New and established businesses were a subject of discussion for the August meeting of the Whitesburg City Council.
Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft welcomed two new businesses to the city. “Vittles,” a West Whitesburg restaurant that specializes in hot dogs and other dishes, furnished hot dogs for the council meeting. Vittles is located beside the Sugar Shack and is open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., and delivers during lunch hours, from 11 until 1. The restaurant also has daily specials such as ribs.
Craft also reported that a new bakery, “Icing on the Cake,” will locate in the old Quillen Drug space formerly occupied by Hillbillies. Icing on the Cake furnished 24 cupcakes to the council for the post meeting meal.
Meanwhile, Kae Fisher of Railroad Street Mercantile told the council that several months ago she had initiated the Downtown Merchants Association for the purpose of helping local businesses to promote each other. Fisher said the organization has been successful in passing customers on to merchants in town when they mention a need that can be served in the city.
“We can help each other,” said Fisher. “If people will just do it.”
In other business, Water Maintenance Director Chris Caudill reported that three sewer lift station pumps have gone down since the last meeting and two had to be replaced at a cost of about $10,000. Caudill said other pump could be rebuilt.
He added that electrical problems at the city water plant required several solenoids to be replaced and said a state inspection of the facilities went well.
Paul Nesbitt of Nesbitt Engineering told the council he has been working with Caudill on targeting the city’s needs in water and sewer projects, and added that the funding cycle is such that if funds are awarded for most of the projects Caudill has identified, it will be next year before the city receives funding.
The council voted unanimously to lease a piece of property between the city sewer plant and the Letcher County Conservation District offices to the Letcher County Board of Education. The property will be used for softball and other sports that don’t have playing fields near the high school. The board had asked that the lease be for one year with the possibility of renewal, at a cost of $10.00 a year. The council voted unanimously to allow Mayor Craft to sign the lease.
The council also approved a 5K Run as a fundraiser on September 6 for the Whitesburg Middle School Cheerleaders. A pool party will follow the run.
The council also voted to approve a fundraising roadblock for the Saving Grace Homeless Shelter at Partridge on August 23.