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Juvenile curfew ordinance passed
|By Al Owens
in regular session last week the Lewis County Fiscal Court moved to approve the second
reading of the Countywide Juvenile Curfew Ordinance. It becomes effective upon publication
in the local media.
The curfew basically stipulates that young people 18-years-old and under cannot be out
unless with their parents or guardians, are on an errand for their parents or are on their
way to or from an event one hour before or after that event between the hours of 10:00
p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, or between 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday and
Law enforcement officers, however, cannot randomly stop and check vehicles just to
enforce the curfew. They must have justifiable suspicion of a law violation before
stopping any vehicle.
Lewis County Sheriff Bill Lewis said that the ordinance would not affect law-abiding
youth but is designed to deal with those that continually break the law or are involved
with drug abuse.
Jim Rummage, Chief District Engineer for the Department of Highways appeared before the
court regarding the 2004-2005 Secondary Road Program. He asked for recommendations from
each magistrate for a priority road that needs improvement in each of their districts.
First District Magistrate Milt Stanfield requested paving on Big Cabin Creek from KY 57
to the covered bridge. Second District Magistrate Todd Ruckel recommended work on Quicks
Run Road, and Third District Magistrate Keith Chapman asked for paving on about four miles
of Laurel Road. Rummage said that the states funding allotment for Lewis County
totals $819,290. That is divided between $389,562 for maintenance and traffic and $429,728
He reported that the state recommends asphalt resurfacing on the following roads: on KY
1306, 6.9 miles from KY 9 to KY 8 at an estimated cost of $337,180; on 2523 (Lions Lane)
.4 mile from KY 9 to 3037 at an estimated cost of $29,842; and one mile of KY 57 from .173
miles south of Sycamore Creek Road to KY 8 at an approximate cost of $54,130. Rummage told
the court that he would take the states estimates along with the estimates on the
magistrates recommendations and send them to the Rural Secondary Road Program where
the work will be prioritized.
The court moved to renew the annual insurance contract for the county with St. Paul
Insurance for $83,642. The only other bid was from KACO at $92,720.48.
The court adopted a resolution to accept a $200,000 grant, approve the grant agreement,
amend the local budget to show receipt of the grant funds and to authorize a proper
representative to sign all related documents for the Tollesboro Industrial Park Water Tank
The court agreed to enter into a lease and
agreement with the Nugent Sand Company for dredging sand and gravel on the Ohio River
north of Concord and the Carrs communities. The county will receive $3000 annually plus
ten cents per ton for anything over 30,000 tons. The Army Corps of Engineers oversees that
program. The agreement assures that no damage will be done to any county property.
County Attorney Clayton "Buddy" Lykins, Jr., gave a summary of the
countys mandatory garbage collection ordinance. The Court accepted the first reading
of that ordinance.
The court received two bids for the Lewis County Courthouse Window Replacement Project.
The low bid came from Trace Creek Construction Company and was accepted with two
alternatives. The original bid came in at $114,990 but permitted deductions for clear
glass over tinted glass and deletion of a vandal screen. The court enacted both those
deductions dropping the project cost to $107,490.
The county government approved entrance into an affiliation agreement with Hazmat
Eight-WMD, INC. The agreement permits the Hazmat Eight response team to operate in Lewis
County in case of an emergency. The motion included a $2,000 annual donation to the
program to defray the costs of recalibrating the equipment, some pretesting and to provide
annual physical exams for the workers.
Lewis County Emergency Management Director Carl Chaney told the Court that since 9/11
Lewis County has received $527,000 in emergency equipment. That is funneled from the
federal government through the state down to the county.
Lewis County added its voice of support for a pro baseball team in Eastern Kentucky by
the court adopting a resolution to show vocal support for the team at the request of the
Morehead City Council. No funding was involved in the resolution.
Lewis County Judge Executive Steve Applegate announced that appointments to the 911
Advisory Board of six members is complete.
