A possible housing addition outside Moundsville city limits is a private endeavor by Councilman Phil Remke, Mayor Eugene Saunders said Tuesday.
During the public comment portion of Tuesday's council meeting, Blaney Avenue resident Rebecca Kaemmerling approached council regarding the addition. Accompanied by other members of the community, Kaemmerling said she had heard of a possible housing addition to be built in the Cherokee Hills area.
Kaemmerling had heard Remke was working with the property owner and had heard rumor of possible annexation of the land into the city, which also would require approval of the Marshall County Commission.
Kaemmerling listed a number of reasons the community was hesitant to see the addition built, including lack of right of way, narrow roads, low water pressure and possible mudslides if soil were disturbed. She said she was worried city officials "had enough difficulties" keeping up with areas already in the city and that an addition would only add to those troubles.
Saunders said while he and city officials were aware of the project, it is Remke's private venture and the city has no involvement. City Attorney Thomas White said the city would be involved in annexation if such approval is requested. Marshall County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel said no meetings had been held between the commission and Remke.
Remke said the project is in "early stages," but the intent is to fill a need presented by gas and oil industry workers. He said officials with various companies are seeking houses that exceed anything currently available in the county. He said the addition would offer homes in the $200,000 to $400,000 range, and that many individuals are going across the Ohio River to Belmont County to find such homes.
"We don't have the type of homes they want," Remke said.
Remke also said he has spoken to real estate agents who believe such houses would sell quickly if built in the city.
Remke and Saunders said public input would be sought if and when the project progresses, which satisfied Kaemmerling and her neighbors for the time being.
"I'm all for improving the population, but not at the expense of those who have been here," she said.