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Bardstown City Council honors essay winner; OKs water tank paint, repair bids

By JIM BROOKS
Nelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio

Bardstown Fire Chief Billy Mattingly shows one of the pet program stickers the department will distribute to city residents who have pets in their homes. The alert will let first-responders know to look for the pets in the home during an emergency situation.

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 — Bardstown Fire Chief Billy Mattingly said the department is kicking off a new pet program that will give city residents a chance to let first-responders know of the number and type of pets inside a home.

Mattingly said firefighters will try to rescue pets if they know they are in a home in a fire emergency. But sometimes pets will hide, and unless first-responders know there’s a pet in the home, they don’t know to be looking for one.

The city fire department will distribute stickers to residents requesting them that will allow them to identify the number and type of pets inside the home.

Mayor Dick Heaton presents the essay award to Catherine Hils, winner of the city’s government month essay contest.

GOVERNMENT MONTH ESSAY WINNER. Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton introduced Catherine Hils as the winner of the City’s government month essay contest, which was put together by Councilwoman Betty Hart.

Hils is a fourth-grade student at St. Joseph School. She read her essay, “Being A Good Community Citizen,” aloud during the council meeting and received a standing ovation from the Mayor, Council and members of the audience.

Hart said judges did name two honorable mentions — essays submitted by Elizabeth Hatton and Trent Tharp, both students at Foster Heights.

Sixty-two entries were received for the contest, Hart told the council.

WATER TANK BIDS. The Bardstown City Council approved three bids for painting and repairing three city water tanks.

Currens Construction Services LLC was low bidder on all three projects. The bids and tanks include:

  • $616,400 for painting and repair to the 1 million gallon Withrow Court water tank.
  • $417,750 bid for painting and repairs of the 750,000 gallon water tank in the Nelson County Industrial Park.
  • $84,850 bid for painting the 26,400-gallon Hardin County water tank.

The paint scheme will include the light colored top and blue lower section, and the Withrow Court tank and Nelson County Industrial Park tanks will use the new logo and the words “Bourbon Capital of the World.”

The Hardin County water tank will not receive the paint scheme due to its small size and remote location.

SEWER PLANT CHANGE ORDER. The council approved a $27,229 change order necessary to relocate 362 linear feet of 10-inch PVC sewer main that is in the way of the planned 36-inch ductile iron sewer line.

In other business, the council:

  • received an invitation from Bardstown Rotary Club president Kenny Fogle to attend a special luncheon set for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, that will feature a special guest speaker to talk about the opioid crisis. The luncheon will take place at the Bardstown Event Center (Knights of Columbus Hall) on North Second Street.

NEXT UP. The Bardstown City Council will next meet at 6 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2019, in the council chambers next to the Rec. Center on Xavier Drive.

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