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City Council discusses bids
|By Al Owens
in regular session last week the Vanceburg City Council moved to authorize Phil Kennedy,
Superintendent of the Electric Plant Board of the City of Vanceburg, to apply for a grant
through Kentucky Rural Development. The grant would be applied to the Water Line Extension
Kennedy told the council that the project is estimated at about $858,000. It would
extend water lines to Hackworth Hollow, Big Salt Lick, Toller Hollow, Scotts Branch and
Fingerboard Road. It would include a new well at Black Oak and repair to a slip that
threatens the water tank on Salt Lick. He said that the geo-tech people had checked the
slip and had determined that the tank is not currently in danger.
Kennedy surmised that the project would be approved in about two years after going
through all the procedures to acquire the necessary funding.
He also informed the council that he has plans to upgrade the sewer at some time in the
future. That plan would cover five or six years.
Kennedy said that some of the sewer infrastructure has been in Vanceburg since the
Local businessman Roger Jahn appeared before the council to request that an additional
license to sell malt beverages in Vanceburg be permitted.
Mayor William T. "Bill Tom" Cooper told Jahn that action would require
changing the current ordinance that allows eight licenses. All eight are taken.
Councilman Tim Bowden said that he feels the ordinance is sufficient as it is. He also
expressed concern about a church and a city park being so near the site on Front Street
known as the River View Restaurant.
Bowden told Jahn and the council that the last time a business requested that the
number of licenses be increased the public voiced a great deal of opposition to that move.
|He also stated that he fears if
the number of licenses permitted were increased the opposition would mount a push to put a
vote to make the city totally dry onto the ballot and the city would loose all its
licenses for the sale of beer and liquor.
No council member made a motion and the
request died for lack of a motion.
The council granted Mayor Cooper the authority to pursue interim financing for the
Renaissance project of renovating the old Commercial Hotel. The city has received a
Renaissance grant for $250,000 for that work but to get it started the city has to borrow
the money and then the grant pays it back. Cooper will borrow the money from the local
bank that offers the lowest interest rate.
The council also authorized the mayor to spend up to the amount of money permitted by
the Procurement Code without having to call a special meeting every time a purchase needed
to be made for that project. The action applies only to the Hotel Project.
The Procurement Code permits spending up to $20,000 without having to go through the
Council member Brenda Lykins reminded the council that the city has done this before,
and it will help expedite the construction work. The mayor will provide the council with
detailed records of all funds spent for the project.
Mayor Cooper announced that this year's Christmas Breakfast will be held at the City
Building at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 19.
He also called attention to the city's Christmas tree in the Council Chamber. This year
the tree has a red, white and blue star on the top and sports a red, white and blue
The mayor told the council that bids for the new fire truck came in at $144,000 and
$153,000. Vanceburg Fire Chief James "Bubbles" Switzer has been asked to
negotiate with the dealers and to compare the specs of the different vehicles before a
decision to purchase is final.
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Break-in attempted at Tollesboro
|The Lewis County Sheriff's
Department is investigating an attempted break-in last week at the Tollesboro Primary Care
Sheriff Bill Lewis said that at about 10 p.m. Monday, three individuals
approached the front door of the facility and forced their way through that door into a
vestibule. They then broke a glass in the second door, setting off an audible alarm.
Lewis said the three fled toward a nearby field, part of the Tollesboro Industrial
Park, where they apparently had their vehicle parked.
A witness apparently noticed the suspects getting into a small black auto, possibly a
Mustang, and proceeded west on the AA Highway.
The witness notified
authorities on a cellular phone and attempted to follow the vehicle, but lost sight near a
connector road at Plumville.
Lewis said nothing was taken from the clinic and deputies are reviewing videotapes of
Deputy Tom Polley is continuing the investigation. Anyone with any additional
information should call the Lewis County Sheriff's Office at 606-796-2912.
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Accident under investigation
|Authorities are investigating an accident last
week resulting in injuries to a Lewis County resident.
According to Deputy Johnny
Bivens, Roscoe Egbert, 27, of Quincy, was traveling east on Ky. Rt. 8 near Dam Road, at
the Lewis-Greenup County Line, last Wednesday at about 11:40 p.m. when he apparently lost
control of his vehicle, went off the left side of the roadway, crossed the eastbound lane,
went over and embankment, and struck a ditch.
|Bivens said Egbert's vehicle then traveled
about 178 feet before striking a headwall at Dam Road and Route 8. The vehicle then went
airborne, finally coming to rest in the roadway.
Deputy Johnny Bivens continues to
investigate the incident. He was assisted at the scene by Deputy Mark Sendegar along with
the Firebrick and Garrison Volunteer Fire Departments.
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Downtown Vanceburg is all lit up for the holiday
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