Liberty council buys land near City Hall

December 31, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - The City Council agreed Thursday to purchase a small L-shaped tract of land adjacent to City Hall.

The property, owned by the Lucian Lawson heirs, was purchased for $26,000. It includes a building, travel trailer and easements on the west side adjacent to the back of the old theatre property on Hustonville Street.

Mayor Steve Sweeney said the building can be removed and the travel trailer sold to create more green space near City Hall. He said the budget can be amended to provide funds to purchase the property.

The council also discussed a request from Sweeney for an addition to the maintenance building to house equipment and vehicles. However, the request was tabled until the council can study the plan.


"They (the workers) want to expand the building to keep the service trucks inside in the winter." The mayor said the building does not require heat nor air conditioning. He said the city will have additional materials to store when sewer projects begin on Ky. 70 East and to Dunnville.

Sweeney said the 40- by 20-foot addition can be erected for about $7,000. It is planned behind the rescue squad building.

The city also is looking at other building projects including the expansion at the water plant which treats water for the city and county. Sweeney said the project will be extensive if the city plans to go forward with it.

Lengthy discussion about boil-water advisory

A lengthy discussion was held on how to get the word to the public when a boil-water advisory is necessary during a water line break.

The city and county had two breaks on Ky. 70 East and Whipp Avenue during the recent cold weather, but had a hard time getting the word out because of the holidays.

Sweeney said while the boil-water advisory was in effect, there was no danger to the public. He said the advisory was lifted after a couple of days because water samples were taken to the state lab and rushed through. The samples showed the water was safe to drink, he said.

"We did the best we could to alert customers, but we need to notify the hospital and nursing home quicker in the future," he said. He said he call the local radio station and Lexington television stations to get the advisory on the air.

Sweeney praised the city maintenance, rescue squad, firefighters and other volunteers who worked several hours to repair the breaks during the bitter cold weather.

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