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August 7, 2018

Kentucky has billions of dollars in wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs, and some state lawmakers are eager to find solutions

 

Aging sewer systems exist all over the state including in Louisa, a city ready to explode with business if a solution can be found for the sewer system problems which scare mid size companies away..Aging sewer systems exist all over the state including in Louisa, a city ready to explode with business if a solution can be found for the sewer system problems which scare mid size companies away..



FRANKFORT— Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Energy co-chair Rep. Jim Gooch, R-Providence, told Energy and Environment Cabinet officials testifying before the committee yesterday that there is still local water infrastructure in the state dating to the Works Progress Administration of the late 1930s.

“Most cities don’t have the money to make those kinds of investments anymore,” said Gooch, even though water lines regularly break and need repair. “Those kinds of things are problems that we need to address, and they need help.”

He agreed with Deputy Cabinet Secretary Bruce Scott and Division of Water Director Peter Goodmann that local governments need funding to meet their water infrastructure needs. The source of the funding, said Gooch, is “something we definitely ought to look at.”

Investment in Kentucky’s drinking water infrastructure would be the most costly according to Goodmann, who estimated the cost of needed statewide investment at $8.2 billion over the next 20 years. Wastewater infrastructure investment runs a close second at $6.2 billion over the next 20 years, he said.

Also needed is $100 million for work on the state’s dams “in the near-term” based on the state’s 2014 Dam Safety Mitigation Plan, Goodmann told the committee. He was backed up by Scott, who told the committee that water and sewer infrastructure cannot be overlooked indefinitely.

“We have to make an investment. We can’t not make an investment in water and sewer,” said Scott. The outcome would be to be “reactive”—or wait until a major infrastructure failure occurs before some action is taken.

Possible funding options for infrastructure, Scott said, include federal sources like Kentucky Infrastructure Authority loans, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, Appalachian Regional Commission grants and Abandoned Mine Land grants. State sources may include state general funds, tobacco settlement funds, or coal severance funds. Local funding and private funding—through a P3 partnership, perhaps—are other possibilities, Bruce said.

Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville, asked Scott and Goodmann about the Cabinet’s view of Louisville Metro’s sewer company, the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), which he said has had some “serious issues.”

“It is in our interest that the small communities be served, period,” Meeks said, but the state’s view of MSD, he said, is also of interest.

Scott said the state has the authority to deal with an issue if “demonstrative progress” is not being made. “The question becomes what constitutes demonstrative progress?” he said.

Two unforeseen sewer collapses in Louisville have raised the question of whether the collapses “negatively impact Jefferson County’s ability to manage its sewage, stormwater or not,” said Scott. “That’s something we have to talk with them about and see whether or not that’s something we have to get involved in in terms of mandates.”

 

 

August 7, 2018

 OOPS!

SUSPECT WAS ARRESTED DAY BEFORE BY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ON SEPARATE, UNRELATED CHARGES

AUGUST 5, 2018 - written by WADE QUEEN

JEREMY R. WALKERJEREMY R. WALKER

 

A Martin County man, who has a long criminal history, was arrested by law enforcment, who after, they say, he left his wallet at the scene of a burglary crime.

And the man's arrest came after he had been out of jail for little over 24 hours after being taken into custody a day earlier on unrelated charges.

According to the Kentucky State Police-Post 9-Pikeville, they investigated a reported burglary on Ashwood Drive in Martin County on July 27.

According to an arrest citation, the homeowner told KSP officer, somebody forced their way into the home and stole a weed eater and air conditioner, but left a wallet upstairs in the master bedroom.

Troopers stated, after a brief investigation, they determined the wallet belonged to Jeremy R. Walker, 38, of Warfield, which is in Martin County.

Officers visited Walker's home, where he told them he had been looking for his wallet for two days.

Eventually, police say Walker admitted to breaking into the home through a glass door. He told them he took a plastic bag of Avon cosmetics, a weed eater and a window air conditioner.

According to law enforcement officials, Walker claimed he had been under the influence of Klonopin, (which is an old school tranquilizer), at the time and did not remember what he did with the items.

The KSP charged Jeremy Walker with 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY ( a class C felony - 5-10 years ), and he was taken into custody by trooper Ryan Hale, and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville late Friday night July 27, where he remains incarcerated as Monday morning August 6.

Ironically, Jeremy Walker had only been released out of the BSRDC jail for a just over a day, after he was arrested in the early morning hours on July 26, by Martin County Sheriff department for the charges of public intoxication and criminal trespassing; and the Burglary charge made for Walker's fifth arrest since May 4.

Jeremy Walker has a long criminal record in Martin County, where he has been arrested 33 times since August 2003; for several dozen felonies offenses, misdemeanors charges, and other citations.

 

 

 

 

August 6, 2018

Ky. has two new vaccine requirements this year for students, adding to existing requirements for kindergarten and 6th grade

 

 

Going back to school requires more than just making sure you have all the required school supplies; it also means making sure your child is up to date on their vaccines, especially since Kentucky has two new vaccine requirements.
Normally, vaccine records are only required for entry into kindergarten and sixth grade, but this year Kentucky schools will be checking every student to make sure they are up to date on the two new required vaccines: hepatitis A and a meningitis booster for students 16 and older.

"We encourage parents to contact their medical provider to review their child’s immunization status to help ensure a smooth back-to-school transition for the upcoming year," Public Health Commissioner Jeffrey D. Howard said in a news release.

The state now requires all school-aged children in kindergarten through 12th grade to show proof of having received two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine to attend school.

Because the two-dose hepatitis A vaccine is given six months apart, the state health department recognizes that some students may have only received one dose when school starts -- and that's OK, according to the news release.

The health department says if a student has not yet received the second dose of the hepatitis A vaccine for this school year, the student's immunization record will be considered "provisional" and will expire 14 days after the second dose is required.

In addition to the hepatitis A vaccine, students 16 and older are required to get a meningitis booster, called the meningococcal ACWY vaccine. This means that their immunization record must show proof of having received two doses of the vaccine.

However, it's important to note that if the first dose of the meningitis vaccine was received at age 16 or older, the second dose is not required for school entry.

The new requirements add to the list of vaccines required for students entering kindergarten and sixth grade.

Those entering kindergarten are required to have the combined TDAP vaccine for for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; a measles-mumps-ruebella vaccine; and vaccines for hepatitis B, polio and chicken pox.

Students entering sixth grade are required to have all of the immunizations that were required to enter kindergarten, as well as a TDAP booster, a meningitis vaccine, and a second chicken-pox vaccine.

The HPV vaccine, which protects against the human papillomavirus, is recommended for 11- and 12-year old boys and girls, but is not required. HPV infections cause more than 90 percent of anal and cervical cancers and around 70 percent of vaginal, vulvar, penile and middle throat cancers, and two of the HPV strains are associated with more than 90 percent of anal and genital warts.

Flu vaccine is also recommended for school-aged children every year as soon as it is available, but is not required. This vaccine is especially important for those with chronic conditions like asthma or diabetes.

Vaccines are generally covered as a no-cost preventive service by most health insurance plans. But if your child does not have health insurance, you should contact your local health department for assistance.

Any child with a medical condition who is unable to receive the vaccines will be issued a medical exemption certificate by their health-care provider.
And if a parent chooses not to immunize a child based on religious objections, the parent must complete a sworn and notarized religious exemption form that can be found online. All immunization forms can be found on the Kentucky Immunization Program and Kentucky Department of Education websites.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds parents that it is never too late to catch up on their child's missed immunizations, and that primary care providers can help set up an adjusted immunization schedule.

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