The meeting of the Logan County Commission (LCC) held Tuesday June 23 was called to order with the pledge of allegiance and a prayer, but the solemn mood inspired by the opening of the meeting quickly dissipated leaving behind disagreement, anger and frustration.
Herbert Staten addressed the LCC with his concerns about the recent minor boundary adjustment granted by the LCC. On June 9, The Logan Banner reported, “Attorney for the Town of Chapmanville Rob Kuenzel presented the LCC with a citizen’s request to be annexed into the town of Chapmanville. Kuenzel and Attorney for Logan County Brian Abraham discussed the legal minutiae of the matter before the matter was ultimately approved by the LCC. ‘Having reviewed the petition, he [Kuenzel] has produced evidence that it ran timely as a class two legal ad, and he’s going to supplement the record with the affidavit of publication. He has demonstrated by evidence here today by these exhibits he’s filed that there are lots 37 and 38 that are in the city limits. Further by the map provided, he’s demonstrated that lots 23, 24, 25 and 26 meet the definition as a contiguous lot subject to minor boundary adjustment…,’ stated Abraham.”
Staten “I’ve been here before about annexation on several occasions…. I’ve got an application presented by the town of Chapmanville under [W.Va. Law Code] 865 for minor boundary adjustment. The application was dated May 28 and June 4, 2015 — that’s when it was in the the Logan newspaper. It didn’t have an accurate map of the meets and bounds…. [They used a map] called a land tax map. There are no meets and bounds on it. On the side of the land tax map…it says it’s to be used for tax purposes only. They can’t use that map. As far as I’m concerned, it goes away there.”
Attorney for Logan County, Brian Abraham interjected, “With the exception of in the city, those lots are described by lot numbers not by meets and bounds as your property would be.…”
Staten fired back that, “No sir, [W.Va. Code] 865 tell you meets and bounds.”
Abraham responded, “The only way that lot is described in the records of Logan County, not just tax records, but any records…,” when Staten asked to not be interrupted again. Eventually the fracas seemingly forced LCC president Danny Godby to say, “Let’s keep this under control.”
For some time, the back-and-forth between Staten and Abraham continued until it was decided that Staten was not affected by the boundary adjustment and thusly had no standing to object to said adjustment. With Abraham and the LCC agreeing that the only parties with standing to object to the adjustment being the town of Chapmanville and the land owners (who requested their property be added into the town) the matter was dropped.
In other business, the LCC granted $12,000 to go toward the 2015 Firefighter’s Ball, and granted $75,000 to the Verdunville Fire Department for the purpose of purchasing a used fire truck.
The City of Logan was granted $5,000 to help defray costs of the upcoming Freedom Festival and the Logan County Chamber of Commerce was granted $4,000 to help organize the Arts and Crafts Festival.
The next meeting of the LCC will take place July 6 at 3 p.m..