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Council approves paving proposals

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Several Owenton streets to get new blacktop

By Molly Haines

The Owenton City Council recently decided on a bid of $121,024 for blacktopping of several streets around town.
The council received three bids, including one from Ohio Valley Asphalt and Len Reigler Blacktop, Inc. The work was awarded to Eaton Asphalt Paving Company, Inc., the lowest of the three bidders.
The work was estimated at $110,000, but West said after the initial estimate was done, more streets were added to the list of streets to be paved.
The streets that will receive paving are Rose Court, Jones Hill, Wood Alley, South Madison from West Adair Street, Holbrook Lane, West Perry Street from North Main Street, Beck Street, North Madison Street between Bryan Street and West Perry Street, Adams Street and Gaines Avenue. The street in front of, along with a section behind and beside the Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department headquarters will also be paved.
West said the work is expected to begin in about three weeks.
“We’re putting in two culverts,” West said. “One on ‘Firehouse Street’ and another of Wood Alley. We have to fix the soft spots before we can do any blacktopping.”
In other council action, a vote was made to donate $1,000 to Owen County Friends of Animals and $2,000 to the Sweet Owen Day event, held every September on the courthouse square.
West said the council has always donated to Sweet Owen Day in the past and this isn’t the first time they’ve donated to Friends of Animals.
“We’ve got a lot of volunteers out at Friends of Animals,” West said. “They spend a lot of money out of their own pockets and pay the insurance on the van. There’s a lot of their time and money that goes into that place.”
West has decided the council will no longer make audio recordings of city council meetings.
“(State law) doesn’t require cities to record their meetings,” West said. “It’s gonna save us a lot of time … the only record we need of these meetings is a motion and a second.”
West said discussion of items on the agenda do not need to be included in minutes of the meetings.
“We just need to keep things simple,” West said.