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Marlinton Mayor’s Corner

In February, Marlinton Water Customers were notified of a boil water advisory, due to high water and muddy conditions. Last week, Marlinton Water Customers were sent a letter warning of high turbidity in February. This duplication warning is costly to the Town and confusing for our customers. But, this is the process required by the Bureau of Public Health, and we complied as we were directed. Please understand, this is a second advisory of the same event, as required by the Health Department.

Note: If you have an unlisted phone number, you must call the 911 center and give them you number and request that you receive these public emergency notices.

If you are a property-owner within the Town of Marlinton, please be advised:

R105.1 Required. Any owner or owner’s authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be performed, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.

R105.2 Work exempt from permit. Exemption from permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction. Permits shall not be required for the following:


1. One-story detached accessory structures, provided that the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet (18.58 m2).

2. Fences not over 7 feet (2134 mm) high.

3. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet (1219 nun) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.

4. Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18 927 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.

5. Sidewalks and driveways.

6. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops and similar finish work.

7. Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep.

8. Swings and other playground equipment.

9. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches (1372 mm) from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.

10. Decks not exceeding 200 square feet (18.58 m2) in area, that are not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling do not serve the exit door required by Section R3 11.4.

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