July 28, 2009,
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Tollesboro Elementary work nearing
completion - Plant Board planning for several
projects - County officials present monthly reports - Webb
named as candidate in special election - Personnel
changes announced at board of ed meeting
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Elementary work nearing completion
By Dennis Brown
Students returning to Tollesboro Elementary
School will notice some changes when classes get underway August 6. Parents and
community members will have an opportunity to preview those changes when the
school has an open house on August 4.
The third phase of the five year project is set
for completion in September although students will be realizing the advantages
from the first day from looking out through new replacement windows to standing
in the lunch line in the new cafeteria.
Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr., who has
overseen the project since it was begun in 2005, said the facility is something
the entire community can be proud of and something the students will appreciate.
While much of the focus has been on the
addition, Nick Adams, Director of District Services, said what is not new has
seen major improvements.
said new additions include a new library, preschool rooms, new cafeteria,
new kitchen, science room, administrative offices, new nurses
stations, new Family Resource Center and a new
added that some of the renovations include a new
computer lab, new hallway leading to the gym and cafeteria, and greatly
improved restroom facilities.
outside renovations are obvious when you see the new
parking area and concrete around to the kitchen,” Adams
adding that lighting throughout the building has also been greatly
explained that Phase I, which included some of the previously mentioned
renovations, also allowed for the creation of a media center, plus a new art
room and new special needs room (FMD) room. The project was bid at $1.7
II, Adams said, also included renovations of offices and classrooms, plus
new floor tile in the 1988 corridor and door
replacements. That phase of the project was bid at $1.2 million.
III has included the renovation of kitchen and cafeteria into new classrooms
and the construction of new cafeteria and kitchen, Adams said.
said the new windows and new restroom fixtures added a final special touch.
Phase III bids came in at $2.3 million.
renovations brought a 31,338 sq. ft. original building to a newly remodeled
Tollesboro Elementary that has 46,300 square feet of floor space.
Douglas, Principal at Tollesboro Elementary, has led the frontline of
organizing school activities around construction activities, Adams said.
said community members who have toured the building so far have been very
impressed and pleased.
extends an open invitation to the community to come and see the “new and
improved” Tollesboro Elementary on August 4th between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00
p.m. during their open house.
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Plant Board planning for several
By Dennis Brown
The Vanceburg Electric Plant Board met in
regular session and learned from Superintendent Eric Bloomfield of some
challenges the utility company will be facing over the next couple of years.
Bloomfield listed some projects the utility
company will be getting underway and the costs associated with those projects.
Bloomfield said the utility company has been
mandated by a consent judgment to make updates to Vanceburg’s sewer system
which includes separating the storm sewer system from the sanitary sewer system
and updating the overflows.
He said the total projected cost will be about
$5 million and with only around 800 sewer customers, the cost to self-finance
the project would create a significant rate increase for those customers.
Bloomfield said the utility company needs the
city’s assistance in applying for funding for the project. He urged plant
board members to contact members of the city council and ask for help by the
city applying for a Community Development Block Grant or Federal Stimulus
He said the utility company is continuing to
apply for all grant monies available and said that some money had earlier been
awarded to Vanceburg Utilities but was placed, by the state, in the wrong
project. He said that while trying to get the funding properly routed, he has
learned that the state had over-allocated funds and was no longer willing to
correct the clerical error.
Bloomfield also mentioned the utility company is
paying about $51,000 per month on a “true-up” for purchased electricity from
2008 along with other cost hikes in all departments that had not been seen
Bloomfield also mentioned routine audits the
utility company will be undergoing by the Public Service Commission,
insurance and Kentucky Department of Revenue.
In other business, board members approved a
request by the Black Oak Volunteer Fire Department to extend a six inch
water line by about 600 feet to allow for two fire hydrants to be installed
at Indian Hills Subdivision in Black Oak.
Bloomfield said the work can be done in-house
and part of the cost will be paid by the fire department. Estimated cost for
the project is about $10,000 and will allow for a better insurance rating
and, in turn, lower premiums for residents in that area.
Members also agreed to reimburse a resident of
Little Sulfur $1,196 for the cost of 2,600 feet of two inch water line the
resident had installed. Bloomfield said two nearby residents want to tap-on
to the line and the cost of purchasing the line will be recouped in a short
time. The approval is pending the procurement of necessary easements from
Bloomfield told board members he had talked with
Mayor Angie Patton concerning the use of gas and diesel fuel. He said city
employees and the Vanceburg Fire Department are able to get fuel for city
owned vehicles from the pump located at the utility office. He said tickets,
which should be filled out each time someone gets fuel, don’t always get
submitted causing some discrepancies.
