A groundbreaking ceremony was to be held Wednesday (today) for the new Hunt Brothers Pizza terminal and warehouse at Gateway Industrial Park in Jenkins.
Mayor Todd Depriest made the announcement at the May meeting of the Jenkins City Council and said he hopes this will help to entice other companies to use the location of the park at the intersection of US 23 and US 119 to locate transportation terminals.
Hunt Brothers is an Indiana company that was founded in 1962 as Pepe’s Pizza by the four Hunt Brothers, Charlie, Don, Jim, and Lonnie, with the goal of serving underserved rural convenience stores. Today, Hunt Brothers Pizza serves restaurant quality pizza in more than 7,500 convenience stores and other locations in 28 states. Depriest also said that Reliance Well Service Company of Erie, Penn., has moved into the old B&J Services building with 12 workers and expects to do more hiring soon.
Depriest also said the Jenkins Swimming Pool will open on Memorial Day (Monday, May 28). He said the pool will be closed the following week but then open for the summer on Saturday, June 2.
In other business, the council voted unanimously to pass the first reading of Budget Ordinance 250, for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. The $2,071,197 budget is slightly higher than last year’s $2,035,712 budget, but General Fund revenues are down by $1,712 and LGEA Fund revenue is down by $19,333. Road Fund revenue is also down by $8,362. Health insurance expenses on the existing plan will go up by 4.3 percent. The next reading will be held at the council’s June meeting, and if it is approved it will become law. The budget ordinance is available to the public at City Hall during business hours.
The council also passed an ordinance to support Kentucky teachers, calling for adequate pay for and a secure retirement. City Attorney Randall Tackett read the ordinance which stated that teachers deserve fair pay and a secure pension and said “A promise made is a promise kept.”
Harold Kelly of Nesbitt Engineering reported that a death in the office that will give the final approval for a sidewalk running from the Jenkins football field to Jenkins Middle High School may slow things down a bit. However, he said he expects it will be approved soon and work on the long-awaited sidewalk can begin.
Councilmember Toni Jenkins expressed her concern about logging operations being conducted in the area across from Smokey Row, and said that she was told the loggers have not been putting safety barriers up to prevent slides. Depriest said he will speak to the Forestry Department.
In April, the Jenkins Police Department responded to 42 calls of service and issued 13 citations, nine warnings, and made 15 arrests. Eight of the arrests were the result of warrants, three were for DUI, and two were drug related. Offices also issued three summons, responded to four domestic violence incidents, two collisions with injury, one without injury, and made one motorist assist.