Advisory Board members are Gary Thomas, Tollesboro VFD; William Lewis, Lewis County
Sheriffs Department; Joe Billman, Vanceburg Police Department; Carl Chaney, Lewis
County DES; Keith Chapman, Lewis County Fiscal Court; and Jerry Ugrin, Lewis County
Primary Care Center.
In a special meeting conducted on October 31 the Lewis County Fiscal Court opened bids
for additional black topping in the county as awarded by the State Transportation
Department. The low bid of $36.95 per ton was received from Mountain Enterprises and was
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School Board briefed on "No
Child Left Behind" act
|By Al Owens
Meeting in regular
session Monday night, November 10, the Lewis County Board of Education was treated to an
in-depth look at the Bush Administrations No Child Left Behind Act and how it will
affect Kentucky schools.
Barbara Kennedy made the PowerPoint presentation. She said that Kentucky was the last
state to have its plan for improvement accepted because educators in the Commonwealth have
had difficulty reconciling the new guidelines with those set forth in KERA. They did not
want to just throw away all the hard work they had done in the past ten years in the KERA
The No Child Left Behind regulations will actually begin taking effect in 2004.
Kennedy shared with the Board what would happen to a school in a worse case scenario if
it did not meet the goals of the new initiative. Relevant staff causing failure could be
replaced and if progress is not then started the end result could be a complete and major
overhaul of that schools system.
She added, however, that she does not think Lewis County Schools will ever be in that
situation because of the gains already made in the improved academic performances of local
students. Those improvements have occurred because of the hard work of local teachers
guided by concerned administrators that have applied for and obtained several grants that
have enabled the schools to introduce reading and math programs that have wonderfully
Belinda Forman followed Kennedys
presentation by explaining what a school must do to meet its Adequate Yearly Progress
goals. The ultimate goal is to move each school to a 100 percent graduation rate in the
The board moved to approve Reading First grant proposals for Central and Garrison
Elementary schools. Competition for the grants is fierce but if the grants are obtained it
would mean $1 million for each school over the next six years.
At the request of Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr., the board approved two one-half
days for Professional Development so the teachers can analyze the data from CATS scores.
On November 21 and January 9 the students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. but the
teachers will continue to work to digest and analyze all the academic data. The results of
the testing will help the teachers and administrators make plans for each pupils
The board approved an annual contract with Med-Brook from West Virginia for drug
testing for the bus drivers and mechanics. This company has been doing a great job for the
past few years. They come in and conduct random testing for drug abuse and do it on a
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Plant Board plans more extensions
|By Al Owens
Meeting in regular session last week
the Electric Plant Board of the City of Vanceburg learned that Grayson Electric might
appeal to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the issue of utility charges
in the St. Paul area.
Board Superintendent Phil Kennedy said he does not really know what Grayson is going to
do and is waiting to hear from them.
Reporting on the Southern Lewis County Water Project Kennedy said that when that
project was first started the utility company anticipated about 385 customers. That number
is now up to 441 customers with more families planning to hook up. He said that the
project is extremely popular.
He told the board that the pump station for Indian is in and is setting on the pad.
Kennedy said, "Weve got water all the way to Bob Thomas now but with
this new pump station and filling the tank and getting it sanitized well be able to
finish that project."
He informed the Board that the geo-tech people had been in to check the slip at the
tank on Salt Lick and the inspectors did not think it was in danger.
Kennedy mentioned the slip because he next announced plans for a new project and Rural
Development wants him to include funds for fixing that slip in the project.
He said the new project will be called the Water Line Extension 2004 Project and will
cost an estimated $840,000. It will include a new well at Black Oak with water lines
extended to Hackworth Hollow, Big Salt Lick, Toller Hollow, Scotts Branch and Fingerboard
Kennedy guessed that the project would be approved in about two years after going
through all the procedures required to obtain funding for the work. And he added that this
would be the last major water project for the county.
