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Jenkins council hears complaints about roads


Problems with city roads were the main topic at the December meeting of the Jenkins City Council, which was shortened by illness and absences.

Both Council Member Rebecca Amburgey and Water Plant Manager Bo Hopkins were absent because of being hospitalized. Toni Jenkins, who was not re-elected in the November election, also did not attend the meeting.

Sammy Elswick, who was elected to the council in November, attended the meeting and Mayor Todd Depriest, who was re-elected for a second term, welcomed Elswick and told him he is looking forward to working with him after he is sworn in in January. Shaun Collier was also elected to the council but did not attend the meeting. He will be sworn in next month as well. Council members Amburgey, Rick Damron, Garnett Bentley, and Chuck Anderson were all re-elected. Depriest praised outgoing Councilman Mike Dingus, saying he was grateful for the service Dingus gave to the city.

Councilman Garnett Bentley, who lives in the Dairy Hollow sec tion of Jenkins, told the council that the road into the residential area there is threatened by a slip that could possibly close it entirely. He said some elderly Dairy Hollow residents are concerned they might not be able to get in and out of their homes.

Depriest said he has spoken with representatives of state Abandoned Mine Lands agency, who are looking at the road to see if repairing the slip qualifies for funding under their guidelines. The road runs through an area that has been mined on several occasions. Depriest also said the city has a backup plan which will allow the re-routing of traffic temporarily to allow for an alternate route.

Councilman Chuck Anderson asked about a road that runs by the homes at the Raven Rock Golf Course and Depriest told him that the section of the road owned by the city is scheduled for repairs. Councilman Rick Damron said a section of road beyond the gate at Raven Rock never received a fi- nal coat of blacktop when it was built and it is uncertain if it is still a private road. Depriest said the city has held discussions about taking the road into its road plan.

In other business, the council voted unanimously to provide a $25 gift card for city employees to purchase a turkey or ham for Christmas. Depriest said the city appreciates the hard work and dedication of the employees and he wished the city could afford more. He asked if the employees could get the cards at the Jenkins Save-A-Lot, saying he would like to keep the purchases local if possible. Finance Officer Robin Kincer and City Clerk Chasity Johnson Phipps said they would talk to the store manager.

Depriest also said the Jenkins Christmas Parade, held last Saturday, was a big success. He said the parade drew a larger than anticipated crowd and the city had to purchase more candy and other goodies to make additional treat bags for children.

The Jenkins Police Department responded to 56 calls in November and issued 12 citations. The department also issued 12 warnings and made 13 arrests. Five arrests were drug related, four were for domestic violence, and two were for driving under the influence. Officers served four warrants and issued three summonses. They also answered three injury motor vehicle accidents, and eight non-injury accidents.

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