Mike Spencer attended the West Logan Town Council meeting on Feb. 10 to meet members of the town council and answer questions. Spencer plans to open a grocery in the West Logan area soon.
Councilmembers had several questions for Spencer, including wanting to know if the grocery would have a deli.
"Hopefully we will, in time," Spencer said. "After we have been open from six to eight months, we may put a deli in there too."
Mayor Darren Akers said he was glad to hear the town would be getting a grocery store again.
"Now, when my wife asks me to run down and get some groceries I don't have to drive so far," Akers said.
Councilmembers discussed purchasing a salt spreader for the new Street Department truck.
Like at last month’s meeting, extreme winter weather and the extra expenses it brings were discussed.
Akers said the salt spreader could actually save the town money as it would not cost as much as purchasing eight new barrels to contain road salt. Akers said one local resident had come forward and donated two barrels, which would be a big help to the town.
Adkins said utility bills for the city garage and town hall have also increased during the winter. Adkins said that during the winter utility bills went up as the funds the town receives from the lottery and the hotel tax went down.
"It's been freezing outside," she said. "It has been a slow month and everybody has been stuck indoors due to the cold and the snow. We expect that every winter."
Adkins said the town, which has an annual budget of around $120,000 a year, currently has $35,000 in the bank.
"Where we bought the truck, it has brought our bank statement down," Akers said.
Akers said the truck did a good job of sweeping the main streets of snow, but councilmember Jamie Browning said the side roads were bad as ice was left after roads were scraped.
In other West Logan news:
• Councilmember Kristi Adkins said the Waste Management garbage disposal bill came in lower this month than last.
• Chief Ward said repairs were done to a sanitation department vehicle and that city hall needed some plumbing repairs. Ward said police activity had been light over the past month and amounted to the recovery of one stolen car.
• Adkins said the town needs to have a budget meeting. West Logan's budget is modest at around $120,000 a year.
• Last month, Councilmember Jamie Browning said the town was $1,000 in the hole on garbage and down by $6,000 for the year.
Akers asked if anybody wanted to discuss raising garbage rates, however no council members addressed the topic.
One resident said there were area businesses which owed the town money which could help bring the budget into the black.