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City fills vacancy on the council

SALYERSVILLE – The Salyersville City Council met on Monday, December 20, and, again, on December 22, discussing tornado donations, the toy drive and appointing someone to the city council vacancy.

In Monday’s meeting, the council adopted a resolution to allot money from the American Rescue Fund to employees from Salyersville Water Works, with $1,000 for each employee, noting that Water Works is also giving them $500 each, making it a $1,500 premium payment as Hero Pay.

The council also renewed the bank note with Salyersville National Bank to keep that line of credit open.

Salyersville Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd also updated the council on the toy drive, with over 500 toys given out over 1 ½ hours last Thursday. He said he has also drawn the names for the bicycle winners, who should be notified as of press time.

Shepherd said the city is collecting donations for the Western Kentucky tornado victims, asking mostly for monetary donations at this time, with the Magoffin County Tornado Relief Fund set up at Salyersville National Bank. He said County/Judge Matt Wireman has been in contact with the counties affected and right now they can’t take any more loads of donations at this time, due to the overwhelming support.

“We know it’s fast and furious at the first of a disaster, but it slacks down,” Shepherd said, remembering how it was here in 2012 and noting they will wait and see what they need after the first round of donations dies down. Right now, monetary donations and gas cards are the most needed donations.

In Wednesday’s brief meeting, which was the last day they could appoint someone to fill the vacancy made by the resignation of Tex Holbrook, unanimously agreeing to appoint David Vanhoose to the position.

Shepherd and the council wished the community a merry Christmas and happy New Year. He asked the community to remember Carlotta Howard, who has long-been the Salyersville City Clerk, in prayers. Howard is recovering from COVID-19 and other health-related issues at the nursing home in Martin.

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