WILLIAMSON – At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the Mingo County Commission approved a project proposal from the Appalachian Leadership Academy (ALA) to restore the Chief Logan statue located in front of the Coal House.
ALA is a program available through Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The purpose of the program is to capitalize on local talent and provide training to those who will serve as future community leaders.
According to the project proposal, those participating in the program have been given the task of completing 60 hours of community service in addition to taking a leadership course each semester. In return, participants are provided with full tuition.
For their project, ALA decided to use the community service hours to give back to the City of Williamson. The project proposal states that the objective of the project was to beautify the city of Williamson, generate revenue for the city by potential advertising, and to build community involvement by utilizing volunteers and community members.
Restoring the Chief Logan statue will help participants fulfill their community service requirement. In addition to the Chief Logan statue, ALA also presented a proposal to the Williamson City Council last week to paint murals along the sound barrier wall that protects the West Williamson residents of Sunset from highway noise. The council agreed to allow the project to move forward with the initial stages of the project provided that there were no prior restrictions that would prohibit the painting of murals along the wall.
The project proposal explains why ALA chose the Chief Logan statue for their project. The proposal states, “The statue of Chief Logan is an icon of the city that is loved, but often overlooked because of his aging appearance. We would like to give him a fresh coat of paint to restore him and also do detail work to give him a more realistic appearance.”
Although ALA representatives were unable to attend Tuesday’s commission meeting, the project proposal was listed on the agenda and commissioners saw no issue with granting ALA permission to paint the statue as part of their beautification project.
Commission President Diann Hannah stated, “I think it is a great idea even without them being here.”
Commissioner Thomas Taylor agreed. “You can’t go wrong with something like that.”
The commission then unanimously approved a motion to grant permission to ALA to paint the Chief Logan statue and requested that ALA be notified.
Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.