KY History Half Road Closures
see the announcement here: history-marathon
KY History Half Road Closures
see the announcement here: history-marathon
Gov. Bevin Launches ‘Beautify the Bluegrass’ Initiative
Contest encourages Kentuckians to make their communities shine
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2017) – Gov. Matt Bevin today launched his new “Beautify the Bluegrass” initiative, calling on Kentuckians to come together to make their hometowns shine.
“I want to encourage people in every Kentucky community to figure how out they can become the most beautiful community in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Bevin. “The concept is simple: Identify a problem that needs attention, and then find a way to get involved in repairing, enhancing or beautifying it.”
Gov. Bevin invites citizens to form volunteer teams and set to work improving the aesthetics of a neglected area of their town. Projects can include removing litter, mowing, landscaping or other visual improvements.
Kentuckians who wish to participate in this contest are invited to take the following simple steps:
1) Find an area in your community that needs cleanup, repair or enhancement.
2) Recruit a team to help. Teams can consist of 1 to 200 participants.
3) Take several before, during and after photos to clearly display how your project made a difference.
4) Upload your photos and project information using the entry form on the “Beautify the Bluegrass” webpage (governor.ky.gov/services/beautify-the-bluegrass) by Sept. 20.
Note: Please ensure that your team has permission from property owners (or public officials in the case of public property) before beginning your project. And please work safely, using safety gear appropriate to the job.
The winning team will be notified in October, and Gov. Bevin and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will host a catered barbecue (not provided at taxpayer expense) for up to 200 team members in that community.
Participants can also access the entry form and share project updates on the “Beautify the Bluegrass” Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BeautifyTheBluegrass).
The application was provided by Frankfort-based Kentucky Interactive, LLC (aka Kentucky.gov) via a public-private partnership at no cost to the Governor’s Office.
Frankfort Flood Wall Exercises to Temporarily Close Streets
August 14, 2017 – Frankfort Public Works has announced that its Flood Wall Division will be conducting a routine Floodwall Exercise on Friday, August 25, 2017.
The Exercise consists of installing Floodwall closures at appropriate locations around the City, according to Streets Superintendent Keith Meriwether. The Division conducts the Floodwall Exercise periodically to ensure the system will work properly if needed during potential flooding events throughout the year, said Meriwether.
Installation of the Floodwall closures will result in the temporary closing of multiple streets. However, these street closings are estimated to last only two to four hours.
At approximately 4 p.m. on August 25 Battle Alley and the parking area behind the Public Safety Building at 300 West Second Street will be closed.
At approximately 8 p.m. on August 25 Bridge Street and the access road behind Buffalo Trace and adjacent to Lewis Ferry Road will be closed.
Citizens are encouraged to find alternate routes during these closures. Estimated duration of these closures is approximately two hours, however, the closures may last longer depending on unforeseen circumstances.
The Frankfort Police Department is seeking information about two armed robberies and an attempted robbery early Monday morning.
A delivery truck driver told police, who were dispatched at 4:41 a.m. to DaVinci’s Pizza on Louisville Road, that someone pointed a handgun at him and took his wallet, according to a police department news release.
Two hours later a female victim reported that a man pointed a gun at her and took money from her at 333 E. Fourth St. in south Frankfort. A few minutes later, in an attempted robbery on nearby Felmer Court, someone pointed a gun at a third victim and demanded money but fled.
“We’re looking at every angle but, yes, they could very well be connected,” Capt. Chris Quire said Wednesday.
The victim at DaVinci’s described the suspect as “a black male between 5’10 to 6’2 with short hair and a slightly muscular build,” according to the news release. The robber fled on foot, but the victim noticed a suspicious vehicle leaving the area. It was a “black or dark-colored import sedan with a loud exhaust.” The victim in the robbery on Fourth Street described that robber as a black male wearing “a dark blue or black zip-up hooded sweatshirt with a dark blue or black bandana over his face,” according to the news release.
The victim in the attempted robbery on Felmer Court described the gunman as wearing a navy blue sweatshirt with his or her face covered. The theft of a small drone from a vehicle was also reported in the area, but police do not know if there is a connection between the theft and the robberies, according to the news release.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Kenny Keith at 502-875-8523 or Frankfort Crime Stoppers at 502-875-8648.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers online at www.frankfortcrimestoppers.com or by texting FCS and a message to 274637.
