WEST LOGAN — The town of West Logan ended out its fiscal year a few thousand dollars in the black, according to Mayor Darren Akers.
At the beginning of the Monday, July 9, town council meeting councilmembers discussed the town’s financial statements for the year which ended in June. City Clerk Mark Mareske noted the towns showed a total profit of $6,300 in the black, despite purchasing a new vehicle this past year for the West Logan Street Department.
Mayor Akers noted the dump truck could be counted as an asset, and pointed out that it should save the town money in terms of lower repair bills. Akers said it was important to make sure routine regular maintenance and upkeep was done to the vehicle to extend its service life for as long as possible. Currently the vehicle is having a frame extension installed for the steel cage on the back.
Akers thanked Councilmember Jamie Browning for her recommendation that the town raise garbage rates in order to keep up with increased tipping fees at the dump, which were making the town’s street department operate in the red, not the black. Akers also thanked West Logan Police Chief Robert Ward for making a priority of going after garbage collections.
Mareske noted that had the town not purchased the new vehicle the year would have ended almost $36,000 ahead compared to $23,000 last year.
“We also came out ahead on sanitation fees this month,” Mareske noted.
Mareske said he felt that with the new dump truck and a newer police car (thanks to the Logan County Commission and Logan Sheriff’s Department) the town should save quite a bit of money on repair bills compared to recent years where many of West Logan’s older vehicles chronically stayed in the repair shops.
Akers said the town was given some trouble by the recent extreme summer storm that left many in town without power and caused a power pole on old Route 10 to bend down over the road. Akers noted that Chief Ward and several volunteers stepped forward when the town needed them to reroute traffic onto First Avenue for several hours during the storm until AEP lineworkers could get the pole shored up.
“A lot of our people came out and helped with that and they have out thanks,” Akers said.
June was a busy month for the West Logan Police Department, Mayor Akers said, noting that Chief Ward had investigated somebody discharging a small caliber rifle within town limits up on Third Avenue and handling a robbery investigation. Akers said that Chief Ward had received dozens of valid tips following a picture of alleged
suspects being printed in The Logan Banner and that Chief Ward had spoken with the suspects and received signed confessions from them.
Councilmembers also discussed a problem with an apartment building not far from Peach Creek where several tenants had been cut from garbage collection for not paying their monthly bill. Akers said the structure has a new owner and that he felt the problem would be resolved soon. The council also discussed the proposed closing of the West Logan Post Office when current contract postmaster Donnie Prichard retires. Akers said the town had gotten an offer to rent the structure out by a cleaning operation that wanted to store items in the old post office building next to town hall.
In other West Logan news:
Councilman Mark Mareske said the town still had not heard anything from FEMA.
Councilman Mike Nolletti said the problem with the horrible smell coming from the nearby sewage treatment facility seems to have been resolved.
Mayor Akers said the town had received a check from the Logan County Commission for $6,500 for the Police Department from the levy.