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The Owenton City Council is looking for ways to spruce up the city before the U.S. Open Sporting Clay Championships comes to town.
At its Monday meeting, the council discussed several other issues including the completion of the Severn Creek water intake project.
The water intake restoration project at Severn Creek took three years to complete. During that time, upgrades and/or replacement of lines, equipment, telemetry and pumps took place.
Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said without the water intake at Severn Creek, many residents would be without water.
“This needed to be done because if something were to happen it would affect everyone in Owenton,” Wotier said. “It was a very long, drawn-out process and there are still a few things to be taken care of like paperwork and software.”
The council also discussed blacktopping that will take place around designated areas in Owenton.
Wotier said he would like to create a good impression of Owenton for those who will visit during the U.S. Open.
“There will be a lot of people who will come to Owenton who have never been here before and will never come back after this is over,” Wotier said. “I want to cast a good image of our city and make an impression on those people. I want them to remember our city.”
A student employee has been hired at city hall. Amanda Barnes will work throughout the summer doing general office work, which will include the implementation of a new filing system.
“We’ve been in need of a new filing system for years,” Wotier said. “With Amanda there to help us, we should be in good shape by the end of the summer and we’ll be much more organized.”
The student employee’s pay comes from the federal stimulus package.