|By Al Owens
Meeting in regular
session the Vanceburg City Council heard a report regarding adult education in the
Ann Reeder, Adult Education Manager for the Maysville Community and Technical College,
told the council that the school has been awarded the contract for adult education in
Lewis County for the year 2005. She said she has completed all the necessary paperwork to
get the program started.
The organization is looking for space to rent to conduct the program and will be
advertising for bids for rental space in the near future.
Reeder says two full time instructor positions and one part time will be needed.
Application notices for those jobs will be published through the college news page and the
Department of Employment Services. The positions require a bachelor's degree.
She told the council she was at the meeting just to inform the mayor and the council
members so they would know whats going on in adult education if someone should have
any questions. Reeder said that she could be contacted by phone at 606-759-7141, extension
66163 if anyone needs any information.
She said the program will feature the virtual adult education online service, financial
aid, GED studies, preparation for post secondary training and work force training.
Fire Chief James "Bubbles" Switzer attended the meeting with good news for
the council. He said that ISO has informed him by letter that the public protection
classification for the city has been improved from a class six rating to a class five
classification. That rating goes into effect on November 1 this year. After that the
residents of Vanceburg should see a reduction in their homeowner insurance rates.
Switzer told the council that the fire department has already started work to further
reduce the classification to a class four rating. He expressed his gratitude to the mayor
and city council for their help and support in making the classification reduction
Mayor William T. "Bill Tom" Cooper then commended Switzer and the members of
the fire department for their efforts in upgrading the department so the ratings could be
|Tammy Cooley representing People's Self Help
Housing presented the city council with a check for $1,000 from the Green Street
Apartments. PSHH manages the apartment complex for the city.
The mayor informed the
council that all the businesses wanting to be annexed to the city have signed the
necessary paper work except one. He referred to John Clark who owns the Bulk Plant
buildings in town. Clark has been out of town but is expected to sign the paper work this
The mayor said that a recessed meeting would be called at Noon on Friday, August 6, for
the reading of the legislation to establish the annexation.
The annexation will also include Ginn's Plumbing, Ginn's Hardware, Chigger's, the
Tobacco Barn, Jimmy's Car Wash, Foodland and Lykins Oil.
The council moved to authorize the mayor to purchase some additional Dumpsters with
funds from the contingency fund if necessary.
The mayor announced that the insurance money from the wrecked garbage truck has been
received. The old packer has been repaired and painted, and he is looking for another
truck to install it on so the city can have a backup unit when needed. The city council
authorized that action at last month's regular session.
Councilman Roy Lawson called attention to several phone calls he has received about
young people hanging out at the boat docks after hours. Council member Brenda Lykins said
she has also received complaints about the same thing.
The mayor said that Police Chief Joe Billman has reported that most of those young
people are 18-years-old or over, and that some of them are college students home for the
summer. They mostly just play basketball and go skateboarding. The police patrol the area
on a regular basis.
Cooper noted the recent passing of former Vanceburg Mayor Pat Cooper and lauded his
performance in office. He said that the former mayor found a way to do a lot of good
things in spite of limited funds.
The meeting was recessed until noon on Friday, August 6.