March 9, 2010,
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New PSHH home will be
"green" - Council hears cleanup plea
- Shooting case bound over to grand jury - Vanceburg
man charged in Black Oak burglary - Fire
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house will be "green"
newest home under construction in Vanceburg is set to be one of the
“greenest” homes in the Commonwealth, according to People’s Self-Help
Housing Executive Director Dave Kreher.
said ground was recently broken for the new home at 120 Rowley Street in
Vanceburg. PSHH workers and Glenmary volunteers completed the foundation for the
new structure last week.
said the new home is being built according to standards set by the Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes, an internationally
recognized green building certification program.
Kreher says the LEED program awards points for
energy efficient and environmentally friendly building practices as verified by
a third party inspector. The more points that are awarded, the higher the level
of certification the house receives.
The levels of certification from lowest to highest
are: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Kreher expects to
achieve the Platinum level of certification for the Rowley Street home, making
it the first home in the entire state of Kentucky to achieve this level of
“In light of increasing
energy costs, PSHH realizes the importance of constructing extremely
energy-efficient homes to reduce energy usage and keep costs affordable,”
“ During the past 18 months, PSHH has constructed
seven affordable Energy Star certified new homes in Lewis County that have been
rated to use one third less energy than new homes using standard construction
methods,” he added.
Kreher said green homes use less energy, water
and natural resources and produce less waste, not only during their
construction, but also throughout the life of the home.
“Green homes are typically a little more
expensive to build than comparable conventional homes.
However, since green homes use less energy and are more durable, they are
much less expensive to maintain resulting in greater savings for the homeowner
for years to come,” Kreher said.
said the home has been registered with the LEED for Homes program and PSHH has
already been working with everyone involved in the process to optimize the
benefits by closely following a checklist for the project.
said that during the construction of the home, regular inspections will take place to verify
the project is on the right track.
At the end of the process,
a home is awarded points for its achievements. Based on the number of points it
receives. “We’re confident we’ll receive the highest rating,” Kreher
Kreher says there are eight
areas under scrutiny during the planning and construction process:
Quality. The quality of the air indoors is often two to five times worse, and
occasionally more than 100 times worse, than outdoor air, according to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency. A LEED home is designed to maximize fresh air
indoors and minimize exposure to toxins and pollutants.
*Energy Efficiency. The
average American household spends around $1,500 every year on energy bills,
the US government’s
Energy Star program. Based on average Energy Star scores of LEED homes built
so far, they have the potential to use 20 to 30 percent less energy, and
some up to 60 percent less energy, than a home built to the International
Code Council’s standards for minimum energy efficiency. Less energy use
means lower utility bills every month through the life of a house.
*Water Efficiency. Wasteful
water use is both costly and risky, as population growth and a changing
climate make clean, safe water an increasingly scarce resource. It is also
directly tied to wasteful energy use: As much as 1/4-1/2 of the electricity
used by most U.S. cities is consumed at municipal water and wastewater
treatment facilities according to the US Department of Energy. LEED homes
use innovative strategies to reduce a home’s water use and to find
creative ways to reuse water.
*Site Selection. The old
truism about prime real estate – location, location, location – is
especially true of green homes. LEED encourages homes that are close to
schools, shopping, work and transit, maximizing your quality of life and
reducing the amount of time you waste in traffic.
*Site Development. During
construction and beyond, a home can cause erosion, interfere with natural
habitats and pollute waterways through stormwater runoff. LEED homes avoid
destructive construction practices and have landscaping and other elements
that protect the land where the home sits.
*Materials Selection. The
materials and resources that go into a home can be carefully selected from
sustainably harvested, responsibly processed sources – or they can be
wasteful and contribute to habitat destruction. LEED homes use recycled,
reclaimed and responsibly obtained materials everywhere possible.