After 10 years of anticipating the necessity and considering input from engineering consultants, local residents and FPB staff, the Frankfort Plant Board finalized plans to replace the 130-year-old water reservoir including approving a roof design. At its monthly meeting Tuesday night, the board also approved a fence design to enclose the site at Tanglewood, appointed an ethics committee, approved rental rates for the community room and discussed a Customer Service Action Plan.
Since 2007, Strand Associates, an engineering consulting firm, has assessed the reservoir and staff has made interim repairs as the tanks have shown signs of seepage and slippage. Tonight the board voted to move forward with the previously approved 7 million-gallon pre-stressed concrete tank incorporating the 1/10th rise dome. This roof option does not add any costs to the estimated $4 million in tank construction costs.
The board also approved installation of a new fence to enclose the reservoir site. The fence design, a seven-foot Black Aegis II fence on grade with ring detail and brick piers, was selected by the Tanglewood Neighborhood Association and accepted by the board.
Now that the fence design has been selected and approved, the next step of the process is to develop a landscaping plan. This will be presented at the board’s monthly meeting in August. After a planning review period, bidding and awarding the project contract and executing the contract, fence construction and landscaping is scheduled to be complete Oct. 2, 2018.
In other actions, the board created a three-member ethics committee and approved a financial disclosure form. The form requires board members, senior management and those involved in the procurement process at FPB to confirm that they have no financial interest in business dealings with FPB. The board appointed Steve Reeder, Paula Moore and Jill LeMaster to the Ethics Committee.
FPB’s new administration building includes a community room and kitchen that is available for rent to the public. In an effort to keep the costs low, the board approved rates that considered cost recovery only for cleaning expenses and no profit margin. The approved rental agreement consists of three rates: $100 for a half-day weekday, $150 for all day weekday and a $200 weekend daily rate.
At the May meeting, the board heard the results of a customer service survey, which indicated that 75 percent of FPB’s customers are satisfied overall with the customer service they’ve received in response to questions, problems or situations. The report also reflected that satisfaction with wait times to speak with a customer service representative was 54 percent, which was significantly lower than overall transaction satisfaction. Additionally, customer comments throughout the report suggested that wait times are often the reason for preventing overall scores from being higher.
In response, the board requested an action plan to address customer wait time and other efficiencies. At the July meeting, Customer Service Director Monique Avery discussed the prepared plan including 12 action steps to improve the overall customer experience. These steps include filling two vacant positions in the department, implementing online customer account actions, reviewing incoming call volumes, patterns and release codes that impact work time percentages, and implementing an electronic queuing system that will more efficiently route walk-in and phone customers.
The board appointed FPB General Manager Herbbie Bannister to represent FPB on the Kentucky Municipal Energy Agency (KyMEA) Board of Directors. It also appointed Assistant General Manager Hance Price as an Alternate Director. The board did not approve a confidentiality policy proposed by KyMEA.
Kelley Dearing Smith, Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the Louisville Water discussed the marketing plan for Louisville Pure Tap brand. This campaign accentuated that Louisville’s tap water is just as good, or even better than expensive, less-regulated bottles of water. FPB looks to follow this model to better promote Frankfort’s tap water.
Other board business included approval of agreement for Hosted PBX Service, approval of renewal of 5-year agreement with Killer Tracks for production music, approval of addendum to the Master Service Agreement with Spectrum to lease a 10-gigabit transport circuit and approval of agreement with Equinix to lease interconnections in the Equinix Data Center.
The board also approved an upgrade agreement with CenturyLink Communications for burstable internet bandwidth, approved an annual price contract for distribution transformers to Brownstone Electric Supply Company, and awarded contracts for conductors to Brownstone Electric Supply and Wesco Distribution.
The FPB Board of Directors’ next monthly meeting will be Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the FPB administration building at 151 Flynn Ave in Frankfort.
Space will once again be reserved for folks to view the fireworks display from the Capitol complex parking garage.
Facilities Management officers will be directing traffic to appropriate parking spots etc.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 • 9 A.M. – 3 P.M. • FREE
KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY
HAROLD R. BENSON RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATION FARM
1525 MILLS LANE, FRANKFORT, KY
This workshop is an opportunity for community members to learn about the basics of climate science and the best practices for framing conversations about climate change. Lunch will be provided.
Yesterday was the ribbon cutting for the solar array at the Juniper Hills Pro Shop. This solar lease project is the first in the state! Congratulations to everyone who made this project a reality, especially the expert team at Earth Tools and the municipal partners!