City Clerk Amber Viars told members of the Kiwanis Club of Logan about the clean up on March 18 just an hour after a different type of cleanup effort kicked off downtown. Earlier that day, Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper and city employees Ray Perry and Robert Thompson installed "no loitering" signs in parts of downtown area that have been a haven for litterbugs, drug dealers and prostitutes.
Perry said the litter problem left by the loiterers was going to be addressed by the cleanup. "Amber is going to go around and talk to the civic groups to enlist their help and support during the litter clean up," Perry said.
Viars said the cleanup will take place from April 5-11 and will kick off with a special meeting on April 1 at Logan City Hall at noon.
The city is seeking volunteers to help pick up rubbish, paint curbs and poles, install new welcome signs and flower beds, trim vegetation, replace broken lights, update out of date signs, install new flags, clean city hall and vehicles and decorate.
Sales of t-shirts will help pay for supplies and equipment for the cleanup. For more information call (304) 752-4044 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. before March 26, and ask for Amber Viars, Ray Perry or Stephanie Avis, or email the city clerk at Amberviars@gmail.com.
Viars discussed the need to update service club signs, some of which are out of date in regards to when and where the groups meet. Viars said she would like to see new civic club signs and welcome signs put up and that the city had plans to put up nine new welcome signs in different entrances to town.
"We are replacing about 400 signs total and there will be a lot of painting and installing to do," she said.
A press release from the City of Logan said the city is encouraging school groups to get involved for their required community service hours.
“We are really looking forward to getting the city cleaned up for spring,” Mayor Serafino Nolletti said in the press release. “We have been working on this project for awhile and hope that everyone comes out to cleanup. There is so much we can do.” Mayor Nolletti said in the press release that he hopes the cleanup is contagious to area residents and businesses to encourage them to clean up their own areas.
“It is a lot about pride,” Nolletti said in the press release. “We have a lot of people coming home from out of town, as well as people traveling here (to ride) on the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System (and) we just want everyone to have a good impression of the city. We have a beautiful city, (but) it is just time for a makeover.”
The press release said the project will involved clearing a lot of litter out of the city, as well as painting throughout the city. Damaged signs and poles will also be replaced. “Amber has been working with the civic clubs on getting them involved on the welcome signs,” Nolletti said in the press release. “We really want everyone to be involved so it means more. We all live here. It is up to all of us to take care of (the city).
All of the city limits signs will be replaced with new signage honoring the legacy of Logan High School’s championship record.
The press release said the city also plans to paint some of the neighboring bridges on State Route 10, as well as the Central City walking bridge.
“The project is very involved,” Nolletti said. “It is on the list of things we wish to improve, so, hopefully, this summer we can gain some ground on those improvements.”
The press release said the city has also teamed up with the Division of Environmental Protection and the DEP has provided the city with more than 500 garbage bags and gloves to help volunteers who assist with the litter cleanup. The city has also applied for two grants to assist the project through the DEP that will help pay the cost of supplies and dump fees associated with the cleanup effort.
“We hope to have a successful week,” Nolletti said.