UPDATE: Funds Cut for Meth Lab Clean-Up

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UPDATE 7/30/2014 5:00 PM

State funding dried-up, but the shutdown of suspected meth labs continues.

The West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund no longer provides funds for the clean-up of meth labs raided by law enforcement.

Police here say the clean-up is done by independent contractors, not by law enforcement.

But they do want to make sure the homes housing the labs don't end up an eyesore.

"We want to be part of the solution, even though we're technically outside of what we're responsible for, to where we can keep the quality of life for neighbors who have to deal with this issue," says Lt. Greg Collins, with the Parkersburg Police Department.

Lt. Collins notes the task force handles the initial clean-up but others are involved in the overall process.

He says the loss of state funding will not affect the criminal investigations.

After the meth lab bust, what happens to the property?

That's what neighbors in Wood County want to know.

A meth lab bust last March left a house on Coolidge Street abandoned and overgrown.

Neighbors want to clean it up.

They brought the issue to the county because they say it is an eyesore.

The state says it has to be cleaned first.

There are certain steps to follow after a meth bust and that's what the county needed clarification on.

Neighbors say they are willing to clean the yard but officials say they can't.

Meth may be on the household items outside the home.

The county started the process by bringing in a speaker from Charleston Wednesday who deals with the aftermath of contaminated structures.

"Yes I'm concerned about it, yes I don't want this kind of thing. We don't live like this, we don't approve of this kind of living. We don't want our grandkids to think this is what we live in. We are not trash, we don't like trash," says Pat Barker, a concerned neighbor.

Through a county ordinance the county can now take control and start making steps to get the property cleaned.

And officials say they are going to; however, it may take around 90 days.

Speaking with the homeowner Wednesday, she says she did not live in the home when the meth bust occurred.

And she says she has not done anything because she cannot pay for the cleaning.

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