J.D. CharlesFor The Logan Banner
February 15, 2013
There will be few surprises in this year’s election in the town of West Logan. According to Mayor Darrin Akers pretty much all of the current council members except for one have signed up to run again in the same positions and there were no new candidates who registered to run.
Akers said Councilwoman Jamie Browning had notified him that she was not going to run for council this time around. Council members Mary Randan and Ruby Moore asked how her position from Ward Two would be replaced. Akers said the council could try and find somebody from the district to represent it and appoint them to fill the position.
Financial Statements for January were read and approved. Mayor Darren Akers noted that there was nothing out of the ordinary. Akers said the town had $70,000 on deposit at the beginning of the month of January, had spent $10,000 in routine expenditures and had deposited $12,000 for a closing statement of $73,000. The town’s bills were read and approved. Mayor Akers said the street department had purchased a saw and some odds and ends amounting to around $600.
Police Chief Robert Ward said the month of January had been a quiet one for the West Logan PD. Ward noted that there were no reported thefts or accidents in January. However on Saturday he received a call about the traffic lights in town being out. Ward said new ones had been ordered and the Logan Fire Department would be contacted to assist in switching them out.
Mayor Akers noted that there had been comments by the state about taking the intersection out, but he felt it was a bad idea due to the heavy amount of traffic that came through town. Akers noted that several years ago a traffic study had been made in the area which found the majority of traffic through West Logan on Route 10 was in fact speeding. Akers agreed with one resident who expressed concern that if the stop lights were taken out the speeding problem coming off the straight stretch and curve would be dramatically worse.
Chief Ward said two street lights were out in other parts of town.
Ward said the town’s vehicles are also running good. Mayor Akers said the street department garage had developed a problem due to leaking or flooding that needed to be fixed by summer.
Mayor Akers said he had also seen the county’s dog-catchers in town recently. Akers said there had been a recent complaint about dogs in Hicks Hollow getting into garbage and strewing it around.
In other West Logan News:
• Mayor Akers noted the town had received a donation from the now-defunct West Logan Crimewatch. Akers said he would call Sabrina Deskins about the town attorney position.
• Councilwoman Ruby Moore said the lot on the far end of town had become a mess and wanted to know if anything could be done to repair it. Mayor Akers said three years ago the town had tried putting gravel down but it did not really work.