LAWRENCE COUNTY -- The second fatal road accident in the past three days took place Saturday according to Lawrence County Sheriff Garrett Roberts. Here is the accident report of the latest accident.
October 13, 2013Press ReleaseRef: Motor Vehicle Accident South Hwy 3 on October 12, 2013On October 12, 2013 at approximately 8:35 pm the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle accident on South Hwy 3 in Lawrence County. Once on scene it was discovered that James Eric Bentley, 25 of Louisa, KY was traveling South on Hwy 3 in a 1996 Pontiac Firebird when he lost control going off the right side of the roadway striking an embankment and overturning several times before coming to rest upright in the roadway.
Mr. Bentley was pronounced dead at the scene. Accident is under investigation by Deputy D.M Wilhite Jr of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. Also responding to and assisting at the scene along with the Sheriff’s Office was the Louisa Fire Department, Netcare Ambulance, Louisa Police Department and Lawrence County Coroner Mike Wilson.
Just two days earlier Clifford E. Tomblin, 59, of Webbville, KY lost control of his ATV on Rt. 201 going off the right side of the roadway ejecting him from the ATV and killing him.
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On October 10, 2013 th Lawrence County Sheriff's office responded to a report of an ATV accident on North HWY 201 in Lawrence County. Clifford E. Tomblin, 59, of Webbville, KY had lost control of his ATV on 201 going off the right side of the roadway ejecting him from the ATV.
Mr. Tomblin was pronounced dead at the scene by Lawrence County Coroner Mike Wilson.
The accident is under investigation by Deputy Dwayne Bowen.
Assisting at the scene were: Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office, Blaine Vol. Fire Dept., Ky Fish and Wildlife and Lawrence Co. Coroner Mike Wilson.
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Louisa Mayor teddy Preston attended Tuesday night's meeting but requested that city attorney Bud Adams conduct the meeting. He said he was not up to it.
LOUISA, Ky. -- Louisa Mayor Teddy Preston was at the October regular meeting of the city council Tuesday night - sort of.
The three term city leader has been experiencing health problems and has missed three meetings this year. At Tuesday night's meeting Preston prayed over the meeting and then announced that he was not feeling well enough to run the meeting, a chore which somehow fell to City Attorney Eldred "Bud" Adams. The council elected a mayor pro tem last month but she (Rita Frazier Rose) was absent Tuesday because of a family illness.
Adams had no problem leading the meeting.
The top item was the second reading of the city budget for 2013-14 which was due in July but due to unforseen problems has been put off until this month.
The budget calls for a 5% pay raise for most city employees, a new garbage truck, two used fire trucks, a police cruiser and a new officer to go with it. Several other items were also added this year as the council has managed to smooth out financial problems and has produced a balanced budget this year.
City Clerk Kathy Compton sits alongside Streets & Sanitation director Greg Slone at Tuesday's meeting. Bids were opened on a new garbage truck for the city. Lazer photo by Mark GraysonThe $1.4 budget is about $200,000 more than last year and according to city clerk Kathy Compton, does not include the additional taxes that will be collected from the newly annexed portion of the city. She said several long term debts had been paid off and the city has collected all but $12,000 of the taxes it was owed last year.
The items to be purchased are sorely need, especially the garbage truck which will replace one that is barely running.
The council also balanced the budget and came up with the extra money without raising city taxes or fees. The city did not take the cost of living tax increase or what is commonly known as the "compensating rate". Motions to not raise taxes and to accept the balanced budget second reading were made by Lisa Schaeffer.
Council opened bids on the new garbage truck and five companies bid from $117,170 up to $133,000 but the specs on the bid had to be compared and interest rates compared before any of the bids can be accepted, Adams explained. The council will award the bid at a special meeting called for next Tuesday, Oct. 15 which will also include discussion of the water and sewer budget and what to do about the water board. A motion is pending and has passed 6-0 to abolish the water board and have the elected city council members do that job.
Waterworks director David McGuire reminded the court that the moving of utilities for a portion of the new state roadwork is expected by next April near KFC. "There's no way we can meet that, and they won't get to it by then anyway," McGuire said. "But we have to try to do what they say."
The street department has closed the city pool for the winter and is now concentrating on the removal of leaves which will begin soon.
Louisa Police Chief Greg Fuggitt had a prepared statement of the number of arrests and other work the police department has done this month. One item was eight tickets written for illegal parking in the city. he said of the eight, four paid, and three were dismissed by mayor Preston and the other is still pending.
Adams asked for and got a closed session to talk about three land cases in which he has a possible conflict of interest. Those were, Lora Reynolds, Merle Carter Estate which the city filed a nuisance suit against, and Arthur Holbrook, who also has a lawsuit against the city.
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