Rahall assisting city with Wilson Camp problem

J.D. Charles For The Logan Banner

September 13, 2013

A recent landslide problem has severely affected people living in the Wilson Camp area of the town of Logan.

Access by vehicles has been lost and the only way in and out for weeks has been either by foot or on an ATV or UTV. Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti said his office has been contacted by US Congressman Nick Joe Rahall (D-WV) about the matter and that he hopes some help for the residents will be forthcoming.

“Understanding the importance of this matter, I have repeatedly contacted Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials in support of state and city efforts to find a resolution,” Rahall said in a letter to Mayor Nolletti. “I personally spoke with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and asked that every possible consideration be given in this matter. I am hopeful that my efforts will help to break the logjam and allow the city and state to move ahead in acquiring the affected properties. Please be assured that I understand your frustration and that of our constituents.”

“The problem is in Craig Fugate’s hands now,” Nolletti said during the council meeting.

Logan Fire Chief Scotty Beckett said the city has been doing what it can to help the people stuck in the area.

“We have been trying to help the people in Wilson Camp any way we can, including by making a UTV available to the residents so they can get their groceries home,” Beckett said, noting

that try as they might, the city was unable to satisfy everyone. “But we are trying.”

In other City of Logan news:

• Council approved payment of $95,799.36 in bills for the past month, which included a final payment on recent paving projects, as well as worker’s compensation premiums to Brickstreet Insurance and printing bills. City Accountant Jeff Valet said August was a bad month in regards to collections for garbage and other bills.

• Council approved a contract for auditing services at $5,500 per year for four years to Lisa Thornberg’s agency.

Jeff Valet noted Thornberg’s bid was around $2,000 lower than other bids and that Thornberg is highly qualified, having worked for the West Virginia Auditor’s Office.

• Council approved joining the West Virginia Rural Conservation Department. George Mathis discussed the organization and potential benefits it has for the city of Logan. For

$250 per year the city has representation to the board, is in the running for possible grants and can possibly get help on water cleanup projects.

• Logan Fire Chief Scotty Beckett said his department handled 58 calls in the past month and had received Federal Aviation Administration certification for work they had done with the Air National Guard at the airport.

“We are getting a crash truck donated to us for use at the airport,” Beckett said. The Fire Department also received an award, and the flag that flew over the airport.

• Beckett said around 10 old dilapidated buildings had been removed from town with more to follow. Police Chief E.K. Harper said demolitions expert Mike Urioste had been a tremendous help to the city on those projects.

“He liked it so much he moved here,” Harper said. “And he has really helped the city.”

• Beckett said the Logan Fire Department is going to put one of its older trucks up for sale as surplus.