Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 10, 2013

5 North Central W.Va. cities to seek home rule


Associated Press

CLARKSBURG — Five cities in North Central West Virginia plan to apply to participate in the state’s Municipal Home Rule Program.

The program shifts power from the state to the local level and gives cities a larger say in how they govern.

The Exponent Telegram reports that Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown, Buckhannon and Elkins are preparing applications to participate. Issues that the cities are studying include code enforcement and job creation.

The program began as a five-year pilot in four cities. This year, the Legislature allowed a total 20 municipalities to participate.