The Richmond Register

Local News

December 5, 2012

Berea suffering winter drought

Water levels are very low

BEREA — Recent scattered showers are not nearly enough to pull Berea out of a high-alert water shortage, according to City Administrator Randy Stone.

He announced Tuesday to the city council that the Berea is now under drought conditions.

“I would like to call everyone’s attention to the need to conserve water,” he said. “It’s easier during the summer to ask people not to water their lawns and wash their cars,” he said. “Normally, in the summer months, (the water treatment plant) runs at about 3.1 to 3.3 million gallons. Today, we’re about 2.6 (million gallons) in our production of water.”

Customers of Berea Municipal Utilities and the Southern Madison Water District will be notified via mail about the importance of conserving water, Stone said.

The Owsley Fork Reservoir is one of the city’s largest sources of water.

“We are 12-feet down (at Owsley Fork),” Stone said. “We will pump down to 13 feet down and stop pumping. Without rain, this probably will happen within the next two weeks. We have 170 days of water remaining.”

“It’s extremely important for our utility customers to conserve water in any way,” he said. “Take shorter showers, do larger loads of laundry. And we’re asking our businesses to not hose down their parking lots.”

“It is not just a local problem,” said Berea Mayor Steve Connelly. “About 60 percent of the nation is in some kind of drought.”

In other business:

• The council adopted a resolution accepting a $1.05 million grant from the Kentucky Department of Transportation for work on Bratcher Lane. The improvements have been outlined in the state’s “2010 Highway Plan,” according to the resolution. The money is for “reimbursable funding for improvements to Bratcher Lane,” it reads.

Improvement in this area is something that has been in the works since 2003, according to Stone.

“With this resolution, we can ask for the release of funding,” he said.

The main hang-up since 2003 has been securing money for the project, which will include a two-lane road with sidewalk, curb and gutters. The improvements will stretch from Scaffold Cane Road to Bryan Avenue, Stone said.

• Katherine Grigg, a representative of Bereans For Fairness, addressed the council about what she said could have been an injustice to the organization during Berea’s Christmas Parade last weekend.

“As we walked through College Square, the (parade) announcer announced the float in front of us and the float behind us, but never acknowledged us when we walked through, even though I was told that someone from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth pointed out that he missed announcing us, but they didn’t announce us.”

Grigg said she contacted the Berea Chamber of Commerce (sponsor of the parade) and was told that “it was just an innocent mistake and that we weren’t targeted.”

“I’m sorry that you and your group had a bad experience,” Connelly said. “We will work to address the problem.”

“They had a list of where we were in the parade,” she said. “I was told that there were a couple of other groups (who were not announced).”

• The final reading of an ordinance was passed unanimously requiring “all persons, corporations, associations, restaurants, businesses, clubs or other entities licensed by the city for the sale of alcoholic beverages” to train their employees who would be serving the alcohol.

This ordinance was passed in case the Berea College Board of Trustees votes to officially allow alcohol sales at Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant. The board has not come to vote on the matter, Stone said.

• Approximately 18 acres of land needed to continue the expansion of the Berea Bypass will be annexed into city limits.

“The (State Highway) Cabinet has constructed the portion of the bypass from Interstate 75 to US 25, and plans to complete the construction of the Bypass from US 25 to KY 21,” the ordinance states. However, state funding for the remainder of the project has yet to be released.

Property owned by Farristown Baptist Church, Berea Industrial Development Authority, Mina Mason Heirs, Edna and Howard White, Farristown Baptist Church Cemetery and Ned and Edna White also was annexed into city limits.

• The zoning classification of property owned by the Federation of Appalachian House Enterprises (FAHE) at 103 Lewis Street will change the zoning from Industrial to Major Business.


• Berea Police Chief David Gregory and Berea Fire Chief Roy Curtis were given awards for their help in the Fourth-Annual Chili Cookoff that benefits Madison County Special Olympics.

The next meeting of the Berea City Council is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Berea Police and Municipal Building.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@richmondregister.com or 624-6608.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • May 30 last school day for students

    After 16 snows days and two weather delays this winter, the Madison County School Board decided Thursday to end the school year on Friday, May 30.

    April 19, 2014

  • 4-19 TechExtra1.jpg Students showcase projects in Technology Extravaganza

    Madison County School students showed off just how tech savvy they can be during the district’s sixth annual Technology Extravaganza on Thursday at Madison Central High School. After the showcase, more than 350 students were honored for their work.

    April 19, 2014 7 Photos

  • 4-19 SchoolBoardJesseWard.jpg Ward honored for service; tech center named after him

    Retired Madison County educator Jesse Ward was recognized Thursday for his many years of service. To honor him, Superintendent Elmer Thomas announced the board’s decision to rename the district’s technology training center on North Second Street in Richmond the Jesse P. Ward Technology and Training Center.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-19 Brian Smith.jpg Berea man indicted on 24 child porn counts

    A Madison grand jury has indicted a Berea man on 24 counts related to child pornography.

    Brian J. Smith, 26, is charged with four counts of distribution and 20 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performances by a minor.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-19 Gregory Powell.jpg Police apprehend burglary suspect

    An observant witness was able to help Richmond police catch a burglary suspect shortly after a break-in Thursday afternoon on Savanna Drive off Berea Road.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18 PackTrack1a.jpg Walkers, runners of every age ‘Pack the Track’

    Waco Elementary and Model Laboratory schools students raised more than $8,000 (and counting) for the annual Pack the Track event at Eastern Kentucky University’s Tom Samuels Track Thursday, said Kim DeCoste of the Madison County Diabetes Coalition.

    April 18, 2014 14 Photos

  • 4-18 George WilliamsWEB.jpg Suicide attempt fatal for inmate

    A Todd County man died Tuesday at a Lexington hospital following a suicide attempt at the Madison County Detention Center, according to Madison and Fayette county officials.
    George Kenneth Williams, 50, of Allensville, was transported Monday afternoon by Madison County EMS to Baptist Health Richmond, according to EMS Director Jimmy Cornelison. He was then transferred to Baptist Health in Lexington where he died Tuesday, according to the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • CCDW instructor indicted on charges of failing to provide training

    A Madison County grand jury has indicted a carry-concealed weapons permit instructor on charges he falsely claimed to have provided instruction to one person for a CCDW permit and provided incomplete training to three others.
    Christopher D. Fins was indicted April 9 on one count of CCDW instructor not providing firearms training and three counts of providing incomplete firearms training.
    Fins faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of all four felony charges.

    April 17, 2014

  • EKU dorm sprinklers may have been activated maliciously

    Fire-suppression sprinklers went off about 2:30 a.m. Thursday in Eastern Kentucky University’s Martin Hall dormitory, prompting its evacuation.
    Fluctuating pressure then caused a campus water main to break, according to EKU spokesperson Mark Whitt.
    The cause is uncertain, but university officials are investigating to determine if the sprinklers were activated maliciously, Whitt said.
    The residence hall houses 260 students who were placed in other university housing or stayed with friends. All were able to move back in later in the day, he said.

    April 17, 2014

  • Sixth person charged in motel meth bust

    A sixth person has been charged in connection with a methamphetamine-making operation discovered last week at the Bel Air Motel in Richmond.
    Roger M. Million, 24, Moberly Road, was charged Wednesday with manufacturing methamphetamine.

    April 17, 2014

AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should the Richmond City Commission stop rezoning property to allow construction of apartments?

Yes.
No
     View Results