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W.Va. home rule board names 16 winning cities

Exponent Telegram photo by Jim Davis Josh Jarrell, a member of the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board, reads aloud the 16 additional cities accepted into the program Monday. From left are Debbie Browning, with the West Virginia Development Office; board Chairman Patsy Trecost; and Jarrell.
Exponent Telegram photo by Jim Davis
Josh Jarrell, a member of the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board, reads aloud the 16 additional cities accepted into the program Monday. From left are Debbie Browning, with the West Virginia Development Office; board Chairman Patsy Trecost; and Jarrell.

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Bridgeport is no longer the only home rule city from North Central West Virginia.

Clarksburg, Shinnston, Buckhannon, Fairmont and Morgantown are among the 16 additional cities accepted into the expanded program that gives municipalities more say in how they govern.

The West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board announced the new cities Monday morning at the Bridgeport Conference Center.

“Congratulations,” Home Rule Board Chairman Patsy Trecost told those in attendance awaiting the news.

Officials from the area’s new home rule cities said they appreciated the board’s consideration of their applications.

“We are very excited and greatly appreciate the opportunity and confidence the Home Rule Board had with our proposal,” Clarksburg City Manager Martin Howe said.

Fairmont City Manager Jay Rogers echoed that sentiment.

“We’re appreciative of the board, and we’ll move forward from here now,” Rogers said.

Shinnston Assistant City Manager Travis Blosser said he also is looking forward to the next phase of the process.

“I think home rule will be good for Shinnston, and I think it’s awesome to be part of this statewide pilot program,” Blosser said.

Other municipalities accepted into the program are Bluefield, Charles Town, Dunbar, Martinsburg, Milton, Nitro, Parkersburg, Ranson, South Charleston, Vienna and Weirton…

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