By Dennis Brown
Vanceburg City Council met in
regular session last week and heard information concerning a proposed fire
department/community center for the city.
Buffalo Trace ADD Economic
Development Director Kevin Cornette addressed council and reviewed a request for
site proposals concerning the project.
Cornette said he had recently
attended a meeting in Frankfort concerning the project and said the available
grant for the project is a $500,000 maximum amount with no matching funds
needed. He explained the city is eligible for full funding because of the
percentage of low-to-moderate income residents recorded by the 2000 Census.
Cornette said he estimated the
cost of the construction for the facility at about $350,000, leaving about
$150,000 for land acquisition, design, appraisal and administrative costs. He
said the facility will likely call for three double bays which would accommodate
He explained that if Vanceburg
property owners had suitable land for sale they would make proposals to the city
and the proposals would receive points based on various criteria.
Proposals would be scored
based on the size and shape of the property, access to the property, cost of the
property, site preparation costs and cost of providing utilities to the
Cornette said the property, at
least 1.5 acres and no more than four acres, must be located in the city limits
and must have road access. He said utilities must be available to the site, it
must be outside of the 100 year flood plain and must not have any known
environmental cleanup issues.
Cornette explained that the
property purchase would be voluntary, that the seller would be willingly
conveying the property to the city at or below fair market value. He said the
city could take an option on the property but could not acquire the property
until the grant is approved.
He said an advertisement for a
project architect had already been placed, saying that the architect should be
on board by the time of site selection.
Proposal packets for
interested property owners are available at the city’s administrative offices
on Second Street in Vanceburg.
Cornette said the Vanceburg
Fire Department has also applied for a grant of $500,000 which could be used
in conjunction with the project and the status would be known in the next
several weeks. He said, however, that the grant is geared more toward urban
fire departments with a full time staff.
Council members discussed
possible locations for the project and where fire trucks will be housed. The
primary concern is keeping fire equipment located both north and south of
CSX railroad tracks in the event of a fire while a train is on the tracks.
Council adopted a resolution
authorizing filing for a Community Development Block Grant for the proposed
Tammy Cooley, with People’s
Self-Help Housing, attended the meeting to present council with a report
concerning city-owned apartments which are managed by PSHH. Cooley said
$1,000 in excess monies is being turned over to the city with mortgage
payments totaling $8,336.20 sent to Kentucky Housing Corporation.
Of the original $427,200 loan
at zero percent interest, $74,691.47 has been paid. The loan matures on June
Council talked briefly about a
proposal for city police officers to take cruisers home with them while they
are off duty.
Mayor Angie Patton said
security of the cruisers is a primary concern and the off duty officers
could keep an eye on them while they aren’t in service. Further discussion
on the matter was tabled until more information and a review of policies
from other cities had been reviewed.
Council authorized a municipal
order which establishes the city as a drug free workplace. Patton said a
$500 savings would be realized off workers compensation insurance premiums.
Patton said a similar policy was already in place and the municipal order
was more in line with what insurance carriers were looking for.
Council authorized a request
to obtain monthly financial/transaction reports from the city owned utility
company for review.
The meeting was recessed until
Noon on August 18 when a zoning hearing will take place along with a
scheduled second reading of the city’s proposed zoning ordinance.