The Safe Route to School program was created to encourage children to bike or walk to school if they are able to so. Under the movement, officials believe SRTS will reduce traffic around schools, reduce fuel consumption, increase safety for students and reduce air pollution in communities where schools may be located.
According to Grayson County Judge-Executive Gary Logsdon, the county plans to start constructing the new sidewalk very soon. The paving for the sidewalk will begin at Caneyville Builders and will end in downtown Caneyville.
Logsdon explained funding for the project would be made available through federal grants, and remaining ADF funds from the City of Caneyville and the county.
“We plan to apply for grant money,” Logsdon said. “We are hoping to get this started as soon as possible. The county and Caneyville have already agreed to combine money for the cost of laying the sidewalk.”
County officials approved the motion during a special-called meeting on May 21.
In other business:
• In an executive order two temporary employees were hired to work for the Grayson County Road Department, cleaning up areas affected by flooding that occurred in early May.
Gordon Mudd and Albert Flake will continue to be additional support for the department until all repairs are completed in the county.
• Also approved on Friday there was the motion to reinstall a five-day work week for road department employees.
All workers with the road department will now work Monday through Friday from 7-3:30 p.m.
Logsdon said during the summer months the department gets a lot busier.
• Pam Langdon was appointed to the Hospital Board, replacing Elmer Langdon, filling his vacant spot for the balance of his term.
The other board member being replaced for the Hospital Board is George Basham. David Downs was approved to fill Basham’s vacant position.
Basham has completed his second term and is not eligible for reappointment.
• The Airport Board also has a new member. Doug Mantooth resigned as a standing member, and Jim Wilder was approved as Mantooth’s replacement.
• The week of June 1 through June 4 has now been proclaimed Kix.com Week for Grayson County.
Kix.com is a useful tool for counties in the district to pull up-to-date information on employment and educational opportunities in the Kix region, which is a total of 26 counties.