J.D. CharlesFor The Logan Banner
June 12, 2013
Members of the Logan City Council approved a bridge design on a long term project Tuesday, June 11 in the city of Logan’s monthly council meeting.
Last month, engineers met with the city on three different designs for the proposed structure, noting that the biggest differences were in construction methods and cost.
Logan Mayor Serafino Nolleti said the town had been in contact with the architects and that members had been leaning towards the more expensive pre-fabricated design.
“And low and behold the price went up,” the mayor quipped, adding that all was not lost. The city has a possibility of receiving another $100,000 for the bridge.
“We will have to live with it for a long time,” Councilman Basil Ken Lee noted, adding he felt the council should pick which design they wanted the most. Mayor Nolleti said that if the city could come up with $20,000 in matching funds it could get the money needed for the design councilmembers liked best.
“We will have some time left to come up with that funding,” he added. “They (state and federal government) will give us the money, but we are at the mercy of all their regulations.”
Council approved the $493,000 prefabricated bridge design. Two resolutions were passed — the first to maintain a line of credit at Logan Bank and Trust for $25,000. Mayor Nolleti noted that last year the city did not need to use the funds, but added it was a good idea to have it available if needed. A second resolution was passed on the Central City Walk Bride project paying it down by $24,000.
One other long term project will be put on hold, however. Mayor Nolletti said that a bid on the repair for a landslide was rejected as it was too high and FEMA refused to pick up the tab.
“Only one contractor put in a bid, and that was for $388,000,” the mayor explained. “FEMA will not pay for it and there are not a lot of companies that do that sort of repair work. They did a core drilling and found a pile wall will not work there. It has to be anchored at an angle.”
Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper had some possible good news for the council. Noting that calls for assistance at the Fountain Place Plaza have increased dramatically (primarily due to shoplifters) that a proposed out station for the Logan Fire and Police Departments was being looked into again. Harper noted the Logan P.D. currently had one officer assigned to deal with calls for help at the mall regularly.
“Mayor Nolleti met with the governor a few years ago about that project,” Fire Chief Scotty Beckett noted, adding it would be a good idea if it came to pass at last.
One resident approached the council with a complaint about his neighbor’s dogs. The man noted that he had been bitten twice and that the dogs had been taken to the pound for 14 days before being released back to their owners.
Chief Harper noted the dog’s owner had been issued citations over the matter, adding that the situation seemed to start up when one resident’s dog began barking at the other’s dogs, leading to dogfights. City Clerk Amber Viars noted the town had a dangerous dog ordinance which referred to certain breeds of dogs, and enquired if the canines being complained about were on the list.