Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

St. Albans Takes Step to Annex Properties near Amandaville

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

St. Albans Takes Step to Annex Properties near Amandaville

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St. Albans Council has given preliminary approval to the annexation of Anne Bailey Elementary School, the Amandaville Court apartments, the city's trash transfer station just across the Putnam County line, and portions of U.S. 60 and W.Va. 817 in the Amandaville area. Mayor Dick Callaway said the annexation would allow the city to provide police and fire services to the properties, which currently are in an unincorporated area.

"We wanted to get those people protected, he said prior to Monday evening's council meeting.

Callaway said the city has a police officer who works out of St. Albans High School but also conducts activities at other schools in the city. If the elementary school was in the city the police officer could work there, too, he said.

The Amandaville Court apartments are owned by the St. Albans Housing Authority. Callaway said adding them to the city will allow St. Albans to provide services, including some road work.

Ward 3 Councilman Ron Colby, who sits on the housing authority, said the organization is anxious to have its property brought into the city.

"What are we getting from the housing authority? Ward 5 Councilman Christopher Withrow asked.

Colby said the authority pays approximately $12,000 a year in lieu of taxes.

Regarding the transfer station, Callaway said vandals burned it some time ago, so the additional police and fire protection would be provided.

Ward 8 Councilman Kevin Pennington said adding the properties pose a risk of stretching the fire and police departments "but the benefits far outweigh the risk.

No homeowners would be affected by the annexation. However, homeowners along the stretch of U.S. 60 that may be annexed could petition the city "and we would be happy to consider it, Callaway said.

The city's excellent fire rating could help homeowners who become city residents reduce their fire insurance premiums, he said.

Because the petition would add the properties by what is known as a minor boundary adjustment, an election is not required. …

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