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City council passes responsible bidder ordinance

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SALYERSVILLE – Salyersville City Council met in regular session on Monday, March 18, discussing the flood damages, accepting a responsible bidder ordinance and an upcoming restaurant coming to Salyersville.

The council unanimously accepted the second reading of a responsible bidder ordinance, which will restrict who can bid on city projects, ensuring before projects are awarded that bidders conduct drug screenings, training programs, are properly bonded and have not been in any litigation with other government entities.

Salyersville Fire Chief and the City of Salyersville Emergency Management Director Paul Howard updated the council on the status of the city after the February flooding.

As has been reported in past issues, Magoffin County didn’t meet the threshold for individual assistance from FEMA, which would have required 75 to 8- homes to be destroyed with at least 18” of water in the living areas of the homes (not in basements, crawl spaces, etc.). He said in the city limits there were three homes that would have qualified, but Magoffin County did not qualify for personal assistance.

He said the county does meet the criteria for public assistance, with 10 sites in the city that he believes will qualify whenever a presidential declaration is signed. 

He said one of the worst sites with damages is Hornet Drive (going up to the middle school) where the hill is slipping off. He said a sewer line already exposed and if it breaks off any more they will have to look at closing that road, which is currently the only access road to the middle school and grade school. 

He said they originally had estimated the cost of repair at $26,000, but a representative with FEMA increased the estimate by roughly $100,000 since core drilling will be required. 

Damages on Coal Branch are estimated at $76,000, which will include replacing every tile along that road. Ramey Memorial Park sustained approximately $75,000 in damages, particularly to the ballfield fencing. 

Howard said there are around 10 roads and culverts considered as small jobs, which will more than likely be grouped together to qualify as another project as soon as the president signs a declaration.

In his mayor’s report, Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd said they are cleaning out Will May Branch and when it warms up some, they will be able to use some cold patch to fix small holes in roads. On Coal Branch he said they are putting down gravel at entryways for driveways that were washed off in the flooding. While the park took a lot of damage, he said they are working for at least temporary fixes so the youth baseball and softball can start on schedule. 

He also thanked the EKCC inmates that helped work on the park, cleaning up debris after the flooding, noting they couldn’t have done it the cleanup without them.
Shepherd also noted that Taco Bell broke ground for a new location on Restaurant Row, to be located behind Subway. 

Despite rumors, he said he met with the owner and McDonald’s has no plans of moving. He said they are wanting to move the entrance and they will have something come before the council about that later on. 

City Councilman Paul Montgomery said they have a lot of people from out of town come to the Masonic lodge for meetings, noting they have a hard time finding their building. Upon his motion, the council agreed to name the small road between the justice center and courthouse “Masonic Drive.” Shepherd said they would get the signage ordered.

Montgomery also brought up that people are driving fast on the access road in front of Lee’s and Dairy Queen, with Shepherd responding that the have started writing tickets there to get people to slow down. 

With all the dirt in the streets, Shepherd said they plan to wash off all the roads, including the drains, as soon as they can. 

The next regularly-scheduled Salyersville City Council meeting is slated for April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Salyersville City Hall.
 

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