The City of Jenkins will lose one of its longtime city leaders when former Mayor and educator Charles Dixon moves to Winchester. At the January meeting of the Jenkins City Council, Mayor G.C. Kincer announced that Dixon, who was his predecessor in the mayor’s office, has sold his house on Main Street in Jenkins and will be moving to Winchester, where his son Shane lives.
Dixon served one term as mayor as well as one term as Fifth District magistrate, and had a career in teaching that spanned more than 30 years. Dixon also coached the Jenkins track team and cross country teams during his tenure at Jenkins High School and led them to a number of district and regional championships, as well as seeing Jenkins athletes win several state Class A individual championship events. He will be remembered by countless Jenkins students and athletes as an outstanding teacher and coach, as well as an outstanding citizen. Councilman Rick Damron moved that the council draft a certificate of appreciation for Dixon and his service to the city. The council voted unanimously to approve the motion.
In other business, the council learned that the city’s Dave Zegeer Coal and Railroad Museum will expand the “Dave Zegeer Corner,” that honors its namesake. City Attorney Randall Tackett, a museum board member, gave the museum’s annual report to the council and said that Zegeer continues to garner honors posthumously and the museum board felt it will need to expand to accommodate them. Tackett told the council the museum had an ending balance of $6,353.47. The beginning balance was $12,852, with $6,000 in income and $12,000 in expenses, which included installing a new roof along with other modifications to help Giovanni’s Pizza, which shares the lot with the museum, fit in better with the museum and Jenkins Public Library buildings. Tackett said gift shop sales were down for the year, with the Bad John Wright t-shirt as the leading seller.
The city also accepted bids for the Dunham Sewer Rehabilitation Project, and the low bidder was Bobby Luttrell and Sons with a bid of $791,755. The work will include use of a fiber optic television camera to detect whether lines need to be repaired or replaced, and will locate identify the need for repair of replacement of manholes, and use GPS in the locating manholes along the route. Nesbitt also reported that there have been problems with old lines in the Marshall’s Branch area. City workers have not been able to locate the leaks and workers for Kentucky Rural Water were also unsuccessful in finding them. He said the leaks are major ones and are causing more than 50 percent of the city’s water losses.
Swimming pool committee member Rebecca Amburgey announced that the Jenkins swimming pool will open on schedule this year, on Memorial Day. She said the pool committee will meet soon and asked for suggestions from the public including possible season ticket plans. City Manager Todd DePriest added that the dining room at the pool is nearing completion. The dining room is currently selling pizzas and hot wings.
The Jenkins Water Plant produced 18,176,000 gallons of treated water in December and sold 6,626,000. The city sold 904,000 gallons to the Letcher County Water and Sewer District, and there were 9,392,000 gallons of water losses.