<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/GH_MarlintonCouncilsm.jpg"><img class="alignleft wp-image-5349 size-medium" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/GH_MarlintonCouncilsm-300x200.jpg" alt="GH_MarlintonCouncilsm" width="300" height="200" \/><\/a>Marlinton Town Council dealt with two inter-connected issues involving substandard properties during its meeting Monday night.\r\n\r\nFirst, Council heard a complaint from Sally Ribeiro regarding the condition of Hillside Apartments at 805 Tenth Avenue. Ribeiro said there are several uncorrected fire safety violations at the building and showed copies of fire inspection reports to Council. She said the apartment building is a nuisance because residents throw garbage bags out of upper story windows and litter blows from the property onto hers.\r\n\r\nMayor Joe Smith said he had spoken to the property owner, Melissa Galford Griffin, who lives out-of-state.\r\n\r\n\u201cShe relayed to me that she would correct, through her ex-husband, what could be corrected,\u201d said Smith. \u201cAnd that she would have him inform her tenants that all garbage had to be in containers, and if they didn't have a container, to get one. She will be here at the end of this month - she's in Utah - or the first of next month.\u201d\r\n\r\nSmith said Deputy State Fire Marshal Tim Mouse had visited Hillside Apartments.\r\n\r\n\u201cI did contact the Fire Marshal,\u201d said Smith. \u201cI was really pleased with the fast response. I think I called them on Friday and they were here on the following Wednesday. He was unable to do a follow-up inspection because he could not get access to the building because nobody was there. Without somebody physically being there, he would not enter the building.\u201d\r\n\r\nRibeiro said she has no confidence that Griffin will follow through.\r\n\r\n\u201cWords are cheap,\u201d she said. \u201cShe has promised to do so much. My family has lived there all of my life. I'm 67 years old and I've been dealing with this lady for as long as she has owned the property. Her words don't mean much to me. When I was there July Fourth, I was standing in my backyard, taking pictures of the garbage cans, when somebody opened a second floor window and just dropped their garbage out.\u201d\r\n\r\nSmith said another agenda item was closely related to Ribeiro's problem.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe have an ordinance, to be second-read tonight, that if it passes, it formulates an authority to deal with these problems,\u201d he said. \u201cWe've been working on this ordinance for two years. It creates a board, which consists of the building inspector, the mayor, and representatives of fire and health agencies. They can shut that building down right now.\u201d\r\n\r\nCouncil approved the Health and Sanitation ordinance on second reading. The ordinance will go into effect after approval on third reading.\r\n\r\nCouncil considered a package for town employees including a two-percent cost-of-living pay raise for all town employees, small merit raises for selected employees, and the addition of three holidays: Martin Luther King Day, Columbus Day and West Virginia Day.\r\n\r\nRecorder Robin Mutscheller opposed the measure.\r\n\r\n\u201cIf you drive around town and you look at the dumpsters that are overflowing with garbage, where we don't pick it up - I think we ought to be looking out for our customers,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\nCouncil voted 4-1 to approve the pay raises and holidays. Mutscheller voted in opposition and Councilmember Louise Barnisky abstained.\r\n\r\nFire Board President Thomas Barnisky submitted an updated financial report to Council and said an audit would be forthcoming. Smith provided Barnisky with a list of repairs to fire safety infrastructure that the town had completed in the past month, including the painting of fire hydrants and weed-eating around fire hydrants.\r\n\r\nEngineer Fred Hypes, with Dunn Engineers, reported that his firm has been working with Region IV to obtain a loan for design work on an upgraded town water system. Hypes said Region IV Executive Director John Tuggle contacted the Water Development Authority and Infrastructure Council last week regarding the loan.\r\n\r\nIn other business, Marlinton Council:\r\n- Set Halloween trick or treating hours for October 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.;\r\n- Authorized Smith to get a quote on tree trimming;\r\n- Approved a refund for building rent for the Department of Agriculture Warriors to Agriculture Program; and,\r\n- Tabled action on updates to the Animal Ordinance.