Mayor Darren Akers explained that sometimes when people get behind on their mandatory garbage payments that garbage accumulates meaning that when it is dumped the street department has to make extra trips — and pay extra tipping fees.
Other residents have been putting out far more than the four to six bags considered to be normal, which also means more trips to the dump and extra tipping fees for the town.
Mayor Akers said there is reason to believe some businesses or contractors may have been disposing of commercial waste by tossing it in the back of the street department's dumpster when it is parked at the street garage.
"I am thinking we may need to put a fence up there," Akers said, to deter the problem. "Glen (Dingess) also needs to notify us when there are people putting extra garbage out, more than an ordinary amount."
Town Clerk Kristi Adkins said one ongoing problem with Chase Bank over the fire fund fee may be solved. Adkins said for some time the bank had been charging the town $18 a month for a service fee. The fire fund was supposed to be closed earlier. Adkins said it had been a long process, but she finally talked to management at the bank about the fee and a refund. Some councilmembers recommended looking at moving the accounts to Logan Bank and Trust if the service charge returns. Adkins said this months' deposits into city coffers were up thanks to several people paying their Business and Occupation Taxes earlier than expected, but noted next month that deposits may be down due to insurance premiums coming due and an increase in tipping fees by Waste Management at the dump. The town currently is up over $3,000 in deposits, Mayor Akers noted.
"But we will probably be in the red next month," Adkins said.
Council also discussed automotive related issues. Currently the towns' street department truck has been in the shop for repairs; the town's police cruiser just got out of the shop for repairs and one council member complained about a vehicle that had been left parked on one street for several weeks in violation of town regulations. West Logan Police Chief Robert Ward said that the car was in violation and would be ticketed and possibly towed if not moved. Ward said he would run a check on the vehicle and see if it had been abandoned.
Council approved the safety committee report which noted that several streets in town had been patched and repaired.
Police Chief Robert Ward said there had been no major accidents in July and that the crime wave that had struck most of the county had quieted down in West Logan in recent weeks with few reported incidents, the worst of which was an anomaly.
Ward said that other than an extremely savage beating that took place on First Avenue on Friday, Aug. 13 that things had been quiet in West Logan. The incident took place at a house whose ownership has been in legal dispute for some time in civil court and the victim was reportedly an out of state visitor from Detroit.
Earlier in the year there were complaints about alleged drug activity at the residence and Ward said stewardship of the property was supposed to change hands soon.
In other West Logan News:
• Council approved minutes and bills to the July meeting.
• Mayor Akers said the Finley residence across from Town Hall has been purchased and that the new owner was doing renovations. The Cotton Gin building which is now empty should be rented out soon to a new organization.
• Mayor Akers said a lot of progress had been made in recent weeks in weed cutting in the community and noted that the town just got in 11 brand new garbage cans.
•Councimember Delores Murray discussed a complaint about a local drainage problem caused by a fallen cement block.
• The town, like much of the county, has had problems since the switchover from Verizon to new owners Frontier. Phone lines are often full of static and strange noises and the town's internet service has not worked in weeks due to static in the lines.