Last updated: April 09. 2014 5:04AM -
By Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

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The Logan County Commission had a busy agenda Monday, including requests from several organizations, Governor’s Community Participation Grants and routine reports.

Phillip Vance with the Logan County Schools FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robitics Team 337, requested assistance with expenses for the team to compete in the upcoming national competition to be held April 17-19 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. The team placed first in two regional competitions to earn their opportunity to compete at the national competition.The commission unanimously approved $2,500.

Jeremy Farley, WVU Extension Agent, requested the commission contribute to assist with the annual 4-H Camp at Logan. The commission approved $5,000 to support the camp.

Commission President Danny Godby commended Farley for his work with the children and questioned Farley about the other important program he works with, Energy Express.

Energy Express is an award-winning, eight-week, summer reading and nutrition program for children living in West Virginia’s rural and low-income communities. Farley estimates the program will help approximately 500 children this summer.

Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti requested and received approval for $2,000 to assist in the city’s participation in the annual Logan County Community Fish Fry. Mayor Nolletti also received approval for $5,000 in support of the annual Freedom Festival.

Donnie Ooten requested and received approval for $1,000 to assist with expenses for the Chapmanville High School Girls Softball Tournament.

The commission received four grants from the West Virginia Development Office, Governor’s Community Participation Grants.

The grants were for: the Cal Ripkin Baseball League, which received $1,000 to upgrade their field; Logan-Mingo Area Mental Health received $5,000 toward the purchase of a vehicle; the adult 4-H received $1,000 and Pickin’ in the Park received $10,000 for a sound system.

W.Va. State Senators Art Kirkendoll and Ron Stollings worked together and each gave $5,000 from their budgets for the sound system. Sen. Kirkendoll said there would be more money coming into the area later on.

Code Enforcement Officer Ray Perry, who also volunteers his time at Pickin in the Park said the sound system was installed at the Pickin’ in the Park building located at Chief Logan State Park. He says the system is easily administered and can be moved to accomodate other county requests. Perry says the system was used at the Coalfield Jamboree for the recent Little Mermaid production by Logan County Schools.

Perry expressed his thanks, “On behalf of everybody at Pickin’ in the Park, I want to thank everyone for their support. Attendance has grown over the past four years and the performers are not just local. Visitors who come every week come from all over too. There is no admission charge and there is music for everyone to come and enjoy from 6-11 p.m., every Friday and Saturday night.”

The commission approved an outlay request for the Logan County Airport for the previously approved AWOS installation, which will allow pilots to file flight plans to Logan from anywhere. The system will be up and running in an estimated three weeks.

Routine reports from county departments were accepted and the meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting of the Logan County Commission will be on April 28, 2014, at 3 p.m.

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