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Warm winter helps save salt in Pioneer Village

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By Stephen Thomas

  PIONEER VILLAGE - The warm winter weather has been good new for the Pioneer Village city council.

Mayor Gary Hatcher informed the council during its January meeting that only about 50 bags of salt had been implemented on city streets this season.

The mild weather also allowed time for the city to upgrade its weather equipment, adding extensions to their snow plows.

A surplus ambulance owned by the city was also fitted with a plow and snow guards for further snow removal use.

Hatcher thanked magistrate Joe Laswell and Fox Chase council member Phillip Puckett for installation assistance.

In other business:

- Hatcher informed the council of damages to the city’s drainage system around Pioneer Trail and Cardinal Drive.

According to Hatcher, the tile in the system was covered up, causing drainage flow to stop in the ditch along the two roads.

“We’ll need a catch basin, a drain and some regrading work,” he said.

Hatcher encouraged council members to consider contacts for future bids on the work.

- The council passed three resolutions in regards to the city’s insurance tax status.

City attorney Mark Edison said the resolutions were in regards to updates requested by the state.

According to Edison, the state was still using a platte first issued in 1982. The resolutions recognized previously annexed areas that became part of the city afterward.

- Hatcher mentioned that federal stimulus signs placed by the state had been removed from the intersection of Preston Highway and Cardinal Drive, as well as along the John Harper Highway.

The signs were originally placed to show how federal money was spent on roadwork in the area.

Hatcher said the signs blocked the view for some drivers in lower vehicles.

- The council recognized a proclamation for January as School Board Recognition Month in Bullitt County.

- The next Pioneer Village city council meeting takes place Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. at Becknell Hall. 

The public is invited to attend.