The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 3, 2013

Fayetteville makes first move in approving building code

FAYETTEVILLE — The Town of Fayetteville made its first move on Thursday towards adopting the county’s building code.

At a council meeting, the town approved an agreement with the Fayette County Commission to use the county’s building inspectors and code officials to oversee new construction.

In addition, an ordinance, which passed first reading, will institute an inspection fee of one percent of construction costs, along with other regulations to create a more uniform and enforceable building code for the town.

Oak Hill has a similar arrangement with the county, which municipal officials say has worked well.

The town’s newest committee, the School Building Committee, now has a mission statement. The group is trying to renovate and develop a historic school in town. The ultimate use of the building is not yet decided.

The mission statement reads as follows:

“The purpose of the Town of Fayetteville School Building Committee is to preserve and restore the Old Fayetteville High School Building, which was designed and constructed in 1923 by an Italian stone mason, C.G. Janutolo, and his company builders; in order to preserve the stone architecture, to enhance cultural opportunities in our community, promote economic opportunity in the Town of Fayetteville and through this project of historic preservation promote heritage tourism development.”

The group is waiting on grant money for a new roof for the building, according to council person Hank Seay. Then they will move on to securing other infrastructure like heat and water.

An annexation request for 1st and 2nd Avenue was tabled until July until the town’s attorney recommends a path to move forward. Annexation can occur in one of several ways according to state code, by petition or vote, for example.

“The state code is very specific about how this has to happen. We need to find out which way will fit, provided that not only these folks want annexation, but the majority do too. That’s how it works,” said town attorney Larry Harrah.

The Fayetteville Rotary is purchasing a clock for the Town of Fayetteville, to be placed in front of town hall. The rotary representative also said the organization would pay for future maintenance of the clock.

The Fayetteville Police Department has decided to piggy-back on the county’s new crime reporting system, Spillman, rather than purchase a separate system. The system and future upgrades are free.

Initially, the police chief was concerned about slow connectivity, but has been assured that this won’t be a huge issue.

The council has asked the town attorney and superintendent to draw up a policy on Special Use Permits.

At a special meeting on April 24, Harrah said that going forward, the council needs to have an ordinance so that anyone that wants to have a special event will make the request in regular session rather than special session.

The town is applying for a small grant to improve the trash receptacles at the Town Park.

Sally Kiner, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, reports that her organization is trying to be very aggressive in advertising and marketing of the town.

The CVB purchased an ad in Blue Ridge Magazine; used a marketing co-op to target potential visitors; partnered with NRGCVB for the WV State Travel Guide; purchased advertising with WV Living; and placed an ad in the United Motorcoach Association Directory.

Garden and Gun magazine will be highlighting Fayetteville, along with Shepherdstown and Lewisburg, in an article this fall.

“The advertising is paying off,” said Kiner. “We are seeing some results.”

A monthly email blast newsletter about Fayetteville is available for subscription at the CVB website.

The CVB also purchased liability and other insurance, after discovering recently that they were not fully covered.

The Beautification Commission is placing flowers and flags throughout town.

Nancy McKown of the Huse Park Commission announced a Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil to be held at 7 p.m. on May 26 at the cemetery mausoleum. She suggests bringing a lawn chair.

The following day, the commission will break ground on the Lafayette Huse Veteran Memorial near the entrance of Huse Memorial Park.

The ceremony at 1 p.m. will feature Sen. Bill Laird (D-Fayette) as the guest speaker. The memorial honors locals who have served in all branches of military service.

Dennis Hanson of the Planning Commission says that on May 22, the State Historic Preservation Office will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. at the American Legion building to discuss historic preservation throughout the state and in the local community.

The next comprehensive plan meeting is June 24 at 6 p.m.

The council commended the chief of police, Matt Jeffries, on his thorough report to council.

—Email: cmoore@register-herald.com

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