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County to spend $109,950 on new skateboard park




Skateboard enthusiasts in Letcher County will soon have a new place to practice their sport.

Letcher County Fiscal Court this week awarded a $109,950 contract to American Ramp Company to build a “Pro Series” skateboard park that includes half-pipes, rails, and other skateboard challenges. The new park, to be known as the Letcher County Skateboard Park, will be located near West Whitesburg Middle School.

The court took the action during a special meeting Monday morning after accepting American Ramp’s Skateway Company.

Skateway representative Billy Worden said his company’s bid of $117,697 called for a “community installation” of the park, meaning the company would provide an installation supervisor while the actual work would be done by interested local youth. Professional installation by Skateway would cost approximately 10 percent of the total cost of the package.

Professional installation costs were included in American Ramp’s bid, which also featured a company grant allowing for a 20 percent discount to bring in the low bid.

Letcher County Parks and Recre ation Director Derek Barto told the court he would prefer to have the company selling the equipment to do the installation. Worden said he could check with his company to see if the installation fee could be negotiated, but Judge/Executive Jim Ward said that would not be legal since no representative from American Ramp was present to match any post-bid offer Worden might make.

District Three Magistrate Codell Gibson moved to accept American Ramp’s bid and First District Magistrate Bobby Lewis seconded. The vote was unanimous. Installation should begin within 45 days, Barto said after the meeting.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the court accepted the resignations of Letcher County Water and Sewer District Board members Donny Profitt and Jack Martin.

Although both men had expressed a desire to resign at an earlier date, Letcher County Attorney Harold Bolling told the court at its July meeting that Profitt and Martin would first have to submit letters of resignation to Ward followed by a vote of the court for the process to be legal.

The court voted to replace Profitt with Phillip “Pee Wee” Back of Colson and to replace Martin with L.R. Buchanan of Partridge. Votes on the acceptances of the letters of resignation and the confirmations of both replacements were unanimous. District Five Magistrate Wayne Fleming was unable to attend the meeting.


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