November 9, 2010,
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to be Mayor - Council hears plea for city cleanup
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be new Judge Exec; Ruckel to be Mayor
County voters chose a judge executive last week while voters in Vanceburg put
some new faces in city hall.
percent of Lewis Countians eligible to vote in last week’s General Election
cast ballots for candidates ranging from US Senator to several candidates who
were unopposed in their bid for office. Statewide, 49 percent of voters
participated in the election.
the contested races on the ballot was the one for Lewis County Judge Executive.
Thomas Massie defeated incumbent Steve Applegate in the Primary Election and
faced Anita Gilbert last week. Massie received 74 percent of the vote and will
assume the county’s highest elected office on January 3.
Three Magistrate Paul Bruce Swearingen, who won in the primary by one vote, will
retain his seat after garnering 34 more votes than challenger Danny McCane in
the General Election.
Elam, Jerry Bloomfield and Bill Bertram were selected as Soil and Water
Conservation Supervisors from a field of five candidates.
Ruckel won as Mayor of Vanceburg over Angie Patton. Ruckel received 71 percent
of the nearly 500 votes cast in that race.
in Vanceburg also chose to replace three members of Vanceburg City Council.
Karen Fraley, Charles Hall and Shane Hull were elected to council seats and will
serve with returning members Denver Moore, Matt Jarrells and Joni Pugh.
Polley was unopposed in his bid as Mayor of Concord while the four Concord
Commission seats went to Sheila Walker, Lynda Polley, Jerry Walker and Carol
in Lewis County gave Tea Party candidate Rand Paul 69 percent of the vote
over Jack Conway. Paul won statewide with 56 percent.
District US Representative Geoff Davis retained his seat with 69 percent of
the vote in the district. Seventy-eight percent of Lewis County’s voters
chose Davis over challenger John Waltz.
Senate candidate Jack Ditty carried Lewis County with 53 percent of the
vote. Incumbent Robin Webb, however, received 53 percent of the vote of the
six county total to retain her seat.
Representative Jill York carried both Lewis and Carter counties. York
received 76 percent of the vote in Lewis County and won the combined vote
with 58 percent.
recap of the Lewis County election results appears this week on page 10.
local races were decided in the May Primary with candidates running
unopposed in the General Election. They included Anthony Silvey for PVA,
Thomas M. Bertram for County Attorney, Glenda Himes for County Clerk, Johnny
Bivens for Sheriff, Chris McCane for Jailer, Tony Gaydos for Coroner,
Michael Ruggles for County Surveyor, Milt Stanfield for District One
Magistrate, David Lancaster for District One Constable, Aaron Gilbert for
District Two Constable, Joe Bentley for District Three Magistrate, Larry
Colley for District Three Constable, Brian McCloud for District Judge, Larry
Kegley for District One Board of Education, Robert Kennard for District Two
Board of Education and Sarah Willis for District Three Board of Education.
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hears plea for city cleanup
By Dennis Brown
Two new members of the
Renaissance on Main Committee were sworn in last week during a regular session
of Vanceburg City Council.
City Attorney John Holder read
the oath of office to George M. Plummer and Ben Harrison. The two were
introduced by Renaissance on Main Coordinator Patty Kennard.
After the brief ceremony,
Kennard addressed council concerning conditions in the city.
Kennard said she had heard that
city workers haven’t kept the city’s public areas in as good of condition as
Kennard said a few years ago
there were 10 to 12 state class D inmates working five days a week for the city.
She said the inmates, who are released from jail to work for non-profit and
government agencies, helped to mow rights-of-way in the city limits and helped
to maintain the streets and buildings as well as the city’s three parks.
“As of today, November 1, the
county houses 49 county inmates and only five of those are state inmates,” she
told council members.
Kennard explained that the
number of county inmates has increased, leaving less room for the county
detention center to house state inmates. With fewer state inmates to assist
there is less manpower available to assist city workers.
“The city has not been able to
have state inmates all summer and it is almost impossible for three city
employees to mow, pick up trash and keep the green areas clean of rubbish,”
“We don’t have the help and
we don’t have the revenue to hire anyone,” she said.
