By Liz Beavers

Tribune Managing Editor

KEYSER - The City of Keyser will be auctioning off the former Limestone Dam at a date yet to be determined.

The auction, which was originally scheduled for this Friday, has been postponed until the Keyser mayor and council can finalize some further details, according to mayor Damon Tillman.

The auction will include only the site where the dam was located and not any of the property around it.

Minimum bid will be $30,000.

The Limestone Dam, an earthen dam built in 1911, was the water source for Keyser for many years, but was taken offline when water treatment regulations became more stringent. It was drained in 2001, but continued to collect water. In addition, vegetation has grown up in and around the property, rendering it useless as a dam.

In 2011, it was breached when the City of Keyser was informed by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection that they either had to renovate it in order to bring it up to safety standards or breach it.

Neither Tillman nor city administrator Amanda Brafford specified when they thought the sale would take place.

In addition to the purchase price, the winning bidder will be responsible for paying all auction, selling, and/or closing costs for the property.

For further information, persons may call City Hall at 304-788-1511.