The long delayed Stratton Street paving project was delayed again, according to Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti. He explained to the Logan Town Council that the project, which he had hoped would be done this October, might not get started until next spring. Nolletti’s comments came during the August meeting of the Logan Town Council on Aug. 18.
“It may not be done until next October,” Nolletti said, noting he had talked with Jeff Nelson of E.L. Robinson who is currently waiting to hear something back from the West Virginia Department of Highways.
Nolletti discussed other upcoming projects, some of them dealing with repairs to damages caused by massive storms where the town will receive assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Nolletti said the drains on Cole and Morgan streets will be flushed out with high pressure lines and cameras will be run down them to see if there are any damages. That project is expected to cost $16,000. Some $190,000 in repairs to Lorraine Street are also expected.
Former Mayor Tom Esposito, who has been working with the city on some of the FEMA and other projects, noted the town had been hit hard in 2012 by a major storm, then got pounded again this past March.
“These were bad storms, but what the city has secured in funding for projects should last for many generations,” Esposito said, noting the residents were fortunate that FEMA had been able to assist with the massive and expensive and extensive repairs.
“The mayor, the council and the department heads have all been working on this,” Esposito noted. Councilman Jay Mullins noted that Esposito himself had also been of terrific benefit to the city in terms of the mountains of paperwork he had completed in regards of the multiple FEMA projects.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.