Prestonsburg City Council discusses projects

By Andrea Saddler -

PRESTONSBURG – Prestonsburg City Council held its regular monthly meeting at City Hall on Monday. With only three meetings remaining in 2016, council members had several items to address.

Boots Adams (chapter member), Sabra Jacobs (president) and Thelma Lafferty (treasurer) with the Prestonsburg Women’s Club addressed the council about the upcoming event, Christmas in the Park, tentatively scheduled for December 8.

“This is a big event for our club and the children of Floyd County,” said Adams. “Last year, 375 children sat on Santa’s lap. Volunteers served refreshments to over 700 individuals. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Working class families who don’t benefit from other organizations begin lining up at 4:30 p.m. Christmas in the Park starts at 6 p.m. Last year, college students volunteered and wrapped over 500 individual gifts.”

Council member Don Willis agreed with Adams that the event was a big undertaking for the small organization. Relying on the generosity of community members and local business, the club addressed the council in hopes of securing a monetary donation.

The next item for discussion was the Jenny Wiley Festival. All council members agreed the festival entertainment was exceptional with Lorrie Morgan as the headlining act. Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton addressed the fact several issues occurred with Derby City Amusements from Louisville. He advised the group other avenues would be looked at for next year’s event. The council also voted to ban live animals from being given out as prizes for any game at a city event.

The council discussed the last Paddlefest of the year, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 22. Due to the cool weather, members agreed to start the event at 10 a.m. with a box lunch to be served at Combs Airport.

Members voted to keep the city tax rate the same as last year.

Denise Thomas with Big Sandy Area Development District gave an overview of the recently completed construction project at StoneCrest Industrial Road. Mark Westfall with Kentucky Transportation Department recommended a change in material used on the end treatment of guardrails. She explained his reason for suggesting the change was based on the fact the road is considered a low traffic, low speedway and the change would not affect the safety of motorists. Thomas informed the council the change resulted in a savings of $8,250 for the project.

Also up for discussion over the last several meetings has been the Broadband Feasibility study. The council elected to seek additional proposals during a previous meeting. Stapleton informed council members a grant the city has received is for $78,000. The most attractive proposal came from CTC Columbia.

“This company has no ties to wholesale or retail side of broadband and keeping this in mind I believe will give a more accurate study because they have nothing to gain,” said Stapleton.

The council elected to award the $78,000 grant to CTC Columbia.

Next on a long list of items to discuss was the opening of two checking accounts to meet requirements for a grant for $18,000 awarded to Prestonsburg Fire Department. The grant is for the purchase of personal protective equipment.

Lastly on the agenda was the David area bike trail development. Stapleton told council members that money was made available at the end of September to purchase the property from the railroad and develop a three-mile trail. Current plans suggest the project will take three phases to complete and eventually be blacktop.

By Andrea Saddler

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

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