LOGAN, W.Va. — The City of Logan swore in two new patrolmen for the Logan Police Department on Tuesday, September 13.
Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti and City Attorney Kendal Partlow swore in Wes Harvey and Jonathan Ziggler at the beginning of Tuesday evening’s regular city council meeting. The Mayor noted that both men are experienced officers and were already qualified at the State Police Academy, both being former deputies in Logan and Boone Counties.
Following the recent retirement of former Chief and longtime policeman Dave White, the department arranged to have civil service testing in order to fill openings on the department. Over a dozen young men had showed up and taken the tests in the previous month.
“We are lucky to have these two new hires,” Mayor Nolletti said. “These guys will be a good fit for our city. Gentlemen, we are honored to have both of you with us now.”
Street Commissioner Kevin Marcum said his department was getting ready for fall by clearing back vegetation that had overgrown in the town and putting down 12 tons of asphalt in repair of several streets.
“We have been working on patching the holes and we have also been cutting weeds throughout the city,” Marcum told The Logan Banner, noting that there has been a lot of concern about what kind of winter Logan County could be facing this year.
“We have been trimming brush that is hanging over the road,” he said, noting that in past winters heavy vegetation got covered with clinging wet snow that lead to downed power lines.
Other projects the Street Department has been working on are routine for the approaching fall when more wet weather usually comes around. Wet weather can often led to clogged and overflowing drainage lines.
“We also worked on cleaning the ditch lines out and picking up trash on the railroad and throughout the city,” he said. “We have also been busy with the regular trash pick up.”
Some $47,000 in monthly bills was approved for payment by the council. City Accountant Jeff Vallet said that one bill for $22,000 from Brickstreet for workers compensation insurance had not arrived as of yet. He noted that funds have been tight as of late and the city was trying to keep its expenditures down.
In other City of Logan news;
• A first reading was held on updated fire and building codes amending them to make them in full compliance with updated state codes. A second reading will be held next month.
• Fire Chief Scott Beckett discussed property maintenance codes dealing with area sidewalks and noted that right now he was waiting on a form letter to move forward. Beckett discussed the new Pension plan for first responders in the City’s employ. He noted that from now on new firemen and police officers hired by Logan will go under a new plan overseen by the state, whereas older members of those departments will continue to have their pension plans overseen by the city.
“We have a plan and everybody seems to be satisfied,” Beckett said. “We are good to go.”
Before the meeting ended, Logan firefighters were dispatched to Mount Gay toward the end of the meeting on a structure fire but soon had the blaze under control.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.