Saturday, February 23, 2019

More Rain and Increased Discharge from Wolf Creek Dam

Hello everyone. I thought I'd give you all an update on the plans to release more water from Wolf Creek Dam. Here is the latest information I have on the plans for water release.

"LRN Water Management has informed us that they will increase discharges at Wolf Creek Dam on Sunday, 24 February to 40,000 CFS. We do not have a specific time for the gate change, will transmit when available. Additionally, 24 hours later (approx.) on 25 February, another gate change will be made and the discharges will be increased to 45,000 CFS."

The largest amount of water ever released from the dam is 40,000 cfs, back in January of 1974.

That's a lot of water, folks. When they release at 45,000 cubic feet per second, the river at the boat ramp here in town might get up to the second level of parking, which is the top of the stairs in the photo. Also, the yellow caution tape was down again as I drove to the river this morning. PLEASE do not tear the tape down. It's easy to see the problem during the day, but it would also be easy to drive straight into the river at night with the caution tape down.

This morning at 10:00 a.m., the river gauge at the city park riverbank was 47.1 feet. The highest crest in recent years was 55.76 feet on 5/3/2010.

We could get inches more rain before this is over. We are having some problems with sewer lines stopping up and/or running slow in Burkesville at this time. We have a great crew of water department and wastewater department guys out working in this weather to try and clear the lines. I appreciate their dedication and hard work.

Everyone be safe and remember, 12 inches of moving water can sweep a car off the road. Turn around, don't drown!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Live City Council Meeting Streaming Link

Hello Folks! Our website needs to be updated! But our tech person retired. So I've put a permanent link on my blog, top right sidebar, to get you to the YouTube channel for the City of Burkesville.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Wolf Creek Dam increases draw down of Lake Cumberland

Posting this to keep everyone informed regarding the water level of the Cumberland River here in Burkesville and what's going on at the dam.

The Corps of Engineers is going to be releasing more water from Wolf Creek Dam for a period of time, not because the dam is failing, but because they need to make room in the lake for more water. With above average rainfall this winter the lake is at a water level (736.7) above normal for this time of year.

The Corps is building a temporary dam at one inlet just downstream from the dam because when the release reaches about 30,000 cfs, that particular area floods the road and cuts off access to some land, homes and buildings.

"Wolf Creek Dam is currently discharging water at a rate of 28,000 cubic feet per second, but plan to increase to 35,000 cfs as soon as conditions allow."

At first the Corps stated that the river could get up to the second parking lot at the boat ramp area here in Burkesville. They then stated that it probably wouldn't get that high. Might only raise the level by 4 feet or so.

Here is a link to the notice from the Corps...

NR 19-005: Wolf Creek Dam increasing releases to drawdown Lake Cumberland

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Employment Opportunities in the Burkesville Area

Hey Folks! Here are a few job openings in the Burkesville area. I have no other information regarding these jobs, so you'll need to contact the companies themselves for more info.


Police Officer - City of Burkesville - Burkesville, KY
The City of Burkesville is accepting applications for a full-time position for a police officer.
Applications can be picked up at City Hall at 214 Upper River Street, Burkesville, KY. The qualifications are a high school diploma or equivalent, ability to work well with others, and must complete the required POPS certification. 
The City of Burkesville is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against race, color, creek, national origin or handicap status. A drug test and background check is required before employment.
Please send resume with application to the City of Burkesville, P.O. Box 250, Burkesville, KY 42717.
Applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2019.


Custodian - Cumberland County Elementary School - Burkesville, KY
Classified Position
Michelle Cash
2/11/2019Expires: 2/25/2019

The Cumberland County Board of Education is now accepting applications for the following classified position:  Custodian at Cumberland County Elementary School.  Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.  The position will be 8 hours a day starting at $9.59 per hour (without experience).  Questions concerning this position may be directed to Lisa Perdue, 270-864-4390. Applications will be accepted until February 25, 2019 or until a suitable applicant is found.  If you have filed an application with the Board in the past year, please notify the Central Office to have your application activated and considered for this position. The Cumberland County Board of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Job Title: FT Key Holder - Store 1188 - FRED'S - Burkesville, KY

Position Overview:
The Key Holder is responsible for opening and/or closing the store and ensuring that proper store procedures and policies are followed when store management is not on duty or unavailable on the floor. The Key Holder will be the lead for all team members and oversee sales, merchandising, a high level of customer service, and all operational functions in the absence of store management.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Open and closes the store following proper procedures documented in the opening and closing checklist
  • Ensure that each customer receives outstanding service by providing a customer friendly environment which includes greeting and acknowledging every customer, maintaining outstanding standards, solid product knowledge and all other components of customer service including safety
  • Maintain all merchandising standards, display presentation, signing standards and monitor inventory levels in the absence of store management
  • Work with Store Manager and Assistant Manager in executing the assigned daily goals, tasks and assignments
  • Maintain adherence to all Company programs, policies, and procedures including Loss Prevention
  • Assists in the management of all office tasks including management of funds, receiving, inventory and payroll
  • Performs other duties as assigned by member of management
  • Follows all Out-of-Stock policies, including the identification of damaged merchandise, proper processing of each piece and the notification of store management to review and approve all disposals
  • Understand all policies and procedures concerning cash, check, charge card and refund transactions, voids and offline procedures
  • Maintains a high level of awareness and accuracy when handling bankable tenders

