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News Outlook May 13, 2021 9 By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com Owingsville City Coun- cil members time during their regular May meeting on Monday to remember one of their own who lost a fight with COVID-19 on May 7. Ed McDaniel was be- ginning to serve his third term on the Owingsville City Council this, af- ter having taken office in 2017. He was also a well-known barber for many years, operated McDaniel’s Concessions, and managed the coun- ty’s property at Preston Court Days for the past several years. Mayor Gary Hunt asked council members to remember McDaniel in a moment of silence and had council member Jackie Anderson to say a prayer for his family in this trying time. “We as a council, as a community, are really going to miss Ed,” Hun said. McDaniel’s funeral will be held on Thursday at 11 am. at the Michael R. Gray Funeral Home. Hunt also noted that the city has also recent- ly lost two former first ladies, Cuba Rister and Wilma Havens, and he asked council members to remember them and their families as well. His remembrance was followed by a discussion on how to fill his vacant seat on the council. May- or Hunt said the council had 30 days to make a decision and that with previous vacancies, the council had asked the next previous highest vote-getter from the last election to serve. During the 2020 elec- photo by Cecil Lawosn tion, Rhonda Whitehead was one of seven individ- uals who ran for the six seats on the council. Council member An- derson made a motion to nominate Whitehead for the vacancy, and council member Karen Ratliff seconded, but when it came to time to take the vote, Anderson and Ratliff voted in fa- vor of Whitehead while council members Laura Ellen Goodpaster and Steve Bashford voted no. Mayor Gary Hunt, for the time in memory, had to cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of asking White- head to serve (Council member Chris Crockett was not present for Mon- day’s meeting). During the meeting council members also approved a first read- ing of an amendment to the city’s water and sewer rates, which will pass along a water rate increase from the Bath County Water District (and ultimately from the Morehead Utility Plant Board) and Will amount to a cent increase per gallons for resi- COMMUNITY dential customers. The amendment also includes increases in new water meter hook-ups from to for residen- tial customers as well as increases in sewer tap-on fees from to for residential custom— ers and to for residential grinder pumps. Mayor Hunt also said that everything is on track so far to celebrate ‘May Day and the Miss Bath County Pageant on Saturday, June He said there will be the annual Firefighters Pancake Breakfast, vendors down- town, and a parade at 1 pm. down Main Street. The pageant will take place at the High School Auditorium at 7 pm. with some limits to seating due to social distancing requirements. Hunt also said that this year’s May Day celebration will also seeing the return of out- house races. - He also told council members that he has wel- comed new businesses to town — JC Photography and Fig House Designs and KY Premier Liqui- dators — and he gave an update on the upcoming F rito-Lay Distribution Warehouse, to be located behind Save-A-Lot, which is currently obtaining its building permit from the state and which may be completed by the end of the summer. He also gave his monthly alcohol bever- age control administra- tor’s report, noting that the Dollar General Store is now selling package beer and Los Tres Aga- ves is selling alcohol by the drink, and that pack- age beer liCenses are pending for Owingsville Valero and Town & Coun- try. He also said that two potential liquor store li- censes are pending for Dave’s Discount Tobacco and at the former ortho- dontics building. A special called meet- ing is scheduled to be held on Thursday, May at noon, to hold a sec- 'atOl’ld reading of the water and sewer rate amend- ment and a first reading of the city’s bud- get. Two Kentucky Transporta- tion Cabinet projects totaling will bring new pave- 11 in Fleming and Bath coun- ties later this month. On Tuesday, May 18, contractors will begin pav- ing miles of KY (Elizaville Road) in Fleming County from Cassidy Pike past the high school to the KY 11—Flemingsburg bypass intersection. (This work will take place one week after the previously announced sched- ule due to weather forecasts.) Paving on KY 32 includes a thin layer of microsurface — a polymer-based blacktop — that will be applied to all lanes of the highway to preserve the asphalt pavement under- neath. During paving operations, which will take about two days, motorists should expect lane closures and flagged traf- fic on KY as well stopped traffic at crossroads and en— trances. Delays are likely. St. Claire HealthCare (SCH) received its first allocation of the Pfizer- BioNTech COVID-19 Vac- cine just as the U.S. Food and Drug Administra- tion (FDA) expanded the emergency use to include adolescents as young as years of age. While SCH has administered at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine to more than patients since January, vac- cines were only available to patients and older until now. “We knew the Pfizer vac- cine would increase our effectiveness in the fight against COVID by allow- ing us to vaccinate and 17—year-olds, but today’s FDA announcement made it a complete a game- changer for our efforts to Two KYTC Projects Totaling $574,000 to Bring New Pavement to Fleming, Bath Counties MICROSURFACING SET FOR PARTS OF KY 32, KY 1 1 ment to parts of KY 32 and KY' Beginning around May contractors will apply a mi— crosurface treatment to miles of KY 11 (Flemingsburg Road) in the Bethe] area of Bath County. During paving, KY 11 will be restricted to one-lane traffic. In addition, cross-road traffic could be stopped at times. Construc-i tion will take approximately two days. Motorists should expect delays. The paving work is be- ing done under two low-bid Transportation Cabinet con- tracts: for KY awarded to American Pave- ments Inc.; and for KY 32 awarded to Strawser Construction Inc. Road work schedules are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Mo— torists are asked to heed all warning signs, slow down in. work zones and remain aware of workers and construction equipment when traveling. St. claire llealtneare to Begin littering noun-19 Vaccine to Individuals Ages 12 8. III! make the community safr again,” said Will Melahn MD, SCH Chief Medica‘ Officer/VP for Medical At fairs. 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