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July 22, 2018
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Preservation society says Parkersburg needs to do more to save history
(WOUB) - The Wood County Historic and Preservation Society wants to develop a plan to save the historic structures in Parkersburg.

Society President Bob Enoch says Parkersburg has probably done less than any other major city in West Virginia in the last three decades to preserve its heritage.

All that marks the home of West Virginia's first governor, Arthur Boreman, is a historical marker in the corner of a downtown Parkersburg parking lot. The Parkersburg mansion of another West Virginia governor, William Erskine Stevenson, is on the brink of ruin.

Enoch has asked Mayor Bob Newell to create a commission to list the city's historic assets and work to preserve them.

Last week, the mayor submitted Enoch's proposal to the city council's Public Works Committee for review.

But city Councilwoman Sharyn Tallman worries about creating another level of bureaucracy.

She says that while she appreciates beauty and history, she wants to be careful not to intrude on the rights of property owners.

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