City Clerk Amber Miller Viars discussed the return of the West Virginia Freedom Festival at Tuesday’s June meeting of the Logan City Council. The festival, the city’s biggest annual summer function, is just a few weeks away and already the schedule is filling up fast.
“No, unfortunately we will not have the Turtle Man,” she quipped with Logan Fire Chief Scotty Beckett, who often has asked for the reality television star to appear at the festival. The clerk said the festival will feature a fireworks show in two locations at the same time, the Fearless Florez stunt show, animal exhibits, multiple bands, and singer Kaitlyn Boytek. Friday will be the Salute Logan County night featuring a tribute to the state’s 150th anniversary. The Blue Knights will host a motorcycle show in honor of Greg Eplin and a car show will be held this year in honor of Frank Chirico. June 22 will see a new beauty pageant winner crowned who will be given the honor of going on to compete at the state and possibly national level.
One popular act will also be returning, a reenactor who portrays Barney Fife from the classic “Andy Griffith Show” will be back.
Logan Mayor Serfino Nolleti had more good news, pointing out that the recent opening of the $10 million state office building on Main and Stratton Streets seems to have revived downtown already.
“It opened last Monday with the Department of Health and Human Resources moving in, but more agencies will be moving in soon,” noted Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper.
“We have already seen some beneficial influence,” Mayor Nolleti added. “A new deli has opened on Cole Street, another bakery is coming and the New Era Baker has opened their deli. I feel that our future is going to be a little brighter.”
In other Logan news:
• A city vehicle was damaged earlier this week when an elderly driver reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and struck a parked city truck
• Council approved the check register for the payment of $99,000 worth of bills, including payments for liability insurance, paying on asphalt for city streets and an increase for tipping fees at the dump. City Accountant Jeff Valet said the month of May had been good to the city and that he hoped June would be a good month as well
• City Clerk Amber Miller Viars discussed the recently formed Safety Committee findings, noting the State’s Board of Risk Management office gave the city a surprise visit recently
• Street Commissioner Kevin Marcum said his department has had a busy summer patching up the streets and repairing downed poles. Marcum discussed a street sweeping device that could save the city a lot of manpower as well. Councilmembers discussed purchasing the $8,100 device, which would be purchased in four even payments
• Fire Chief Scotty Beckett said his department could be in the running to handle over one thousand calls this year
“We had 92 calls in May,” Beckett said, noting his department was busy working and training with the WV Air National Guard. Beckett said more training is being scheduled and there will soon be a lot more military airplanes flying over the area in training missions.