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Garbage ordinance approved
|By Al Owens
in regular session last Monday the Lewis County Fiscal Court gave second reading to the
Mandatory Garbage Collection Ordinance and moved to adopt it. Every county resident now
must contract a local, permitted garbage hauler to pick up their trash or meet one of the
requirements for exemption.
The action prevents the state from coming in at a later time and taking over the
Doug Padgett and Kevin Cornette from Buffalo Trace appeared before the court and
explained the need to initiate a new county addressing system.
Cornette said that the current system is about 50-years-old and is outdated. It makes
finding locations difficult for emergency services.
The idea is to give all the numbered roads names based on geographic location.
Padgett told the court that the project would take about 18 months and cost $50,000
split between two fiscal years. He also pointed out that if the county goes with Enhanced
911 establishing the new addressing for the county is the first step anyway.
Cornette added that without the system the county would not be eligible to apply for
certain funding available from the state.
The court moved to enter into a contract with the Buffalo Trace Area Development
District to begin the new county addressing.
The court quickly moved to donate $200 to the Vanceburg Shop-With-a-Cop Christmas
program and granted the city permission to install Police and Fire Department radio
repeaters on the County Tower.
Jim Lane, Wildlife Program Coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
Resources, presented the Court with a sample ordinance that would prohibit the possession
of certain species of dangerous, exotic wildlife in the Commonwealth.
After his explanation the Court gave the ordinance its first reading and approved that
The ordinance stipulates that the possession or importation of the following dangerous
exotic species is prohibited: African buffalo, hippopotamus, hyenas, old world badger,
lions, jaguars, leopards, tigers, clouded leopards, cheetahs, elephants, rhinoceroses,
gorillas, baboons, mandrills, gelada baboons, gavials, crocodiles, alligators, caimans,
sea snakes, cobras, coral snakes, adders, vipers, venomous rear-fanged species, gila
monsters, beaded lizards, komodo dragons, wolverines, bears, wolves or wolf hybrids and
cougars or mountain lions.
Lane explained that circuses, zoos, licensed game preserves and other legal forms of
entertainment would not be affected by the ordinance.
The ordinance defines "exotic wildlife" as "terrestrial wildlife species
which have never existed in the wild in Kentucky or been extirpated from the state and
could not be reasonably expected to survive in the wild if introduced."
The animals listed are considered dangerous and are not suitable for pets. They have
the potential to transmit venom or do damage to native ecosystems. Some are not capable of
Violations of the ordinance once it is given a second reading and adopted would result
in fines no less than $100 and no more than $500. A public hearing will be held regarding
|The court approved the budget for
the County Clerks Office for 2004. County Clerk Shirley Hinton said that the budget
was simply a best estimate of what revenues would be received and what money would be
Hinton said the estimated budget receipts stand at of $1,526,325 with
expenditures of $1,505,607. That would leave excess fees of $20,718.
She said that last years actual excess fees totaled $16,197.08.
The court then approved the budget for the Sheriffs Office. Lewis County Sheriff
Bill Lewis said the budget for the 2004 calendar year calls for $357,509.
The court then turned to the subject of needed appointments.
Gary Kegley was appointed as a full-time operator for the Lewis County Road Department.
Richard Christy was re-appointed to the Garrison-Quincy Water Commission.
And the number of commissioners on the Garrison-Quincy Water Commission was increased
from three members to five. Judge Executive Steve Applegate explained that the upcoming
sewer project and the increase in responsibilities accompanying that project made the
additional commissioners necessary.
The court then approved the appointment of Barry Heart to a two-year term and Andy
Lucas to a four-year term on the Commission.
The court moved to authorize the advertising for bids to remodel the courthouse
restrooms and to upgrade the plumbing.
Larry Fannin, a resident of Fannin Lane near Black Oak, told the court that the road
has two blind spots on the hill that constitutes a traffic hazard and asked if something
could be done to correct that situation.
Judge Applegate said that the county might be able to widen the road or do more to
enforce the speed limit on Fannin Lane and promised to look into the matter immediately.
