Wood County Commission wants state’s help in removing trailer

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission believes the state has a role in getting a trailer removed from a public right of way.

The commission discussed options on Monday for a mobile home set up in the right of way of Grandview Street.

The commission sent a notice to the owner, Larry Cline, to appear before the commission to discuss the situation.

The mobile home was starting to go over a hillside and he had it moved to more level ground in the roadway, said Wood County compliance officer Sarah Farnsworth. A woman who owns a lot farther down the road wants to build there and does not have access to the roadway because of the mobile home.

Farnsworth said she has met with Cline about the problem, but nothing has been done yet. There could be medical issues that are preventing him from immediately taking care of the situation, she said.

County officials said the road is a paper right of way. They were informed by the state that this was a local matter. The county does not maintain roads and the state, by law, needs to do something, commissioners said.

”You can’t have a public right of way that doesn’t belong to somebody,” County Administrator Marty Seufer said. ”If there is no homeowners association, it defaults to the state.”

Commission President Blair Couch said the state may not want to maintain it, but they have authority over it by law.

”They may not be responsible to pave it, but they are responsible to enforce it,” he said.

In other business:

* The commission unanimously approved an intent to apply for the design and environmental work for a section of rail trail being developed near Parkersburg.

The commission recently got a $8,000 Transportation Alternatives and Recreation Grant on behalf of the North Bend Rail Trail Foundation for the acquisition of the CSX rail right of way, said Fred Rader of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council. That would be used to extend the North Bend Rail Trail from I-77 to the driveway at DeBarr Trucking, Rader said.

The notice of intent is due this Friday. The full application is due on May 31. Rader said they would return to have the full application approved and signed.

He told commissioners the work will make sure drainage is good for this section of the trail as well as other environmental concerns.

”We have been fighting to get that trail extended to the city of Parkersburg,” Couch said.

* Wood County Sheriff’s Department recommended the commission accept the bid for six 2020 Ford police vehicles from Astorg of Parkersburg. Last week, the commission opened bids from two businesses. Astorg of Parkersburg submitted a bid of $35,123 per vehicle.

Wood County Chief Deputy R.G. Sims said they went with Astorg because it included some options that were not in the original specs the department put out. Removing those options put the cost at $34,203 per vehicle. The county has a 2.5 percent local vendor discount, which would then put it at $33,347.

The other bid was from Stephens Auto Center of Danville, W.Va., at $34,188 per vehicle.

”That is about $800 under the other bid,” Sims said.

The commission voted unanimously to accept the bid and to put out the call for bids for the financing.