Security, sidewalks on the minds of Bedford officials

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By Lorrie Kinkade

New sidewalks and contracted services were on the minds of Bedford city commissioners when the group met earlier this week.

During their regularly scheduled meeting Aug. 18, commissioners voted unanimously to replace 367-ft. of sidewalk in the city. The project includes 100’ of concrete walkway along U.S. 42 from Luckett Ave. to the former Farmhouse Restaurant, 104’ on Victory Ave. from the Morgan Community Center to Church Street and 163’ running parallel with Hwy. 421 North at Bedford Stop ‘N Go.

Commissioner Harold Greene said he intends to speak with Bedford Stop ‘N Go owner John Wood to request he fill large potholes in the gravel lot near where the new sidewalks will be. He said the potholes are retaining water and is concerned the new sidewalks will be too icy for use this winter if corrections are not made.

Cleveland Howard, the only contractor to submit a bid for the sidewalks, is expected to complete the work for $7,942.

Also during the meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to renew the city’s contract with Genon Hensley, legal council for the municipality. They city will continue to pay $500 per month for the attorney’s services, with provisions for additional fees if she is needed for litigation.

Commissioners discussed renewing a service contract with county constable Craig Lacefield, however tabled any decision until next month. The city’s previous contract with Lacefield required him to patrol the city, address ordinance violations and report illegal activity to the county sheriff’s office or the Kentucky State Police, Mayor Russell Clifton said at the meeting.

Commissioner Jimmy Helm expressed concern that Lacefield is “not out like he says he is” and said he believes the city is paying “too much for what he’s doing.”

In addition, Clifton said the commission is no longer receiving activity logs from Lacefield and therefore does not have adequate information about the constable’s efforts in the city.

Commissioners agreed to table any action on Lacefield’s contract until next month’s meeting, which they will request the constable attend.

In other business:

* Commissioners signed a one-year contract with Drew Roberts of Louisville to provide maintenance service on the city’s computer equipment at a cost of $525 per year.

* Commissioner Helm will gather additional information of the cost of installing security cameras at the Morgan Community Center to help deter vandalism and other crime, as well as to assist in identifying anyone committing a crime at the building.

* The commission received an update on improvements at the wastewater treatment plant from Clay Kelly of Strand & Associates and plant supervisor Jim Jennings. Kelly told commissioners that a contract to construct a new pole building at the plant was awarded to Bramer Built Homes. The Oldham County company submitted a bid of $74,849 for the 40X60 structure that will serve as an equipment maintenance building and storage facility. Two other bids were received, with Roederer Construction offering the work for $99,223 and Tom Lindsay completing the job for $83,490.

* Commissioners agreed to close Church, West and Spring streets from 6 p.m. Sept. 12 until 5 p.m. Sept. 14 to enable vendors and activities in the roadways during the Trimble County Apple Festival.

The next Bedford City Commission meeting will be Sept. 15 at the Morgan Community center. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.