LOGAN — The City of Logan approved an resolution to work with the Southern Coalition for the Arts and another agency in order to promote the city for tourism.
Jamie Butcher discussed a $10,000 grant opportunity with the council on Tuesday, Oct. 13, noting that in order to obtain the grant two sponsoring agencies were needed to sign on at $1,500 each. The Hatfield McCoy Convention and Visitors Bureau would be one agency and Butcher said that she hoped the city of Logan would also come on board as the other.
She explained the details of the project in detail to the city council members.
“It is a statewide tourism grant,” Butcher said of the 2-MAP partnership, which was discussed earlier this year at Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s Tourism Conference. “The purpose of this is to advertise and promote tourism in the town of Logan.”
Butcher discussed the details of the project including different print media ads in tourism publications as well as four large billboards — one each will be put in place prior to four upcoming events.
“We will be spending the $10,000 grant on marketing throughout the state,” she said.
Mayor Serafino Nolletti said the town could use funds from its Hotel and Motel occupancy tax, which is shared with the CVB.
The Mayor said that the ARTS group — which has regular stage plays in the city — had done a great job of getting people into downtown Logan in the evenings and had helped out the Coalfield Jamboree quite a bit since its inception.
In other tourism news City Clerk Amber Miller-Viars was appointed to the Third Congressional Districts Tourism Advisory Board by US Congressman Evan Jenkins.
The council also approved a resolution for a new Ford F-350 truck for the Logan Fire Department. Fire Chief Scott Beckett said the old 2004 unit the department has been using is down with transmission problems and that by making a $10,000 down payment with their Fire and Emergency Services Levy money and using funds from the billing of service calls from the Department, his agency could make the $526 monthly payments without having to ask for funding from the city’s general fund at all. The measure was approved. Councilman Jay Mullins noted it was just in time too as winter was just around the corner. The vehicle, which has a diesel, will be purchased via state bid.
City Attorney Jeff Valet discussed the town’s bills, which amounted to $54,000 last month. Valet noted that even though it was the first month that payments had come in under the new higher Business and Occupation tax and higher city service fees that there were some businesses in town which had been using old forms at the lower rate and they would be contacted soon about the error. Valet said a reduced premium for health insurance was paid to High Mark this month which accounted for a lower monthly total. (Usually the city’s bills amount to around $80,000 per month.)
In other Logan news, the staff at Town Hall mourned the passing of the wife of Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper who passed away recently.
“It has been a tough four days,” said Mayor Serafino Nolletti, who noted that Mrs. Harper, a longtime educator at Scott High School, was laid to rest earlier on Tuesday. He added that Chief Harper would be back to work soon and asked the staff and council to keep his family in their prayers.
Council approved a hardship appointment to replace code enforcement officer Ray Perry by members of the Logan Fire Department. Chief Scott Beckett said the department had several men lined up to receive training in nine different aspects of the position and to cross train and learn so that in the future if one person leaves the position others will be ready to step in.
Street Commissioner Kevin Marcum said his agency has been busy with clearing power lines around town to avoid problems with downed lines during the winter. Sgt. David White said the month of September had been unusually quiet for the Logan Police Department with mostly routine calls to Walmart over shoplifters. Fire Chief Scott Beckett said his agency handled 75 calls in September including one structure fire at B&B Loans which they were able to put out fast because somebody noticed it and called it in quick. Beckett noted that the store was very popular with members of the Logan Fire Department as it is a hub for serious gun collectors and shooters in the area.
Beckett also discussed the Team Santa project which will be accepting donations of new toys at City Hall to be gift wrapped and handed out to kids on the last Saturday before Christmas.
“This is a very big and important project we are working on and any agencies or individuals who want to donate or help with wrapping, we will appreciate,” Beckett said, noting that he was touched last year when several of the older kids- who had received gift cards to Wendy’s restaurant in town rushed over to get themselves a hot meal. Children in the Logan Fire Department’s coverage area — which includes areas outside city limits — will be receiving presents. The local school system will be assisting to let the fire department know the addresses of needy kids in the area.
Mayor Nolletti said Trick or Treat will be held on Halloween night this year- October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.