Herb Staten said he asked the town of Man for the price of a cost to have an election over the proposed matter in that municipality but the town never gave him a cost. Staten also asked the Commission to require the municipalities to comply with state code 865.
Art Kirkendoll, Logan County Commission president, said he could not order a municipality; it could only look to see if it had followed guidelines and determine whether or not it was proper.
"I can't tell them what to do until they get there," he said. "I'm not a lawyer."
Kirkendoll said he had not been able to put together a committee yet on the matter of annexation proposals, saying he wanted to know all aspects before the County Commission made any decision. Kirkendoll said the Logan County Commission was in no hurry regarding the issue, which did not come about overnight. Kirkendoll said the commission wanted to know potential advantages and disadvantages of the proposals.
Tom Zamow, attorney for the Logan County Commission, said the cases would hinge on what the legal definition of a minor boundary adjustment was.
Kirkendoll said he wanted to know if the towns could afford to do what they wanted and what possible negative aspects would be.
"I want to know what the end result is," Kirkendoll said, explaining he understood why some towns (like Man and Chapmanville) may want to annex to get construction money from Business and Occupation taxes.
Staten said if the road was annexed it would cost the taxpayers money as contractors would increase the costs of their bids.
"B&O taxes are incorporated in a bid," Kirkendoll said. "This is not just a Logan County thing. But I want to know if it's the best way to go."
Staten said he did not think the proposed annexations met code 865 requirements and that he had 1,400 names on a petition against the proposal.
"That's an awful lot against just nine people," Staten said, claiming 95 percent of the public in Man was in opposition to the proposal. "We don't want it."
In other County Commission news:
* Commission discussed a letter of thanks from Southern West Virginia Community Technical College regarding assistance with the allied health programs. Commissioner Kirkendoll noted SWVCTCs job placement for the nursing program is 100 percent and the program is one of the best in the state and possibly nation.
The Commission had donated some obsolete equipment from the old Man Hospital to the college. Kirkendoll noted that even though the gear was antiquated, students could still learn concepts and principals from it. Staten pointed out that local people who had gone through the program were successful in finding good jobs at hospitals such as CAMC.
* Commission approved exoneration of erroneous assessments.
* Commission approved payment of operating expenses for the Chief Logan Park Rec Center ($3,032.00).
* Commission approved a draw down request from the Logan County Airport authority for Project No. 3 from an FAA grant.
* Commission approved a community grant for $6,800 for a flooding project on Bucks Branch to extend pipes to a nearby stream.
* Commissioner Kirkendoll asked for a report from the 911 office about a request from local short wave radio operators. Kirkendoll said the Ham Radio operators might possibly become a part of the county's emergency communications acting as a back up in the event of a major disaster or calamity.