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Flood insurance is topic for City
|By Al Owens
Carey Johnson, National
Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Coordinator from the Division of Water of the Kentucky
Department for Environmental Protection explained the insurance program to City Council
members last week. He was assisted by Pamela Moore and Tom Miller from FEMA.
Johnson told the council that he was at the meeting to talk about safe flood plain
management where people can live in flood prone areas safely so they wont lose
everything they own and/or their lives.
Johnson informed the council that flooding is the greatest major disaster problem in
Kentucky. He said that the chance of people living in a floodplain being flooded is one in
four compared to a five percent chance or less of having a home destroyed by fire.
Since 1978 Kentucky has incurred almost 160 million dollars in flood losses.
He continued by saying that Kentucky has over 89,000 miles of rivers and streams. In
the nation, that is second only to Alaska. Every one of those rivers and streams has a
floodplain area associated with it.
Johnson shared the goals of the NFIP with the council.
1) To reduce the loss of life and property associated with flooding.
2) To reduce the cost of disaster relief associated with any kind of Presidentially
3) To make flood insurance available to anybody who lives in a community that
participates in the NFIP.
Johnson pointed out that the NFIP is a voluntary program initiated by Congress that
trickles down through the states to local governments. However, communities notified as
flood prone that do not apply for participation in the program within one year of
notification are not eligible for federal or federally related financial assistance for
acquisition, construction or reconstruction of insurable buildings in any area designated
as a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). Conventional loans may be acquired in the SFHA of
nonparticipating communities but at the lenders risk.
Basically the program requires that local governments adopt a flood damage prevention
ordinance and enforce it. The ordinance requires residents that live in a floodplain to
obtain a permit for construction or major repair to buildings in the floodplain. The
permit will not be granted unless the resident obtains flood insurance, and banks cannot
lend federal money to citizens that do not have flood insurance.
Johnson explained that the NFIP is designed to guide development and building away from
high-flood-risk areas. Whenever construction occurs in flood prone areas more water runs
off onto neighboring properties and that can increase an already frustrating problem.
He also emphasized that the number one priority of floodplain management is public
|In addition to that, Johnson stressed that
both state and local permits must be issued for any construction project that crosses a
stream or river in Kentucky. On the local level that means that in Vanceburg any one
wishing to build or do major repair work on any structure in a floodplain needs to contact
the Mayors office to obtain a permit.
The program also sets construction
guidelines designed to prevent or reduce flood damage. They include elevation of the
structure, flood proofing and properly constructed foundations. Information on flood
proofing structures may be obtained from the Mayors office.
In other business, council approved the second reading of the annual ordinance setting
the real estate tax rate for the city. The rate remains unchanged at .14 for every $100 of
assessed property value.
The council moved to set Thursday, October 30, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. as the date
and time for Trick or Treating in Vanceburg.
City Attorney E.V. Holder Jr. swore in Michael Hartley and Kenny Switzer as
firefighters for the city. Switzer is the son of Fire Chief James "Bubbles"
The council entered closed session to discuss litigation. Upon returning to open
session council members elected to give Mayor William T. "Bill Tom" Cooper and
City Attorney E.V. Holder, Jr., authorization to take appropriate procedural action to
enforce the collection of mortgages due the city on property located in the south end of
Vanceburg. No further elaborations were given.
Mayor Cooper announced that the city received a medallion commemorating its
participation in the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial 2003-2006. He said that very few of
those medallions will be awarded and Vanceburg received one of them.
Bob Wilson granted the city a second medallion recognizing the Corps of Discovery
Expedition. The medallions will be put on display in the city.
Mayor Cooper told the council that the recycling program is going well so far. He said
that very few people have opted out of the program and most of those that have are elderly
citizens that live alone and dont have much trash of any kind to begin with.
The Mayor noted that the recycling Rosies do not have to be taken to the curb every
week but only when they are full of recycled materials.
He also announced that the old shoe factory on Rt. 8 has been leased for 15 years and
machinery is being moved in. The company leasing the property will issue an official
announcement in the near future.
The council approved the minutes of the previous meeting before adjourning.
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Firefighters receive equipment
|October 1 marked a day some people in Lewis
County may want to remember; not just because it was a beautiful Fall day but because the
equipment, training and cooperation allowing area fire departments to operate Automated
External Defibrillators (AED) may lead to saving their or a loved one's life.
