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News Outlook July 08, 2021 3 OBITUARIES/COMMUNITY JOHN J. IARKIN John J. Larkin, 77, of Bath County, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, June 19, 2021, at his home. He was born on May 30, 1944 in Orange County, New York, to the late John Lar- kin and Helen Larkin. John was proud to have served his country as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. He was a graduate of The ’ State University of New York, New Paltz, where he received a degree in Chem- istry and African Studies. Most of John’s working ca- reer was spent as a quality control executive and con- sultant. John loved spend- ing time with his dogs and horses. When he wasn't working on the farm, he en- joyed using his MacGyver- like skills to fix just about anything, and enjoyed reading. Survivors include his wife, Jan Simpson Lar- kin; two daughters: Kate Larkin of Memphis, Ten- nessee, and Jill Haney (Jef- fery Burns) of Mt Sterling; one son, John Paul Lar- kin of Preston, Kentucky; one granddaughter, Jenna Paige Haney of Mt Ster- ling; and one sister, Jeanne Reagan (Lowell) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There will be no services at this time. The Michael R. Gray Funeral Home, 89 Slate Avenue, Owingsville, Kentucky 40360 is caring for all arrangements. To View the online memorial and sign the guest book, please visit www.mrglh. com. The Montgomery Coun- ty Conservation District has received notice that a . major soil and water stew- ardship project has been -' approved for the upper ' portion of the Slate Creek ‘ watershed, which encom- passes most of the county south of I-64 and southeast of Mount Sterling. The project will be fund- ed by the Environmental Quality Incentives Pro- gram (EQIP) managed by the USDA Natural Re~ sources Conservation Ser- vice, and is focused on pro- tecting the quality of water treated for drinking water purposes. Slate Creek is thesaurce of drinking wa- ter‘for Mount Sterling and Montgomery County. Ap- plications for conservation practice funding are now being accepted at the local NRCS._office. The “Slate Creek Water- shed Protection Project” will distribute NRCS EQIP funding to farmers and landowners seeking im— provements‘on their prop- erty which reduce erosion, stabilize streambanks, improve management of anirnal waste, increase soil health, and protect water quality; ‘ Such practices include fencing livestock from stream corridors, in- stalling upland livestock waterers and water lines, placing livestock shade structures, stabilizing strearnbanks and heavy use areas, constructing animal waste management facilities, pasture renova- tion, and soil health im- provement. EQIP funding is provid-l ed at a flat rate, depending on the conservation prac— tice implemented. Higher payments are available for historically. underserved producers, such as begin- : ning farmers, limited re- : source farmers, and social- ...Wm-«g. w H...‘ 1y disadvantaged farmers. EQIP rates are currently being revised, but will like- 1y closely reflect the 2021 rates. Interest in the project has been growing over the past eight years, due to the success of a similar proj- ect in the Hinkston Creek Watershed, which encom- passes the northern part of Montgomery County and portions of Bourbon, Nich- olas, and Bath counties. Farmers in the Slate Creek watershed expressed in- terest in support for the types of stream protection fencing, stock waterers, stream crossing, erosion control, and pasture reno- vation projects undertaken by Hinkston farmers. The Montgomery County Con- servation District has been working with NRCS and other partners for several years to bring a project for the Slate Creek area to fruition. While portions of Slate Creek have acceptable water quality, localized sections are degraded by high bacteria levels, sedi- ment and siltation, and nutrients from livestock manure and fertilizer. The drinking water intake for Mount Sterling and Mont- gomery County is located on Slate Creek at Howards Mill. In addition, the area that drains into Greenbrier Creek and the reservoir also affect the quality of water processed by the treatment plant. Project sponsors are hopeful that producers in those areas will take advantage project funding to address live- stock, soil health, and ero- sion issues on their land. For more information, contact the Montgomery County Conservation Dis- trict and the local NRCS of- fice at 859-498-5487 x3 Powell Funeral Home Robbie Powell Funeral Director __ www. owellfhsaltlick.com 39 Main Street PO Box 294 Salt Lick, KY 40371 Office: 606-683-2871 - Fax: 606-683-5221 owe/lfunera/homema/‘I. com HARMON MONUMENTS Owners: Derek and Bethany Harmon FLEMING COUNTY MONUMENT CO. LLC ., .2390 Bypass Rd, Fierningsburg, KY 41041 606-876-5174 Find us on Facebook! Harmon Monuments Sharpsburg to host Lexington Children’s Theater, receive park improvements FUNDING THROUGH ROBERT L. BROWN FOUNDATION By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com There’s going to be a lot going on in the City of Sharpsburg the next few weeks, and City Council members got a preview during a rescheduled reg- ular July meeting on Tues- day evening. Council members heard from Lisa Adkins, Direc- tor and CEO of the Blue- grass Community Foun- dation, and Brian Dineen, the Foundation’s Finance Director, regarding up- coming projects made pos— sible through the Robert L. Brown Foundation. Brown, a resident of Sharpsburg who owned the long-running fam- ily business, R. L. Brown Company, on Main Street, passed away in 2015. Ad- kins said the Bluegrass Community Foundation had worked with him dur- ing his lifetime and that he left a “substantial chari- table legacy” through the Robert L. Brown Founda- tion. Adkins said that while Brown’s foundation has helped to maintain the Sharpsburg Community Center, it was ultimately set up to “improve the quality of life for Sharps- burg and Bath County.” Lori Garkovich, who is now retired, and most recently, Ethan Howard, both with the Bluegrass Community Foundaton, have worked directly with Mayor Dorothy Clemons and the city along with the Robert L. Brown Founda- tion. This year, Adkins said, the foundation has helped to pay'for eight campers and four counselors to at- tend the North Central 4-H Camp in Carlisle, and it has provided funding to keep open the Sharpsburg Branch of the Bath County Memorial Library five days a week