WEST LOGAN — The Town of West Logan is getting in gear for an upcoming town election on Tuesday, June 11.
City Clerk Mark Mareske told councilmembers that he had been looking for poll workers for the election and the two early voting elections on June 1 and June 8. The early votes allow people who have to work on Tuesday, the Election Day, to be able to vote by coming to town hall on those Saturdays and casting their ballots early. Most of the names on the ballot will be familiar ones with only one difference. Council member Jamie Browning had informed the council she had decided not to run for councilmember again a few months ago.
Mareske noted it had been challenging to come up with people to work in the elections, with one previous worker deciding not to return.
During the discussions the council members agreed to increase the rate of pay for the workers to $175 for poll workers on Tuesday, June 11 and to $150 for the early election workers. Mayor Darren Akers explained that the differences were primarily because the weekend workers would be giving up two Saturdays, whereas the Tuesday election would be one very long day.
Monday evening’s meeting began with a moment of silence for the late Dan Dahill, a West Logan resident and legendary figure in local politics. Dahill was one of the key figures in F. Keith Davis’ book “West Virginia Toughboys” and well into his senior years, at a time when other people had retired from active life, Dahill continued to work as the town’s attorney.
In other West Logan news:
• On a Thursday evening two weeks ago a young man lost control of his vehicle on Route 10 in front of the post office, leading to a freak accident, noted Police Chief Robert Ward.
“He went off the road into a yard on Second Avenue then bounced over the fence and leaped the alley and landed in the Apartment Building wall on First Avenue.” Ward said the young man’s vehicle was slowed down by going through an electrical breaker box for the building, which left residents inside without electricity for a few days.
“Ironically it was the second accident he had that day,” Ward said. “He had another accident about seven hours earlier over in Logan.”
Ward noted the young man was sober.
• Chief Ward said April had been a quiet month other than the unusual accident, but May had started off differently, when two domestic altercations at the same residence were dealt with on Saturday, May 11.
• Chief Ward said there were some parking complaints on Mallard Avenue and noted that the vehicles there will have to be moved temporarily when the street department repaints the parking stripes. Ward said Ron Bryant of the Street Department was waiting for some more decent weather in order to finish striping the town’s streets.
• Jamie Browning asked about removing dilapidated buildings from Route 10. Mayor Akers said he was in discussion with county and city officials about the best way to approach the problems.
April’s financial statements and minutes were approved. City Clerk Mark Mareske noted that some Business and Occupation Taxes came in during April and the town’s income was up over $6,200 more than the town’s expenses. The bills included $519 for election materials and $850 for legal advertising.