LOGAN - Logan County Commission President Danny Godby on Monday read a card the commissioners received from Erin Andrews-Sharer, regional coordinator for the Appalachia Service Project (ASP), which thanked the commission for their continued support and detailed some of the work completed in Logan County during the summer of 2018.
ASP is a nongovernmental organization that uses volunteers to provide needed repairs on substandard homes to less-fortunate who might not be able to pay for it. ASP primarily operates in the states of Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
According to the card, the ASP repaired five home foundations, fixed 43 floors, 20 walls and 11 ceilings; 22 insulation and gutter problems were addressed; 11 roofs were repaired or installed; 10 homes had siding repaired or installed; nine doors and/or windows were installed; nine homes had underpinning repaired or installed; seven had drainage, ditches and retaining wall issues fixed; 24 porches, ramps and steps were fixed; and 10 homes with problems with basic utilities such as plumbing and electrical were repaired.
In total, 71 people were served by ASP in Logan County. Twenty-seven family homes were repaired, and 202 projects were completed with 1,082 volunteers working on the projects. The value of the volunteer labor totaled $935,010.30.
"These people came into our county and did this as a service without being paid," Godby said. "I certainly appreciate the work they've done not only this year, but the past years that they've come into this county."
The county takes care of the waste tipping fee generated by the debris during the repairs, according to County Administrator Rocky Adkins.
"These young people raise the money and bring it in here to spend in our area, and one of things we afford them to is to do that so they can spend more money on the actual homeowner than getting rid of the garbage generated by the work," Adkins said. "It really works out good for them, and it works out well for us and our citizens, too."
In other news from Monday's commission meeting, the estate of Gary A. Sweeney, deceased, was deferred by general counsel Stephanie Abraham to Boone County since it was mistakenly filed in Logan County. The sheriff was appointed over the estate of Winifred Rosemary Crum, since no one has come forward since the death in 2016.
Resignation of Ashley Farley from Logan County 911 was detailed, and commissioners approved a request from Sheriff Sonya M. Dingess Porter to amend the hiring date for deputy Timothy C. Johnson from Dec. 1, 2018, to Dec. 6, 2018. Commissioners also approved election officers for the special school board levy election that will be held Feb. 16, and pledged $2,500 to Gunther-McNeely-Nolan American Legion Post 19.
Public comments came from Edison Adkins, a Democratic Executive Committeeman from District 6, and Rev. Mike Pollard, who thanked the commissioners for several of their efforts and provided an update on the Lincoln Primary Care project in Man. Problems in the county, such as trees hanging over WV Route 10 and littering, were also discussed.
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