LOGAN, W.Va. — During their March 21 meeting, the Logan County Commission (LCC) took action by declaring April 2016 Fair Housing Month, administering a grant for the final portion of the second phase of the Big Harts water project and providing funds to maintain public transit in the area.
April was named Fair Housing Month to commemorate one of the building blocks of the Civil Rights Act.
LCC president Danny Godby explained, “Whereas equal opportunity in housing is a right guaranteed to all Americans under title eight of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, and whereas the 48th anniversary of the National Fair Housing Law in the month of April provides an opportunity for all Americans to rededicate themselves to the freedom of choice…The LCC..does hereby proclaim April 2016 as Fair Housing Month.”
Mike Web, with the Small Cities Block Grant Program, explained that Logan County has been approved to receive its final installment for the second phase of the Big Harts water extension project.
Web noted the county has been approved for $1.3 to finish out phase two.
“We are really sure phase two and phase three are going to be bid this year,” noted Logan County administrator Rocky Adkins. “Out of phase one, two and three…there’s $5.1 million that the county commission has put into the Harts water project to make sure it’s happening.”
The TriRiver Transit Authority sent a letter the LCC requesting funds from the LCC to cover next year’s costs for the area.
Adkins explained several of the coalfields counties have joined together to pay for the public transportation throughout the area saying, “A lot of people don’t realize that we have public transportation in the county. If we were trying to do this on our own we would not be covering the area we are getting covered for the money we are spending.”
Commissioner Danny Godby noted, “For one county to take this on, it would be, and I emphasize, impossible…”
The LCC approved $44,000 in funding to TriRiver Transit.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]