On the passing of Anne M Gibbs

Anne Moffett Gibbs died on 2 February 2017.

The South Frankfort Neighborhood Association pays its respects to Anne as a tenacious citizen-advocate for Frankfort and Franklin County.

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Capital Expo Festival described in 1984

This description is from:
A Guide to Fairs and Festivals in the United States (1984)
By Frances Shemanski
Greenwood Publishing Group

 

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Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Approves Loans for Frankfort sewer & storm water work

[excerpt from State press release, 10 Feb 2017]

The City of Frankfort was approved for six loans addressing sanitary sewer and storm water issues throughout the city.  The city is under an agreed order with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Kentucky Division of Enforcement in the Energy and Environment Cabinet.

Frankfort’s wastewater system has about 14,000 customers and treats wastewater for an area of Woodford County that includes 21 customers.

The Authority approved a loan of $2,041,000 to rehabilitate and replace about 41,500 linear feet of old sewer lines with 12 to 24 inch PVC gravity lines to relieve flooding in the Cloverdale and Cougar Lane areas.  The project will also eliminate the recurring sanitary sewer overflow and reduce the inflow/infiltration into sanitary sewers.  

The loan is repayable over 20 years at an interest rate of 1.75 percent.

Bids will be advertised on December 31, 2017 with construction expected to begin a year later and be completed in February 2018.

A loan of $1,853,750 was approved for the Franklin/Meagher Avenue sanitary sewer improvements and the Willow Street storm water management project.

The loan is repayable over 20 years at a 1.75 percent interest rate.

The rehabilitation and replacement of about 4,200 linear feet of old sewer lines with 12 to 24 inch PVC gravity lines will relieve flooding conditions in the Willow Street subdivision.  The project area is included in the Frankfort Sewer Department’s efforts to reduce the infiltration and inflow of storm water entering the sanitary sewer lines in the Thornhill subdivision.

Bid opening is scheduled for December 2017 and construction is to begin in January 2018.  Completion is scheduled for February 2019.

The Board approved Frankfort’s request for $1,954,500 for the Holly Hills and Meadowview storm water management project to relieve flooding conditions for Holly Hills and reduce the inflow/infiltration into the sanitary sewer system in both neighborhoods.

The project will replace or rehabilitate about 43,500 linear feet of old sewer lines with PVC gravity lines that run from six to twelve inches and replace 216 manholes.

At present the Meadowview sewers flow into the West Frankfort pump station which has a recurring sanitary sewer overflow.

The loan was approved at a 1.75 percent interest rate repayable over 20 years.

Bids should be opened in December 2017 and the project completed by January 2019.

Frankfort’s request for a loan for the amount of $1,202.660 repayable over 20 years, was approved by the Authority.  The 1.75 percent loan provides funds for the replacement of the Silverlake subdivision pump station with a new, more reliable submersible pump station, the replacement of three or more manholes and about 100 linear feet of gravity sewer to route existing sewer lines to the new pump station.

The station will include a new valve vault, control building and stand-by generator with a backup power.  It will accommodate maintenance without the need for confined space entry—a concern with the current station.  Though the new pump station will have a smaller capacity overall, a larger wet well will be added.

Bids are expected to be opened in June 2016 and construction completed by August 2017.

The Authority approved a $2,175,965 loan for a project in the upper section of the Two Creeks subdivision and Blanton Acres.  The 20-year loan is repayable at a 1.75 percent interest rate.

The project will replace existing pipe linings, replace service connections and repair broken or fractured pipe lines.  Lines in the Two Creeks area will be increased in size to reduce the risk of sanitary sewer overflow.  The Blanton Acres storm water project will manage localized drainage, flooding and storm water issues and assist with the implementation of a pollution program.  

Bid opening is scheduled for December 2017 and construction completed by August 2019.

The city’s request for a loan of $1.6 million was approved by the Authority. The loan for the East Main interceptor project is repayable over 20 years at a 1.75 percent interest rate.

The project includes the construction of 2,900 linear feet of interceptor lines, a new lateral extension to provide service to downstream properties, as well as tests and repairs on existing lines. The construction site runs from near east Broadway to East Main Street near Martin Luther King Blvd.

Construction is scheduled to begin in July and be completed by August 2017.

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Volunteers needed – New Leash on Life / support our animals

The New Leash On Life thrift store seeks volunteers that can “Lend a Paw” or contribute 2-hour shifts (more is wonderful) Tues – Sat.

Store hours are Fri. & Sat. 9 am – 5 pm & open throughout the week for donation drop off.

Volunteer opportunities include: display, sales, item research, donation pick-ups,  cleaning, media contact, graphic design and photography.

New ideas are encouraged and welcome!  We would like the store to be open for shoppers more than Fri. and Sat. — but need new volunteers to achieve that goal.

Jean Unglaub
Volunteer Coordinator
Franklin County Humane Society
shelter: 502/875-7297(PAWS)  cell: 859/340-0160
jeanunglaub.fchs@gmail.com

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2017 Budgeting Process Frankfort Independent Schools

The following email came from Libby Marshall <libby.marshall211@gmail.com>

Subject: FIS Budgeting Process

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Whether you have children in the Frankfort Independent Schools or not, this school system influences so much about our community that you need to have a direct voice if you wish.  Here is how the budgeting process will go.

The Tentative Working Budget, which is the “almost final budget,” will be submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education by May 31.  The budget may be modified in September, after state and local revenues are more final, but it is the process going on now that will develop school and district staffing and programming.

