In Feb. 25 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
Five student representatives from the Russell County High School Y-Club attended the February meeting of the Jamestown City Council and talked with city leaders about the Kentucky Y-Corps service trip they will participate in later this year.
Students Alex Hoover, Cassandra Conner, Katlin Blakey, Emily Adams and Tra Taylor will join fellow Y-Club members from all over Kentucky from June 13-20 to tackle numerous community service projects and to learn about our state's culture.
The students showed a short video of past Y-Corps service trips and council members were able to witness many photos of what participants in the trip actually accomplish.
In years past, the service trips have allowed local students to get involved with programs such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters and others as well, Conner said.
The students said they have worked to repair YMCA building and alongside state conservation experts helping to conserve the state's many wooded areas.
Nearly three years ago on the first Y-Corps trip the local group participated in they worked for a day at the KOA Campground in Russell County and helped to pick-up the Lake Cumberland shoreline, Hoover said.
The group told the council that in order to participate in the trip this summer they must raise $2,500 through fundraisers, donations and sponsors as well as participate in 250 local community service hours.
After the students spoke, the Jamestown City Council voted to donate $500 toward the June student service trip. The students were then invited to the Lakefest committee meeting next Thursday at 5 p.m. at city hall by Lakefest chair and councilwoman Marcelene Taylor.
The Y-Corps service trip is sponsored by the Kentucky YMCA and can be visited on the Internet at www.kyymca.org
In other happenings at the meeting:
• The city chose to advertise for bids for garbage collection for nearly 500 household both inside and outside the city limits.
Right now, the city of Jamestown provides garbage pick-ups for customers and owns their own garbage truck.
Bates said if the city contracts out garbage pick-up, billing would still be handled at city hall, there would be no increase in rates and no current city employee would lose their job.
• City leaders chose to put out a bid for a new 4-door pickup truck for the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department. Bates said Fire Chief Tony Wright would write up specifications for the new truck.
According to the mayor, the vehicle would be used by the firefighters for hauling equipment and for travel to and from mandatory training.
The council will have to amend the city's budget before a purchase is made.
• The council held a small discussion about the possibility of adjusting prices for people and businesses who have had water leaks or line breaks.
Although no action was taken on the issue, the council did agree to hear a proposal from Mayor Brooks Bates during next month's meeting on the issue.
• Bates and the council commended Public Works Director Ottis Skaggs and city workers for their hard work cleaning and clearing snow during the recent winter storms.