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Pool may be too expensive to operate, annexation is key to future members say; 

 

LOUISA -- More territory, less expenses was the theme of a special meeting held last night at the Louisa City hall. Mayor Ted Preston and four of the six council members were there to discuss annexation procedures and the plight of the city swimming pool this summer.

Preston suggested that the city move forward on annexing an area contiguous to the present city limits that has no residents -- but does contain the Wal-Mart Shopping Center and both sides of new U.S. 23 down the 'new Louisa' strip which contains a motel and restaurants and will soon have another motel.

"I think we need to move on with this, this way we'll have this area in the city limits if and when it is developed even further, we have to do it to survive," said Council member Ben Wellman. 

The council members present discussed several areas where residents would like to be added to the city. "That process will begin, soon," Mayor Preston said. "But the issue before us is the annexation of this property that we have marked off."

Wellman made the motion to begin proceeding to annex the property which includes the Wa-Mart Shopping Center, and to have the land surveyed so that property owners can be notified properly and a canvas of the area to be annexed is done by the Louisa Police Dept. and other city works. The second was made by Lisa Schaeffer and the vote was 4-0 on the motion.

City Attorney Eldred "Bud" Adams advised the city on the proper procedure to move forward with the process. "In this case there does not have to be a vote on adding the property to the city limits but landowners may protest it, which would mean it would be placed on the ballot," Adams said. "But they are not qualified voters, at least in this case, so they cannot vote in an annexation election so it would be fruitless for them to protest." 

Adams also noted that the additional police protection, exemption from out of city fire tax, and other services the city offers would offset most of the additional city property tax, anyway. He said he does not forsee much, if any, objections by the property owners.

City coffers have been more than empty at times during the past year and adding new territory to build up the city where many of the popular new businesses are located, will surely help the city's bottom line. But will the present police force be able to handle the additional work? asked council member Gloria Johnson.

Police Chief Phillip Claxon was in attendance and confirmed that his six man staff will be able to handle the additional work.

"I believe in order for the city to grow and survive, that we need to add this area, so we will do what we have to do to cover it in the same manner we do the city," Claxon said.

 

Pool to close this Summer?

The City Swimming Pool has become a matter of serious concern for the cash strapped council and the city swimming pool, which cost taxpayers more than $11,000 in addition to what the pool actually took in, is currently sitting in the cross-hairs of city budget cuts even tough some work has already begun on the decades old facility.

Council members last night agreed to table the issue until a copy of this year's audit (hopefully in the next, week or so clerk Kathy Compton said) and make the determination of whether or not to open the pool this season. The usual opening is during the end of May.

Lack of strict financial management, and an out of control payroll were reasons mentioned at the meeting last night for the pool being so expensive. Plus, one member said, a new pump and other expensive items had to be purchased last year and the insurance premiums are $4,218 of the amount, Compton said. So maybe last year was not a typical year and the pool can operate more efficiently this season?

It will have to.

"We're just in a tough, tough situation and I think we really need to consider everything in this decision," Preston said. "The pool provides a lot of enjoyment and also a small payroll so it is good for the city in a lot of ways, we just have to see if we can watch it more closely and see if we can open it or not money wise," Preston said.

The city will call a special meeting when the information from the auditor is received to make the decision of the pool's fate this summer.

Drugs, burglary among charges for April Lawrence County grand jury

LOUISA -- A Lawrence County grand jury handed down the following indictments today:

Nathaniel M. Pack, 28, KY faces 1 to 5 years and/or fines up to $10,000 for Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree, Class D Felony, up to 12 months and/or fines of $500 for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Class A Misdemeanor, up to 90 days and/or $250 for Public Intoxication, Class B Misdemeanor, and up to 12 months and/or $250 for Endangering Welfare of a Minor, Class A Misdemeanor. On August 23, 2010, Pack was arrested for possession of oxycodone, syringes, public intoxication and failing to exercise control of a minor child.

Casey Holbrook, 28 of Louisa, KY was indicted and faces 1 to 5 years and/or fines up to $10,000 for each account of Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000, Class D felony, Wanton Endangerment in the 1st Degree, Class D Felony, Possession/Use of Drug Paraphernalia, Class A Misdemeanor, and Failure to Wear Seat Belts, Violation. On June 16, 2010 Holbrook was arrested for unlawful possession of 1991 Olds Cutlass, stolen from an Ashland resident, endangered a juvenile, adult and Trooper J. Partin by eluding arrest. Trooper Partin then found 2 syringes in the vehicle at the time of the arrest and was in violation of not wearing seat belt while driving.

