Lexington City Manager Joe Pepplitch reviewed the proposed One and Six Year Street Improvement Program with the City Council Tuesday afternoon. Among the projects is the creation of a Hike-Bike Trail along the canal in the northwest part of the community, some maintenance on the Adams Street Overpass and some more new streets in a new residential area in southwest Lexington. A longtime project to build an overpass just east of Lexington over Highway 30 and the railroad tracks continues to be in the planning stage, currently in the middle of an environmental assessment and Pepplitsch hopes it can be pushed in the final design stage this year and be built within a couple of years.
There will also be a concentration of small paving projects around the community to replaces panels and repairs to intersections and gutters where pavement has failed. He says such work will shift the focus of past construction years from large roadways to maintenance on existing roadways. A public hearing on the One and Six Year Street Improvement Program will be held in the coming weeks.
On other items, the Council approved a resolution certifying Lexington Volunteer Fire Department members from 2017 who are eligible for the Service Award Program in which each member receives $500. Pepplitsch says the action also qualifies those members as eligible for a state income tax deduction. The current Fire Department roster was also approved to meet a requirement for city insurance coverage.
Assistant City Manager Dennis Burns reviewed changed to the City’s Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program. He said there two homes completed under the program with 18 more individuals who have applied.
The Council approved Mayor John Fagot’s recommendation to appoint Pam Scott to fill a vacancy on the Lexington Library Board. Directed the sale of a lot at 704 W. 9th to be used for redevelopment into a single family home. And entered into executive session to discuss negotiations for the sale of property. No action was taken.
A City Council Work Session is planned for February 24, 2018 at 8:00am.