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500 EACH By George Lewis News Reporter george~bathconewsoutlook.com Members of the Owingsville City Council started 2011 by making a list of what could be considered New Year s resolutions. The council didsoMonday evening with the help of human resources consultant Paul Combs of Georgetown. Combs was a familiar face to council members, having helped them set goals in years past. Combs began the informal session by distributing to council a summary of the goals the governing body had listed from 1999 to 2009. Some items, such as increased police patrol and more youth activities, were perennial, while others cropped up only once or twice. Council members Nancy Purvis, Laura Johnson, Faith Corbin Jim Davis, Roberta Bashford and Mayor Gary Hunt each contributed to a list of 25 goals the council wanted to accomplish during the next few years. Councilman Gary Bealert did not attend the session. The council members then individually whittled the 25 goals down to 10 apiece, ranking them in order of importance. Combs will take the council's recommendations and distill them into one ' mp 10" list, which Hunt will distribute Monday at the council's regular meeting. Hunt listed as one of his top priorities the completion of the sewer- back." Hunt said he will meet with project engineers from Bell Engineering next Wednesday to encourage them to complete the project. "On .my first day in office, I had two calls on this," Hunt said. Some of the goals the councilplaced onits 2011 list included the establishment of new businesses; seeing the ongoing "streetscape project to fruition ('Itql get started one of these days," Hunt said); economic development more recreation opportunities for everyone, not just youth; more Christmas decorations; cleanliness efforts in the ,community, including a street sweeper (human ()r machine? Combs quipped); inter- extension project along: local agreements involving U.S. 60. 'That will affect beth the city and county a lot of people," Hunt saick governments; increased '%Ve need to get that off our grant applications; a ordinance that is enforced; free Internet service; efforts to increase tourism; a more visible welcome sign at the city limits; and improved downtown parking. During discussion of the goals, two points of persistent displeasure came to light. One involved police patrols at night; another, somewhat related, issue involved the congregating of young people in the middle school parking lot at night. Bashford said she has observed that police rarely patrol "al r a certain hour." Johnson, noting that the middle school parking lot is '])art of the problem" of youths ruiming loose at night, asked, '%Vhat other school system in the state lets kids openly drink (It should be noted that Johnson's husband, Joe Johnson, is an outspoken critic of the school system and has been banned by the and do drugs7' on school school system from entering property, school property.) New said neitherthe school system nor the police department will take responsibility for controllin 'g what goes on at the parking lot at night. O By George Lewis News Reporter georg~barhconewsoutlook.com Dennis Midkiff, a paramedic with extensive emergency- medicine experience, has been named director of the Bath County Ambulance Service. Midkiff takes over for Gary Bealert, who was named interim director after former director Donna Jamison was fired as a result of an investigation into allegations of missing ambulance service funds. Midkiff has 21 years' experience as a paramedic. He's certified in critical care and is a licensed respiratory therapist. He has 10 years of management experience and has been with the ambulance service for six years. File Photo by George Lewis Paramedic Dennis Midkiff has been named director of the Bath County Ambulance Service. Midkiff said his goals are to "first and foremost get the service back on its feet financially." County officials have said investigations have revealed that the total known and suspected fraud-at the ambulance service to be in excess of $150,000 over five years. The amount of known and suspected fraud from the continuing payroll service investigation has yet to be determined but to date is estimated to be around $100,000 over three calendar years. A fraud audit performedby a Louisville firm that specializes in such things has been concluded and, although it's public record, has not been released because it is part of an investigation by Kentucky State Police. Most people want their morning, asked that his phone number kept out phone numbers be listed of the newspaper. But so his constituents can Millard Petitt III, whoreach him. His home took the oath of office as number is 247-2156, and Bath County's newest his cell number is 336- 'commissioner Monday 1013. m OLI:) PIOTUI --E6 with old pictures, please bring them the 200 Year Anniversary of Bath County. ne that has any old stories etc. is i :;i Bath County's birth date is recorded as Jan. 15, 1811. But the county plans to celebrate its bicentennial all year long, and plans are under way to mark this milestone in the county's history. Integral in the celebration is the newly formed Bath County Historical Society, which will produce a walking map of the Owingsville downtown area indicating historical landmarks, buildings and homes. Members of the historical society have been asked to nominate structures that have historic significance, architecturally speaking. Additionally, in conjunction with the bicentennial, the historicalsocietywillwork with the Bath County Parks and Recreation Department and other civic organizations to restore the Old Slate Furnace and picnic area. (Volunteers are needed. Anyone interested in helping with the cleanup and repair should contact Kenny Williams at the OwingsvillePost Office.) Complementing the historical society's bicentennial efforts, Owingsville City Council will, on Monday, go about naming a bicentennial committee that will include representatives of county government. "It will give us another chance to work with the county," said Councilman Jim Davis at an informal planning session the council held Monday evening (see related story, this issue). Gary Hunt, Owingsville's newly installed mayor, has placed recognition of the county's bicentennial among his priorities. If you would like to become a member of the Bath County Historical Society, which is a non- profit organization, you may choose from among the following options: individual membership $25, family $35, or a senior citizen/student $15. To become a patron of the society, you may contribute $100, a benefactor $500, and a lifetime member $1,000. Activemembers will receive free admission to allof the society's events. Contributions may bemailed to The Bath County Historical Society, P.O. Box 333, Owingsville, KY 40360. Membership dues are tax deductable. Advertising Executive , (859) 473-2825 t)e .arli rmrp Above- Do you know any of these people? If so, contact Patsy at 606-674-9994. Source: The Kentucky American History and Genealogy Project.