CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Members of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission will consider filing a civil lawsuit against Russell Trucking and its owner, David Bowen, at their next meeting.
Commission President Anna Dailey requested the matter be put on the November agenda during the commission's regular monthly meeting Thursday morning.
"We've waited long enough," she said.
Parks commission legal counsel Chuck Bailey was out of town Thursday and did not attend the meeting.
Early in the summer, Russell Trucking pulled 337 trees out of Coonskin Park's shelter area and damaged 23 others, after being authorized to cut just 30. The removed trees are worth an estimated $100,000.
Parks Director Jeff Hutchinson said he has been in contact with Bowen concerning the remediation work, and said he's told Bowen "the board expected everything to be healed."
Dailey said the commission should consider filing a civil suit unless it would interfere with law enforcement investigations.
If filed, the suit would be the latest chapter in the Coonskin Park timbering saga.
At the parks commission's May meeting, the board allowed an unnamed contractor to remove debris from the 2012 derecho for free, providing the company could keep the debris. There was no written contract and the trees designated for cutting weren't marked in any way.
A park visitor later raised concerns that Russell Trucking did more than remove debris -- it cut down healthy trees, too. In addition, Russell Trucking's heavy equipment tore up part of the loop road through the shelter area and created paths similar to logging roads through the forest.
It was later discovered Russell Trucking's state business license was revoked in late 2012 and the company owed more than $100,000 in taxes.