WEST LOGAN, W.Va. — The month of April was a quiet one for the town of West Logan, according to members of the municipality’s council at the monthly meeting on May 10.
Following the approval of last month’s meetings Town Clerk Mark Mareske had some good news about the town’s budget.
“The financial statements show we were up by about $40 for the month and year to date we are about $3,000 dollars ahead on our budget,” he explained. “There was nothing really out of the ordinary about our bills this past month. We had a bill for replacing the struts on our police cruiser from Al’s Auto Service and we had to pay two months for insurance for Brick Street.”
Other expenses included heavy duty weed eaters, Mareske said.
West Logan Police Chief Robert J. Ward noted that it was a mostly quiet month for his department, except for a few automobile accidents.
“We did one assist of a motorist, and we provided courtesy transportation for one person,” Ward said. “We also had one domestic disturbance which was solved and did some assists on traffic accidents. We had an accident on Rout 10 past 4th Street when a lady lost control of her vehicle when her steering went out. We did another assist on a traffic accident near Speedway.”
Ward said the green lights near Peach Creek had been switched out thanks to the Logan Fire Department and that he had contacted a couple of property owners about overgrown weeds and grass on their property which needed to be cut. He noted the road at Hicks Hollow was continuing to slip badly and that it had been marked by the Department of Highways but no repairs had been done yet. A similar problem exists on Third Avenue.
West Logan Mayor Darren Akers noted that with so much rain in the past few weeks it has been difficult for many folks to get their grass cut.
Council members also discussed a long term problem that has existed for well over a year. Some time back a former resident had moved from First Avenue and left behind an automobile that has become a rusted away eyesore. The town reportedly has an ordinance about such problems but the owner of the vehicle has steadfastly refused to have it towed away. Council discussed the possibility of issuing fines or citations if the problem is not dealt with.
The Mayor and Police Chief also discussed an AEP power pole that has steadily continued to deteriorate and lean over, causing many people on that street to be worried.
The phone problem at town hall had been fixed courtesy of local resident James Gross.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.