January 30, 2014

City to replace pipe near Whitley Branch

By Rob McDaniel
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The London City Council met Friday evening for a special council meeting in order to discuss upcoming construction projects across the city and to hear the first reading of two new city ordinances.

The council discussed and approved opening a revolving line of credit for the Whitley Branch Hazard Mitigation.

The Whitley Branch project will replace a pipe causing serious flooding issues and is being funded through federal grant money.  However, the city is required to pay any upfront costs, then send bills and receipts to get reimbursed.

According to Rick Cochrane, director of Risk Management, the Whitley Branch Hazard Mitigation project will begin in March.

“This construction project is part of the $760,000 Hazard Mitigation Grant I have been working on since 2010,” Cochrane said.  “The grant is funded by FEMA and Ky. Emergency Management to help mitigate flooding along Whitley Branch, which is the main source of water run-off for the entire city.”

Construction will affect the intersection at West 5th and Mill streets, which will be blocked for some time for pipe replacement.

According to Cochrane, traffic will most likely be re-routed onto College Street coming into town; a route for outgoing traffic has yet to be determined.

Summit Engineering from Lexington are the engineers for the project. 

The first reading of an ordinance regulating the use of off-premise and on-premise signs (billboards) for cellular transmitting devices allows the council to approve billboards to be used as cellular transmitting devices on a case-by-case basis.

The new ordinance comes in response to requests made by representatives from Appalachian Wireless to add cellular antennas to a specific billboard on Ky. 192 in London.

The six cellular antennas and one microwave dish requested to be added to the billboard would improve cellular reception inside buildings as it would serve as Appalachian Wireless’ only cellular antennas positioned facing the fronts of shopping centers in London.

The council also heard the first reading of an ordinance to change the name of Nami Plaza Street to Fortress Properties Street.

The London City Council is scheduled to meet again at 5:30 p.m. on February 3 in City Hall.