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S.C. considers prohibiting boarders in single-family homes

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston City Council is on track to prohibit owners of single-family residences from keeping boarders in their homes.

An ordinance to that effect was given preliminary approval by council Thursday evening.

City Engineer Steve DeBarr said, "This will make it no longer allowable to rent a room in your house. We've had problems in a few places in the city."

Councilman Jef Stevens asked what kind of problems renting a room in a home creates.

Mayor Frank Mullens said, "Drug problems. People coming in and out all hours of the day and night in residential neighborhoods.

"I'm bringing up the drug issue because that seems to be the latest thing we've dealt with," Mullens said. "It could be something as simple as not enough room for parking. It could be as severe as a drug issue."

After the meeting, Mullens said, "It seems to be a growing issue. People in a neighborhood brought it to our attention more than once. There's plenty of rental property in South Charleston without having to rent out a room in your house."

The proposal must pass a second reading before it becomes city law.

Council also gave preliminary approval to the re-zoning of numerous properties adjacent to the 7-Eleven from R-10 (residential) to C-6 (commercial), to be consistent with the adjoining commercial zoned property.

According to information provided to council, the change was requested by SPM Properties Limited Liability Co. to allow for retail development. Mullens said after the meeting it is his understanding SPM Properties wants to redevelop the property by constructing a strip mall with some retail shops plus some patio homes.

The information provided to council said SPM Properties has agreed to purchase the property from James and Margaret Cabell contingent upon the change, which was approved by the Municipal Planning Commission on June 12.

The property is at 333 2nd Ave, 335 2nd Ave., 337 2nd Ave., 324 3rd Ave., 326 3rd Ave., 330 3rd Ave. and 201-205 C St.

SPM Properties was organized in May by Kelly Young of 1538 Kanawha Blvd. E. and is managed by Scott Miller and Patricia Miller, both of 3115 Kanawha Ave. S.E., according to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's online business database.

In other action, council gave final approval to:

* An ordinance establishing an urban deer hunt similar to the hunt Charleston has conducted for several years.

* A right-of-way through Eagle Drive and through properties owned by Mackjo Inc. and others near the Budweiser warehouse off Corridor G to provide access to 2.6 acres owned by Lee and Martha Lewis. City Attorney Michael Moore said the city has no responsibility for construction of a road but, once a road is built, the city will take it over.

Also at the meeting, council:

* Approved Mullens' recommendations that Ida Mae Snodgrass be reappointed commissioner of the city's housing authority and Kathy Burton be reappointed to the Municipal Planning Commission. Snodgrass is a long-time member of the housing authority and Burton is a member of West Virginia Municipal League.

* Accepted a plaque from Pat Taylor and Charles McCormick on behalf of the Kanawha Valley Soap Box Derby, for the city's support of the derby over the years. The track in Little Creek Park was built in 1969. Lights were installed in 1999.Taylor said it is the only lighted track in the country. Mullens thanked Taylor and McCormick for all they do for the youth.



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