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Trick or treating set for
By Al Owens
Meeting in regular session last week the Vanceburg City Council gave first reading to an ordinance authorizing the Electric Plant Board to acquire interim financing of $450,000 for the 2004 Water Project. The financing will be in the form of water and sewer revenue bonds.
The financing for the electric plant board project must go through the city council because the city owns the utility company.
Plant Board Superintendent Phil Kennedy explained the project to the council. He said that this is the last water project designed to get potable water to the residents of Lewis County.
Kennedy reminded the council that former Kentucky Governor Paul Patton had set a goal of getting good water to every state resident by the year 2020. Governor Ernie Fletcher continued that program.
“This project will get water to almost everyone we can get it to,” Kennedy said.
The project will cost $1,450,000 with the first million dollars of the funding coming in grants. The balance of $450,000 will come through the low interest interim financing.
Kennedy has been the Electric Plant Board Superintendent for 11 years as of this past September 18. He lauded Mayor William T. “Bill Tom” Cooper and the city council for the progress made in improving the infrastructure for both the city and county in that time. He said that the city has spent $17 million for that purpose.
Kennedy pointed out that $10 million has been spent on new water lines and $7 million on new electric lines across the county.
He also gave the Electric Plant Board members a hearty pat on the back for doing a great job.
Kennedy told the council that the utility company has customers as follows: 3424 electric, 477 natural gas, 773 sewage, 571 residential and commercial trash, 48 commercial dumpsters and 2536 water customers.
Kennedy said that in September the company sold 150,000,000 gallons of water.
He then explained the upcoming sewer project for the city. He said that as a result of the Clean Water Act of 1996 passed by Congress, Kentucky’s communities now have to upgrade and improve their sewer systems. Smoke tests will soon be conducted on Vanceburg’s sewer systems to see if any prohibited drainpipes are connected to the system.
Kennedy emphasized that everything the city has done with the sewer is legal and the appropriate permits have been obtained, but the new legislation now makes the testing and improvements necessary. The state is giving the city time to make the upgrades and will also help with the funding for the project.
The council also gave first reading to an ordinance establishing the property tax rates for the fiscal year. The rates remain unchanged at .13 per $100 of assessed value for real estate property and .14 for personal and intangible property.
Cooper stated that during his 17-year tenure in office these tax rates have never been increased.
The council moved to set Tuesday night, October 31, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. as Trick or Treat night.
The council approved the appointments of Harvey Denham and Duncan Akers to the Renaissance Committee.
Cooper also announced that Ron LeMaster Insurance has donated $1000 for the purchase of a dining room set for the George Thomas Morgan house.
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AA Highway safety improvements
Governor Ernie Fletcher's commitment to provide Kentucky with a safe and reliable highway network has resulted in a significant safety improvement project on one of northeastern Kentucky’s most traveled roadways.
Governor Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently awarded a contract to add center-line rumble strips along the entire length of the AA Highway.
"Following Governor Fletcher’s direction, the Transportation Cabinet is proactive in pursuing projects that will improve safety for the traveling public across the commonwealth," said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. "We are happy to announce the addition of the center-line rumble strips, which will significantly enhance safety for motorists traveling on the AA."
The $369,876 contract includes the addition of center-line rumble strips throughout the two and three-lane sections of the highway. The contract also includes new striping.
"The addition of center-line rumble strips will be very beneficial for motorists," said Katrina O. Bradley, Executive Director of Highway District 9. "With the very apparent noise the tire makes on the rumble strips, drivers are able to immediately recognize that they are crossing into the opposing lane, even if they can not visually see the yellow stripe, offering a significant safety advantage."
The AA Highway, which provides a vital transportation link from Alexandria to Ashland, runs through the northern Kentucky counties of Campbell, Pendleton, Bracken, Mason, Lewis, Carter and Greenup. Work on the project is expected to begin this week.
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CO detector give-away
People's Self-Help Housing, Inc. (PSHH) will host its annual drawing to give away free carbon monoxide (CO) detectors on October 23, 2006. The annual drawing is held in memory of Herb Bloomfield, a former Lewis County resident and victim of CO poisoning.
CO is a deadly gas that cannot be seen, tasted or smelled and which can escape from improperly installed or poorly maintained heating appliances. At low or moderate levels, CO gas can cause sickness, including headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness, faintness and nausea. At high levels, carbon monoxide gas can kill.
PSHH encourages all residents to take the following steps to ensure that they do not become victims of this "silent killer":
1. have your fuel-burning heat source carefully inspected by a trained professional;
2. replace outdated, inefficient heating units with newer, more efficient heating sources;
3. make sure that your home is well-ventilated and that flues and chimneys are in good condition and not blocked, and
4. install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Prevention is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Any Lewis County resident who heats their home with gas, oil, kerosene, wood or charcoal is eligible to apply for the drawing by calling 606-796-6333 or stopping by the PSHH office on Fairlane Drive any business day between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The deadline to register for the drawing is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2006.
PSHH provides a variety of housing options for low and moderate-income individuals in Lewis County, including home repairs and rehabilitation.
For more information on PSHH programs, please call the number listed above or stop by the main office. PSHH provides Equal Housing Opportunities.
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Boys & Girls Club shopping spree
By Al Owens
Fifty children from the Boys and Girls Club of Lewis County disembarked from a school bus in front of the JC Penney store about 4:30 p.m. in Maysville last Thursday, October 5, to go on a free shopping spree.
Each child received a $100 gift card from Penney's annual After School Grant program.
Mike Kennedy, Director of the Boys and Girls Club, said that he had applied for the grant last August.
Some parents and grandparents were on hand to help the kids shop for school clothes and accessories. Employees from the store smiled a lot while they assisted the children who were not accompanied by a parent or guardian.
More than once an adult had to remind the youngsters to put back the toys and pick out school clothes.
Martha Eridge, the new manager at the Maysville store, said that Penney's grant program is nationwide. Eridge has worked for the JC Penney Company for 15 years.
Casey Nolen drove the bus to Maysville and also helped organize the shopping spree. He had sheets with the names and sizes of all the children. Some of the kids had to repeatedly return to Nolen to ask about their clothes sizes.
With all the grins on the faces of the children, the Boys and Girls Club staff, the JC Penney employees and the parents and grandparents on hand to help with the shopping, determining who had more fun would be difficult.
J.C. Penney was a Christian businessman. He lived to the ripe old age of 90.
Penney, according to his own testimony, declared that a person couldn't out give the Lord. He began by giving one tenth of his income to the Lord and before he passed on ended up living luxuriously from only ten percent of his earnings while giving 90 percent to the Lord and other good causes.
Penney money in the past has built several schools and hospitals across the nation as well as being put to good use in many other ways.
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