WEST LOGAN, W.Va. — The Mayor and Town council members of West Logan are asking the public to stop feeding stray animals in and around the town.
For the past two months things have been mostly quiet in the small municipality. However one continuing complaint from residents involves a host of stray animals — primarily cats and pigeons — which have taken up residence on the streets, under houses and on roofs around the little town.
“It is our hope that if people will stop feeding these strays they will move on,” Mayor Darren Akers said at the end of the regular September council meeting on Monday night. “It seems that the more folks feed them the longer they are staying around and it has gotten to be a nuisance for many residents.”
Town Clerk Mark Mareske said the town’s finances are solid.
“Year to date we are up by $2,400,” Mareske said, noting there had been some improvement on garbage collections from last month by around $400.
Councilman Mike Nolletti asked if Waste Management’s tipping fees at the dump had gone up. Mareske noted he was not sure and explained that from month to month what the town pays can go up or down based on how many extra loads the street department might pick up.
“We had some extra hauling to the dump from one of the abandoned homes that has been cleaned up, but those folks paid for the extra tipping fees,” Mayor Akers said.
Mareske noted that the town had to pay for its quarterly insurance assessment of $2,200 this month and about $750 in office supplies purchased in bulk. All bills were approved for payment.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.