The Greenup City Council on Tuesday voted to take the steps necessary to have the state name a new bridge in the city named in honor of a former mayor and council member.
The council voted to have City Attorney R. Stephen McGinnis draft an ordinance requesting the bridge over the Little Sandy River be named for the late Jimmy Doran.
The council took the action following an emotional request from Doran’s daughter, Karen.
“Up until the day he died, (Doran) did not give up the fight to have this bridge replaced; he felt it was the lifeline to the city of Greenup,” she said. “Dad was one of many citizens of Greenup who dedicated a large portion of their time and energy to making the city of Greenup a great place to live and work.”
In addition to serving as mayor and on the city council, Doran — who died in November 2011 at 76 — was a volunteer firefighter and fire chief. As mayor, he helped secure grant funding for trees in the city park. As a council member, he would donate his monthly stipend to a worthy community cause discussed at that meeting.
Doran, along with a handful of other forward-thinking officials, was also instrumental in what may be Greenup’s most far-reaching contribution to the county: its water system. He worked with the late Mayor Charles Veach, J.B. Wright and others to secure funding and launch the first phase of the distribution system that serves much of rural Greenup County.
The new Little Sandy River Bridge — which connects Ky. 2541 (Main Street) and U.S. 23 — opened in September. It replaced a 127-year-old span closed by the state in 2003 because of structural deficiencies. The $6.2 million bridge has no official name.
Once the local resolution is adopted, the naming of the bridge for Doran would have to be approved by the General Assembly.
KENNETH HART can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2654.