PRESTONSBURG – Prestonsburg City Council members met Monday evening with a focus on health and wellness central to their deliberations.
During Monday’s meeting council members voted to allow Mayor Les Stapleton to begin seeking funding for healthy community grants. Stapleton noted a recent health poll which had listed Floyd County as last in the state in health. That ranking has encouraged people to improve their health said Stapleton.
“If anybody has paid any attention whatsoever here in the town of Prestonsburg, there was about three months where we averaged two 5k’s every Saturday…” said Stapleton adding that local Zumba classes have also been growing steadily. “Almost everywhere you can find they’re having Zumba classes.”
Stapleton said that this recent boost in healthy conscious activities in the area is proof that people in the region are beginning to take their health seriously. “The people of Prestonsburg are making concerted efforts.. really trying to move forward and trying to become healthier.”
Stapleton says that his office is researching ways to secure funding to help promote and sponsor more healthy community projects and events in the future. A resolution was passed unanimously to allow Stapleton to pursue said funding.
Also during Monday’s council meeting, a resolution was passed allowing Mayor Stapleton to continue to work on a local “Rails to Trails” project which spans the old CSX route from David to West Prestonsburg.
“This letter is to actually start looking for funding, finding funding, signing for it, to acquire the rail road from Prestonsburg all the way up to… David,” said Stapleton.
Stapleton said it is his hope that this project could eventually tie in with the Dawkins trail and create a loop. “Along with the trail town certification that we’re working on, this falls right in line with it.”
Stapleton said he still needs to get an appraisal from a certified trail appraiser. The motion on the resolution passed unanimously.
Councilman Fred Goble also presented council members with some information on plans to restore the West Prestonsburg bridge to a pedestrian span. According to Goble he was working with engineers to look at two plans; one which would solidify and improve the current bridge, and one that would seek to remove sections of it and have them replaced completely. According to Goble, the main arch of the bridge is structurally sound. Goble noted that the bridge is the only one of its kind remaining in the United States.
As reported previously by Times Staff, the ordinance related to the governance of the Tourism Commission which was offered up by the Mayor for first reading in the previous council meeting had incorrect information within. According to Mayor Stapleton, the proper corrections were put into place, and that ordinance was given a new first reading Monday night. According to Stapleton, the new ordinance merely addresses the collection of taxes for the commission.
During the meeting, Mayor Stapleton issued a proclamation declaring November to be Diabetes Awareness Month.
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