LOGAN, W.Va. — The main topic of discussion at Wednesday evening’s Logan City Council meeting was a massive fire that struck City Tire along Route 10 and had traffic blocked for hours. Given the size and nature of the blaze many people expressed their concerns about the safety of local firefighters. Members of the Logan Fire and Police Departments had their hands full in dealing with the blaze and with motorists along Route 10 just down from Rite Aid.
Ironically one of the topics of discussion at the meeting was getting approval for the Logan Fire Department to handle the fireworks for the city this July 4.
“The Fire Department will handle the fireworks show this year,” Mayor Serafino Nolletti said, explaining that he wanted to purchase $10,000 dollars worth of pyrotechnics for the Fourth of July. Unlike in past years where an outside vendor was hired to put on the show this year the city’s firefighters will do the job, from the nearby water tower — which is on city property.
“We will save the city a little money by putting it on ourselves,” the Mayor said of the measure which was approved.
City Accountant Jeff Valet said the town had $51,000 in bills this month including two bills for insurance.
“It’s nothing out of the ordinary,” Valet explained, adding that collections for Business and Occupation Taxes and garbage service were “better than expected” in April.
“The $26,000 the city received in Property Taxes was higher than normal and that is good news on the financials,” noted Mayor Nolletti.
Valet said that even though the city had raised some rates, it was hurt when the economy went down, however by making a switch on insurance the city was able to save some money.
The Mayor said the city may be losing two police officers soon and that the city would soon be administering civil service testing for the hiring of police officers soon.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.