Complaints that riders of all terrain vehicles, or four-wheelers, are driving in an unsafe manner and generally misbehaving on Jenkins City streets were discussed once again at the July meeting of the Jenkins City Council.
Mayor Todd Depriest said most of the dangerous and illegal activity is being done by young people who live in Jenkins, and not by out-oftown visitors who have come to ride the trails around the city.
Depriest said he has spoken to parents of some of the riders he knows who are riding dangerously or in violation of the law. Councilman Chuck Anderson said that a lot of people are just ignoring laws associated with ATVs, including not wearing helmets. Councilman Rick Damron added that some of the vehicles are extremely loud. Most ATVs come from the factory with mufflers designed to operate within noise limits, but sometimes they are removed or modified.
Depriest told the council that the idea of having an ordinance that established Jenkins as an ATV Friendly City was to allow riders and campers to ride their vehicles into town to purchase gas and supplies and to get whatever they need from city merchants. He said he wanted to remind parents of young riders that they are still responsible for the actions of their children.
Council member Earnestine Hill said she has seen riders go past her house doing wheelies and keeping the front wheels off the ground for long distances. Damron said that riders exhibiting those and other dangerous riding behaviors ruin it for all riders. He suggested that Jenkins may want to adopt the practice of issuing stickers for ATVs after they have been inspected and riders have shown a license and proof of insurance.
Damron said Evarts, one of the first cities in eastern Kentucky to adopt an ATV ordinance, has a sticker rule that establishes rules for riders and requires licenses and insurance.
Depriest also said the grant to extend the sidewalk to the Jenkins Middle High School is being rewritten in Frankfort and the state will reimburse the city for the entire cost of the project. The middle high school is undergoing a renovation and the entire parking lot has been demolished, with the blacktop removed in preparation for enlarging and leveling the lot.
Councilman Damron reminded the council that the Little Shepherd Amphitheater opened for the summer season last Saturday. Depriest said everyone should go and see the outdoor drama and praised the actors and others who make it possible.
Depriest told the council that the Jenkins Cruise-In will be held on July 6 and will start around 4 p.m. He said there will be fire truck rides for kids, along with inflatables and a visit from the “Paw Patrol,” a live show based on the cartoon series.
The Jenkins Police Department responded to 59 calls of service in June and issued 13 citations. They also issued 10 warnings and made 17 arrests. Four arrests were drug-related and three were for domestic violence. Jenkins officers served four warrants and four summonses. They also worked three collisions with injuries, four collisions without injury, and made five motorist assists.
The Jenkins Volunteer Fire Department made 36 runs in June and responded to one vehicle fire. It made 11 emergency medical service calls, responded to seven vehicle accidents, and had two false alarms. One call was canceled en route and firefighters assisted in three tree removals. Firefighters also responded to one hazardous material problem and two water problems and made seven public service calls. They conducted one flood inspection and three firefighters attended the State Fire School in Lexington.
The city produced 12,295,000 gallons of treated water in June and sold 6,257,000 gallons, leaving a difference of 6,038,000 gallons, a potential loss of 49 percent. Of the loss, 1,500,000 were used at the wastewater treatment plant and 550,000 gallons were used for flushing fire hydrants. The water treatment plant used 440,000 gallons and the fire department used 189,000 gallons. An additional 129,000 gallons were lost in a computer adjustment and 865,000 were attributed to line breaks. This gives the city an accounted for loss of 3,698,000 gallons and a total unaccounted loss of 2,340,000 gallons, or 19 percent.
A fundraising roadblock will be held on Saturday, July 6, for the Jenkins High School football team, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The girls’ basketball team will have a roadblock on Saturday, August 3. Funds will go to purchase uniforms, shoes, and food for players after games during the season. The Elkhorn Shriners Club will hold a roadblock on August 10.