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Martha Sparks
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The Logan County Commission allocated over $190,000 in funding for projects for numerous local agencies and groups.

The Commission approved $9,500 to the Logan County Sheriff’s Department for the purchase of three canines trained for sniffing out drugs.

“Three dogs have been purchased for checking on drugs,” Logan County Commission president Danny Godby told The Logan Banner. “We send them into schools and various places and they sniff out certain drugs.”

Godby said the dogs are now in training and the sheriff’s department had already put a down payment of $9,500 on the dogs.

“The commission is going to put $9,500 to jointly purchase these dogs to where they can be used in various locations,” said Godby.

Other requests approved by the commission included:

• $1,000 to Dignity Hospice 10th Annual Memorial walk

• $5,000 to the Logan County Fireman’s Association for the 2012 Fire School to be held in September

• $2,500 to the Town of Chapmanville Apple Butter Festival

• $500 to the LEAD Community Organization for Zombiefest

The commission also finalized community participation contracts:

• $15,000 for Christmas in the Park

• $19,000 for the Marsh Fork Water Project

• $50,000 for the Logan County Courthouse

• $25,000 for the Chief Logan State Park Convention Center

• $40,000 for the Coalfield Jamboree

• $10,000 for the Garrett’s Fork Boy Scout Camp

• $15,000 for the Boy’s Scouts Camp Chief Logan

Blueprints for providing handicapped accessible restrooms for the courthouse were presented to commission members for approval by Tim Carte.

“One thing you all have done in the past is to put the ramp in the front of the building to give access which is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant,” said Rocky Adkins, county administrator. “We don’t have handicapped accessible restrooms in the building. Mr. Carte was asked to take one of the existing restrooms to address that issue.”

“The restroom we looked at is currently not being used. It is on the first floor and close to the elevators,” said Carte. “It will have access to the entire courthouse. We found a couple of things that needed to be done, but we could have this completed in a couple of weeks.”

Carte said some of the existing facilities in the restroom will have to be removed to make the restroom ADA compliant.

A commission member asked if there was only going to be one handicapped accessible bathroom in the courthouse.

“Yes, you only have to have one as long as you have elevator access to all the floors,” said Adkins. “We will post signs on every floor that handicapped accessible restrooms is available on the first floor.”

The restroom will be for both male and females, but a lock on the door will guarantee privacy for the user.

“We will put a sign on the door that the restroom is for handicapped only and people should honor that,” said Adkins.

The next commission meeting is set for August 20 at 3 p.m.

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