Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

January 27, 2013

City of Greenup

Remodeling of offices under way

GREENUP — The city building in Greenup is getting a face-lift.

Officials say the changes will make the building more friendly to the public and safe and efficient for employees.

The building on Main Street houses the utility clerk’s offices, mayor’s office, police department, city garage and city council chambers.

Mayor Lundie Meadows said Friday about 80 percent of the work is completed, and the remainder will be done in the coming weeks. The rehab is expected to cost $19,000. Meadows noted the city budgeted for the work last year, prior to passing its controversial payroll tax.

The most expensive and needed repairs, Meadows said, were to the building’s electrical system. Many of the outlets did not work and extension cords were used to run computer equipment. Power often failed to those machines and lighting was poor, he said, noting workers also had to be careful to step over the cords crisscrossing the office.

In addition, electricians found several other safety issues when they began making initial repairs. Some wires in the ceiling were not properly taped or secured, while others were not tied into individual breakers but rather the building’s main power breaker. Phone and Internet lines were draped over walls doorways and running across the floor, Meadows said.

The situation was unsafe and needed to be remedied, he said. The electrical repairs have  been made and utility lines placed in the ceiling and behind walls.

Repairs to the building’s roof have also been completed, according to Meadows. In the area where the roof of the garage and city building meet, there were holes, which had been leaking for some time.

“It had just been patched and patched,” said Meadows. “We got in there and fixed it the right way.”

Changes were also made inside the police department. An evidence locker was moved to a more secure location inside the chief’s office and an open workspace created for the city’s other police officers. Before, Meadows said, they had no where to do paperwork or interviews.

In the front of the building, where the public has the most interaction with city utility staff, there is a “totally different view than you had before,” said Meadows. There will be two windows to conduct business, and a custom desk being built for the space can be used by left- or right-handed employees who can arrange cash drawers and other items.

Data ports have also been added to the space, which will allow workers to process debit and credit card payments there instead of having to go to another location inside the building to do so, Meadows said. A TV will also be added to the foyer and will display the city’s water system. Meadows said customers with water issues will be able to look at real-time information on the city’s pumps and water tank.

“It gives the customer a broad aspect of how big we are and what is going on in the area that they live in,” he said.

In addition, a new filing room has been created to house the city’s fax machine, printer and other electronic devices. New flooring for the utility office space has been let for bids.

Meadows said he thinks the public will be pleased. “It’s going to be more efficient for employes and nicer for customers.”

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Judge denies renewed motion to dismiss Rosen lawsuit

    A judge has refused to dismiss a former Boyd district and circuit judge’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law that affects his ability to run for re-election this fall.
    In an order entered on Friday, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas D. Wingate denied a renewed motion to dismiss by current Boyd Circuit Judge George W. Davis III, an intervening respondent in the suit filed in January by Marc I. Rosen.

    April 23, 2014

  • Ashland football players join special-needs students for prom

    The purple chiffon gown and the sparkling tiara are back in the closet four days after the big dance, but Karina McBride still hasn’t stopped talking about Saturday night — the decorations, boys bringing her cups of punch, her first kiss (on the cheek, her mother hastens to interject), and dancing the night away at her first prom.
    “She’s been flying high since that night,” said Michele Woods, who is Karina’s mother and who brought together friends and volunteers to organize a prom for special needs students.

    April 23, 2014

  • Concrete pouring at Putnam

    Workers are pouring concrete foundations at Putnam Stadium and once those are dry and cured will be ready to install seats at the historic arena.
    The workers are putting in 12-hour shifts to keep on schedule to complete the stadium’s reconstruction in time for this fall’s football opener, said site supervisor Craig Chinn of Trace Creek Construction.
    The most visible work is happening on the home-team side of the stadium, where workers Tuesday were setting forms for the cylindrical concrete piers that will support the seats. Once those are poured, cured and inspected they will add the seats.

    April 23, 2014

  • Unique races for Carter magistrates

    Carter County magistrate ballots are full of candidates eager to represent constituents in each of the five districts that make up the county’s fiscal court.
    Of the five seats available, three magistrates are seeking re-election: Clarence “Sonny” Fankell, D-Grayson, District 2; Clifford “Sodbuster” Roe, D-Olive Hill, District 4; and Brandon Burton, R-Olive Hill, District 5.
    The incumbents will each have to battle as many as three opponents in their district primaries next month before they can focus on reclaiming their magistrate titles in the November general election.
    This year’s magistrate race will host a total of 22 candidates, with 11 from Grayson, nine from Olive Hill and two from Denton.

    April 23, 2014

  • Martin County marks 50 years since LBJ visit

    Today marks 5o years since former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Inez resident Tom Fletcher and promised to end poverty in America on April 24, 1964. On Friday, Inez will be commemorating the occasion with a special event.

    April 23, 2014

  • Trail Town trial run to be in Olive Hill this Sunday

    Olive Hill will participate in a trial run this Saturday in the city’s push to become a certified Kentucky Trail Town.

    April 23, 2014

  • Some area farmers may be eligible for LIP program

    The Grayson  Farm Service Agency, (Boyd, Carter, Elliott and Lawrence) is having registration for the Livestock Indemnity Program to eligible producers who suffered losses beginning Oct. 1, 2011, and subsequent years.

    April 23, 2014

  • News in brief, 04/24/14

    The King’s Daughters Pregancy and Infant Loss Support Group invites families who have experienced the loss of an infant during pregnancy or following birth to participate in a butterfly release and prayer ceremony at 2 p.m. May 10 at the Ashland Central Park fountain.

    April 23, 2014

  • Garner hosting National Day of Prayer activities

    The Garner Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting day long events at the Kyova Mall to commemorate the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 1.

    April 23, 2014

  • Flatwoods mayoral debate set for Tuesday

    A public debate among the candidates seeking to become the next mayor of Flatwoods will take place next week.

    April 22, 2014