Cleaning West Logan up

J.D. Charles For The Logan Banner

September 11, 2013

WEST LOGAN — Members of the West Logan Town Council discussed further ways to clean up the municipality during the September 9 council meeting. Police Chief Robert Ward noted there had been several complaints about residents who had left garbage piled up on their property as well as a small mound of rubble left after a house was torn down. Those issues are being addressed with the residents involved, he noted.

Last month, the council approved putting a halt to the practice some people had made of dropping off their garbage in the town’s garbage trucks after hours at the street department garage. Some residents nearby complained about the garbage sitting in the sun over the weekend, drawing flies and creating a strong, annoying odor. The town has sent out notice for residents to cease and desist dropping off garbage and to wait for the West Logan Street Department to pick it up.

Mayor Darren Akers noted that Tuesday morning garbage on Second Avenue is picked up.

“First Avenue is picked up on Friday, and business pick-ups are on Monday,” Akers said.

Councilmembers said there had been other complaints regarding run down property, overgrown weeds and so forth that could be addressed if residents do not take care of them. Chief Ward noted that some people had already taken steps towards cleaning their property up, but there were ongoing problems at one of the apartments in town where residents were dumping loose garbage in containers.

Mayor Akers said he had been told by street department employees that some people had not been properly bagging their garbage and had been tossing it in containers improperly- creating a mess for neighbors and the street department.

Chief Ward said that he had spoken with a couple of residents in other parts of the town who had complained about not being able to take their trash to the garage.

“They had complained that if it is left out cats and dogs tear the bags open,” Ward said. “They did not seem aware that it’s a requirement here to put garbage in a garbage bag and place it in a sturdy container to keep animals out of it.”

Council member Ruby Moore said she recalled several years back the council had agreed to that measure.

“We were told to put it in cans and containers to avoid those problems,” she said.

Akers said there had also been some complaints regarding people who have been going in and out of abandoned dilapidated buildings in town apparently trying to scavenge things.

Police Chief Ward said he also was informed that some local women had been going into the dangerous old structures to retrieve window panes, and noted it was not safe to be in them.

“We have had them condemned,” Akers said of the ramshackle structures. “It’s not safe to be in them. We would like to tear them down ourselves but the town does not have the money to do it.” Akers said West Logan has been working with The Logan County commission to receive assistance from the county in removing the run down structures. “Till that time, we are asking people to stay out of them for their own safety,” he added.

The council also welcomed its newest member — local community volunteer and firefighter Tom Granger was appointed to Ward No. 2 to replace longtime councilmember Jamie Browning who stepped down recently. Mayor Akers said he felt Granger would be a great addition to the council, noting that several times Granger had come forward to assist the community when storms had struck.

In other West Logan news:

• Council approved minutes from the August meeting.

• Council approved the financial statement from Clerk Mark Mareske.

Mareske said the town had $77,000 in cash on hand, noting that there were some unusual expenses this past month, including a $3,400 payment to the state auditor’s office and payments on quarterly insurance premiums and a late bill from Waste Management for tipping fees at the dump.

• Council approved safety committee reports and police department reports from Police Chief Robert Ward, who noted that crime was still down. Ward said there were two recent domestic disputes handled by the Police Department, with assistance from the Logan County Sheriff’s Department.

• Ward said there was a complaint by a resident along Route 10 about her neighbor’s dog getting loose and getting into her yard.

Ward noted he had contacted the dog’s owner and let her know and she had said she would chain the small dog up.

Ironically the town also had its final reading on the updated animal ordinance which was adopted following months of work by Town Attorney Sabrina Deskins. The ordinance was passed to avoid anybody placing a dog pound within the confines of the tightly packed community and was designed to avoid problems such as animal hoarding. Most people will not be affected unless they have allowed their animals to get loose and become a nuisance one resident noted.

Deskins supplied the council with copies of the ordinance and noted it could be updated or tweaked as needed.