"From the Heart Foundation" presented the first AED to James "Bubbles"
Switzer, chief of the Vanceburg Fire Department. He along with 36 other firefighters in
the county's five fire departments received the training, AED and portable suction unit,
paid for by the Morehead-based "From the Heart Foundation".
Medical direction for the program will be provided by Lewis County Primary Care
Center. Dr. Jose Yongco, a residency-trained and board-certified internal medicine
physician, will provide the medical backup that enabled the implementation of the program
in the county.Bill Poczatek, advance Registered Nurse Practitioner, will support Dr.
Yongco in his role as Medical Director of the Lewis County AED program.
row, left to right, Lewis County Primary Care CEO Jerry Ugrin, Lewis County Judge
Executive Steve Applegate, VFD Chief James "Bubbles" Switzer, Lewis County
Primary Care Medical Director Dr. Jeff Parker, Lewis County Emergency Management Director
Carl Chaney and Lewis County Primary Care COO David Bolt; middle row, ARNP Lewis County
Primary Care Bill Poczatek, Dr. Jose Yongco and Matthew Callahan; seated, From the Heart
Foundation treasurer David Eldridge, Community Liaison and spokesperson Sarah Howard and
From the Heart Foundation secretary Annabelle Moore, RN.
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PSHH to host blitz build
|People's Self-Help Housing Inc. will be hosting its annual
Blitz Build project in Garrison starting on Wednesday, October 15, with the goal of
building a new home in a week for Jackie Rigsby.
The site of this year's Blitz Build is
located across from Bolander's sawmill on Garrison Lane (last house on the right before
crossing the railroad tracks, watch for signs).
Employees of Citizens Deposit Bank & Trust will join employees of PSHH, local
volunteers, and volunteers from Glenmary Farm in completing the project.
|Everyone is welcome to come and help. Blitz construction
will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 15 and 16, with the home being completed
Wednesday through Friday, October 22-24.
A dedication ceremony and open house is
scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Friday 24.
For more information, call 606-796-6333.
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Stanley files suit in rental case
|Retired Lewis County attorney Avery Stanley filed suit
last week in Lewis County Circuit Court in connection with the cancellation of a lease
agreement for his business property in Vanceburg.
Named in the lawsuit were Sanford
Howard; Trace Creek Construction Inc.; Trace Creek LLC; Commonwealth of Kentucky, Finance
and Administration Cabinet, Division of Real Property and Jack Morris as Director; and
John and Jane Does, unknown individuals.
Stanley said he would soon add the names of the now unknown individuals as defendants
to the suit.
Stanley's suit alleges a conspiracy by Howard, Trace Creek Construction Inc., Trace
Creek LLC and unnamed others "to accomplish the wrongful termination of the real
Howard said, after being served a copy of the paperwork, that the suit came as a
complete surprise to him. He said he had no knowledge of any alleged wrongdoing against
him or his company and added that he would respond to the charges in the proper format.
The alleged conspiracy involved damaging the sewer system of Stanley's property by
stuffing paper towels into the commode on the morning of Jan. 29 and making telephone
complaints to the Commonwealth, pose as visitors and complain abut the condition of the
building, causing the breach of contract of the lease.
|The lease was set to expire on June 30, but had been
renewed for an additional eight years until June 30, 2011.
On Feb. 27, Stanley was
officially notified by the State that the lease agreement was being cancelled for the
Department of Human Services office in Stanley's building on Second Street in Vanceburg.
The notification stated that "the using agency determined that the subject facility
was untenantable" following allegations of health and building code violations.
Local employees had vacated the building on Feb. 14, finding temporary locations in the
Lewis County Courthouse and the Housing Authority building on Fairlane Drive.
In April, the City of Vanceburg announced that it would submit a bid to the state to
construct a new building to house the local Department office. That spurred a number of
local businessmen, including Stanley, to voice opposition to the proposal at special city
meeting in April. He and others questioned whether the city should enter a venture that
competes with local residents for rental business.
Stanley is asking for a jury trial and is seeking actual damages of $186,323.28, plus
interest and attorney fees, from the state. From the other defendants, he asks for actual
damages in an amount in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of the court and $1
million in punitive damages.
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