WEST LOGAN — People in the town of West Logan are still concerned about a major slippage on Third Avenue that is affecting both ends of the street.
“The situation appears to be getting worse every time it rains,” West Logan Police Chief Robert Ward told town councilmembers Monday evening. “The far end where it dead ends is lowered on the end towards the hill,” he added.
West Logan Town Attorney Sabrina Deskins said she had not heard from a local family about the ongoing problem related to the ground washing out beneath their street on Third Avenue. Adkins noted she had asked the family to write a letter explaining the situation so she could get it to a representative of Congressman Nick Rahall and see if some assistance could come from that angle. The town’s mayor and police chief have contacted the Division of Highways about the problem several times, but to date, nothing has been done.
Chief Ward said he fears Third Avenue will get worse as the weather cools off. The slippages came earlier this year following an extreme rainstorm Ward said.
Mayor Darren Akers said the town and the police department had contacted the West Virginia Division of Highways several times about the matter and that even though the state came out and looked at the street at one point, nothing had been done to shore it up or repair it.
“We have done everything that we can do,” he said. “It did not used to be this way.”
City Clerk Mark Mareske had some good news for Mayor Akers. Last month the topic of the Mountain Trail Inn and the local Convention and Visitors Bureau Tax had come up. Mareske said he contacted the management at the Inn and had received partial payment for the first quarter on the CVB tax.
“He still owes for a couple of months,” Mareske said. Mareske said there were no bills out of the ordinary this month except one for a new weedeater to replace a broken one.
In other West Logan news:
• Council approved minutes and financial statements from the month of July. City Clerk Mark Mareske said the town was about even financially with the previous year thanks to a check coming in earlier than expected this year.
• Council discussed the county-wide clean up coming August 23-25.