*Residents' Awareness. LEED
is proactive in educating homeowners and renters about a home’s green
features and how to get the highest performance from them. A LEED home also
stands as an example to the community of a well-built home and encourages
others to live the same.
encourages builders and designers to find innovative ways to increase a
home’s performance, taking into account local and regional needs and
promoting durability for a long-lasting, comfortable home.
Kreher invites people to drop by and see the home
under construction. For more information about
the home, or services offered by PSHH, call 606-796-6333 or visit their website at www.pshhinc.org.
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Council hears cleanup plea
By Dennis Brown
City Council met in a brief regular session last week heard from Patty Kennard,
the city’s zoning enforcement officer, about debris and trash on the city’s
streets and the condition of a former factory building.
addressed council members and commended city workers for their efforts in
clearing the city’s streets of snow during recent snowfalls. She noted,
however, that snowplows left debris and mud on several of the city’s
also said recent work by CSX Railroad machinery has left several large gravels
in roadways adjacent to the railroad tracks in Vanceburg. “Something needs to
be done to clean these streets,” she told council members.
said she noticed some people walking in the roadway and avoiding the sidewalk
between Super Quik and the George Morgan Thomas Home in Vanceburg because of the
mud and debris left after snow melted away.
asked if some of the city workers and inmates could be assigned to clean some of
the sidewalks and streets and suggested CSX be contacted about removing the
gravel from the streets which had been left there after recent work on the
said she also urges city residents to make an effort to clean the areas around
their homes and businesses to help in the effort to make Vanceburg a cleaner
community for all of the residents and visitors.
informed council she had also received several complaints concerning the former
LV Marks Shoe Factory building in Vanceburg. She said part of the building has
fallen in and she is concerned about further deterioration of the building and
how the site could be cleaned up.
building is located on Rowley Avenue (formerly Stein Street) and was
originally utilized as a shoe factory. Since then it has been home to a
military surplus store and other more recent retail efforts.
Angie Patton said the site had been part of a study to seek funding to get
such sites cleaned up. She noted that future grant money could be available
for cleaning up the site.
suggest the property owner be contacted about cleaning up the site and asked
City Attorney John Holder to review the city’s nuisance ordinance which
was adopted by council in 2000. “The nuisance ordinance deals with
dilapidated buildings,” she said.
Member Ed Taylor suggested Holder write a “stern” letter to the property
owner asking that the matter be addressed. Holder said he would review the
ordinance and take whatever action was deemed necessary by council.
Member Denver Moore gave other members an update on the city’s utility
company and said efforts have been underway to get funds which were intended
for the local utility company, but misappropriated by the state, to be
redirected back to Vanceburg.
we get that money it will go toward getting pictures of the inside of the
sewer system,” Moore said. He explained that having a view of the interior
of the city’s sewer system would save money on a project to replace the
system by allowing contractors to see what kind of project they are bidding
said the utility company is also working on applying for a grant to pay for
upgrades to the street lights in the city. He said the grant, if approved,
would allow for the city’s street lights to be converted to LED lighting
and would reduce electric consumption for those lights by about 50 percent.
adjourning, council went into closed session to discuss the possible sale of
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Shooting case bound over to
case against a shooting suspect was bound over to a Lewis County Grand Jury
during a hearing last week in Lewis District Court.
B. Allen, 45, of Bahama, North Carolina, was charged with attempted murder
following a shooting incident January 15 at the home of John Jamison on
Montgomery Road. Jamison was seriously injured in the incident.
Judge Brian McCloud ruled probable cause in the matter and ordered the case be
bound over to the grand jury.
Dwayne Stone, who is lead investigator in the case, testified before McCloud
last week and summarized his investigation to date.
was arrested by North Carolina authorities on January 24 and was returned to
Kentucky on February 19 after waiving extradition. He has been lodged in the
Lewis County Detention Center.
have said they believe Allen was hired by Gary H. Robinson to shoot John Jamison
at Jamison’s home.