He said nearly 1,400 gallons of fuel are
unaccounted for over the past five months. He was given approval to ask the
city for half the cost of that fuel and said he had recommended the city
look into fuel cards or getting their own fuel pump for use with city
vehicles and fire trucks.
Board members approved financial reports and
July invoices before adjourning.
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County officials present
Lewis County officials
presented their monthly activity reports during the July meeting of Lewis County
Sheriff Bill Lewis filed
his department’s report for activities from June 8, 2009, to July 13, 2009:
* Subpoenas Served
* Domestic Related Calls
* Civil Summons Served
* Felony Arrests
* Misdemeanor Arrests
* Criminal Summons
* Prisoners Transp. to
Secure Facility 365 miles
* Juveniles Transported
* DVOs and EPOs
* Court Bailiff Hours
* Auto Inspections
* Funeral Escorts
* Franchise Taxes
Lewis County Emergency
Management Director Carl Chaney reported the following activities:
* Performed all routine
administrative/office tasks as required by KyEM.
* Turned in all monthly
reports for KyEM.
* Attended a Hazmat
meeting in Fleming County.
* Attended a pipeline
safety meeting at Grayson.
* Held a mitigation
meeting at the local office.
* Attended a KyEM
meeting at Morehead.
* Working on FEMA
* Working on 911 issues.
* Working of Flood Plain
* Provided dispatch
The Lewis County E-911
Dispatch Center received a total of 493 calls for service for the following
* Sheriff’s Department
* Vanceburg Police
* Traffic Stops
* Injury Accidents
* Non-injury Accidents
Fire Department and
* Lewis Co. FD
* Camp Dix FD
* Garrison FD
* Vanceburg FD
* Firebrick FD
* Black Oak FD
* Kinniconick FD
* Tollesboro FD
* Med Corp Ambulance
Road Supervisor Dane
Howard did not file a report for the month of June.
Lewis County Jailer Tim
Underwood filed the following activity report for June 1 – 30, 2009:
* State Inmates CC/CD/CI
* Served Out
* County Inmates
* Inmates Booked In
* Average Daily Jail
* Booking, Housing,
Medical, Damaged Property $1,866.38
* Telephone Commission
* Class D/CC/CI Pay for
* Somerset Food in June $5,581.51
Traveled 900 Miles
* Casey County Detention
Center, two trips
* Blackburn Correctional
* Roederer Correctional
Underwood reported that
40 Class D inmates participated in the work program totaling 4,760 man hours.
The agencies they assisted included The Lewis County Courthouse, Justice Center,
Sheriff’s Department, City of Vanceburg, Solid Waste Program, Clean Highways
Program, Garrison Little League, Garrison Boat Docks, Tollesboro Little League,
Lewis County Historical Society, Lewis County Board of Education, Corps of
Engineers, Helen Rayburn Library, and the Black Oak, Tollesboro and Camp Dix
Areas covered by the
Clean Highways Program included Ky. Rt. 989, Garrison Lane, Indian Run, Ky. Rt.
57, Ky. Rt. 1306, Andrew Mason Road, Birchwood Lane, Garrison Boat Dock and
Hickory Hollow. A total of 269 bags of waste were picked up.
Underwood reported the
commissary account at the jail totaled $7,009.39 and the inmate account had a
balance of $6,676.44.
magistrates there had been a recent influx of inmates at the detention center
due to the roundups and that the jail van would soon need to be replaced or have
some major work performed on it.
Lewis County Animal
Control Officer Shawn Henderson reported that there were three pickups in
Vanceburg for the month of June. Drop offs totaled 15; 10 adoptions; eight
tagged; and 22 pickups.
Henderson reported that
rescue centers in Ohio are now picking up some dogs to cut down on the
euthanasia rate. He said three volunteers are now in place at the shelter and
that Wal-Mart is now furnishing all dog food to the local shelter.
County Treasurer Kathy
Dillow reported the total of all county funds for the month of June had a
beginning balance of $821,831.73 and an ending balance of $635,269.40. Receipts
for the month totaled $239,306.17 while disbursements totaled $425,868.50.
The next regular meeting
of Lewis County Fiscal Court will be at 9:30 a.m. August 10, 2009, in the third
floor courtroom of the Lewis County Courthouse.