The board has met with the Second Street School and Frankfort High School school based decision making councils and with the administrator for Rosenwald Empowerment Preparation Academy to discuss the staffing and resources requests for each school.  The board met in a day long retreat to hear the superintendent’s recommendations and  continue budget deliberations.

The board is meeting the second and fourth Mondays of each month. The next meeting will be Monday, February 13, 2017, at 6:00 pm at the central office.  It is best to check the board website for board meeting locations (link attached below).

The central office is on Wilkinson Boulevard in the former PUSH building next to the Wilkinson Street School.

There is a period for public comment at the beginning of each board meeting. You are also welcomed to contact Houston Barber or any of the board members.

Know that your participation in the school system is valued and vital to the progress that we must make together for the future of our historic downtown community.

Link to board meeting information:
http://www.frankfort.k12.ky.us/SchoolBoard.aspx

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7 Feb 2017 FPB Special Board Meeting

The Frankfort Electric and Water Plant Board will hold a Special Board Meeting to conduct a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Farmers Bank & Capital Trust located at 125 W. Main Street, Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601 to solicit oral or written comments.

FEBRUARY 7, 2017 SPECIAL BOARD MEETING AGENDA

(1) Increasing rate for Classic Cable service
(2) Increasing rate for Bulk Cable I and II
(3) Reducing rate for HBO
(4) Changing names and speeds for High-Speed Internet offerings

http://fpb.cc/meetings/2017/2/6/special-board-meeting

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NPS Preservation Brief on improving energy efficiency

NPS issued a recently revised Preservation Brief on improving energy efficiency:

·   https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/3-improve-energy-efficiency.htm

the illustrated sustainability guidelines for rehabilitating historic buildings,

·   https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/rehabilitation/sustainability-guidelines.pdf (publication)

·   https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/rehabilitation/guidelines/index.htm (interactive web feature)

as well as the following guidance:

·   Sustainability – https://www.nps.gov/tps/sustainability.htm

·   Solar panels – https://www.nps.gov/tps/sustainability/new-technology/solar-on-historic.htm

·   Green roofs – https://www.nps.gov/tps/sustainability/new-technology/green-roofs.htm

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workshop: Making Wooden Storm Windows

Making Wooden Storm Windows
Presented By
The Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation

February 17, 18 & 19, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
521 Bird Street, Hannibal, Missouri 63401

If you’ve ever thought about installing wooden storm windows on your house or building, this is the workshop you don’t want to miss. This workshop is truly woodworking 101 for anyone regardless of your skill level. It is also the only time we’re offering this workshop in 2017.

Making Wooden Storm Windows is a fun and intense, three-day, hands-on learning experience. Students will how to make wooden storm windows. You will be part of a team building exterior storms for the windows in the circa 1859 historic Lamb-Munger Mansion in the Central Park National Historic District in Hannibal, Mo.

This is a tuition-based class with a limit of 10 students. You will be working side-by-side all three days in the shop with instructor Bob Yapp. Bob has been a woodworker and furniture designer/maker for 44 years.

This will be an intense, learn-by-doing opportunity. You will learn why wood storms are important, how to measure an opening for a storm, how to grade/pick lumber, storm sash construction, glass/screen installation weather-stripping & installation techniques. We will be constructing two types of storm sash:

1) Traditional wood storms with puttied glass.

2) Combination wood storm/screen sash with removable glass from the inside of the property. At the end of the three days you will know from beginning to end, how to completely build both wood storm windows. All students completing the class will receive a “Certificate of Completion”.

Homeowners, small contractors, preservation staff, preservation commission members, hp students and historic building owners will all benefit from this hands-on, traditional training event. All skill levels are encouraged to sign up.

Tuition for this three-day workshop is $400 and includes morning coffee/snacks, beverages and lunch. Space is limited to ten students in each session and pre-registration is required to secure a spot in the class.

Inexpensive motels as well as bed & breakfast inns are available for out of town students. For more information or to pre-register call Bob Yapp, 217-474-6052 or email him, yapperman@msn.com

February 17, 18 & 19, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

 

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public comments on two-way Main Street Dec 2016 – January 2017

Attached you will find information and a website for the City’s Two Way Main Street Project.  Please take some time to look at the proposed scope and give your comments on the website.

All comments regarding the project will be compiled and forwarded to the Commission.

Feel free to pass this on to anyone you feel would be interested or have an opinion about the project.

There are plans to have a public meeting about this, comments may also be submitted as part of regular City Commission work sessions.

West Main Street Flyer

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A a quarterly newsletter for the people of Franklin County

Franklin County Fiscal Court Expands Outreach to Community

In their continuing effort to expand outreach to the citizens of the county the Franklin County Fiscal Court has entered into an agreement with TCHQ Communications of Frankfort to produce and distribute a quarterly newsletter for the people of Franklin County.

“This is a unique opportunity for us,” Judge/Executive Huston Wells said. “We will be in the mail boxes of all county residents four times a year, letting them know what county government is doing and what’s happening in the community, and it won’t cost tax payers a dime.”

Printing and distribution, which will be done though the United States Postal Service, of the Franklin County News will be paid for through advertising dollars. “Business and non-profit organizations interested in advertising will be able to reach every mail box in the county for as little as .0079 cents per household.” Said Leo Haggerty, founder of TCHQ Communications. Non-profit agencies will receive a 25% discount.

“Communication is very important. That has been one of the priorities of this Fiscal Court. I see this as an extension of the work we have done with our website and social media.” Judge Wells went on to say.

“Businesses interest in adverting should call (502) 209-7619 or visit www.FranklinCoNews.com for more information.” Haggerty pointed out. “The first issue will be delivered to the Post Office mid-February and should be in mail boxes a couple of days later.”

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