City of Logan Building Code Enforcement Officer Ray Perry discussed several building demolition projects around the city at the Dec. 11 meeting of the City Council.
Perry said he had met recently with FEMA and attorneys about a proposal to eliminate five structures at Wilson Camp, which is part of a long term FEMA project.
“Most of them are ready to go,” Perry said, and updated the town on other demolition projects.
Perry noted that out of 54 files prepared on houses that needed to be removed, over a dozen were mailed out last month and the city got nine responses for owners. Two of them had agreed
to fix up their properties, Perry said
Perry said the property owners who do not respond will have their cases forwarded to the Logan County Commission, which is also doing a major demolition project on abandoned, ramshackle structures that have become eyesores and health risks.
“Some of the buildings we are discussing are literally falling apart, like the ones up on Draper,” Perry told the council. He explained that one falling apart structure was torn down when no owner could be found. “We worked (trying to find a property owner) on that for three months.”
Councilman Jay Mullins asked about two properties on Stratton Street, one of which was in very bad shape, reportedly. Fire Chief Scotty Beckett said the owner of one of the properties lived out of town and had proven to be difficult to deal with.
Other projects will be moving forward as well, including repairs to three different slips, on Charles, Lorraine and Upper High streets.
Councilmembers approved the bid from E.L. Robinson for engineering services on another long-term project, the Central City Bridge refurbishment.
“Last Thursday we met with two engineering firms,” the mayor said, noting that both companies had impressed representatives from the city council and were highly qualified.
Councilmembers Donna Willis and Basil Ken Lee said they felt both proposals were neck to neck until E.L. Robinson brought up the idea of seeking funding for an EMS access to the bridge. “Other than that, it was pretty much a draw,” Lee said, noting he felt that part of the
proposal “offered more” than the other company. Following council discussion E.L. Robinson was approved for the project. Mayor Nolletti said that a sign will go up at the end of the bridge letting the public know about the project.
Mayor Nolletti noted that only two payments were left on a 2006 era paving project. Council approved minutes, financial statements and payment of bills for the past month, to the tune of $77,000. Council also approved a resolution for the Logan Fire Department to get a new
mini-pumper truck. Logan Fire Chief Beckett noted that the firefighters like Jimmy Ward have been doing a lot of routine service and repair work on their vehicles to save the city money. Beckett noted that due to the specialized nature of fire department vehicles a standard service call can be prohibitively expensive. Nolletti said the interest payment on the new vehicle will be 2.2 percent.
In other Logan news:
• Nolletti said the Candlewood Estates hotel on Stratton Street across from Subway in Logan opened on Thursday, Dec. 6, and promises to be a popular and successful new business in town.
• The Logan Fire Department received a $6,700 check Nolletti said, noting that the city would also be receiving a check to repair a drainage problem on Upper High Street. Nolletti said the town would also receive a $5,000 check from FEMA for the demolition project on Wilson Camp. The Mayor noted that when the demolitions begin there will be some unavoidable inconveniences to people traveling in that area.
• Street Commissioner Kevin Marcum said his department got the Christmas lights and decorations up with a little help from friends at the Logan Fire Department.
“We got lucky in November in that we did not have to use any more salt, and we had some gravel left over from another project,” Marcum said. “We have also been busy cutting tree limbs throughout the city that were hanging over the streets.” Marcum said work was being done
to one city vehicle.
• Police Chief E.K. Harper said his department had also been busy, dealing with an increase in shoplifters at Walmart during the holiday season. “Shoplifting incidents up there have increased and that takes about three or four hours of our day to deal with,” Harper said, noting that traffic was snarled up due to the new bridge project on the four-lane. Harper said his department had also been concerned about traffic blocking up due to construction of the new state building on Stratton Street.
“They want to close Stratton Street down, at a time when we are trying to keep it open for businesses during the holidays,” Harper said.
• Beckett said his department handled 72 calls last month and had three training sessions.
• Building Code Enforcement Officer Perry said several electrical inspections had been done in the city recently and noted that residents can save $70 on such inspections compared to the cost of having a certified electrical inspection done outside of town.