KEYSER - Tired of city streets being dug up without any notice, the Keyser City Council is considering adopting a permit system for anyone wishing to excavate on city property.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Tired of city streets being dug up without any notice, the Keyser City Council is considering adopting a permit system for anyone wishing to excavate on city property.
Council member Terry Liller brought the subject up during the council meeting this week, saying that he feels the city needs to know ahead of time when a utility or construction company plans to dig up the city’s streets.
“Sometimes we don’t even know when they’re going to dig,” he said, noting that it’s especially frustrating when a utility comes along and digs up a street that the city has just paved.
There have also been incidents when the excavation has not been properly repaired, causing the city to have to patch the street in the aftermath.
Liller said the company should be required to repair the area where they have excavated.
“We need to make it clear how we want them to finish the job,” he said.
“We’re letting these utility companies off a lot more leniently than we would an individual,” he added.
Streets and sewer supervisor Jim Hannas told the council, however, that an ordinance already exists requiring permits before anyone digs up a street.
Council member Mike Ryan said he would research the ordinances and get back to the council with the information.