At the request of Lewis County Jailer Tim Underwood the court passed a resolution to
help the jail recoup some funds from the inmates for medical expenses.
Beginning on Wednesday, December 17, the jail may charge the following fees:
* Booking fee $20
* Co-pay prescription $10
* Co-pay over the counter medicine $5
* Out of jail doctor visit $25
* One-half co-pay Dentist
* One-half co-pay for lab work, X-rays, out patient services or hospitalization
An inmates ability to pay will be taken into consideration when the charges are
The resolution stipulates that the money may be taken out of state pay, money the
inmates have on account or money brought to them while they are in jail. Up to 50 percent
of any money brought to the inmates at the jail may be deducted to offset medical
The court moved to accept a deed of corrections for the right of way at the A.D.R.
Subdivision near Tolleboro.
Judge Applegate announced that the Abandoned Vehicle Program was a success with 83 old
cars picked up.
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Progress made toward school
|By Al Owens
in regular session last week the Lewis County Board of Education heard good news regarding
the district's performance in the No Child Left Behind initiative.
Belinda Forman reported that the school district met 12 of 12 target goals for 100
percent and met the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for 2003.
Breaking the report down school-by-school Forman said that Garrison Elementary made
nine out of ten target goals or 90 percent and did not meet the AYP this time. To meet the
goals a school must meet 100 percent of its target goals.
Laurel Elementary met three of four target goals for 75 percent. She explained that
when a school does not have a large population it gets a lot of N/As because some of the
goals are not applicable because the school must have enough students in each category to
set a target goal.
Central Elementary met nine of ten target goals for 90 percent and did not meet the
AYP. The fifth grade students in the free and reduced lunch category in math did not make
Lewis County High School met ten of ten target goals for 100 percent and met its AYP.
The Middle School met eleven of twelve target goals for 91.7 percent and did not make
the AYP for 2003. They did not meet it under students with disabilities in reading in the
Tollesboro Elementary met nine out of nine goals for 100 percent and met its AYP.
Foreman pointed out that the AYP scores lag an academic year behind. Some of the
schools that did not meet the AYP for the current report are up this year.
However, when the scores were compiled for the entire district the schools did reach
100 percent of its target goals and met the AYP.
Superintendent Maurice Reeder, Jr. said that overall he is pleased with the district's
performance. He explained that across the state only 31 percent of the school districts
met their target goals, and Lewis County is among that group.
Tim Douglas, Principal at Tollesboro Elementary and Jendra Enix, Principal at the Lewis
County High School explained to the board how the schools use the data analysis from the
CATS scores to help each student improve academically.
Enix told the board that the schools wanted to go visual with the material and posted
several charts on the walls of the meeting room to illustrate how the charts help the
educators see the results of the scores. Using the data analysis in such a fashion the
teachers can see the strengths and weaknesses of their programs and make adjustments to
improve classroom performance.
Enix told the board that the number of students reaching the proficient and
distinguished categories is increasing.
The board approved the first reading of an amended policy for the
crisis plan. Reeder explained that the region had some problems with bomb threats and
Lewis County wanted to implement some common sense strategies to improve the crisis plan.
|Al Owens/Lewis County Herald
Jendra Enix, Principal of Lewis
County High School, shows the Board of Education how charts can be used to visualize the
Data Analysis of CATS scores to make observations and improvements in classroom
instruction to enhance pupil achievement.
The board also approved granting the board members present at last month's session one
hour each for training as a result of the presentation Belinda Forman and Barbara Kennedy
gave on the No Child Left Behind Program initiated by President George W. Bush. Board
member Jack Sapp was not at that session so arrangement was made for him to receive that
same presentation one day after work.
Reeder then asked the board to approve the bid for worker's compensation insurance but
lamented the fact that the cost has increased over $90,000 since last year. The low bid
from Kentucky School Board Insurance was for $127,967. Last year it cost $38,000. Reeder
said that the benefits did not increase but the cost did. He said that the insurance
companies blame 9/11 for the increased rates. Since the board had no other alternative
that bid was approved.
