|By Dennis Brown
Members of the Lewis
County Industrial Authority met last week with engineers working on improvement designs at
the Black Oak Industrial Park.
Phil Biggs, with Diamond Engineering in Greenup, presented various sets of plans for
improvements to some 60 acres, which will become part of the industrial park.
Biggs drew up the plans following an earlier meeting in which Industrial Authority
members roughly laid out the wanted improvements and a budget of $770,000 was set.
Members opted to go with the plan, which will subdivide the property into smaller
parcels rather than fewer larger parcels.
Vanceburg Mayor W.T. Cooper told Industrial Authority members he would rather see 10
companies employing 100 workers each than one company employing 1,000 workers.
"We're looking at 100 job plants," Cooper said. "We're looking at
companies that don't need the full 60 acres."
Biggs said the work at the site will include a 3,200 foot access road, extensive
grading work, cleanup, erosion control and utility work. The utility work will consist of
the installation of primary gas, sewer, water and electric lines as well as fire hydrants
and lift stations. The project will also include an entrance sign for the park.
Dennis Brown/Lewis County Herald
Bill Burriss, at right, talks
with a transportation official during a meeting last week at the Black Oak Fire
Department. Officials were on hand to answer questions and show maps of the proposed
connector road between the Black Oak Industrial Park and the AA Highway.
Biggs said some 169,000 cubic yards of earth will be removed during the grading
process. The task, he said, will not be as bad as it sounds since the sandy material is
easy to work with.
Some of the work has already begun with a house on the site demolished by a controlled
burn. Some of the cleanup will involve removing outbuildings, chimneys and the foundation
of the house.
Officials with the Kentucky Department of Transportation were available last week at
the Black Oak Fire Department to present proposed plans for a connector road to connect
the industrial park's main entrance to the AA Highway.