Council creates projects committee

Ralph B. DavisManaging Editor

January 15, 2013

PRESTONSBURG — The Prestonsburg city council voted Monday night to create a new committee that will entertain ideas for future projects from the public, as well as fellow council members.

Councilman David Gearheart proposed the idea. He said he had been approached by several people who had ideas they felt the city should explore, but they were uncertain how to voice those ideas to city leaders.

Gearheart’s proposal was to create a special committee that would listen to such ideas and discuss their merits, then prioritize proposals that the council would be interested in pursuing.

Gearheart’s idea met with favor from the rest of the council, with fellow Councilman Freddie Goble saying he would like to see such a committee create a five-year plan for such projects.

The council voted unanimously to create the committee, with Gearheart, Goble, Tim Cooley and Don Willis serving as its members. The committee will meet at 5 p.m. the second Monday of each month, prior to that evening’s city council meeting.

In other news, the council held a first reading on five ordinances annexing property into the city. The properties include Flowers Bakery, Matheson Tri Gas, Quiksilver Landing and properties at Lancer owned by Judy Rorrer and Rodney Nelson.

Fire Chief Bobby Carpenter noted that the annexations were all voluntary and were unrelated to the city’s desire to annex Highlands Regional Medical Center.

All members were present at Monday’s meeting.