Christopher D. Green, 19 of Salyersville, KY faces 1 to 5 years and/or fines up to $10,000 for 3 counts of Receiving Stolen Property, (Firearms) Class D Felony. Green also faces up to 90 days and/or fine of $250 for Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Original Container/Complicity, Class B Misdemeanor, License not in Possession, Speeding 20 MPH Over the Limit, Failure to Produce Insurance Card and No Registration. On November 7, 2010, Green acted alone or in complicity with Eric Allen and Shawn Desote in receiving stolen property listed as a Colt model 1911 .45 caliber pistol, and 2 Smith and Wesson .32 caliber pistol. Officers found Green to be in possession of schedule III controlled substance hydrocodone and schedule IV controlled substance alprazolam.

Eric Allen, 19 of Salyersville, KY faces 1 to 5 years and/or fines up to $10,000 for 3 counts of Receiving Stolen Property, Class D Felony and up to 90 days and/or fines of $250 for Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Original Container/Complicity. On November 7, 2010, Allen acted alone or in complicity with Christopher Green and Shawn Desote in receiving stolen property listed as a Colt model 1911 .45 caliber pistol, and 2 Smith and Wesson .32 caliber pistol. Officers found Green to be in possession of schedule III controlled substance hydrocodone and schedule IV controlled substance alprazolam.

Shawn Desote, 20 of Salyersville, KY faces 1 to 5 years and/or fines up to $10,000 for 3 counts of Receiving Stolen Property, Class D Felony and up to 90 days and/or fines of $250 for Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Original Container/Complicity. On November 7, 2010, Allen acted alone or in complicity with Christopher Green and Eric Allen in receiving stolen property listed as a Colt model 1911 .45 caliber pistol, and 2 Smith and Wesson .32 caliber pistol. Officers found Green to be in possession of schedule III controlled substance hydrocodone and schedule IV controlled substance alprazolam.

Brandon Pack, 19 of Louisa, KY faces 1 to 5 years and/or fines up to $10,000 for Burglary In the 3rd Degree, Class D felony. On December 13, 2010, Pack along with 2 unnamed juveniles, were arrested for unlawfully entering the Louisa Church of God.

Donnie E. Arnett, 30 of Salyersville, KY faces 1 to 5 years and/or fines up to $10,000 for Theft By Unlawful Taking Over $500, Class D felony. On January 29, 2011, Arnett was arrested for unlawfully taking a Toshiba laptop computer from Radio Shack of Louisa valued at $560.

Matthew Webb, 27 of Mansville, OH faces 1 to 5 years and/or fines up to $10,000 for Possession of Controlled Substance 2nd degree, 2nd offense, Class D Felony, up to 12 months and/or fines of $500 for Theft By Unlawful Taking Under $500, Class A Misdemeanor, up to 12 months and/or fines of $500 for Resisting Arrest, Class A Misdemeanor and up to 90 days and/or fines of $250 for Public Intoxication, Class B Misdemeanor. On September 18, 2010, Webb was arrested for shoplifting a bag of sour patch candy, a package of razors, barbecue chicken strips, and a can of body spray from Food City in Louisa. Officer Mason Keefer with the LPD also found Webb in possession of hydrocodone, a schedule III controlled substance. Upon attempting to arrest Webb, he used or threatened physical force against the officer.

Brian D. Johnson, 33 of Louisa, KY faces 1 to 5 years and/or fines up to $10,000 for Theft by Unlawful Taking Over $500, Class D felony and Criminal Mischief in the 1st degree, Class D Felony. On October 1, 2010, Johnson was arrested for theft of a 1990 Geo Metro belonging to Dustin Branham and damaging the car and soda machines valued at over $1,000.

Joshua B. Pack, 25 of Louisa, KY faces 1 to 5 years and/or fines up to $10,000 for Possession of Controlled Substance in the 1st degree, Class D felony, up to 12 months and/or fines of $500 for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Class A Misdemeanor, up to 9 months and/or fines of $250 for Public Intoxication, Class B Misdemeanor, up to 12 months and/or fines of $250 for Endangering Welfare of a Minor, Class A Misdemeanor, and 1 to 5 years and/or fines of $10,000 for Tampering With Physical Evidence, Class D felony. On August 23, 2010, Pack was arrested for possession of oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication, and failure to exercise control of a minor child.

 

Austin Branch 'breakdown' shown in video clip on front;

 

FALLSBURG --  After a near serious accident over the weekend, residents of the Austin Branch area have asked County Judge John Osborne's office and District Magistrate Morris Howard to bring county equipment to the site where the roadway broke off under the weight of a Dodge pickup truck with three kids and a father in the cab. The vehicle's owner, who asked to not be identified, said it cost $65 to have the truck pulled out of the creekbank area.

The recent wet weather in Lawrence County, has caused other roadways to break in because of loose materials under the roadways. The Austn Branch road leads to dozens of houses in the area which is near Fallsburg.

Judge/Executive John Osborne was not available for comment this morning. Howard said county finances are very tight and he is not sure when or if the Austin Branch road can be fixed. Residents also asked for at least a temporary sign or barricade to keep motorists from going off into Blaine Creek. Howard said he will get with Osborne and try to come up with a solution to the problem.

 

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