Robinson, 62, was arrested the day of the shooting incident and charged with
complicity to commit first-degree assault. He is on house arrest at his home in
Ashland, a condition of his release from jail on a $100,000 cash bond. His case
has also been bound over to the grand jury.
said Robinson and Jamison’s wife, Dana, have a child together from a previous
47, is at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, where he remains in serious
condition, according to Lewis. Jamison was reportedly struck seven times by
shots fired from a .40 caliber gun.
said the incident happened shortly before 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 15. He
said the suspect reportedly knocked on the front door of the Jamison home on
Montgomery Road and when Dana Jamison answered the door, he asked to speak with
a person who was not at home and then asked to speak with John Jamison.
said Dana Jamison warned her husband that something didn’t seem right about
the visitor and he responded to the door with the .357 caliber pistol.
said John Jamison and the suspect fired at each other while Jamison was in the
living room of the home and the suspect was on the front porch. He said Jamison
was struck in the neck and upper torso by shots fired from the .40 caliber gun.
He said Jamison fired five rounds at the suspect.
was initially reported that Jamison had been hit by three of the shots, Lewis
later reported that family members told him Jamison was wounded by seven
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Vanceburg man charged in Black Oak burglary
Vanceburg man has been charged in connection with a burglary at Black Oak Quick
Mart in the early hours of February 27.
spokesman with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department said the department was
notified about 3:00 a.m. on February 27 that a burglar alarm had been activated
at the convenience store on Ky. Rt. 8 at Black Oak.
spokesman said Deputy Joe Templeman responded to the call and discovered that
the glass in the front door of the business had been broken and someone had made
entry into the building.
found that several cartons of cigarettes had been taken and that the suspect
fled the business on foot, according to the spokesman.
was able to track the suspect because of recent snowfall, according to the
spokesman, and followed the tracks about three miles through several fields and
along CSX Railroad
Templeman lost the trail near the Echo Hills Apartment Complex, according to the
viewed surveillance video and determined the burglary suspect was about five
feet, eight inches tall and weighed about 170 pounds. The burglar was wearing a
checkered jacket, hoodie, ski mask and gloves while he was inside the store,
according to the spokesman.
video also showed a vehicle which the suspect had gotten out of prior to the
burglary. The vehicle was identified and the owner was contacted and interviewed
by deputies. The suspect was identified as Robert Miller, 20, of Vanceburg.
After being located and questioned by deputies, Miller confessed to the
break-in, according to the spokesman.
was charged with third-degree burglary and lodged in the Lewis County Detention
Center on a $10,000 cash bond. The spokesman said other arrests are possible as
the investigation progresses.
is continuing the investigation. He was assisted by Chief Deputy Johnny Bivens,
Deputy Dwayne Stone and Deputy Jason Hill.
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season is in full swing
Division of Forestry is preparing for increased fire activity as
temperatures warm. Low humidity, increased fuel loads and low-fuel
moisture could cause high to very high fire conditions.
“Although the first two weeks of the spring
fire hazard season have been relatively calm, we’re concerned about the
potential for wildfires over the next few days,” said Leah MacSwords, director
of the Division of Forestry.
“The warmer weather will prompt many people to spend time outdoors and that
usually means increased fire activity.”
Most fires are caused by careless debris burning and arson,
therefore, the division is urging citizens to choose an alternate disposal
method rather than burning and to report any information about arson to the
division or a local law
Citizens should be aware of the following precautionary measures
to prevent wildfires:
Outdoor burning is illegal between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. in or within
150 feet of any woodland or brushland during forest
fire hazard seasons.
Debris burning should be avoided altogether during fire
In addition to forest fire laws,
outdoor burning laws include air
pollution regulations and restrictions imposed by local ordinances.
Suspicious acts of arson should be reported to the nearest Kentucky State Police
post or the Target Arson Hotline at 1-800-27-ARSON.
Citizens should use Firewise practices around their homes, such creating a defensible
space by removing leaves, debris, dead plant material and firewood.
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