The Whitesburg Municipal Swimming Pool will be ready to open May 13 with a party held at the pool that day to celebrate, Mayor James W. Craft told the Whitesburg City Council at its April meeting.
In other business, the council voted unanimously to purchase a new policeequipped cruiser from Freedom Dodge in Lexington for $30,000. The council took the action after Police Chief Tyrone Fields said that when the city purchased a police cruiser last year, two were needed but the second one wasn’t purchased to keep costs down. Fields said the city’s Ford Crown Victoria cruisers are worn out and that maintenance costs are starting to be more than the cars are worth.
The council also declared April as Child Abuse Awareness Month and approved two resolutions that will improve city streets and create a park for autistic children. On April 13, a Child Abuse Awareness Walk will be held in the city beginning at 5 p.m., and extend from city hall to the Letcher County Courthouse. At the courthouse, a celebration will be held for children and people who work with them.
The council also passed a resolution to allow the city to act as fiscal agent for a grant to build a park for autistic children in the city. The city will supply an in-kind match for the grant as well.
Water Maintenance Director Chris Caudill told the council the city has been plagued by sewer problems, including two pumps that had to be rebuilt at the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), along with another that needs rebuilding at the John High Lift Station.
In the Mayor’s Report, Mayor Craft reported that Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will be at the University for Kentucky Extension Office in Whitesburg on Thursday, April 13, and has extended an invitation for the council to meet with him at noon.
Upon Craft’s recommendation, the council voted unanimously to hold Bike Nite son the second Saturday of each month.
Mayor Craft told the council that since last month’s meeting, three new businesses have opened in the city. Prime 606 Steak House and Natasha Rachael Photography recently opened and Summit City on Main Street has re-opened under a new lease with new management. Another new business, Hobgoblin’s, a computer repair shop, has opened in the old Holstein Hardware building.