[caption id="attachment_67132" align="alignleft" width="400"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2020\/05\/TOM-seal.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="394" class="size-full wp-image-67132" \/> MARLINTON TOWN COUNCIL adopted a town logo which will soon appear on stationery as well as on the town\u2019s new garbage truck.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nJaynell Graham\r\nEditor\r\n\r\nMarlinton Town Council met Monday via conference call with all councilmembers present on the line.\r\n\r\nRecorder BJ Gudmundson commended the town employees, staff and councilmembers for \u201cbeing there and being patient\u201d during this uncertain time.\r\n\r\nWith regards to restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was determined that the town office may open sometime during the Week 3 through 6 of Governor Jim Justice\u2019s \u201cComeback\u201d plan.\r\n\r\nA thorough cleaning of the town office will take place before the office is opened to the public.\r\n\r\nCouncilmember Gail Hyer reported that the town\u2019s website might be delayed to the end of July due to some of the committee\u2019s resource partners being unable to work at this time.\r\n\r\nCouncilmember Joe Smith is in the process of booking a local band for the July 4th celebration. He was concerned that if a band was booked now and the event was canceled due to a continuation of restrictions, the town might be required to pay if a band was under contract.\r\n\r\nCouncil determined that there was still time to deal with this matter, and Smith should proceed and include a provision with regard to cancellation.\r\n\r\nIf a band performs, it would be at Discovery Junction where, Smith said, social distancing would be easier.\r\n\r\nThe matter was tabled until June in hopes more information on the lifting of restrictions would be available.\u00a0\r\n\r\nMayor Sam Felton reported that the town\u2019s new Police Chief, Ian Galloway, had been busy in April.\r\n\r\nTown Attorney Tom White had prepared a draft ordinance addressing dangerous and unsafe structures for council\u2019s consideration.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cMy recommendation would be to replace the existing Chapter 7 in the town\u2019s ordinance to give the town a way to have authority to address structures that are falling down,\u201d White said. \u201cThis would allow the town to seek monetary fines.\u201d\r\n\r\nFelton said he had gone over the ordinance and a lot of it mirrors the previous ordinance, but it does clean it up and bring in the registration component and explained it more clearly.\r\n\r\nCouncilmember Scott Gibb moved to approve the change, and the motion was seconded by Gudmundsson.\r\n\r\nBut the motion failed on a roll call vote, with councilmembers Hyer, Smith, Chris Curry and Bill McMann voting in the negative.\r\n\r\n\u201cMy voting no has nothing to do with the ordinance,\u201d Hyer said. \u201cBut there is no plan to educate the public as to who will be doing this.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere are so many more things that we need to look at in conjunction with the ordinance.\u201d\r\n\r\nFelton said, \u201cCouncil has had this conversation so many times, but we can\u2019t do anything until we get this ordinance passed.\u201d\r\n\r\nWith that motion failing, council did not take a vote on the next agenda item, which was to act on a draft ordinance, prepared by White, addressing the registration of vacant structures.\r\n\r\nThe personnel committee, made up of Gudmundsson and Smith, will work with White to oversee completion of a VAD Properties Register and to draft a Vacant, Abandoned and Dilapidated Buildings Ordinance.\r\n\r\nContinuing the conversation about vacant buildings, Felton advised council of some activity regarding the Martin or H Building on Main Street.\r\n\r\nBob Martin gifted that property to the town when he resigned as town attorney.\r\n\r\nFelton said he had shown the property several times.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe have three options,\u201d Felton said. \u201cWe need to have a plan so we can be more specific about what we are going to require and what potential buyers should expect. Of the people I have talked with about the building, there are two scenarios. One potential business would want to tear down the diner and use that lot for outdoor dining, and the other person is interested in the diner property and needed a few more feet for his design. They would tear down the Martin building to make space for that business.\u201d\r\n\r\nFelton advised council that the upstairs apartment has been broken into and occupied by vagrants.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe need to make a decision going forward, as the town has an unsafe building,\u201d Felton continued. \u201cThe third option is that we allow a tenant to make the repairs that need to be done to bring the property up to code, and we reimburse them a reasonable amount of rent per year.\u201d\r\n\r\nGudmundsson questioned whether, under West Virginia Code, the town could own and or rent the property.\r\n\r\n\u201cI was under the impression that properties need to be put in the name of the Building Authority,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\nWhite advised that he was not aware of any code that would prohibit the town from owning property. He said he would look into it further, and would respond in the next day or two.\r\n\r\n\u201cIf we had an answer, then we would be ready for the naysayers,\u201d Gudmundsson said.\u00a0\r\n\r\nGibb said he couldn\u2019t see putting money into the building and would just as soon see it torn down.\r\n\r\nFelton said the building was in good shape until the recent break-ins.\r\n\r\nThe matter will be added to next month\u2019s agenda.\u00a0\r\n\r\nIn other business, council\r\n\r\n\u2022 approved payment of $189,503.44 for work on the Water Improvement Project\r\n\r\n\u2022 took no action on options for a funding opportunity for inflow and infiltration study for the Sewer System Improvement Project\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u2022 received a report Wayne Hypes of Dunn Engineering on issues at the water plant.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u2022 was advised that a supplier has been found for radio-read meters for the town which comply with restrictions in the Quiet Zone.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u2022 tabled action until June on a proposed graveled parking lot on the town\u2019s property on Third Avenue across from Lucy\u2019s Grocery and Moore.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u2022 approved a new town logo for stationary and town vehicles.\r\n\r\nMarlinton Town Council meets the first Monday of each month, holidays excluded, at 7 p.m.