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8- January 16, 2014 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook LOCAL NEWS we are making plans to ad- dress this need with the placement of a new Water Storage Tank to accommo- date the increase. We are currently investigating a ground storage unit which will hold 191,000 gallons. The city of Owingsville cur- rently has two water tanks which hold 250,000 and 100,000 gallons. With this new addition we will have ample storage to accommo- date all our residence, busi- ness, and industrial water requirements. The cost of l this project is estimated at: around $640,000. I have applied for grants from Economic Develop- ment and ARC to cover this complete cost. Again, there will be no cost incurred by local taxpayers. We will l be procuring engineers for! this project within the next thirty days. We are also currently in- volved in discussions with the Kentucky State Depart- ment of Highways on possi- bly improving and widening the Kendall Springs Road from State Rd. 36 to the In- dustrial Park. I believe this is much needed with the anticipated increased traffic flow on that road. As you can see, a proj- ect of this magnitude takes much planning. The re- sults, however, are huge for any community that is fortunate enough to land such an opportunity. The positive economic benefits resulting from this project will be felt in Bath County for many years. I will keep you updated as construc- tion continues at Custom Foods, the OwingsviUe Waste Water Pre-Treatment Plant, and the Water Stor- age Tank. Custom Foods has been a valuable part of this community since 1994 and I'm very excited to see the growing and expand- Community foundation committee finalizes survey, paves way By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com The creation of a charita- ble community foundation for Bath County is another step closer to reality. Committee members .... L ,oL Th,day after- noon at Owingsville City Hall and gave their ap- proval to a survey that will gauge the county's interest in the foundation. Present for the meeting were Anita Heath, Brenda Maze, Betty Bailey, Jacky Watson, Owingsville May- or Gary Hunt, and consul- tant Terri Holley. The anonymous survey will include nine questions and a short section for re- spondents to give demo- graphic information. Committee members discussed different outlets for making the survey pub- lic, including Facebook, the school district, Rev. for charitable found for county Lowell Rice, the Chamber of Commerce, the Bath County Memorial Library, Bath County Homemak- ers, and the Bath County News-Outlook. Holley said that while the survey is being dis- tributed, the next steps should include commRtCC members should sign a contract agreement with the Bluegrass Community Foundation to create an af- filiate fund, so that the lo- cal foundation could begin receive charitable gifts. The Bluegrass Commu- nity Foundation (BGCF), headquartered in Lexing- ton, helps "individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit organizations establish charitable funds, guide their resources to support causes they care about, meet community needs and make a differ- ence," according to their website. The organization cur- rently serves charitable funds in 19 counties in Central and Eastern Ken- tucky, including recently- created county community foundations in Rowan and Morgan Counties. Bath County already has four charitable foun- dations administered by the BGCF: Friends of the Sharpsburg Community Center, the Edwa Young Scholarship, the Carlson Family Foundation, and the Robert Brown Founda- tion. Allison Peck and Jane Higgins from the BGCF spoke with committee members in October 2013. Holley also told com- mittee members that they should begin thinking about creating an advisory board to oversee the man- agement of the founda- tions funds. She said that the BGCF could give them a set of guidelines for set- ting up the board. Photo by Cecil Lawson Committee members put the finishing touches on a survey and heard from consultant Terri Holley about the next steps In establishing a community charitable foundation in Bath County. Shown above are, from left, consultant Terri Holley, Anita Heath, Gary Hunt, Jacky Watson, Betty Bailey, and Brenda Maze. Holley added that it would generate further interest in the foundation if people were able to see how funds from the foun- dation are being used the county and what types of charities and causes it sup- ports. The next meeting of the committee is scheduled for noon on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Owingsville City Hall. Fiscal Court hires solid waste coordinator, flood plain coordinator and will oversee road de- partment payroll as well as maintain records of county roads projects. She will be hired at Ellis' salary for the position, which was 822,500 a year. Montjoy will leave her current position as court- house janitor, which will become a part-time (5 days, 4 hours a day) position that will be open soon to inter- views. Judge Executive Lowell Jamison noted that six ap- plications had been taken for the solid waste coordina- tor's position. Bath County Emergen- cy Management Director Stephanie Stewart was also hired as the county's fflood plain c0olinr," hffff [lt will receive an additional By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com Members of the Bath County Fiscal Court made a number of appointments during their first meeting of 2014 to fill open positions. The late Ray Ellis, who passed away on Oct. 6, 2013, following injuries sustained in a traffic accident, was the county's solid waste coordi- nator and flood plain coordi- nator. Following a nearly hour long executive session last Thursday morning, court members voted unanimous- ly to hire Francis Montjoy as solid waste coordinator. Montjoy.was also appointed as record keeper for the count, road department Used Cars of Owingsviile 164 Exit 121 Across from Dollar General Phone: 606-674-6280 2005 Explorer Sport Trac 4x4 $8,995 2003 Cadillac DeVille 2001 Chevy Impala $3,995 2001 Chevy Lumina $1,500 2003 Chevy Silverado 4x4 $3,995 Tax & Title due at signing $7000 a year for the job. Jamison said that the posi- tion will fit in with the work she already does. Court members also dis- cussed the need to hire a part-time female deputy jail- er to assist with transporting juvenile females to the juve- nile facility in Boyd County. The position will pay $8 an hour and will require a crim- inal background check. Stewart told court mem- bers that, following an as- sessment of Bath County Emergency Management in November 2013, that her of- rice's score improved by ten points. She said that the score could be improved more if her office had a xteputy di- rector "Arid that Mark Coyle has volunteered for that po- sition. She noted that Coyle was beginning his required 16 hours of training during this week in Menifee County. Coyle is currently employed by the county as a part-time dispatcher and with the am- bulance service. While not requiring action from court members, the commission- ers said that there was no problem with Coyle being named deputy. In other business, court members also: - heard from County Trea- Photo by Cecil Lawson Stephanie Stewart, Bath County's Emergency Manage- ment Director, shown above speaking to members of tile Fiscal Court on Thursday morning, was appointed as the county's flood plain coordinator. Francis Mont- joy was also hired as the county's solid waste coordi- nator. The late Ray Ellis, who died following a traffic accident in Oct. 2013, held both positions. surerDoug Copher that this month's jail bill was just over $21,000; - agreed to move ahead with bids for the county's solid waste collection/dis- posal services (the current contract with Veolia runs out on March 31) after County Attorney Leslie Smith re- views the existing contract; - approved an annual af- filiation agreement between the Fiscal Court, Emergen- cy Management, and the Bath County Rescue Squad; heard from Judge Jamison that he has instruct- ed Animal Control Officer David Jackson to take all tray dogs to the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Morehead because the county is under contract with them; - heard from 911 Dispatch Director Ricky Faudere that the county is soon going to have to replace its nine year old computer-assisted dis- patch (CAD) system in the near future, which may cost an estimated $220,000. 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