Hatfield McCoy Fountain Place Trail to open

LOGAN — The long proposed connector route that will allow visitors at hotels located at the Fountain Place Plaza access to the Hatfield and McCoy Trail System will be dedicated Friday in Logan.

Mayor Serafino Nolletti asked the Logan City Council to approve an ordinance that amends which streets can be accessed by visiting trail riders at the September meeting of the Logan City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

“This is the most important item on tonight’s agenda,” the mayor explained, noting that on Friday at 4:30 p.m. the Hatfield McCoy Trails Regional Recreation Authority would dedicate the project at a special ceremony at the site of the Logan Interpretive Center down the road from the mall at 4:30 p.m.

“The governor and other dignitaries will be in town for this,” explained Nolletti.

Several years ago, Governor Tomblin had asked Hatfield McCoy to put in a route where visitors staying at the mall or the nearby conference center could access the trails via the connector in Logan. Hatfield McCoy has been working on that project as well as a bigger overall connector project that will first connect the Bearwallow and Rockhouse Trails in Logan via connector to the Rockhouse and Buffalo Mountain Trail systems in Mingo County.

Eventually this system will allow riders to get on the trails at one location and ride to several different trailheads via a series of connectors.

“This connector project will be big for the city of Logan,” Nolletti explained, adding that Hatfield McCoy’s Deputy Director John Fekete had been in Logan for some time working on that project and installing signs.

“You will be able to get from the Mall area to the connector when completed,” noted City Clerk Amber Miller Viars.

City Attorney Kendel Partlow said the revised ordinance makes possible some expansion as to where trail riders can travel on their machines in the city.

“There are some streets that will open up and primarily Main Street and Stratton Street will be more open,” he said. “It is amendable, flexible and adaptable.”

“The new signs were put up this week,” Viars added.

That was not the only news involving Hatfield McCoy at the council meeting.

Mayor Nolletti is a member of the West Virginia Municipal League’s board of directors and he announced that there will be a special Hatfield McCoy Trail Ride in Logan for board members and council members when the board meets in October.

The Municipal League Board will come to Logan on October 22 and 23.

“We will ride Hatfield McCoy on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m.,” the mayor said. “We will leave city hall and head for the connector to Bearwallow.”

At 6 p.m. the group will reconvene and head to the airport for dinner prepared by the Logan Shrine Club. The following day the board itself will be having its business meeting. The Mayor asked the council members and the department heads to make a point of attending the meeting as it will be the first time the Municipal League Board has met in Logan.

“Hopefully we will get some representation from West Logan, Mitchell Heights, Man and Chapmanville as well,” he added.

J.D. Charles

Contributing Writer

J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.Reach

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