Logan County Commission holds brief, yet productive meeting
by Debbie Rolen firstname.lastname@example.org
The Logan County Commission has a short meeting Monday afternoon, but the benefits to the county will be far reaching.
First on the agenda was a request from the W.Va. Department of Health and Human Resources to have the Sheriff appointed administrator of the estate of Jerry M. Smith. Logan County Attorney Brian Abraham recommended the commission move forward with approval and they did.
Zach Browning came before the commission on behalf of the Region II Wastewater Project to request drawdown number eight for the Small Cities Block Grant Project, Wastewater. The total amount is $231,603.79. That goes to pay the contractor $228,432.47 and Region II Planning and Development Council $3,171.32. The commission approved the drawdown.
The commission approved the Logan County Assessor’s office requests to hire Tammie Aleshire as a full-time deputy and Olivia Collins Mounts as a temporary employee.
Commission President Danny Godby introduced a request from the Island Creek Model Railroad Club Inc, and explained its purpose.
“They have a model railroad and they have it set up where school kids can come in to view and learn a little about the history of southern West Virginia, Logan and Mingo County and other counties that have surface and deep mining and how the engines and trains move and load the coal. It is very interesting. In fact, they have had several people come in, several young kids, who have gained a lot of knowledge concerning this. Virgil Keith Vanatter, David Long, David Adams and Fred Bradley are the gentelmen who take care of this and the president is Virgil Keith Vanatter. Quarterly, the commission gives them some type of monetary help and right now they need money.”
The commission approved $2,000 for the Island Creek Model Railroad Club Inc. so they can continue their work and they will revist the issue next quarter.
Cody Perry sent a letter to the commission about the Logan County Firefighters’ Ball. This is an event the commission supports on an annual basis. It is not only a meeting, they have awards, they have a speaker come in from the firefighters’ association and they usually have about 500 people in attendance. By law, they can afford up to $25 per person up to 500 people. The commission approved $12,500.
The commission accepted a Victim of Crime Act Grant in the amount of $38,472 for the Logan County Prosecutor.
The commission also accepted two Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) awards from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin: one for a violent crime prosecutor in the amount of $36,000; and another for salaries for a multi-jurisdictional drug and violent crime task force in the amount of $50,000.
Routine matters were disposed of quickly.
The next meeting will be held October 7, 2013, at 3 p.m.
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