The board approved matching the Fiscal Year 2004 KETS offer of assistance in the amount
of $21,956. This is a matching fund program and that means the school must match the
amount of the offer.
A change order for the renovation and construction at the Middle School was approved.
It gives the school credit for $653 because white birch doors were ordered but natural
birch doors were received, and they are less expensive.
The board approved the concept of flexible professional development. The PD is
scheduled for certain days but other times may be scheduled as well in order to
accommodate busy teacher schedules.
As a result of a doctor's recommendation the board granted a request for a waiver for
one special needs child. The doctor said that because of the student's physical and
medical problems the child should only go to school for half a day.
Superintendent Reeder explained to the board that some teachers retire at midterm and
that could leave the district short on fully qualified teachers. In order to solve that
problem in the event it occurs at midterm the board approved emergency teacher status so
any emergency teachers needed could be hired.
The board approved the following field trips: LCMS (Miller and Burriss classes),
newspaper office, Portsmouth, Ohio; Central Elementary Gifted/Talented students (Reeder),
Union Terminal, Cincinnati, Ohio; Tollesboro Elementary (Boling and Gastauer classes),
Clark Planetarium, Portsmouth; LCHS Girls Basketball team (Tammy Underwood), over night
The board entered a lengthy closed session to discuss personnel but no action was
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Lines completed for water project
|By Al Owens
in regular session last week the Electric Plant Board of the City of Vanceburg got an
update on the Southern Lewis County Water Project.
Superintendent Phil Kennedy said that all the water lines are in and done. According to
Kennedy the state inspectors came in on Thursday, December 4, and were tickled to death
with the project.
Kennedy told the board that the contractor said it was the best project he has had in
42 years of work.
Of the 441 customers signed up 228 of them already have water in their houses, and the
others will soon.
Kennedy reported that the service in Laurel and Quicks Run is complete. The water tank
is in and filled in Indian but needs to be disinfected before water is available. The pump
stations were fired up last Tuesday, December 9.
He informed the board that the success of the project has resulted in a financial
shortage of about $85,000. On one side of the water lines the contractor gets $550 for
each tap-on and $650 for tap-ons on the other side. The project estimate called for 385
customers but now has 441. That resulted in the project going over budget.
In order to pay the contractor off Rural Development told Kennedy that the utility
company can use $30,000 it will get from tap on fees, $27,000 it has held in reserve and
then use its own money to pay the balance. The company can repay itself from $46,000 it
will receive early next year from FEMA. The FEMA funds are coming as federal money for the
Salt Lick washout in the recent flooding.
|The board authorized Kennedy to pay the
contractor with the available funds and then repay itself as the money becomes available
from the other sources.
Kennedy told the board that the SCATA System is 75 percent
completed. When the installation is complete he plans to give the board members a tour to
show them what the computerized system can do.
He also informed the board that he has received no word from Grayson this month
regarding the St. Paul issue.
The superintendent reported that the company has received a $28,000 payment from FEMA,
and that the tree trimmers are still trimming limbs away from utility lines.
Kennedy explained that the sewer system has some problems stemming from the February
ice storm and some violations must be corrected. However, the company now has only one
employee where it used to have three. He said that Mark Griffin is a great employee but
one person just cannot handle the job. The board authorized him to hire a part time Class
Three worker to run the plant on some weekends.
At the suggestion of Charles Stapleton the board decided to provide 2004 calendars for
the customers. They can be picked up when the public comes in to pay their bills. Kennedy
said the calendars would probably be available before the first of the year.
The board also authorized an additional day off for Christmas. The workers usually get
a half-day off on Christmas Eve and all of Christmas Day, but since December 26 falls on
Friday this year Kennedy requested that the workers be given that extra day off. He
assured the board, however, that emergency personnel would be on duty and on call if
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William Talley/Lewis County Herald
Tarry Applegate has loaned a portion of his
nutcracker collection for display at the Vanceburg Depot Museum.
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