The Logan County Commission had a fairly full agenda during their meeting held Mon., Aug. 11.
After dealing with several opening items, the Commission allowed Cheryl Gross to speak to the Commission on an upcoming event being planned at Man.
Gross is the daughter of Ray Ellis, who she said re-established the Man Volunteer Fire Department in the 1970s.
“In 1975, he raised $18,000 and went to Florida and bought the first fire truck for the volunteer fire department,” Gross said.
Gross said that on Sept. 27, a memorial will be held in the Man High School cafeteria with featured speakers and entertainment such as Congressman Nick Rahall, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and Man Mayor Jim Blevins.
Commission President Danny Godby assured Gross that the Commission would make every effort to attend the event.
Roger Bryant, director of LEASA, addressed the commission concerning a treacherous roadway leading to several residents located on Madison Creek.
“There is a section of roadway up there that has eroded and it is a very steep incline. It would be difficult for us to get an emergency vehicle in,” Bryant said. “I’m asking the commission to consider looking into that and if it is something that we can do, I will ask you to do that on behalf of the residents there.”
Godby said he had visited the area and that if there was anything the commission could do to help it would.
Bryant said he didn’t want to give the impression that emergency crews couldn’t get to the residents if needed, but that it takes quite a long time to load equipment on vehicles capable of reaching the area via another route.
“If we can fix the road, we can just drive right in,” Bryant said.
Jeremy Farley, WVU extension agent, brought several young people who had received ATV helmets from a recent 4-H grant.
“I just wanted to bring several of our youth here to introduce them and to let you see what kind of product we are producing her in Logan County,” Farley said.
Senator Art Kirkendoll spoke to the commission concerning a proposed monument to be placed on Holden 22 Mountain in honor to the Holden Mine Disaster. In that disaster, there were 18 miners killed on March 8, 1960. Kirkendoll said the Logan commission and the Mingo County Commission are being asked to share expenses and that cost for each should only be a “few thousand dollars.”
The commission also accepted the Sarah Ann Community Park as a gift from the Lauren Land Company.
Requests granted during the meeting included a donation of a surplus sheriff’s department cruiser to the Town of West Logan; up to $1,500 each to the Logan Cowboys and to the Chapmanville, Man and Omar areas Little League; $500 to the WV Wildcats 14 & under Traveling Softball Team and $500 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
A grant in the amount of $37,572 was given to the DHHR-Family Resource Network for their operating budget.
There were several community grants approved:
• Sunset Court project that provides pipes to move drainage water and sewer to a storage area; amount approved was $11,900
• Request by the Logan County Health for the Yuma Camp project that would provide pipes to remove raw sewage from the community; $3,850 approved
• Mud Fork, Dempsey Branch project to stop potential flooding and property damage by cleaning out area and installing lines; $4,800 approved
• Taplin community access project to provide road stabilization; $2,580 approved
• Holden Road project by the Logan County Health Department that would repair busted sewer lines to remove raw sewage from the community; $1,485 approved
• Price Bottom project by the Logan County Health Department to provide pipes, fittings and concrete collections for run-off water; $775 approved
Grants accepted from the Division of Justice and Community Services were:
— $565,000 from the W.Va. Community Corrections
— $85,000 from the Justice Assistance
— $46,087 from the Victim of Crimes Act (VOCA)
Reports from the county fire departments, 911 EOC and home confinement were read and approved.
Motion was approved for approval and written agreement certifying that the purchase of a KME Pumper Truck by the Cora Volunteer Fire Department would be for public use.
Brian Abraham, attorney and commission counsel, reported that two ordinances, the Logan County Dog Ordinance and the Exotic Entertainment Ordinance, have had their third and final reading. Both ordinances will go in effect on Sept. 1, 2014.
The meeting was adjourned after routine orders, bills and invoices were approved.
— Martha Sparks is can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728 or on Twitter @MarthaSparks