Logan approves moving forward on bridge project
by Martha Sparks
The city of Logan has moved another step forward in paving the way for a new walking bridge.
Street Commissioner Kevin Marcum said his department has received 65 tons of asphalt patch to be put down around the town. Marcum said a new drain pipe had been put in on Park Avenue.
“We also put down 230 feet of rubber on the walking bridge in Central City to cover the small holes that had been caused due to rust,” Marcum added. “This is a temporary fix until the new bridge construction can begin. The belt we used was donated so we were not out much on the expense of the repair.” He said the Logan Street Department had also been kept busy following the storm due to several trees which had fallen.
The new bridge project was a major topic of discussion Tuesday night. The council approved a resolution to repair the Central City Walking Bridge with a $34,000 loan from Logan Bank and Trust and $34,000 each from the Logan Board of Education and the Logan County Commission.
“We need that money to get a $500,000 grant from the Department of Transportation,” the Mayor said, noting the terms of loan are 5.9 percent. “If we can get the approval for this, we hope to get the ball rolling and that by August we can sign the actual contract so the work can begin. Sometimes with these grants there are a lot of things that have to be done and approved first that are very tiring and time consuming but we feel this will be worth the effort.”
• In other Logan news:
*Fire Chief Scott Beckett said his department had been busy in June and July with 82 calls, including 30 calls that came in during the extreme summer storm. Beckett said there were two house fires, a train hitting a car and other events that made it “an eventful week.”
• *John Allen spoke with the council about the proposal to lease a postage and mailing machine for $330 a month. He demonstrated the device which weighs mail up to 30 pounds and packages items of all sizes. It also prints postage which can be affixed to the box and thanks to an internet link up changes in postage from the Post Office are made instantly.
“It is the same machine they use in Boone County’s Courthouse,” Allen said, noting that the machines can save both time and money thanks to a 5 percent discount on Priority Mail. Councilman Jay Mullins said it might also save time and papercuts.
• Council approved a rotating line of credit for $25,000 from Logan Bank and Trust. Mayor Nolletti noted the town does not have to use the offered loan, but added it was nice to know the money would be there if needed. One person at the meeting said it was a better idea to do business with LB&T than to take a fire truck to the Pawn Stars for a quick loan.
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