Last updated: June 14. 2014 12:10AM - 322 Views
By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com

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Benham City Council discussed a pair of grants the city has been working on during a meeting on Thursday.

Mayor Wanda Humphrey called Bobbie Gothard in front of the council to speak on the status of the grants.

The first grant Gothard addressed is connected to the Trail Town program and, if awarded, the city of Benham stands to receive some of the benefit.

“I know you’ve all heard about Trail Town. We’re trying to develop these trails that lead all the way from Putney to Letcher County and from Scotia all the way to town and then back up to Lynch,” said Gothard.

According to Gothard, if the grant is awarded it will be used to build a kiosk inside the city which would provide maps, bicycle racks, picnic tables and signage.

“It’s $7,950, and it’s just going to perk up things and give you all some exposure,” said Gothard.

Gothard also advised the city another grant had already been approved.

“You all are going to receive your Frazier grant for the baseball park,” said Gothard. “Your check will be available June 27 at 3 p.m. at the Senior Citizens building. You all will need to be there to pick it up and sign for it.”

City Manager Roy Silver updated the city on the proposed emergency water interconnect project with Cumberland and Lynch the city has been working on for quite a while.

According to Silver, all three cities have approved the operating agreement and the project is ready to move forward.

“We have a regularly scheduled meeting for June 19 and we’re going to push it up a little bit so Tim Schwendeman from the AD District (Cumberland Valley Area Development District) and Leo (Miller) can be there.”

Silver said the plan was to finalize the details so they could move forward to the bidding process.

In other council activity:

* Silver said Josh Outsey had been chosen to work on the energy initiative full time. Outsey will be staying in Benham for a year to help with the project. A previous report stated a grant was secured to fund Outsey’s position with no cost to the city;

* Discussion was held about the possibility of selling an old fire engine owned by the city.

Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter @joe_hde

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