nov. 1, should the ordinance pass on first reading.

“I don’t mean to kick the can any further down the road,” McCauley said.

Councilman Robbie Skinner made a motion to table the current draft to give Wesleyan officials a chance to look it over and comment on it.

City recorder Colin Reger seconded Skinner’s motion, which passed unanimously.

Reese, the College Avenue resident who has been championing the ordinance since the spring, asked for clarification on how permits would be assigned.

O’Neill said a single-family unit on a lot would be eligible for two permits, but a multi-unit dwelling (such as an apartment building) would be able to secure two permits per unit – unless the owner of the building is required by zoning code to provide off-street parking.

Reese asked about the possibility of additional permits for tenants, who he distinguished from permanent residents.

“I just think that there are people living in those apartments that – there’s a couple of them that have two cars and they have two jobs as a opposed to a house with four kids and five cars … they should be eligible for a tenant permit that allows them to park on the street if they need to,” Reese said. “That’s just a suggestion.

“It’s this close” to being acceptable, Reese added.

According to the ordinance, violators of the proposed law would receive a citation and be fined $25.

SHOPS & SERVICES

Featured

Broaddus Wound Care receives Center of Excellence Award

Philippi, WV – Broaddus Hospital is honored to announce their wound care center is a recipient of RestorixHealth’s highest achievement, the Wound Center of Excellence Award. Recipients of this prestigious award meet or exceed national

FBI and local law enforcement lead safety training at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School on Friday

BUCKHANNON – Teachers, staff and administration at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School took part in important safety sessions Friday in an effort to support safety. The training sessions included learning about hostile intruders, how to stop the bleed, room-specific exercises, and […]

There’s more to this story! Unlock immediate access to everything on our site and get two extra months free when you subscribe for a year. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

judge court attorney

Upshur County woman admits to fentanyl charges

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Michaela Dawn Gregory, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, has admitted to selling fentanyl, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced. Gregory, 26, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Fentanyl” and

Buckhannon City Hall

City council votes to participate in opioid litigation settlement — but the monetary benefits aren’t yet clear

BUCKHANNON – The City of Buckhannon has opted to participate in the opioid litigation settlement between the State of West Virginia and the U.S.’s three largest opioid distributors. Yet, exactly how much money the municipality will receive – and when […]

There’s more to this story! Unlock immediate access to everything on our site and get two extra months free when you subscribe for a year. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

City council approves final design, $4 million budget for long-awaited multipurpose Stockert addition

BUCKHANNON – Buckhannon City Council voted on the final design and budget for the Stockert Youth and Community Center’s long-awaited multipurpose building. City council convened for a special meeting Sept. 21 to iron out the final details for the project. […]

There’s more to this story! Unlock immediate access to everything on our site and get two extra months free when you subscribe for a year. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

SHOPS & SERVICES

Soccer ‘Cats earn 1-0 home win over Cedarville

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Wesleyan (4-2-2) men’s soccer team took down Cedarville (4-4-1) 1-0 thanks to a rocket from Adam Gribben on Saturday (Sept. 24) at Cebe Ross Field. In the first half,

BUHS Girls Soccer Feature Image

Soccer Lady Bucs pick up two more wins this week over East Fairmont and Robert C. Byrd

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc soccer team won a pair of 1-0 contests in Big 10 Conference action this week. At home on Wednesday in their home finale, the Lady Bucs downed East Fairmont by that 1-0 score and […]

There’s more to this story! Unlock immediate access to everything on our site and get two extra months free when you subscribe for a year. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

SHOPS & SERVICES

Water Faucet

Anmoore, Millcreek receive large water system grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council announced funding for four sewer and four water system improvement projects at its meeting on Sept. 7. Details for each project are listed below.