The new walking bridge in the city of Logan is waiting on approval from the Environmental Protection Agency. The bridge and several other projects were discussed at the Tues., Nov. 12, meeting of the Logan City Council.
Two more dilapidated structures have been targeted for demolition and some current demo projects are coming along fast with no problems, thanks to Mike Urioste’s company, which has done several demo projects in the city of Logan in the past.
Funding for the long term project itself is already in place, but the city is waiting on the EPA to sign off on the construction. The next phase would be for the city to place legal advertisements seeking construction bids.
“Boy, would I like to see that get started,” said Councilman Basil Ken Lee.
Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti said there may be some good news coming soon for people inconvenienced by recent landslides in the Wilson Camp area. City Building Code Enforcement Officer Ray Perry said the city is close to resolving the issue which has seen people nearly sealed off from town.
The Mayor discussed conversations he has had with Congressman Nick Rahall’s office about a proposed buyout of the homes located there.
“Things are looking good and at this point, it is just a matter of waiting from a phone call, saying Yay or Nay,” the mayor said. “We are hopeful that things will work out.”
Perry and the Mayor explained that the city is currently waiting on funds from FEMA to pay for some repairs on other slides that have been completed. Mayor Nolletti said one asphalt company is owed money and “we hope to get the funding soon to pay these people for their repair work. Supposedly we are at the top of the list.”
The Mayor said an engineering plan to address problems with the old parking garage on Main Street is about 65 percent complete.
“We anticipate knowing what needs to be done and how much it will cost by next month,” he added. The building is old and, salt, water and time have taken their toll on the concrete.
Ray Perry said the demolition of Logan Wholesale is half completed.
Perry noted that part of Mike Urioste’s demolition practice is by salvaging any materials that might be of use elsewhere. One person at the meeting noted that unlike other demo projects, Urioste’s work sites were cleaned up daily and he appreciated the fact that he never got a flat tire as Urioste’s employees sweep up nails and tacks at the end of the day. Perry said that in addition to the two residences scheduled for removal another apartment building will be scheduled to be torn down after the first of the year.
Chief Harper said one run down building in town will be spared from demo as the owner is planning on having it refurbished.
In other City of Logan news:
- Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti made a warm welcome for new council member Howard Jemereson, noting it was his first full length regular meeting.
- Council approved payment of $91,000 in routine monthly bills. City Accountant Jeff Valet explained that $16,000 of that amount was for insurance premiums. The city’s budget is normally around $80,000 a month in bills.
“Collections in October were not bad,” Valet said, noting one check from an engineering firm had come in for Business and Occupation tax. An auditor is scheduled to come in and begin work on city records in December and should be done by the end of the year, he added.
- The city’s safety committee report was discussed. The city will receive a three percent credit for liability insurance.
- The City of Logan’s annual Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Missy Fortune is in charge of the lineup, noted Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper. The number of floats in the parade could wind up being substantial, he added. “And we have Santa lined up.” Chief Harper noted that as the holiday season is approaching more manpower has been allocated to deal with shoplifters and other problems at the Fountain Place Plaza. Harper said the town of Madison has given Logan 75 parking meters, which can be rebuilt. The meters will save the city of Logan a lot of money, Harper said. The Logan PD had the West Virginia State Police bring a K-9 drug dog into the school complex this week.
- The Logan Street Department has been busy this fall with repairing 20 feet of fallen wall on High Street, noted Kevin Marcum. The Street Department has also been kept busy trimming trees to avoid potential power outages and automobile accidents during storms. Marcum noted tipping fees at the dump have increased as more items have been picked up by the department’s employees.