New State building dedication set

J.D. Charles For The Logan Banner

August 15, 2013

Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti has invited the public to the grand opening of the new State Building on Main Street in the City of Logan this Friday at 1 p.m.

Nolletti noted the building was a project “years in the making” at Tuesday, August 13, meeting of the Logan City Council and due to the years of work on the project everyone involved was pulling out all stops to make the event special.

“The ribbon cutting ceremony is going to be a very big event,” he explained. “We have been looking forward to this for so many years and you can expect local and state elected leaders to be there, along with many other dignitaries. They will all be present for this event.”

City Attorney Kendall Partlow asked for a second reading on a proposed amendment to the city’s election calendar noting that the Secretary of State’s office had requested the calendar be updated.

“So we got a new calendar together that will satisfy their concerns,” Partlow told councilmembers. Partlow said the calendar is for the years 2014-2015.

Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper said former police chief and longtime member of the Logan P.D. David White was in the hospital and would probably be out of work for some months.

White has had some complications following surgery but is reportedly “doing better.” Chief Harper said Kevin Conley will be off work for some time as well, due to having to care for his mother, who broke her hip.

The shortages in manpower prompted Nolletti to observe that more Civil Service Commission testing should be scheduled soon.

Street Commissioner Kevin Marcum said 15 tons of asphalt had been put down across town in street repairs. Three basin drains have also had to be repaired. Marcum said the extensive recent rains have led to an increase in weedeating activities as well. The street department’s salt trucks are in bad shape.

“We have had the main salt truck in to a couple of places and they could not fix it,” Marcum told councilmembers.

He did have some good news, however. “We have 50 tons of salt left over from this past winter so if we have a bad winter we are ready for a good start.”

In other City of Logan news:

• Council approved the payment of $107, 831.00 in bills. City Accountant Jeff Valet said the normal monthly bills run around $90,000 but this month was different due to insurance coming due and workers compensation.

“It was better than normal July,” Valet said, noting that usually June and July are rough months financially for the city. “But we came close to breaking even this past month.”

• Nolletti noted that the city should see a substantial Business and Occupation check coming in soon.