Project progresses

Wayland City Commission members Susie Mills, Charles Bentley, Mayor Jerry Fultz, City Attorney Tyler Green and Curtis Lee are pictured during a Sept. 10 meeting.

Wayland is moving forward with a project that could promote tourism.

During a Sept. 10 meeting, the Wayland City Commission voted unanimously to approve paying for an appraisal for property that would be used as matching funding for a federal grant the city is seeking to complete the waterfall project.

The Division of Abandoned Mine Lands rehabilitated a hillside alongside Ky. 1086 near the community center so that an old mine at that location was diverted into a waterfall that flows off the hillside and into a drain that runs under the roadway.

The city has repeatedly filed applications for federal Transportation Alternatives Program funding that would help Wayland create sidewalks, provide fencing and build a scenic overlook and picnic area there. 

Mayor Jerry Fultz said that the Elkhorn Coal Corporation has agreed to donate about three acres of property in this area to the city, which includes a building that used to house a water treatment plant, pending the completion of the appraisal.

The commission voted to pay Redd, Brown & Williams $800 for the appraisal, which was conducted in May. Fultz said the property is valued at $42,500, and the city’s required match on the grant being sought is less than $20,000.  

“So, the property is actually valued at double, so we would get a piece of property valued at $42,500 for the $800 appraisal fee,” Fultz said. “And we’ll use that property as our match on the grant ... If we pay for the appraisal, we’ll get a nice piece of property in return, that’s already there as part of this grant.” 

Fultz said the city would like to offer hiking trails on the property as part of the project. 

In other news, the commission unanimously voted to seek requests for qualifications for the development of a long range strategic plan for the city. 

During the meeting, Fultz informed the commission about the $225,000 that the Wayland Historical Society will receive to inventory coal properties in 20 Eastern Kentucky counties to development the Kentucky Coal Heritage Trail. He asked the commission to partner with the historical society in the future on this project.

In other news, the commission also:

•Approved the financial report and bills, showing the city has $39,800 in its road aid account and $114,700 in its general fund. The largest bills included $1,700 for insurance and $1,200 for work at the walking track. 

•Received a report from Police Chief Brian Ratliff, who said he wrote seven citations and gave out 12 verbal warnings during the city’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

•Received a report from Commissioner Susie Mills, who complained about damages to a road caused when Southern Water and Sewer District repaired a water line break. 

•Logged reports about several street lights that need addressed.

•Received a report from City Attorney Tyler Green, who said he has not received any update from Quest regarding the lease it previously had with Wayland to remove coal from an old refuse site. Green said the city is taking steps to determine how much the company owes Wayland, while Fultz reported that Wayland only has the documents provided by Quest to make that determination.

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