The new Central City walking bridge project should start soon, according to Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti.
The Mayor told council members that the paperwork was signed Tuesday at the council meeting that evening on July 8. Later, during the meeting, a representative for the contracting firm (Triton Construction) showed up to pick up the paperwork.
Mayor Nolletti said the final bid came in around $20,000 more than expected, but the West Virginia Department of Highways has agreed to give the city $17,000 more for the project,
“But we will still have to come up with around $4,000 in matching funds,” he said. The Mayor pointed out that Triton has experience in working on bridges as they are doing construction on the bridge on the lower end of New Route 10. “Once they start it should be completed in 150 days,” he said.
The West Virginia Division of Transportation will also be meeting with the city soon about a possible grant for sidewalk repairs. D.O.T. has scheduled the meeting on July 17.
Discussion of the disposal of the city’s main street parking building came up with Mayor Nolletti pointing out the structure should be auctioned off on July 21 at 9 a.m. at the parking building itself. Nolletti asked council members to be present for the auction so that if a good bid comes in it can be approved. Last year problems with the structure were identified but following an inspection the city found that it did not have the money to fix or repair the structure and it could not find a grant for the project leading to the decision to sell it off. The minimum bid for the building will be $50,000 for the 144 space unit.
In other City of Logan news:
• Council approved $77,000 worth of bills for payment. City Accountant Jeff Valet said it was mostly a normal month and quipped, “but we could always use a little more money.”
• City Clerk Amber Miller Viars discussed the recent Safety Committee audit, noting that the city will be receiving a five percent discount on worker’s compensation insurance from state carrier Brickstreet. The clerk noted that the only requirement left is for an inspection of the city’s fleet of vehicles.
• Logan Fire Chief Scotty Beckett said his department had a rough month in June with over 80 calls for assistance including some fatal structure fires. “That is up from around 60 calls last year,” Beckett noted.
• Street Commissioner Kevin Marcum said eight tons of asphalt has been put down on city streets to patch potholes and deal with water leaks but more work has also been taking place due to problems from this past spring and winter. “We are also having to do some extensive repairs on the catch basins” Marcum said.
In other City of Logan news:
• Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper said his department’s month was topped out with parking and traffic control during Freedom Fest but one and possibly more crimes were cleared recently.
“The Century 21 building was broken into,” Chief Harper said, noting suspects were identified and when the police went to their residences on High Street and Draper the authorities found stolen property from other crimes.
“And yes the suspects were known to us,” Harper said, noting that his department often has to deal with the same roster of local troublemakers.