Drivers who lock their keys in their car will soon have to pay a fee to get the Whitesburg Police Department to perform an “unlock.”
Mayor James Wiley Craft told the council at its January meeting that city police officers average unlocking about two vehicles per day, or about 60 per month. Craft said the unlocks do not just represent the amount of time it takes the officer to unlock a vehicle, but it also means time away from the job, wear and tear on city vehicles, and ever-increasing expenditures on gasoline. At Craft’s request, the council approved a $5 fee per unlock for those motorists who do not have a Whitesburg city sticker and a continuing policy of not charging those who do.
Craft said most of the unlocks either take place in the Walmart parking lot or the Food City lot, located on the east and west ends of town, respectively. The council agreed to run a public notice in The Mountain Eagle to give citizens ample opportunity to be aware of the changes before implementing the new policy.
In response to a question form City Clerk Garnett Sexton, Craft said the new policy will not increase the city’s liability for officers unlocking cars. The new policy will go into effect on Feb. 1.
The council voted unanimously to enter into a contract with Aulick Chemical Solutions of Nicholasville for chemical tanks and a two- year supply of odor control chemicals to alleviate sewer odor problems on Maple Street and the community of Whitco.
Kevin Howard of Summitt Engineering told the council that Chris Caudill of Veolia Water had interviewed residents of both areas about a trial project using the same technique and had gotten no complaints about odors. Councilman Larry Everidge said the odor had been particularly bad at the Whitesburg Post Offi ce earlier that day as well. The cost for the tanks and chemicals is $17,756.
In other business:
• The council voted to accept the deed for the Daniel Boone Hotel property from the Dawahare family.
• Mayor Craft said he expects the city to be able to annex parts of the Solomon Road area in a piecemeal fashion in the future by fol- lowing the contiguous line of the right of way on the public road. He said some residents have expressed a desire to be annexed but others remain adamant in their refusal.
• Craft told the council that the city had saved a considerable amount of money by purchasing 20 tons of salt through the Kentucky Department of Highways for $70 per ton. He said if the city had bought the salt on its own, it would have cost $200 per ton.