It’s spring-cleaning time in Jenkins, and although it is faced with budget shortfalls, one council member proposed a clever way to beautify the city without adding to its costs. Council member Rebecca Amburgey said the city’s flowerpots need attention and suggested an “Adopt a Pot” plan, which would allow businesses in the city to each take responsibility for one of the large cement flowerpots that line Main Street, and make it their own by planting the flowers of their choice.
Amburgey suggested planting perennials because they will usually return the following year. She said interested business owners can call her cell phone at 634-6663 or her home number, 832-2789 if they are interested in helping or have plants to donate.
In response to a question from Amburgey about the ongoing viability of blue bag recycling in Jenkins, Mayor Todd Depriest said that city sanitation workers are still picking up recyclables and they do separate them from regular garbage and send them to the recycling center. Depriest also said the recyclables trailer at the city park is still available to the public as well. He added that if any business that wants to adopt a planter will contact City Hall, he will have city workers clean it out for them.
In a related matter, Depriest said the city has received an offer from HOMES for two plots that have been cleared as the result of the city’s Blighted and Deteriorated Property Program. The plots are located in Number Three Hollow. Depriest said Kentucky a law allows the city to transfer property to non-profit organizations and the council approved the offer.
The Jenkins Police Department responded to 104 complaints in March and served three arrest warrants and three summons. Officers also issued 20 verbal warnings and worked two injury accidents, two non-injury accidents, had two motorists assists, and answered one domestic violence incident.
The Jenkins Volunteer Fire Department answered a total of 15 calls for March, including one fire, one downed power line, one vehicle accident with injuries, and five emergency medical service calls. They also helped with two vehicle unlocks and made four public service calls. The department hosted Kentucky State Fire Rescue classes as well as a group of Act Teens who had dinner with volunteer firefighters. Six Jenkins firefighters attended fire school in Prestonsburg and five attended a meeting in Pikeville. The department also purchased a fire engine from Clay County to replace the one at the Dunham station.
In other business, Ken Reid of Nesbitt Engineering said he felt cautious optimism that the city may be able to advertise for bids by the end of April to extend the sidewalk at Lakeside all the way to the highway across from Jenkins High School. The council voted unanimously to give Mayor Todd Depriest permission to proceed if the Kentucky Department of Highways approves the request. Funding for the sidewalk was originally sought during the administration of Charles Dixon, however it has fallen victim to a number of delays including difficulties with easements and in obtaining permission from the DOH. Once it is finished, the sidewalk will provide safe passage for Jenkins students walking to school and to football fans walking to parking lots on both sides of the highway.
Reid also reported on the clean-up along the Fleming Interconnect, where water lines were laid to connect Jenkins with the water lines belonging to the City of Fleming-Neon to serve as an emergency water source in the event of a water outage. Reid said the work has been held up by bad weather, but as soon as local asphalt plants open for the summer, it will be completed.