LOGAN — Representatives of several town councils are gearing up for a visit from the West Virginia Municipal League which will have its board of directors meeting next week in Logan.
On Monday the meeting and the schedule of events the day before (Thursday) were discussed at the West Logan Town Council where Mayor Darren Akers and City Clerk Mark Mareske discussed the events and asked council members to participate and represent the town.
The event was also discussed at other council meetings on Tuesday night. It was one of the primary topics of the Logan Town Council Meeting of course because Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti is on the Municipal League Board and he and his staff at city hall have been working to make the event an educational one and a memorable one.
On Thursday of next week, the board, which consists of mayors from towns across the state, will go for a ride on the world famous Hatfield McCoy Trails at 2 p.m. then attend a cookout with music at the Logan County Airport. Later that night a cookout will be held at the Chief Logan State Park Conference Center. On Friday, the board of directors of the Municipal League will have its official meeting.
“I could not be more proud,” Mayor Nolletti admitted, noting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is scheduled to appear at the dinner on Thursday at the Airport. The Logan Shrine Club — which has cooked many major meals for local events — will be doing the cooking duties. The Hatfield McCoy Trail Ride will start out at Town Hall and access the Bearwallow Trailhead via the new connector in town. The ride will start at 2 p.m. and last till 4 p.m. A shuttle will take visitors to the airport for the dinner at 6 p.m. The campfire is scheduled for 8 p.m. In addition to the board meeting on Friday the league will tour one of Logan County’s newest businesses — the Mountain Mama Moonshine distillery in Man.
“This is an important meeting for Logan and our other communities,” Mayor Nolletti told the Logan Banner on Oct. 13. “For one thing it is an opportunity to show off Logan County to the League. But for another thing, it’s an opportunity for the League to see how different organizations and agencies in Logan County network together and get things done.”
Nolletti said he hopes to see representatives from Man, West Logan, Mitchell Heights and Chapmanville at the different functions.
“It is common knowledge that our different municipalities often learn things from each other and that helps each of us out,” he said. “Sometimes we will learn how West Logan has approached a problem or issue and that helps us. The town of Man will learn how something is being handled here, and so forth. We learn from each other and we all benefit that way.”
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.