Kennard said in most cities it
is the responsibility of property owners to keep the areas around their homes
and lots free to trash and junk, and to keep sidewalks adjoining their
“We have some property owners
that do just that and make their property a showplace,” she said.
“However, we have a few
property owners that do not care and it devalues the property of those who do
care,” she added.
Kennard said citations have been
given to the offending property owners and the problem is straightened out . . .
for a while.
“I believe that we all have
the right to peace and tranquility on our own property. However, what you do to
your property on the outside, good or bad, affects your neighbors’
property,” she told council.
Kennard cited instances of
people in the city limits who have chickens, move them out of the city for a
while after receiving a citation, then moving them back. She also mentioned a
property that has evolved into a “junk yard”.
Kennard credited Mayor Angie
Patton, Judge Executive Steve Applegate and Buffalo Trace ADD for working over
the past two-and-a-half years to acquire funding to tear down and clean up the
old shoe factory building.
She also displayed a copy of Vanceburg’s nuisance ordinance and said many of
the problems are addressed in the ordinance. She added that taking the offenders
to court is only a short term solution to the problem and any fines levied go to
state coffers and do not benefit the city.
Patton agreed that money is
tight and noted a recent repair bill of $3,500 for the aging trash packer
trucks. Both of the trucks were broken down at the same time, she said.
“More people need to come to
council meetings and help to clean up this town,” Kennard said.
Vanceburg resident Charles
Stapleton addressed council concerning medical waste he has found along city
streets during his walks.
Stapleton said he has found
discarded I.V. kits, sterile swabs, catheterization kits and more all around
Vanceburg Police Chief Joe
Billman said that unless the discarded items have identification of some
sort printed on them, it would be hard to catch the people throwing these
Patton said anyone finding
discarded medical waste should contact the police department and officers
will pick the items up and properly dispose of them.
Stapleton also asked if any more
had been found out concerning a request he had made to council earlier to
assist in mowing at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Patton said she had spoken with
officials at the Kentucky League of Cities and was told that expending money
on maintaining the cemetery could be a misuse of public funds. She added she
would be in favor of helping out in maintaining the historic cemetery in any
way legally possible.
In other business, council
adopted a resolution to accept Ky. Rt. 2525 as a city street. The state
route runs from the intersection of Ky. Rt. 8 down Main Street then east on
Second Street to the railroad tracks.
Patton said the city will accept
the roadway after a sewer upgrade project is completed and the road surface
has been replaced by the state. She said four catch basins will also be
replaced by the state before the road is turned over to the city for
Council approved submitting a
pre-application for a Rural Development Grant to pay 75 percent of the cost
of purchasing two new police cruisers for the city.
Patton said the cost of the new,
completely outfitted cruisers is $26,000 each. The grant, if approved, would
pay $39,000 of the $52,000 total cost. She said for $13,000 the city could
have two new cruisers to replace older high-mileage cruisers.
Billman said the older cruisers,
a 2002 model and a 2005 model, are breaking down frequently and require
extensive repair bills.
He said he would like to replace
one with a standard cruiser and the other with a four-wheel-drive Ford
Explorer. The Explorer, he said, is priced the same as the standard cruiser.
Patton updated council members
on the recent replacement of dumpsters at several businesses.
She said the older dumpsters had
rusted out on the bottoms and had become unusable. Six dumpsters, ranging in
size from two cubic yards to six cubic yards, were replaced at a cost of
Council adopted 2010 property
tax rates and approved the minutes of the previous meeting.
Council entered closed session
to discuss an employee matter and the possible sale of property. No action
was taken when returning to open session.
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to get thermal cameras
The Kentucky Office of
Homeland Security (KOHS) has awarded a $72,000 State Homeland Security Grant to
Buffalo Trace Area Development District for the purchase of thermal imagery
cameras, Gov. Steve Beshear announced last week.
Three Lewis County fire
departments will receive new equipment as a result of the award.
