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March 12, 2014

Budgets, old buildings, grant and more discussed

— The Fayette County Commission reviewed budgets for the county Tuesday, hearing from committees and individuals.

The commission agreed to sign off on a Community Participation Grant for the Gauneka Ruritan Club. The club will use the grant to purchase a security system, trim some trees and purchase tables and chairs for their banquet room.

Tom Syner made a request that the commission consider allowing his television station to use the control room of Fayetteville’s Memorial Building. The room was originally used by the old 911 center.

“The furniture that is still down there would fit our equipment...,” said Syner. “We’ve been doing a lot of events at the Memorial building in the past year...”

Syner was honored in 2012 as Fayette County Man of the Year for his work with the radio station WQAZ in the aftermath of the derecho. Commissioners agreed to see whether it is possible for Syner to rent the facility. Commissioner Matthew Wender also mentioned the possibility of WQAZ being able to use the old 911 center for radio broadcasting.

The commission voted unanimously to sign a letter showing Fayette County’s support for the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument initiative to be sent to government officials. The monument would set aside a protected area in the southern Monongahela National Forest.

Angela Gerald, program director for the Fayette County Dilapidated Building and Beautification Committee, presented several complaints about houses that are abandoned and in disrepair. The commission first adopted the Dilapidated Building and Beautification Ordinance in 1998 and amended it in 2004 to allow them to force property owners to either pay them to clean up dangerous property or clean it themselves.

The Fayette Commission meets again Friday at 9 a.m. in the Fayette County Commission chambers of the Fayette County Courthouse. Meetings are open to the public.

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