Whitesburg KY

Jenkins to review ‘master plan’ for bicycle, pedestrian traffic

A master plan for bicycle and pedestrian traffic throughout the county should be completed and ready for local governments to approve by February.

The Jenkins City Council heard a timeline for the report at its regular January meeting Monday night.

Eunice Fitzpatrick Holland, associate director of community economic development and transportation planner for the Kentucky River Area Development District, told the council the study will include all the cities and the rural areas in the county.

“That will improve applications for all the cities when getting sidewalk money,” Holland said.

She said the report is nearing completion and will be presented to the Letcher County Fiscal Court and all of the city councils next month.

KRADD recently completed a similar report for the city of Hazard and Perry County, paid for by a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because of the health benefits of walking and biking.

That report makes recommendations for everything from removing utility poles that are placed in the middle of sidewalks to placing paved, 10-foot-wide shoulders on roads to allow for bicycle and walking traffic.

Also at the council meeting this week:

• Harold Kelly, a project inspector for Nesbitt Engineering, told the council that Phase 5 of the city’s water line project has been completed with the exception of installing meters. Kelly said the contractor is still waiting for those to be delivered. The Lakeside Drive water project is also complete except for paving driveways that were cut during construction. He said that will take place in the spring. Kelly said grants are being sought for several other projects.

• The council voted to approve payment of $3,202 to Nesbitt for its services and $34,682 to Ronnie Mullins and Sons, the water line contractor.

• Mayor Todd Depriest said the city is still waiting for complete guidelines for what money from the American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Improvement Act can be used. He said there will be a training later this month to help officials understand how to spend the money.

• Depriest told the council that the city has been approved for a Rural Development Agency grant to buy an all-wheel-drive Dodge Durango police cruiser. Depriest said the police department’s newest cruiser is five years old, and the city needs to replace its cars.

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