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E-911 explained, public still
|By Al Owens
John J. Patterson from
the Kentucky Governor's Office for Technology addressed the Lewis County Fiscal Court and
the members of the public last week about establishing Enhanced 911 for the county.
Patterson said that the experience of 9-11-01 had Homeland Security aware of the need
for 911 in the nation but that it is not yet universal. He noted that 25 of Kentucky's 120
counties do not have Enhanced 911 and Lewis County is among those. Nationwide only 175
counties do not have E-911.
He added that since Congress learned that E-911 is not universal in the USA it has
started a big push to create a universal system across the country, and federal dollars
will follow that.
Patterson informed the court that House Bill 2898 in the House of Representatives is on
a quick route to passage. It will create one hundred million dollars annually for the next
five years to build enhanced 911 programs especially focusing on wireless 911. Before a
community can get wireless 911 it must have E-911.
He continued that in the Senate SB 1250 is also on the fast track.
"Both bills," he said, "enjoy a lot of bi-partisan support. The Senate
version will create $500 million annually."
Patterson explained that Lewis County has the opportunity to take advantage of some of
that seed money.
He further elaborated that the federal money is not designed to maintain a 911 program
long term but just to get the program started.
Several county residents voiced opposition to the $3.00 surcharge for E-911 that is
already appearing on their Alltel phone bills. Most poor counties with a small tax base
use the advance charge to provide the finances to buy the needed equipment and launch the
program. Patterson told the audience that the procedure usually takes from 18 to 36
Patterson stated that the process calls for finding all the county addresses and then
buying equipment to furnish the dispatch center, and that will require between $150,000 to
$250,000. After that the program must be maintained and that is the reason for the advance
However, he expressed the opinion that a
$3.00 monthly charge probably would not maintain the program. He said that Fleming County
has E-911 has just upped their monthly charge to $4.00.
Patterson recommended that Lewis County go into partnership with another county or
agency in order to afford E-911. He mentioned partnerships with the Kentucky State Police
or Greenup, Fleming, Mason, Rowan or Carter Counties. As a matter of fact he emphasized
that his message was "partnerships."
Regarding partnerships Patterson strongly recommended the establishment of a regional
board and that the county makes sure it has equal representation on that board and not to
enter a landlord-tenant relationship.
He explained that with Basic 911 the dispatcher must depend on the caller to tell the
location of any emergency. With Enhanced 911 the calling instrument gives the dispatch the
location of the caller. He said that in an emergency seconds or minutes can reduce
response time that translates into lives saved.
In addition to that he told the Court that in an emergency where the victim can't
communicate with the dispatcher the emergency personnel would still know where to find the
caller. That would involve such cases as a heart attack, someone choking, a diabetic
emergency, a woman in the process of being battered or a person being robbed.
Members of the public expressed apprehension about the program and its expense citing
Alltel's poor phone lines and maintenance and the fact that wireless phones just don't
work well in Lewis County and in some places not at all.
Magistrate Stanfield pointed out that wireless phones don't do well in the community
because of a lack of microwave towers that relay the signals.
Patterson advised the court that if Lewis County now ignores Washington that sooner or
later someone will come down to establish 911 in the county and local control will be
Judge Applegate told the public attending the meeting that currently the Court is in
the discussion phase regarding E-911.
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Magistrates hear more road
|By Al Owens
in regular session Monday, October 13, the Lewis County Fiscal Court heard complaints from
Orville Dyer about a slip on Rock Run Road.
Dyer contends that the road is dangerous for residents as well as for a school bus and
told the Court that two men with a truck and a backhoe could fix the problem.
He addressed his remarks to all the magistrates and that drew a reaction from First
District Magistrate Milt Stanfield.
Stanfield said, "You address all of us and you're not in my district. I check my
roads and the other boys do, too. And you're telling us how to fix it and that is that
man's (pointing to Road Foreman Dane Howard) job."
First District Magistrate Keith Chapman stated that since the magistrates took office
at the beginning of their term they have wanted to upgrade Rock Run Road. County Judge
Executive Steve Applegate echoed that sentiment.
Chapman further explained that the county government and the road crew have had a
terrible year because of the ice storm and the Spring flooding.
Applegate said that the road crew has worked many hours overtime just trying to give
people access to their homes after the floods.
He told Dyer that they would try to correct the problem as soon as possible.
