The Aug. 3 meeting of the Logan County Commission (LCC) began with a prayer and the pledge of allegiance. Commissioners Danny Ellis and Willie Akers as well as President Danny Godby and County Administrator Rocky Adkins were all present.
The focus of the meeting quickly turned to a public presentation made by a legal representative of O.V. Smith and Sons Inc. of Big Chimney West Virginia. The business owns the Family Dollar Store in Aracoma, W.Va., and they are exploring an expansion of the store. To properly expand the store the business will need absorb three lots (which they have recently purchased) and move Finch Street to accommodate the newly proposed building.
Home owner Derek Byrant was present at the meeting with his concerns of losing his privacy fence; however, Bryant was assured by the legal representative of O.V. Smith and Sons that his fence would be replaced when construction was completed.
The street exchange was subsequently approved by unanimous vote.
In other business, the LCC granted the Eighth Grade Dream Basketball Team and the 11th and 12th Grade Lady Cats Basketball Teams $500 each which can be redeemed upon the presentation of invoices. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources grant to the Family Resource Network was approved for $38,600. The West Virginia Community Corrections Grant was paid to the day report program for $536,750.
The LCC will hold a public hearing at the Logan County Courthouse Friday Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.. The public hearing will center on the proposed 100 percent hike in the emergency 911 wireline fee. Currently land line customers pay $1.50 every month, and if the fee is approved, customers will be paying $3 every month for the emergency 911 wireless fee. However, the move to increase the wireline fee will bring it to parity with the current emergency 911 wireless feee.
The purpose of the hearing is for the LCC to hear public comment on the proposed ordinance.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the LCC will be Aug. 17 at 3 p.m.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]