Council discusses road closure and FEMA repairs
by J.D. Charles For The Logan Banner
The closing of a damaged road and the completion of more FEMA repairs were major issues discussed Tuesday, August 13, at the regular monthly meeting of the Logan City Council.
Mayor Serafino Nolletti said he and City code Enforcement Officer Ray Perry met with contractors on Monday to discuss a contract to repair a landslide on Upper High Street. The mayor said work should begin soon as heavy equipment had been moved into the area to begin work on the repair.
“They hope to have the repairs done in four weeks,” he added, noting three other slides have already been repaired to the specifications of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “We are waiting for an approval letter for the final payments to the contractors. They do not get the rest of their money until FEMA comes in and inspects it and signs off on the work.”
Nolletti admitted the repairs had been a very long, and drawn out, frustrating process.
“I hope to never have to go through that again,” he said, adding that the town had some bad news for residents of Wilson Street, which was scheduled to be closed this week.
“We have an engineering report from Trident Engineering and that road has been declared unsafe — it needs to be closed.” Nolletti said.
Nolletti said the problem went back some time and that Congressman Nick Rahall, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and many other officials had been working with the city on the repairs required by FEMA. The mayor said he hoped that FEMA would be able to buy out the property owners in that area due to concerns about public safety. Perry was scheduled to meet with property owners on Wednesday.
Perry said there are four families living in the Wilson Street area that will be affected by the road closure.
Councilman Basil Ken Lee said many people in the area were expecting that decision, noting he had family there. The mayor thanked former Mayor Tom Esposito for help he has provided the city on that project.
Nolletti discussed problems with the city’s parking garage, noting there are 13 issues that need to be addressed. An engineering company has been contacted to come in and look at the building.
“We have addressed this with the Board of Risk Management and gave them a report on needed corrective measures… Now we will have to figure out where the money will come from for those repairs,” the mayor said.
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