A story detailing the Whitesburg City Council’s January meeting appears on Page 14 of this week’s edition. Listed here is some of the other business addressed by the council and Mayor James Wiley Craft during the meeting:
• Mayor Craft told the council that an off er he made to CCNR Property to lease city property behind the Parkway Plaza Center for $1,500 a month was rejected. Craft said he negotiated a 20-year lease at $1,000 per month, tied to the Consumer Price Index so if the index rises the payment will go up accordingly. The council unanimously approved the lease.
• Craft reported that Letcher County Fiscal Court has obtained a $100,000 grant to help the city purchase a tanker/ pumper for the Whitesburg Volunteer Fire Department. He said the new vehicle should bring the city’s ISO (fire insurance) rating down.
• The City Police Commission met earlier in the day and Commissioner John Williams reported the hiring of two new police officers. Williams said both are currently employed and had not notified their employers so no names were given.
• Williams also entered a complaint that came from his neighbors at Maryland Drive over the duration of their power outage. Williams said that some residents were without power for as long as five days while other had their electricity restored a few hours after the initial outage and they wanted to know why.
• Williams also said he had spoken to residents of the Dry Fork area who had expressed a desire to be annexed. Mayor Craft said that he has already made most of the arrangements to annex the area and the city will be in the process of annexation for most of the coming year.
• The council voted to sell the old city water plant behind the old Boone Motor Building (now owned by Appalshop) at public auction. Craft said he had examined methods of disposing of the property, which was declared surplus several years ago, and that he had determined that the city should get the best price at auction