WESTON, W.Va. – A process that started late last year ended Tuesday morning when the Lewis County Commission voted to deny the petition from Weston to annex several properties east of the city. City finance manager Dodie Arbogast was at the commission meeting hoping for good news, but it wasn’t to come. Arbogast said she was hoping for the best, but wasn’t surprised, either.
“Well, somebody said when the public hearing started, the first speaker said he believed the county commission had already made up their mind, and I believe that’s true, to be honest with you,” said Arbogast.
The proposed annexation would have added about 60 businesses to the city limits, along a stretch of Route 33 running from the current city limits to a mile or so past the beginning of Corridor H. As part of developing the proposal, the city had presented projected benefits to the county and citizens, and Arbogast said they were a reasonable effort.
“You can give 1000 CPAs the project of doing a projection, and you’re going to get 1000 different answers. But everything we did was to try to format that annexation so it would benefit the most businesses and the most people,” Arbogast said.
While the denial marks the end of the current annexation effort, Arbogast says the next steps will fall on someone else’s shoulders, with a new city manager starting this week. But regardless of what happens next, she said it looks like Weston is on it’s own.
“I think whatever success Weston has now, they’re going to have to do it on their own accolades, that support’s not going to be there, I don’t see that support there. It’s too bad because we all live in the same community,” said Arbogast.