Dyer also presented a petition with nearly 150 signatures on it asking that the road be
Lewis County Attorney Clayton "Buddy" Lykins, Jr., gave first reading to the
Countywide Juvenile Curfew Ordinance and the magistrates accepted the first reading.
Chapman made the motion to accept the reading and commented that a few people he had
talked to opposed the ordinance but the majority of the folk favored it.
The ordinance stipulates that minors under 18 years of age cannot be out unless with
their parents or guardians, are on an errand for their parents or are on their way to or
from an event one hour before or after that event between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00
a.m. Sunday through Thursday, or between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
However, law enforcement officers cannot randomly stop and check vehicles to enforce
the curfew. They must have a reason to stop the vehicle such as speeding by the driver or
some indication of a law violation.
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Orville Dyer of Rock Run addresses the Fiscal Court about
repairs on the road that creates a danger to residents and school buses.
Sheriff Bill Lewis said that the ordinance would not affect law-abiding youth but is
designed to deal with those that continually break the law or who are involved with drugs.
Lykins then gave second reading to the ordinance establishing a County Cemetery Board,
and the Court adopted that ordinance. That action clears the way for the Court to apply
for matching state funds to maintain county cemeteries that are not funded.
Turning to new business Applegate proclaimed Saturday, October 25, as Make A Difference
Day and asks the public to support the local AmeriCorps and provide cans of beef stew for
the needy in the area. Local collection points are at Garrison Elementary, the Lewis
County Middle School and local grocery stores.
The court moved to donate $250 to the Lewis County DARE Program.
The magistrates also moved to continue with the procedures to adopt Lynn Wood Place
into the county road system.
Judge Applegate announced that Thursday night, October 30, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., has
been designated as Halloween Trick-Or-Treat night in the county. That is the same time set
by the city of Vanceburg.
Applegate announced that the next regular session of the Lewis County Fiscal Court will
be on Monday, November 10, at 9:30 a.m., in the third floor courtroom in the Lewis County
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Lewis County man charged with arson
|The Lewis County Sheriff's Department is investigating the
apparent intentional burning of three buildings in western Lewis County.
Snedegar said two barns were destroyed by fire last Tuesday and a third building on
Wednesday. A suspect was arrested late Wednesday and charged with three counts of arson.
Snedegar said the first barn, belonging to David Lanthorn of Burlington, was reported
on fire at about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday. As firefighters battled that blaze, a little over an
hour late a second barn, belonging to Adrian Craig of Mr. Olivet, was report on fire. Both
barns were located on Crooked Creek.
On Wednesday, an outbuilding on Sand Hill, belonging to Kim Ellis of Sand Hill, was
reported on fire at about 5:40 p.m.
This is what remained last week of a structure following an
apparent arson attack on buildings in western Lewis County.
Damage is evident to this barn on Crooked Creek following a
fire there last week. In all, three buildings were destroyed in two days as the result of
an apparent arson.
Snedegar said the investigation into possible arsonist-assisted blazes was begun and a
Snedegar said that through the investigation and with the assistance of area residents,
Kevin Wills, 32, was located at about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday and charged with three counts of
second degree arson, and lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center.
Snedegar was assisted in the investigation by Deputy Tom Polley, Sheriff Bill Lewis,
Tollesboro Fire Department, Constable David Lancaster and KSP Arson Investigator Tim
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Accidents under investigation
|Authorities are investigating two separate accidents last
week resulting in injuries to two Lewis County residents.
Deputy Dwayne Stone is
investigating an accident at about 3:20 p.m. Friday at the intersection of the AA Highway
and the Grayson Spur.
Stone said a 2002 Ford pickup, operated by Kevin Bloomfield, 27, of St. Paul, was
traveling west on the AA highway when a tractor-trailer, operated by Nicholas Moraza of
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was approaching the highway on the Grayson Spur.
Stone said the tractor-trailer pulled into the path of the pickup and Bloomfield
swerved to the right to avoid striking the semi, went off the roadway, struck a cliff and
overturned, coming to rest on its top.
Bloomfield was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio, for
Deputy Mark Snedegar is investigating a single vehicle accident Wednesday on McDowell
A Vanceburg man was injured in this car vs. tree accident
last week on McDowell. The driver apparently lost control in a curve.
Snedegar said the accident happened about 9:30 p.m. as an auto, operated by Kippy Clark
Jr., 18, of Vanceburg, was traveling north on the roadway.
Snedegar said Clark apparently failed to negotiate a curve, went off the roadway and
struck a tree. Clark was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center.
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