Ray Perry gave the Logan County Commission a report on the dilapidated building project and the progress being made.
At the last meeting, there were 411 dilapidated structures being worked on, 74 had been removed. Over the past few weeks, nine more structures were added. Six of those nine had already been removed.
A total of 80 structures have been removed and Perry expects in the next 90 days, 12 more that are highly visible structures along Route 44 will be gone.
There have been 28 letters returned with no response from the property owners. Notices have been posted at the properties and will also appear in the paper for the required period of time.
The commissioners told Perry he had done a great job and asked if there was anything the commission could do to expedite the process.
“I don’t believe there is,” said Perry, “I think it has been nice that even though we had to remind them to take care of their own property, some of them did step up and take responsibility for it.”
Commission President Danny Godby said, “This is not a problem unique to Logan County. It is all over the state. It is a huge undertaking and I appreciate what you are doing. There are two major problems within our county. One is drugs and the other is dilapidated structures. Not only are they bad to look at, they are dangerous and draw snakes and rodents. With all the work that is going on now, hopefully this will be eradicated.”
Commissioner Danny Ellis brought up the problem of trash along the roadways and how often they have to be clean up trash and debris.
“I don’t know if this is an educational process or what. It just seems like we continue just over and over and over again, having to clean out ditch lines along the roads,” said Ellis
Perry answered saying they had met a new Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) representative at the last Solid Waste Authority meeting.
“We are going to partner with them. She is going to start a program in the elementary schools to educate the children just like the fire departments do during fire prevention week,” said Perry, “We are going to educate the children why they shouldn’t litter and why their parents shouldn’t be throwing garbage in the creeks where high water will take it off.”
DEP is also providing a contact who will aid in addressing the problem of large open dumps.
“There are quite a few large scale open dumps. They are all hidden up in hollows, but they are going to help us out with that too,” said Perry.
“It‘s a sidebar to the dilapidated structure project. It all ties hand in hand, said Ellis, “to clean up the county.”