December 15, 2009,
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equipment - City water lines going in at Old Trace
Ridge - York wins seat in special election - Jeffrey
Himes is candidate for Lewis County Sheriff - Council
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away with county road equipment
Authorities are on the lookout for some brazen
burglars who made off with an estimated $15,000 worth of equipment from the
Lewis County Road Department last weekend.
Lewis County Judge Executive Steve Applegate said
that sometime between quitting time on Friday, December 4, and starting time
Monday, December 7, burglars gained entry to the road department garage, loaded
a county owned trailer with equipment and drove off with the goods.
“They were bold,” Applegate said. “They
took their time and even turned the heat on to keep warm while they were
He said the burglars were apparently familiar
with the location of the equipment and the condition of it. He said they also
knew where things were located within the garage.
Applegate said the burglars broke into the
building, got a key to unlock the gate then when around behind the building
where they moved a Mack truck to get to a utility trailer which they loaded up
with the equipment from the building.
The garage is located just off the AA Highway
near Lewis County Middle School.
He said they locked the gate back and returned
the keys back when they left. They did, however, leave the heat turned on.
Applegate said workers discovered the break-in
first thing Monday and reported it to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Among the items taken from the break-in were nine
chainsaws, a welder, a battery charger, a pressure washer, a camera,
construction estimating calculators, a GPS unit and the 16 foot utility trailer.
Applegate said not all the chainsaws in the
garage were taken. The ones left behind were in need of repairs.
Applegate said that although the county has
insurance on the equipment he doesn’t expect it will cover the full
replacement cost of the items taken.
He asks that anyone who may have seen
anything during the time the burglary occurred, or who may have any
information concerning the location of any of the stolen items, to contact
the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputy Tom Polley is in charge of the
investigation into the burglary.
Deputies are also investigating a break-in at
the Kinniconick Volunteer Fire Department on December 2 and at storage units
in Tollesboro on December 7.
A spokesman said items taken from the fire
department were valued at about $7,500 and included an electric generator,
chain saw and an exhaust fan.
Nine storage units were broken into at
Tollesboro. The spokesman said the storage units are owned by Wayne and
Helen Brewer but were leased to other individuals. Some of the items taken
from the units included a 42 inch television and an antique mirror.
The spokesman said evidence has been
collected from each of the scenes and includes surveillance video.
Anyone who may have any information
concerning those break-ins or the whereabouts of any of the stolen items may
contact the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department. Callers may remain
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City water lines going in at Old Trace
By Dennis Brown
Plant Board Superintendent Eric Bloomfield last week told members of the plant
board that the utility company has worked out a deal to provide water to
residents on Old Trace Ridge.
said he had met with officials from the Rattlesnake Ridge Water District in
Grayson to discuss the possibility of the local utility company purchasing water
to provide it to residents on Old Trace Ridge.
the officials agreed to the plan and will place a master meter at the end of the
line at Walnut Grove. The local utility company will then install the lines to
the homes on Old Trace Ridge.
said that Vanceburg has water at the head of Old Trace Road but doesn’t have
the necessary pressure to reach the ridge top without installing a pump station.
The cost of such a station would be about $120,000 and wouldn’t be
economically feasible since there are so few potential customers.
expressed his gratitude to the board and management of the Rattlesnake Ridge
Water District for their cooperation in helping to get water to the residents on
Old Trace Ridge.
said residents of Old Trace Road who live between the top of Old Trace Ridge and
Walnut Grove, and interested in getting water, should contact him at the utility
updated board members on collections for delinquent accounts and said the
company has reduced its past due balance for delinquent accounts by 46
percent since January.
also discussed progress being made on the selection of an engineering firm
for the upcoming sewer project in Vanceburg. He said the project is mandated
by a court order and will include the construction of two separate systems
to service the sanitary sewer and the storm drains located beneath streets
in the city.
said utility workers met to score the proposals and the top three scoring
firms will be interviewed on December 17.
also discussed a declaration by the Environmental Protection Agency that
carbon dioxide emissions will be regulated regardless of any congressional
said the announcement by the Obama administration signals that the EPA will
use its regulatory powers to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
said that since the majority of the electricity purchased by the utility
company is produced by coal fired power plants, any type of regulatory cap
or tax on emissions from coal would have a significant impact on the rate
Vanceburg pays for electricity.
members approved financial reports and the payment of December invoices
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York wins seat in special
Grayson businesswoman Jill York won the special
election in Lewis and Carter counties last week to fill the remainder of the
term for the 96th District State Representative.
In the only race on the ballot, York, a
Republican, defeated Democrat Barry Webb 2,545 to 1,663. York carried both
Carter County and Lewis County.
The position became open after Robin Webb won a
special election in August to fill remainder of the term of Sen. Charlie
Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Borders to a
position on the Public Service Commission in July.
York carried every precinct in Lewis County
except for Tannery, garnering 843 votes to Webb’s 378. She carried Carter
County with 1,702 votes to Webb’s 1,285.
The term will end in just over a year, on
December 31, 2010.
Voter turnout was light in both counties with 13
percent of eligible Lewis County voters turning out to cast their ballots.
Turnout was slightly higher in Carter County with 16 percent voter turnout.
