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Whitesburg moves forward on expansion plan

The City of Whitesburg will expand its boundaries substantially if all goes well with planned annexation procedures.

At its July meeting, the Whitesburg City Council voted unanimously to accept surveys of several areas the city wishes to annex and to accept the updated survey maps of the city, which are now in compliance with U.S. Geological Survey guidelines, from Letcher County Surveyor Richard Hall. The next step will be for the council to draft ordinances to annex property in four separate sections that border Whitesburg.

If the property owner or owners in the proposed sections consent to be annexed, the city will then pass the annexation ordinances which will allow it to expand and the property owners will enjoy all the advantages and responsibilities of being part of Whitesburg. The properties the city wishes to annex are: the Pine Mountain Grill and Terry Adams property, Childers Oil and Singing Waters properties, Dan Combs property and J.A.C. Glass property, and Letcher County Central High School property.

In other business, Kevin Howard of Summit Engineering reported that although the wastewater plant project is about two months behind, it should still be complete by the November deadline, weather permitting. Howard said all pipe is on the ground and the last of the concrete has been poured. The council plans to tour the plant site at the next wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) progress meeting, on August 7. Howard said there are 143 days left on the construction project.

The council also approved the modification of a pump station for the plant to a non-clog pump. The changes will cost an additional $6,396. Mayor Craft said the pumps can be purchased from contingency funds. Council member Perry Fowler asked that a duplicate of the daily WWTP progress report be kept on file at City Hall.

In the Veolia Water and Sewer report, Jeff Kilgore reported that water tanks have not been inspected since their installation and there has been some deterioration. He said the clear water tank is peeling inside and causing a discoloration of the water. Veolia will have all tanks inspected and have estimates made on each for repairs. Kilgore also discussed water pressure problems at Solomon with the council. Water for Solomon comes from the school tank and runs through a four-inch line into a two-inch plastic line to serve Solomon. The plastic line loses pressure before reaching the last house. Kilgore said that lines at Solomon could be tied into a larger line at Tunnel Hill which should alleviate the problem. State budget line item money is now available for upgrading water lines in the Fields Cliff Area. The city will have to go before the Letcher County Fiscal Court to have the money prioritized before it can be used.

The council also voted to hire Hazard certified public accountant Chris Gooch to conduct the city audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008. Annette Napier of Kentucky River Area Development District presented invoices from Summit Engineering ($18,000), Smith Construction ($231,852.23), H20 Construction ($79,473.20), and the City of Whitesburg ($5,075) for payment for work done on the wastewater treatment plant. The invoices were all approved.

In his mayor’s report, Mayor James Wiley Craft congratulated the council for its ability to work so well together in the past fiscal year and said he looks forward to the next year. Craft also thanked Ernestine and Kevin Flint for helping to make this year’s Fourth of July celebration successful. He also thanked Bobby Fisher, who operates a company that does hydroseeding, for the use of his equipment to clean sidewalks and bridges. Craft said that although part of the fireworks display was rained out, the remaining fireworks will be set off on Labor Day.

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