Recreation and tourism in Jenkins are taking a step toward restoring normalcy for the summer.
At the May meeting of the Jenkins City Council, Mayor Todd Depriest announced that the Jenkins swimming pool will open this summer and Jenkins Days will be held on August 27 and 28. The date for the pool opening has not been set. Depriest also told the council that he expects to have an in-person meeting in June, although he plans on conducting the meeting at the SmileFaith building in Jenkins, rather than city hall. Depriest said he has been looking for ways to introduce more people to the offerings of the SmileFaith building, and to allow the city to take advantage of the extra space it offers.
In other business, Phase Five of the Jenkins Waterline Replacement Project is underway. Paul Nesbitt of Nesbitt Engineering, which works with the city on infrastructure issues, told the council that instead of starting at the place that had been planned, the project began in an area that had a major line break. Depriest said that it has worked out well.
MS Concrete of Elkhorn City placed the low bid for the project to extend the sidewalk from the football field to the highway just across from Jenkins High School. Depriest said the city has a $200,000 grant for the project and the MS Concrete bid came in at $147,033. The bid was awarded on April 14. He added that he is waiting for the Kentucky Department of Transportation to bid the Kentucky 805 Bridge replacement projects which are scheduled for this summer.
Nesbitt said his company is working with the mayor on future funding for a new wastewater treatment plant and a number of other projects. He said the company wants to be certain that it has some projects lined up so Jenkins can get its share when the federal infrastructure funds are released. Depriest said rehabilitating the Elkhorn Lake Dam and replacing sewer lines are among the most vital projects. He said one of the big problems that causes rain water to get into sewer lines is collapsed culverts. Depriest said many of the culverts have been in the ground through several rounds of paving and have collapsed, allowing storm water to get under the road and destroy the pavement.
City Attorney Randall Tackett conducted the first reading of the city’s budget for 2021-2022, for a projected $1,936,791 in revenue and expenses. Since it was the first reading, the council took no action. The budget will become official following an affirmative vote after the second reading at the next meeting.
Council member Ernestine Hill said that lately, she has received a number of calls about bad roads and potholes. Depriest replied that the city didn’t get a lot in Road Aid Funds this year and that the price of pavement has gone up considerably. He said he hopes some additional funding will break loose soon. Depriest also said the city has a new load of cold patch and plans to address the pothole situation as soon as the roads dry out.
The council voted to sign a contract with the Kentucky River Area Development District to administer the grant funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission for waterlines. KRADD has administered a number of other grants for Jenkins.