Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest announced this week that city offices in Jenkins will be closed for four days beginning Friday, December 22.
City Hall will re-open and city services will start up on Tuesday, December 26. Garbage pickup usually done on Friday will be picked up on Thursday. Recycling containers will be available in their usual locations.
Depriest made the announcement Monday at the Jenkins City Council’s December meeting. In other business, the council voted to provide a $25 gift card, redeemable at local groceries, to every city employee. Councilman Rick Damron asked Depriest if the new Save-a-Lot grocery in Jenkins would be open in time for the holiday, but Depriest said he has been told the contractor expects the store to be ready by January 15.
Paul Nesbitt of Nesbitt Engineering told the council that Jenkins stands a good possibility of receiving funding for a project that will include dredging Elkhorn Lake to remove lily pads and increase water capacity. The Elkhorn Dam will also be strengthened and some new valves and lines will be added.
Nesbitt said the project has been presented to improve water resources, and will include a lake walk around the main highway side of the lake and some improvements to the creek that runs into the lake behind the Jenkins swimming pool. He added that funders are talking about providing 100 percent funding for the project. Nesbitt said that Phase Six of the Jenkins Water Line Replacement Project should be the final phase, and will replace the lines that were difficult to reach or were newer than other lines that were causing more problems. Mayor Depriest said it’s a good thing to be getting Phase Six underway, because leaks in some of the older lines increased water losses to 22 percent in November.
Nesbitt also told the council that Jenkins is being presented in state and national municipal infrastructure discussions as a model for addressing water and sewer problems. He added that in the future, every municipal project will have to be bid individually rather than as a larger project that gets split into several phases. Nesbitt told the council this is due to some recently implemented changes in federal regulations that will also make it necessary for the Kentucky River Area Development District to take over some of the duties that engineering firms such as Nesbitt have usually done in municipal infrastructure projects. Mayor Depriest expressed his satisfaction with Nesbitt Engineering’s work and the council voted unanimously to proceed with the dam project and Phase Six of the Waterline Replacement Project under the direction of Nesbitt Engineering.
Nesbitt said that in the future, engineering companies that undertake the early efforts on projects, lining up funding, placing bids, and other non-engineering work will not be able to compete for the actual project. Mike Miller, Executive Director of the Kentucky River Area Development District, told the council KRADD will be happy to take on the work of securing funding, placing bids, and other non-technical services. Nesbitt added that the KRADD staff ’s understanding of state and federal accounting procedures and other regulations will help projects secure approval for compliance purposes. The council voted unanimously to make the procedural changes.
In November, the Jenkins Police Department responded to over 120 complaints. Of those, two were for property damage only, one was for an injury accident, and one was in response to a domestic violence call. The department issued 21 citations and 146 verbal warnings for traffic offenses, and made 10 arrests. Five of the arrests were in response to warrants. One was for driving under the influence and three were drug related. Officers also made seven motorist assists and served seven summonses.
The Jenkins Police Department received the first issue of the anti-overdose drug Narcan to be carried in the county by trained offi- cers. The Narcan is provided by Mountain Comprehensive Health at no cost to the city. One officer has been trained in Narcan use at this time, but all officers will receive training, at no cost to the city. Deputy Chief Josh Richardson attended in-service training in Richmond in November.
The Jenkins Volunteer Fire Department responded to 34 calls in November. Eight were emergency medical service calls and 12 were for public service purposes. The department responded to six vehicle accidents, two smoke scares, two structure fires, three alarm malfunctions, and one brush fire. The new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is in service as well.
The city produced 11,764,000 gallons of treated water in November and sold 9,221,000 gallons, for a difference of 2,543,000 gallons, a 22 percent loss. Of that amount, the fire department used 25,000 gallons leaving an unaccounted loss of 2,518,000 gallons.
In other business, Depriest praised Jenkins resident Ellen Compton for decorating downtown flower containers for the Christmas parade, and thanked everyone for their efforts to make the parade a success.