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12 professions will pay more to work in city

Licensing fees for some professions will go up in the City of Whitesburg in the coming year. Council member Perry Fowler conducted the first reading of a new ordinance which will raise the license fees at the December meeting of the Whitesburg City Council.

Professions affected the new fees are:

• Architect – from $75 to $200. . Attorney – from $75 to $300.

• Accountant – from $75 to $300.

• Civil, mining, or electrical engineers – from $75 to $300.

• Chiropodists – from $75 to $300.

• Chiropractors – from $75 to $300.

• Dentists – from $75 to $300.

• Optometrists – from $75 to $300. .

• Physicians – from $75 to $300.

• Surgeons – from $75 to $300.

• Hospital administrators – from $75 to $150.

• Veterinarians – from $75 to $200.

Fees for other licenses will remain at the same level. Chiropractors, dietitians, osteopaths, opticians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, medical technicians, and XRay technicians will see no increase in their license fees resulting from Ordinance 2008-15.

In other business, the council voted to extend the contracts for both the wastewater plant and the Whitco water line construction to enable contractors to finish without incurring penalties. Kevin Howard of Pikeville-based Summit Engineering made the recommendation that the contract period for Smith Contractors be extended by 45 days until January 11, 2009. After January 11, Smith Contractors will be fined $800 per day until the work is complete. H20 Contractors will receive a 75-day extension because its contract was amended to include extending water lines to the Parkway Motel and now includes an area slightly past the original plan. Howard said he recommended giving the longer extension to H20 due to the extra work. He added that he felt that 75 days for Smith Contractors would be “a bit excessive” but praised the work it has completed.

“These guys have done a tremendous job,” said Howard. “It’s a class job right down to nuts and bolts. Because they worked so hard I recommend we grant them a 45-day extension.”

The council voted unanimously to follow Howard’s recommendations in each case. Howard also told the council that pipeline hook-ups will begin in the Whitco area after the Christmas holidays and that construction crews will need to go into people’s yards to complete the work.

“People’s yards may be disturbed after Christmas,” said Howard.

Howard also requested an adjustment in Summit’s contract of $20,000 to pay for extra work the company performed on a water line extension to the Parkway Motel and beyond. Mayor James Wiley Craft said the money has already been allocated as part of the original contract and the council approved the amendment unanimously.

Mayor Craft told the council he will call a special meeting to conduct a reading of all the annexation ordinances resulting from surveys conducted by Letcher County Surveyor Richard Hall. Craft said the ordinances would be quite long and would unnecessarily delay the regular meeting. Hall told the council that his survey of the Parkway Motel extension is almost finished and will add 14 or 15 new homes to the city. Hall said the homeowners who wish to join the city are enthusiastic, but said that he had to survey around several homes whose owners didn’t wish to be included in the city or did not respond. Mayor Craft said all annexations were done by request of the homeowners and that the city also picked up eight homes in Little Dry Fork and 71 additional acres as well.

Jim Walker of Nesbitt Engineering reported to the council and said that bids had been opened on December 2 for the utilities relocation project that will accompany the bridge widening project on Route 15 in West Whitesburg. Craft said the project is funded by the state and will not cost the city anything. Craft also said that all environmental studies have been completed on the pedestrian bridge and the project is cleared to proceed and asked if there is anything he can do to expedite the project.

Jeff Kilgore of Veolia Water reported that Veolia workers no longer have to perform TDS, or total dissolved solids, tests on a daily basis and have been allowed to go back to performing the tests on a quarterly basis. The tests were mandated by the state because of the water pollution situation but have been relaxed.

In the Mayor’s Report, Craft asked that a committee be formed to administer the Brownfields Grant written by Letcher County writer Sam Adams for cleanup of the old Comcast Building and suggested council member Perry Fowler, retired MCHC official Carl B. Banks, and Whitesburg businessman Joel Beverly. The council approved the committee unanimously.

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