He had been a school teacher in the town at one time and was once the editor of the city’s premier newspaper- The Logan Banner.
And on Sept. 8, the city got the opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ to Raamie Barker.
Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti and the Logan Town Council presented Barker with the Key to the City on Sept. 8.
Baker spent 20 years in public service first in assisting longtime Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin of the West Virginia legislature in handling state affairs. Then he assisted Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for five years.
“He was always there for us when it came to helping us with grants and so forth and we have something for him to show our appreciation for his many years of hard work and dedication on behalf of the people of the City of Logan,” the mayor said, as he handed over the plaque with it’s affixed key to Barker.
“I sincerely thank you very much,” Barker said, noting that Senate President turned Governor Tomblin was always eager to assist towns such as Logan, Man and Chapmanville with public projects. Barker noted that although he may official be considered to be retired he still took an active roll in civic works from time to time and that he would be happy to continue to assist the city in the future.
The City Council also approved and read a Proclamation on behalf of School Attendance Awareness Month at the request of Cathy Adkins.
Not much progress has been made on the long term Stratton Street Sidewalk Project, Nolletti noted. He said the city had received some e-mails from the Division of Highways and the engineers in charge of the project recently but it was a slow process and little had changed from last month.
“We still don’t have a contract for this $365,000 project,” he added.
Building Code Enforcement Officer Ray Perry said the town is also waiting on closing off part of Pine Street in the Wilson Camp area. Former Mayor Tom Esposito, who has been working on several FEMA projects within the city said the town had been lucky. He noted that during the last major disaster the town had been told point blank it would not receive any federal assistance. In the long run, however thanks to the work done by the mayor and his staff it did indeed get $197,000 to repair several storm damaged areas.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.