Bridge construction prompts graves to be relocated

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]

VANCEBURG — The Lewis County Fiscal Court met Monday to discuss an amendment to a resolution regarding the Powers and Arnold Cemetery, located along Kentucky 57.

Before the discussion, however the floor was open for members of the community to speak to the court.

Mike Flanigan came before the court to discuss a bridge built in 2017 on the road he lives on. According to Flanigan, whenever it rains, because the bridge only has about 2.5feet of clearing, it is easily flooded by the creek under the bridge, and runs out onto the road and into his yard.

“This bridge was supposed to help me, not destroy my yard,” Flanigan said, “not to where my kids go out barefoot, in the yard around their swing set with glass and nails. Because your bridge is too low.”

Flanigan asked how he and the court could work together to fix the bridge in question.

Lewis County Judge-Executive Todd Ruckel told Flanigan he would continue to have road crews clear any debris swept onto the roads as they have been doing as well as getting in touch with state engineers to determine if the bridge’s clearance could be heightened.

After the discussion, the court went on to discuss a change to an ordinance for construction of a new bridge crossing the North Fork of the Licking River on the Lewis County-Fleming County line. The amendment to this resolution mentions a cemetery located near the construction site of the bridge.

This cemetery, referred to as the Powers and Arnold Cemetery, was found to have a number of graves.

“Upon investigation it is believed that there may be five to seven graves and possibly additional graves on the property to be acquired, all of which are unmarked and unidentified, all of which will be affected by the project,” the resolution said.

The court agreed to approve the resolution, which will have the unmarked graves removed and relocated before commencing the construction project. The removal and re-internment of the graves will be paid for as part of the project, according to the amendment.

In other business, the court:

— Approved a resolution to provide discretionary funds to resurface Rock Run Road and Cabin Creek Road. The funds devoted to those roads total around $177,000.

— Approved the reappointment of Craig Stanfield to the Vanceburg-Lewis County Industrial Authority for a four-year term. This new term will expire on June 30, 2022.

— Moved Ariel Thurman from part-time to full-time employment at the Lewis County Detention Center. Thurman’s pay rate is set for $9.50 per hour.

Jonathan Wright

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