He told the board that Fleming County Water buys some
water from Vanceburg now but has a big project in progress and somewhere down the road may
not want to buy water from us any more. However, Garrison-Quincy may be interested in
purchasing some water from Vanceburg.
The superintendent informed the board that he is also looking at sewer projects.
He explained that the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority that provided a lot of grant
money for the Southern Lewis County Project is now putting a lot of emphasis on sewers.
Kennedy added that a lot of the companys lift stations are old and need some
work, and a lot of people in some areas want to get on the sewer. He said that he is
looking at a five to seven-year plan to start on the sewer to upgrade a lot of things and
to add sewer lines on the west end of town and maybe some on the east end as well.
The board authorized Kennedy to seek funding for the Water Extension Line Project 2004
including a new well at Black Oak.
Kennedy announced that the Christmas dinner for this year will be held at
Capronis in Maysville on Saturday, December 13, and other details will be
He told the board that he has not hired another mechanic but the men are doing their
own maintenance and that is working out well.
Since the new trucks have arrived the company has an excess vehicle, and Kennedy
recommended donating the 1995 Dodge pickup to the city. The truck has over 200,000 miles
on it but is operational although it is seldom used. The board approved donating the truck
to the city.
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Renaissance Committee awarded
|By Dana Ehlschide
Governor Paul Patton handed out
over $2.8 million to Kentucky communities to help in the revitalization efforts of those
downtown areas during a ceremony at the state capitol rotunda Wednesday, November 12.
Vanceburg, one of 12 communities to receive funding, was presented $250,000 for its
When Patton served as a judge-executive of Pike County he said he noticed that grant
money from the state level was going into the area but in an uncoordinated way. He also
said he noticed how there were several ways in which counties were offered assistance, but
little was offered to cities. In the fall of 1996, Gov. Paul Patton appointed a 26-member
Renaissance Kentucky committee to study Kentuckys downtowns and submit
recommendations to assist cities with revitalization efforts. With the creation of the
program, cities could coordinate its smaller improvement efforts into one larger project.
Renaissance Kentucky helps coordinate grant money by making plans for the future. The
first step in the Renaissance Kentucky program is to make a long-range development program
for downtown to be achieved over time. There are three levels within the program. A bronze
level community is one that has expressed an interest in downtown revitalization and is at
the beginning phase of the local revitalization effort. A silver level community is one
that has demonstrated local financial support and moderate success with the local program.
A gold level community is one that has a strong downtown organization with strong
committee involvement and has made strides toward completion of its long-range plans.
Patton said that when the program first got started the legislature allocated $6
million for 25 towns in the program. A year later both the dollar amount and number of
communities involved had doubled.
Dana Ehlschide/Kentucky Press Association
On hand for Renaissance Kentucky check presentations
in Frankfort last week were, left to right, Jody Lassiter, Deartment of Local Government,
Sylvia Lovely, Kentucky League of Cities, Jim Shelton, Representative Robin Webb, Governor
Paul Patton, Vanceburg Mayor W.T. Cooper, Amy Kennedy, Patty Kennard, Angie Patton and
Kathy Peters, Kentucky Housing Corporation.
In the future Patton said, this program could be a $20 to $25 million project
each biennium. Currently there are 97 Renaissance Kentucky cities.
"This program makes a difference in the quality of life for those cities in the
commonwealth," Patton said of its importance. "The cities are more attractive
and appealing because of Renaissance Kentucky."
Other areas receiving money were: Benham, Bowling Green, Cadiz, Campbellsville, Dawson
Springs, New Castle, Pikeville, Shelbyville and Versailles each receiving $250,000;
Princeton received $195,000 and Somerset received $140,525.
Bowling Green and Dawson Springs each received $1 million from the Department of Local
Government for other projects. Bowling Green will use the money for work on Phase II of
its long term plan and Dawson Springs will use its for the Tradewater Community Center
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