At its Oct. 19 meeting, The Logan County Commission (LCC) voted to approve a minor boundary adjustment sought by the town of Man.
Like a recent boundary adjustment granted to the town of Chapmanville, the boundary adjustment at Man concerned one land owner who wished to be annexed into the town for fire and police protection.
Part of Route 10 that leads to the newly annexed property was also absorbed into the town of Man.
Legal council for the LCC Brian Abraham explained, “You [LCC] have a petition filed by the town of Man dated Oct. 2, 2015…There is a request by the sole land owner that this is affecting to be annexed into the town of Man. We also have the tax tickets showing the person to be the owner of the property…as well as a letter from the Division of Highways by the Secretary of Transportation indicating they have no opposition to the state road going to that piece of property to be annexed. Based upon that, it’s my opinion, having reviewed these documents that they are in proper form. It being in proper form, I see no reason you would not adopt the request by the town of Man and grant the minor boundary adjustment.”
The LCC gave several people a forum to speak in protest of the boundary adjustment. Those who spoke against the boundary adjustment stated the people who live in areas abutting the annexed property would be negatively affected. Speakers against the boundary adjustment claimed the presence of the Man Police Department would decrease the presence of West Virginia State Police and the Logan Sheriff’s Department in the areas abutting the annexed property. Abraham pointed out that those appearing in opposition to the annexation where not from the town of Man and no one, other than the one landowner requesting to be annexed, would be affected by the minor boundary adjustment.
Abraham responded to concerns of those against the boundary adjustment by explaining, “I can tell you a West Virginia State Trooper or a Deputy Sheriff will arrest somebody in the town Logan, in the town of Chapmanville or the town of Man just as quickly as if they saw a violation of the law anywhere else.”
The next meeting of the LCC will be held Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. at the Logan County Courthouse.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]