during the summer from 9:30 to 5:30 each day. Upcoming projects fund- ed by the foundation also include summer camp for the Lexington Children’s Theater, which will be held July 26-30 at the Commu- nity Center, with 26 8-to- 14 year olds in attendance, and over half of them from the Sharpsburg area; and several major improve- ments to the Sharpsburg City Park, to include picnic tables, trashcan, shade sta- tion, upgrades to the bas- ketball court, new soccer goals, and new basketballs and soccer balls. Adkins said the park is “an incredible green space in the middle of the com- munity,” and there are fu- ture plans to continue with improvements to park, in- cluding the development of a master plan with com- munity input. She called the park “a signature proj- ect for the foundation.” photos by Cecil Lawson. Brian Dineen and Lisa Adkins, both standing, with the Bluegrass Community Founda- tion, spoke with Sharpsburg City Council members on Tuesday evening about upcoming projects and events made possible through the Robert |.. Brown Foundation. Also shown above are council members Thelma June Gulley and Patsy Richardsdon and Mayor Doro- thy Clemons. Adkins said the imme- diate park project should be completed in time for a Back to School Bash, which Mayor Clemons said is being sponsored by Bath County 4-H and the Bethel Homemakers on August 5, from 5 to pm. Clemons said the city was “blessed and thankful that he [Brown] thought of us,” and Council member David Jones said he was appreciative of everything the foundation had done for the city. Council members also heard from Gateway Area Development District Di- rector Josh Farrow, who was in attendance to dis- cuss the upcoming Opera- tion Gateway Kentucky as well as other upcoming projects for the city. Farrow said Bath Coun- ty‘s six public utilities held a meeting on June to discuss how to spend $459,075 in funds received by the county under Sen- ate Bill 36. Senate Bill 36 was signed into law this year and gov- erns the allocation of $250 million from the federal government to public wa- ter and sewer utilities across the state. $150 mil- lion was allocated to all 120 Kentucky counties based on population, $50 million for drinking water projects to unserved rural areas, and $49.9 million for any projects that go over their county allocation. Funds will be overseen by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority. At the June meeting, which included represen- tatives for the Bath Coun- ty Water District, Bath County Sanitation District, City of Owingsville Water District, City of Owings- ville Sewer District, City of Sharpsburg, and the Sharpsburg Water District, Farrow said a consensus was reached that each of the six districtswould re- ceive an equal portion of the total, or $76,512 each for projects. Farrow said they also agreed that if they had» not used their funding within a year, they would meetagain to redis- tribute it. 2 Projects prioritized in- cluded tank refurbish- ment for the Bath County .121 E.,_Maitt.St. ’ Owingsville, KY 40360 606-674-2922 Continuing a, Tradition of Excellent Service Our caring staff is hereto help you Cathy Richardson - Owner Ginny Richardson Clark - Co-Owner/Licensed Embalmer/Funeral Director/insurance Agent Gary Boyd -' Licensed Funeral Director Crystal Monfloy Day - Level Apprentice Funeral Director Kenneth Lewis - Level Apprentice Funeral Director/ Embalmer Brent Richardson - Licensed Embalmer/Funeral Director Water District, water line replacement and lagoon system cleaning for the City of Owingsville, and se- curity updates for the City of Sharpsburg Packag Treatment Plant. v Farrow noted that these funds would not go a long way. because of prevailing wage requirements for projects as well as engi- neering costs. Clemons said while she appreciated the furids allo- cated to the City of Sharps- burg, she said that any ma-_ jor project still requires the city to be able to maintain it once it is built, after the grant funds are used. She noted that the city is still making payments on 40 year USDA loan for its sewer treatment plant, and the city’s sewer service barely breaks even each month. She also repeated something she said at last month’s meeting, that calls to expand the city’s sewer system by Judge/Execu- tive Bobby Rogers and oth- ers outside-the city would not be financially feasible / for the city. “I’m just looking at the big picture. Once you build a project, how are you doing to keep it go- ing,” she asked. She added that a few years ago, the city had of- fered to expand its sewer service to the Oaklawn Subdivision, but the major- ity of Oaklawn residents had rejected that offer. The city will also be re- ceiving funds from the American Rescue Plan Act this year, and Mayor Clemons said it would “take a lawyefl torfigure out exactly what the funds might be used éfo’r} since there are so many restric- tions on how, they may be used. Farrow agreed'and, called the guide- - lines “very, very picky.” In other matters, council members also: - accepted a bid from Harold Massey, to paint the exterior of the Sharps- burg Community Center for $7550. Mayor Clemons . said she had attempted to contact Tommy Little of Winchester to ask him to submit a bid, at the request of council member Rocky Roberts, but Little had not returned multiple calls and messages. - heard from Mayor Clemons that recent pay- ments on the city’s delin- quent taxes how brought down the outstanding bal- ance to $1840. Clemons also reported that Sharpsburg Stop N Shop had recently received a civil summons from Mid- South Capital Partners, and she was advised by city attorney Earl Rogers III that the property would likely be sold at a master commissioner’s sale. She noted that the property owners owe the city $5052 in back taxes from 2017- 2020, and she had filed a lien on the property in 2019. Clemons told council members that there has been forward movement on - a Transportation Al- ternative Program (TAP) grant to improve drainage on West Tunnel Hill road and to construct a side- walk from the Community Center to the City Park, and the project should get started later this year. Council members went into closed session for about five minutes to discuss a personnel mat- ' ter, and upon returning to open session, voting to give a raise to the city’s wa- ter and sewer supervisor, Steve Faudere, to $2000 a month. 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