Debbie Rolen Staff Writer
August 27, 2013
In addition to routine matters for Logan County, personnel, donations, rebates and a new health facility for Man were topics for discussion.
The commission approved the promotion of Austin Farmer to the position of Court Marshal and Logan County Clerk John Turner swore in Michael Mayes as the new Chief Deputy for the Logan County Sheriff’s Department.
Donations were approved to the Omar area Crime Watch for $1,500 and the Town of Chapmanville $2,500 for the Apple Butter Festival.
The W.Va. State Auditor Glen B. Gainer III, Director Local Government Purchasing Card Jack Berry and Local Government Purchasing Card Specialist at WV State Auditor’s Office Beth Thompson presented the commission with a rebate check in the amount of $83,944.61. Logan County has been part of the purchasing card program for the past two and a half years.
Rev. Mike Pollard addressed the commission about getting health care into the Town of Man. He thanked the commission for their role in getting the old Man Hospital torn down, but went on to say it has been seven or eight months with no activity and it’s time to get started with building the family wellness center.
“I spoke with Southern Health Systems out of Lincoln County, their CEO is Brian Christ. They are providing health care. I call it health care on wheels. They’ve got some trailers pulled in there. They’ve been doing a good job for the past several years. Our clinic in Man may have the highest patient count of any of their clinics in southern West Virginia and things are going good. They have also talked about a plan to build us a family wellness center. There have been newspaper articles about it, meetings at the high school, but now that the old hospital has been torn down, so far, we’ve still got nothing. It is time for us to see something started. Basically we need more health care for future needs in our community.”
Pollard recognized that there are several agencies who are involved, including W.Va. Health Care Authority, W.Va. DHHR, the Logan County Commission and said everyone seems to be ready to go, but for some reason, nothing is happening.
County Administrator Roscoe “Rocky” Adkins said currently sources for funding are being identified. Some of the funding is available, but the project must be fully funded before any work begins.
The next commission meeting will be held on September 9, 2013, at 3 p.m.