WEST LOGAN — A local man is upset at the veritable jungle next door to his home in West Logan.
Sam Montgomery told members of the West Logan Town Council that the abandoned lot next to his residence is overgrown with grass several feet high and rotted trees.
Montgomery said he was informed the property had been sold a few years ago and that the house that had sat there was torn down, and that he and a neighbor had received letters from the new owners from Pennsylvania wanting to see if either was interested in purchasing the lot. Montgomery said that he had his own hands full cutting his own grass and taking care of his own property and was not interested in the proposal.
“Something has to be done,” he said, noting the weeds and grass had not been cut in over a year.
West Logan Police Chief Robert Ward asked Montgomery if he still had the letter from the new owners. Montgomery said he had thrown it away, but said he did not know if his neighbor, Greg Adams, had kept his. Ward said he had spoken with the previous owner, Angie Gaylock, who said she had lost the property over unpaid back taxes.
Town Attorney Steven Thorne asked Montgomery to go to the Logan County Courthouse and see if he could find out who the tax bills are sent to via the assessor’s office.
“You might be able to find out that way,” he said, adding that with a contact the property owner could be reached and notified of complaints.
Mayor Darren Akers said the town might be able to find out who owns it and then have the property cleaned up and bill the owners.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.