Dilapidated demolitions progress

WEIRTON The Weirton Building Enforcement Agency met Tuesday to discuss completed and pending demolitions as well as one new hearing.

Rod Rosnick, chief code official, informed agency members that three single-family dwellings, one on Orchard Street and two on Hill Street, have successfully been demolished for a combined cost of $18,800. Two of the structures required asbestos abatement, which cost an additional $2,077.

In other old business, four more structures, three on Avenue D and one on Edna Street, are slated for demolition and asbestos removal and will be paid for by Community Development Block Grant funding, Bruce Lamp, code official, said.

Three other buildings, located on Elm Street, Elmer Avenue and Zeta Street, are also on the agenda to be cleared of asbestos and demolished in coming months.

One new hearing came before the agency regarding a single-family dwelling on Clara Street, near Weirton Heights Elementary. Some of the violations code officials found during inspection included peeling or chipping paint, roof and drainage issues, furnace and plumbing removed and cracks in the foundation.

“My recommendation would be to begin the demolition process,” Lamp said.

Ward 4 Councilman and agency member George Ash Sr. made a motion to accept the lowest bids from contractors and move forward with the process at the Clara Street house, and it passed by a unanimous vote.

The BEA can afford to demolish one more structure by July 1, according to officials.

“So that’ll put us at about $100,000 spent on demolitions this year. Just to put it in perspective, next year the budget is about $40,000, less than half of this year’s,” Rosnick said.

(Dalrymple can be contacted at sdalrymple@heraldstaronline.com)