The City of Whitesburg is in the early stages of developing sewer projects in Craft’s Colly and Mayking that should save the city large amounts of money in water treatment costs in the future.
Benny Hamilton, an offi- cial with the Kentucky River Area Development District (KRADD) in Hazard, told the Whitesburg City Council he has been looking for funding to extend city sewer lines into the Craft’s Colly area, but said the best way to approach the issue is to get it placed in the state budget as a line item project.
Mayor James Wiley Craft said the city has a $500,000 grant to begin working on the Craft’s Colly project and that the city is also interested in extending sewer lines into those parts of Mayking served by city water.
Abby Jones of Nesbitt Engineering told the council she had spoken with Craft about securing funding to extend sewer lines as far as Mayking Mall. Jones added that Nesbitt’s fundraising specialists are looking for funding for the sewer line extension and will continue to look for funding to expand the city water treatment plant.
Hamilton also asked the council to participate with the Letcher County Board of Education and the Letcher County Fiscal Court in a project to obtain $500,000 to help secure funding for a proposed vocational/technical training center for county schools. Hamilton said the city would serve as fiscal agent for the grant but would be under no financial obligations. He said the training center had been originally planned as a vocational center but because of the possibility of providing targeted training for a federal prison or other job creation opportunities for the county, its purpose had been expanded.
“This has become a training facility for targeting business as well as a vocational school,” said Hamilton.
Craft assured the council the city would have no financial obligations on the Community Development Block Grant and described the relationship as similar to one in which the fiscal court had agreed to act as fiscal agent for the city in its purchase of a tanker/pumper fire truck and then turn the truck over to the city.
In other business:
• Council member Larry Everidge conducted the first reading of the Mayor’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2010– 2011. Mayor Craft asked the council to review the $1,571,065 budget and to be ready to vote on it at the next meeting.
• Craft also told the council the budget includes a $4,000 per year salary increase for whoever is elected mayor in the fall elections. Craft said the salary increase will not be implemented during his current term but will go into effect when the new mayor goes into office.
• The council voted to declare surplus a 1995 Ford Crown Victoria, which had served as the fire chief’s car since it was bought.