Parkersburg files suit to collect Naik fees

Companies owe fire, floodwall, police money

PARKERSBURG — More than $70,000 in delinquent fire, floodwall and police fees, plus penalties and interest, are owed to the City of Parkersburg on properties owned by the Naik family of companies.

The city filed a pair of lawsuits to recover that money last week.

The Naiks own multiple properties in Parkersburg and Wood County, including the former Intercontinental Export and Import Plastics facility off Camden Avenue that was destroyed in a massive October 2017 fire. That blaze and questions over the nature of the plastics and other materials stored there brought the recycling business under the scrutiny of state and local authorities.

Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce said this isn’t the first time the city has gone to court to collect money owed on Naik properties.

“It’s a common practice with that particular owner,” he said. “They fail to pay on time, and the city files suit. Normally they pay once we file suit.”

Joyce said the companies were last paid in full in October 2018.

The suits were filed against Evergreen Holdings LLC and PCR of WV LLC, both of which are owned by Saurabi Naik of Columbia, Md., according to documents filed Friday in Wood County Circuit Court. Multiple Naik properties that have been inspected by fire officials over the last two years are listed in the documents.

The PCR suit concerns $24,763.21 in fire and police fees on 1624 Staunton Ave., the former Corning and Schott Scientific Glass facility along the Little Kanawha River. With $2,235.80 in penalties and $974 in interest accrued before the filing, the total sought is $27,973.01, plus court costs and interest from the date of judgment.

The Evergreen suit involves property at 601 and 822 Depot St., five properties on Jeanette Street, a site at 29th Street and Gateman Drive and two vacant parcels of land. A combined $45,100.53 is owed in fire, police and floodwall fees, plus penalties and interest, the suit says.

Attempts to get comments from Naik representatives were unsuccessful Tuesday.

Evergreen Holdings and Surnaik Holdings of West Virginia, another Naik company, owe $37,495.46 on their 2019 Wood County fire fees, county officials said recently.

Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews issued 20 citations for fire code violations at eight Naik properties in December 2018. Two of those have been enforced and nine have been dismissed as the business works with Matthews and updates Parkersburg Municipal Court Judge Debra Steed on the progress being made in addressing the issues.