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Jeffrey Himes is candidate for Lewis County
Himes has announced he is a Republican Candidate for Lewis County Sheriff in the
May 2010 primary election.
as sheriff for the citizens of Lewis County would be an honor,” Himes said.
promise professional law enforcement and will be an effective voice within Lewis
County. I will get back to the basics, focus on the people of Lewis County, be
forthright and treat everyone fairly,” he said. “My focus is on Lewis County
needs and concerns.”
was born in Maysville and is one of three sons of the late Robert and Ruth Ann
Barbour Himes. His parents taught school at Garrison for several years and later
moved to Batavia, Ohio, where his mother continued to teach until her retirement
32 years later.
father taught school then became a truck driver, continuing to farm his land at
has been married to his wife, Suzanne, for 30 years.
is a former volunteer football, baseball, basketball and softball coach of more
than 20 years. He has also served as an umpire and has been a bus driver with
the Lewis County School System for 15 years.
mother always stressed the need to give back to your community and how important
a job it is to work and volunteer in programs that support our youth,” he
said. “We all make a difference to someone.”
said he has given back to the community and as sheriff will continue to support
and work on programs to make the children of Lewis County successful and better
expect a lot from our school system and teachers,” he said. “There are a lot
of stresses on parents and we need to help them for the future of our kids and
my father, I believe in honor, respect, hard work and faith in God.” Himes
said. “I strive daily to make this a part of my life.”
is a member of St. Mary’s Masonic Lodge and is a Third Degree Mason. He
attends Pine Valley Christian Church and is a graduate of Glen Este High School
Himes has announced he is a Republican candidate for Sheriff of Lewis County.
Ohio. He attended the University of Cincinnati where he received his real estate
is a nine year veteran Lewis County Sheriff’s Deputy and says his performance
as deputy sheriff have shown a track record of solving crimes, providing law
enforcement and performing services for the Lewis County Fiscal Court and courts
is a farmer and owns and operates Himes General Store and DirecTV in Tollesboro.
He is a member of the Trinity Fish and Wildlife and Tollesboro Lions Club.
has served as a commissioner on the Western Lewis Rectorville Water District
representing communities in Lewis County and helping to secure government
funding for two different water line expansion projects.
is a member of the Republican Party and formerly served as Lewis County
Republican Party Chairman.
am the candidate who will focus on Lewis County’s needs and concerns,” he
said. “I humbly ask for your vote and support in the upcoming elections.”
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hears trashy complaints
City Council met in regular session last week and discussed ways to help improve
the appearance of properties in the city.
Kennard, who serves as the city’s zoning enforcement official, said some of
the properties inside the city limits could use a little cleaning up.
cited a nuisance ordinance passed by the city in 2000 and the zoning ordinance,
which was adopted by council four months ago.
said there are properties in the city she drives past on a regular basis which
appear to be in violation of one or both of those ordinances.
told council members that there are some locations in the city where there are
old or inoperable vehicles that have been parked for extended periods of time
and in violation of the city’s ordinances.
have laws on the books that need to be enforced,” she said. “We have to do
something about it.”
said there are homes in the city where household furniture is stacked outside
and homes with trash around them. “We need to enforce these ordinances,” she
said some of the problems stem from absentee property owners. “Most of the
people who own these properties (in violation of the ordinances) don’t even
live here,” she said. “They are rental properties and they don’t keep them
up. They just collect the rent.”
not going after the renter,” she said. “I’m going after the property
said some of the properties are owned by out of town mortgage companies and it
is hard to locate who the property owner is in some cases. One of the solutions
she suggested was to charge higher city property taxes on abandoned lots.
should care about their own property,” Kennard said.
introduced some of the members of the zoning board of adjustment to council
before they were sworn in by City Attorney John Holder. Kennard said the members
are Danny McCane, Lisa Sartin, Duncan Aker, Tony Gaydos and Joni Pugh.
said board members would be meeting shortly to take up some business as outlined
by the zoning ordinance.
another matter council members discussed complaints received concerning cats in
far as being able to address the complaints, Mayor Angie Patton said there are
no city ordinances on the books addressing cat problems and that no one from the
city or county is designated as a “cat catcher”.
Gaydos addressed council concerning a sinkhole on Second Street located west of
his funeral home and a sewer smell coming from some of the drains in the
said she would contact state officials concerning the
repair since that portion of Second Street is a state maintained roadway.
told Gaydos that repairs to the city’s sewer system would be made, hopefully
within a year, when the city’s utility company makes required repairs to the
approved the purchase of a 2006 Ford Explorer from McCann Auto Sales for the
Vanceburg Police Department. Patton said the purchase price for the vehicle is
said the vehicle has 36,000 miles and is four-wheel-drive. Police Chief Joe
Billman requested the purchase of the vehicle during the November meeting,
citing a need for a four-wheel-drive vehicle during times of snow.
said the vehicle is painted red and requested an additional $1,000 to repaint
the vehicle. She said she had negotiated financing through Citizens Deposit Bank
at about six percent.
approved a bid of $10,500 from Applegate Construction of Vanceburg to make
repairs to the second floor of the building housing Hickle’s Pool Room. The
city owns the second floor of the building.
said Junior Sizemore had said it is difficult to heat the pool room area because
of holes in the floor above the pool room and damage caused from years of leaks.
Construction proposed removing interior walls on the second floor, replacing
flooring joists and stairs, and insulating the floor.
adopted a resolution to apply for funding through Kentucky’s Renaissance on
Main program for roof repairs on the George Morgan Thomas Home. Patton said
recent high winds had damaged the roof and resulted in some leaks.
said she had received some requests to place gravel or make repairs to Clint
Lane in the city. Patton said Clint Lane is not a city street but is a private
drive for what was formerly Belmont Trailer Court. She said the property owners
are responsible for the upkeep of the drive.
said the drive received a name when E-911 addressing was taking place a couple
of years ago but that it had never been adopted into the city street system.
told council she had been assisting with some job readiness classes for
Maysville Community and Technical College and Social Services for the Ready to
said one of the participants in the program excelled and would be working in the
city offices for up to 30 hours a week at no cost to the city.
announced the annual Christmas Breakfast for city employees would be held on
members approved the minutes of the previous meeting before adjourning.
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