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ATV’s, COVID-19 are Jenkins topics


Safety issues concerning all-terrain vehicle riders on city streets was once again one of the main topics of discussion among Jenkins City Council members.

Council Member Ernestine Hill said during the council’s July meeting that she constantly sees riders on city streets who are not wearing helmets. Hill said that most of the riders she sees are under age and riding without a helmet is the most dangerous thing they can do.

Mayor Todd Depriest agreed and said city police officers have been following riders home and talking to their parents about rider safety.

Depriest added that the city had planned a COVID 19 testing event in the city park with Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, but the recent outbreak in the disease in Bell County had made it necessary to move the testing there. He said Jenkins and Letcher County are doing pretty well in following Centers for Disease Control guidelines and he hopes that will continue.

After years of waiting, residents of the left-hand fork of Marshall’s Branch will see action on extending water lines. A bond forfeiture by the coal company that mined the area has allowed for the city to move forward with extending new lines to the area. The Left Beaver Mineral Project will go to bid as soon as the Kentucky Department of Water approves the plans. Paul Nesbitt of Nesbitt Engineering told the council via a Zoom conference call that funding is in place, and the project is ready to go when permission is granted. City Attorney Randall Tackett read the resolution authorizing the project and the council voted unanimously to approve. The council also approved a contract for professional services with Nesbitt Engineering.

The Little Shepherd Amphitheater in Jenkins will open the 2020 season on Saturday evening, July 11.

The opening date was originally set for June 11, but was moved back for safety purposes. Councilman Rick Damron announced the opening and told the council that seating will be arranged to accommodate social distancing. Showtime is 8 p.m.

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