“Homeland Security grants
are a vital component in helping keep the Commonwealth safe and secure,”
Beshear said. “They provide funds that enable our first responders to have the
latest and best tools needed in their critical missions.”
Pending approval from the
Buffalo ADD board of directors, the cameras will be for following volunteer fire
departments: Germantown in Bracken County; Mount Carmel and Tilton in Fleming
County; Garrison, Lewis County, and Kinniconick in Lewis County;
Washington/Maysville in Mason County; and Robertson County.
“I am always pleased when
Buffalo Trace Area Development District receives funds,” said state Sen. Robin
Webb. “It is especially gratifying when that money is for equipment for our
first responders. It is important that we provide them with the tools they need
to do their jobs safely and more effectively as they protect and serve our
When emergency workers
respond to a search and rescue call, every minute counts,” said state Rep.
Jill York. “I’m pleased this Homeland Security grant will allow the purchase
of thermal imaging cameras that will aid in search and rescue operations in
Awards are for U.S.
Department of Homeland Security-approved equipment for law enforcement, fire and
emergency services, plus event-burdened search and rescue agencies. Items funded
included mobile and portable radios, base stations, mobile-data computers, radio
repeaters, community warning systems, bomb squad accessories, water-rescue
apparatus, hazardous-materials response gear, surveillance devices, and medical
In all, 262 applications
requesting $31.7 million were received for this funding cycle. KOHS was able to
fund 140 projects totaling $6.4 million throughout the state. Some applications
received were referred to the Commercial Radio Service Board or filed for later
consideration when new technologies become available, which will make the grants
more cost effective, said Tom Preston, KOHS executive director.
“We aggressively pursue
increased safety and security in the best interest of all Kentuckians and our
state’s visitors when recommending grants,” he emphasized. “We do so
through a rather complex formula system in order to maximize effectiveness.”
A peer review group first
established baseline rankings for applications, emphasizing the state’s
homeland security strategy plan. Before projects receive final funding, the
process demands multiple compliance assurances, inspections and guarantees for
each dollar allocated.
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supplier to add jobs
Flemingsburg auto parts supplier announced an expansion of its business and the
addition of 33 new jobs.
Toyo Seat USA in Flemingsburg announced the company will expand its operations.
The automotive supplier is investing more than $4.7 million.
“Kentucky is once again pleased to support the growth of one of our existing
automotive suppliers,” Gov. Beshear said in a press release. “Toyo Seat is a
longstanding corporate citizen and its presence and success not only provides
valuable jobs for the Flemingsburg community, but helps to further enhance the
Commonwealth’s position as a prime destination for automotive-related
Seat USA, a manufacturer of automotive seats and seat parts, began operations in
Flemingsburg in 1995. The company plans to add a new line to produce seat
components for the Honda Odyssey minivan in its 132,000 square-foot
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved Toyo
Seat USA for tax incentives up to $825,000 through the Kentucky Business
Investment program. The performance-based incentive can be earned over a 15-year
period through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments.
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Grant will help clean up
The state on Friday
announced that about $1.7 million in grant funding has been awarded from the
Kentucky Pride Fund for cleanup of 167 illegal dumps in 28 counties, including
Participating counties agree to provide a 25 percent match for the cleanup of
illegal dumps costing less than $50,000 to clean up. The state might waive the
25 percent match on any individual illegal open dumps costing more than $50,000
The Kentucky Pride
Fund is the first legislated and ongoing source of state funding for dump
cleanup. Illegal dump cleanup has been conducted in Kentucky for several years,
using primarily county and federal money.
Senate Bill 50,
which became effective in 2006, changed the illegal open dump reimbursement
program to a grant program.
These counties received grants: Breathitt, Breckinridge, Clay, Garrard, Grant,
Hardin, Hart, Henderson, Hopkins, Jackson, Lee, Leslie, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan,
Marion, Mason, Meade, Nelson, Owsley, Powell, Rockcastle, Spencer, Warren,
Washington, Wayne, Whitley and Wolfe.
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