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City council talks raises for employees, potential for hotels

SALYERSVILLE – The Salyersville City Council met in special session on June 22, approving a raise for city employees and discussing upcoming events.

The council approved the first reading of the 2022/2023 budget, which includes a 30-cent/hour raise for all city employees, with a general breakdown as follows: General Fund – $ 1,335,000.00; Tourism Fund – $270,000.00; LGEAF – $12,500.00; ABC Account – $85,000.00; Emergency Management – $7,500.00; Road Fund – $40,000.00.

They also agreed to continue to contribute $1,950 quarterly for the Magoffin County Senior Citizens, which is used for their Meals on Wheels program.

Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd explained they are planning to start having more events at the city park, including having movie nights, live music, etc., with the hopes to begin having more starting next spring at least twice a month.

The tourism committee has hired an architect to landscape Restaurant Row to Parkway Drive, which includes the piece of property the county owns on Parkway Drive for a potential RV park, with plans to start the work this fall, Shepherd said.

The new lights are at the park, Shepherd said, but they’re working on change orders to better secure the poles for the lights since they hit sand when drilling for the poles.

Shepherd said they are in contact with UK to continue the feasibility study for motels/hotels in the city and the county is also working to have one scheduled so they can try to bring in more businesses and accommodations for guests, though he noted COVID-19 put a lot of those plans on hold.

The Royalton Trail Town received their approval for water and sewer, so Shepherd noted they will be able to start putting in their RV park soon.

The next regularly scheduled Salyersville City Council meeting is tentatively slated for July 18.

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