Parkersburg City Council passes pause on new recovery homes

Parkersburg City Council puts new recovery centers on hold in city limits.
Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 4:44 AM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) -

UPDATE: 7/28/2021 4:40 P.M.

As of Tuesday night, there will be a pause on any new drug treatment centers being built in Parkersburg until June 30, 2022. Many expressed their concerns about this decision, while others shared why they believe it’s a good move to make.

“It’s in a residential zone and your neighbor’s house goes up and all of a sudden now you have 8 to 10 to 12 to 14 people living next door to you that have concerns with mental health or safety, drugs. Citizens here are very concerned with...it just feels that they are being duped as to...an industry can move into a residential section and nothing’s done.”

The ordinance passed 8 to 1. Councilwoman Wendy Tuck was the only objecting vote.

“There’s a lot of people that sell illegal drugs, deal illegal drugs...they are the ones causing the crime. Not the ones so much in sober living homes or recovery homes. It seems to me that we should be doing everything we can to help people recover and get back to a sober and clean life.”

Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce says a workgroup made up of city representatives, treatment facility managers and health care workers will be put together to better assist the existing drug treatment centers.

“I think there is an opportunity to identify, number one, who are the best players? Who’s doing the right things for the right reasons all the time? Who’s having the best outcomes? Who’s the most successful?”

Joyce says he hopes the work group can also decide if any additional legislation is needed when it comes to monitoring the operations of drug treatment facilities in the city.

Parkersburg City Council passed its proposed moratorium on drug treatment centers and homes Tuesday night.

It passed eight to one. Councilwoman Wendy Tuck was the sole objecting vote.

The majority of the people at the meeting that spoke were against the moratorium.

Many of them are involved with treatment centers or went through recovery.

There is a coalition being put together with Mayor Tom Joyce about the best way to move forward to help treat drug addiction in the area.

You can read our previous coverage of this story here and here.

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