Whitesburg KY

Forum on power outage is postponed

Those wanting to comment publicly on the Dec. 18 power outage will have to wait a little while longer.

Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks postponed a pubic forum scheduled for Jan. 12 in the Letcher County Circuit Courtroom because of inclement weather. Banks said the forum, originally set for Jan. 7, will be rescheduled in the next few weeks.

Banks said Kentucky Power President and COO Timothy Mosher had planned on attending the meeting.

The company’s proposed 35-percent rate increase was to be among the topics discussed. People were also going be given a chance to look at how citizens can be better informed of services that are available to them during prolonged power outages.

The Letcher County Grand Jury did not meet Jan. 12 because of the icy road conditions. Banks is still expected at the next grand jury session, which is set for Jan. 14, to ask the grand jury to conduct an investigation to determine whether Kentucky Power’s lack of preventive maintenance may have contributed to the severity of the most recent outage.

Banks said many local residents share the belief that Kentucky Power is no longer spending the money necessary to keep its service lines in good operating condition and cleared of small trees.

Banks has asked that people who lost power during the storm fill out a simple form explaining how long their power was out, if they have health problems, and whether they experienced any financial losses and other hardships during the outage.

The forms can be picked up in the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office located in the City Hall building at 48 East Main Street in Whitesburg. The forms are to be completed and returned to Banks’s office by Jan. 31.

For more information, citizens may call 633-8121.

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