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Webb named as candidate in special
- A longtime state representative will face a Greenup County dermatologist in an
August 25 special election for an open state Senate seat.
Robin Webb, D-Grayson, was nominated by a Democratic committee Tuesday night to
run for the spot recently vacated by Republican Charlie Borders. Borders
resigned from the Senate on July 15 to take a position with the Public Service
and Todd Eastham, a former member of the Greenup City Council, were both vying
for the Democratic nomination. The nominating committee included members of the
Democratic executive committees for Bracken, Carter, Greenup, Lewis, Mason and
Robertson counties. Those counties are in the 18th Senate District.
a lawyer, has been in the House of Representatives since 1999 and represents
Carter and Lewis counties.
a release from the state Democratic Party, Webb thanked her supporters.
represented the two most Republican counties of this district and being the
daughter of both a Republican and a Democrat, I know firsthand how to work in a
bipartisan manner to best serve the citizens of my Senate district," Webb
July18 a Republican nominating committee chose Dr. Jack Ditty, a Russell
dermatologist, as its candidate.
is at stake in the August 25 special election.
The Democrats want to regain control of the
Senate, which they lost in 2000. With Borders' departure, the Republicans hold a
20-16 majority in the Senate, with one independent and one open seat in the
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changes announced at school board meeting
Members of the Lewis County Board of Education
learned of some changes in personnel in the school system and the hiring of a
new employee at the central office during the July regular meeting last week at
the central office.
Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr. reported that
Nick Adams had been hired as Director of District Services and will work out of
the central office. Adams had previously worked with the Lewis County School
System and was most recently with the Carter County School System as principal
at West Carter High School.
Reeder announced the retirement of Belinda
Forman at the end of July, stating that she “. . . is a great co-worker and is
going to be missed.” He said duties handled by Forman will be divided among
other staff members at the central office.
Some of the other staff changes at the central
office announced by Reeder included Jamie Weddington, from principal at LCHS to
Director of Pupil Personnel and Kevin Duff, from Director of Pupil Personnel to
Director of Federal Programs.
Diane Johnson reported to board members about a
recent professional development session held for administrators and counselors.
Johnson said a representative from the US Census Bureau met with those in
attendance and discussed ways that teachers could work with students to help
educate about the upcoming census and help Lewis County to get a more accurate
count on population.
She said administrators were also given training
on recently installed computer software for the school system. Reeder noted that
concentration will now be on what attendees worked on during that session and
the need to implement what was learned.
Reeder said a site visit to Tollesboro
Elementary School was planned to see how the construction project was going and
to make sure everything would be in place there by the time classes get underway
for students on August 6.
In other business, board members approved the
second reading of 2009-2010 Policies which reflect recent changes in legislation
and a few updates; approved 2009-2010 Procedures with no major changes from the
previous version; approved a Pandemic Response Matrix to have a plan in place in
the event of a widespread health issue; approved a 25 cent increase on all lunch
and breakfast prices except reduced lunches; and approved a change order
totaling $187.48 for the Tollesboro Elementary project to add some vents and
In the Superintendent’s Report, Reeder noted
other transfers within the district including Jennie Enix to District-Wide
Secondary Instructional Coordinator; Stephanie Gastauer to District-Wide
Elementary Instructional Coordinator; Suzanne Pick, teacher at TES; Jessica
Holt, teacher at TES; Scott Sullivan, teacher at LES; Lori O’Keefe,
District-Wide Behavior Intervention Teacher; Bob Smith, LCMS Math Intervention
Teacher; Patty Owens, LCMS Reading Intervention Teacher; Tammy Ginn, TES Reading
Intervention Teacher; Sheila Ruark, GES Math Intervention Teacher; Missy Tuel,
Reading Intervention Teacher; Stacy Underwood, Math Intervention Teacher; Gigi
Mauney, Principal at LCHS; and Allen Chad Kidwell, Principal at LCMS.
Certified placements included Samantha Reams,
LCMS; Anna Davis, TES; Nicholle Routt, LES; Christel Harr and Sarah Porter, GES.
Classified resignation: Glenda Lewis as
instructional assistant. Classified hires: Johnda Wireman, athletic trainer; and
Keith Welch, computer technology maintenance technician I. Classified transfer:
Wanda Hobbs, teacher assistant at LCHS. Extra duties resignation: Kasey Nolen,
Board members approved the treasurer report and
payment of bills before adjourning.
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