Knowledge and Skills:
  • At least 1 year of retail store experience or equivalent required
  • A high energy, high impact sales floor leader
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including solid communication, customer service, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the business, including potential evening and weekend shifts
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of customer service techniques
  • Organization and planning skills
  • Team-building skills
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information

  • High School diploma required

Physical Demands/Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Frequent walking and standing
  • Frequent bending, stooping and kneeling to run check out station, stock merchandise and unload trucks
  • Frequent handling of merchandise and equipment such as hand-held scanner, pricing guns, box cutters, merchandise containers, two-wheel dollies, and U-boats (six-wheel carts)
  • Frequent and proper lifting of up to 40 pounds; occasional lifting of up to 55 pounds
  • Fast-paced environment; moderate noise level
  • Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions
  • Occasional pushing, pulling, lifting or carrying up to 75 lbs
  • Occasional ascending or descending ladders, stairs, ramps
  • Constant computer/POS Register usage
  • Constant reaching, turning, and moving product throughout store
  • Constant receiving detailed information through oral communication
  • Constant talking, expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word


Job Title: Pianist - Burkesville First Christian Church, Burkesville, KY

Burkesville First Christian Church is seeking to hire a pianist for worship services Sundays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

For more information call Betty Hess at 270-433-5226.



The construction laborer performs tasks involving physical labor at highway construction projects. The position may operate a variety of hand and power tools and may clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, clean up rubble and debris, and remove waste materials. The position may assist other craft workers.
Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Performs a variety of tasks involving strenuous manual labor in highway construction projects; performs manual work.
  • Maintains a clean job site: picks up all tools and equipment and secures job site each day to eliminate potential hazards.
  • Performs materials handling and storage.
  • Loads and unloads trucks and hauls and hoists materials.
  • Ensures that proper safety and incident reporting procedures are followed. Brings problems to the attention of the foreman.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. Regardless of other duties, has a responsibility to follow HALL Contracting of Kentucky’s safety, and quality procedures.
  • Comply with the company’s drug and alcohol testing requirements
  • Must be physically healthy to stand, bend, and walk for up to 10-12 hours a day
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Time Management
  • Communication skills
  • Confidence Abilities
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Have a sense of urgency to meet deadlines
  • Multi-task and set priorities effectively
  • Excellent hand, eye and foot coordination
  • Accomplish goals in a team environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent sense of balance
  • Possess a positive “can do” attitude
Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to a variety of extreme conditions at construction job sites. The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud. This position is performed in outside weather conditions
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The employee is required to use proper personal protection equipment. Use of sunscreen and long sleeves is recommended.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Hours of work vary based on project needs. Overtime as required.
Travel is expected for this position.
Required Education and Experience
Applicants must have at least 1 year commercial construction related experience. Previous concrete/highway experience a plus. Must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must hold a Regular Operator (Class D) driving license. Applicant must have no felonies that are violent in nature and/or theft related in the last 7 years. Applicant must have reliable transportation to and from job site. High School Diploma or GED preferred
Job Recruitment Information
Use Apply Now button below to submit your application. Or apply in person at 3800 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, KY between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability Insurance
401k with Company Match
Paid Holidays
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
Employee Referral Program
Quarterly Safety Awards

Disclaimer: this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

EOE – M/F/Disabled/Veteran
Women and Minorities encouraged to apply
VERRA Federal Contractor
Our priority for referrals of protected veterans is highly desired


  • Receives, organizes, edits, corrects or enters various data via keyboarding.
  • Maintains files, logs, manuals or other documents.
  • Prepares documents for filing, storage, and data entry.
  • Drafts or prepares correspondence, detailed forms, reports or other materials.
  • Answers inquiries and provides detailed information on office inquiries in person, via telephone or electronic mail.
  • Prepares daily, monthly or annual records or reports.
  • Operates personal computers, office machines or other office equipment.
  • Orders office supplies and/or maintains inventory.
  • Schedules appointments or meetings for managers or supervisors.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in U.S. CHFS will only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9. For more information on E-Verify, or if you believe that CHFS has violated its E-Verify responsibilities, please contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at 888-897-7781 or

EDUCATION: High school graduate.
EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, OR SKILLS: Two years of office support experience.
Substitute EDUCATION for EXPERIENCE: Additional education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.


Minit Mart

Minit Mart has part-time and full-time positions available also! Get in there and fill out an application!


ACE Hardware

Sales register, Customer service, Mixing paint, Stocking, 
General knowledge of Construction, Electrical, Plumbing is preferred but not necessary. 
We are open 6 days a week 7am to 5pm, in spring will start summer hours 7am to 6pm. 
Must be available to work Saturdays.

228 Keen St, Burkesville, KY 42717-7681, United States

Friday, February 15, 2019

Incentive for Tourist Attraction Projects

While researching existing incentives that the state has to offer, and planning our own local incentive package, I came across this incentive for tourism. I am a firm believer that a tourist attraction that includes things such as, mini-golf, gocarts, a family fun center, and similar attractions would not only be a huge draw to the tourists in the summer and fall, but would also be supported by the locals in the off-season. I believe it would pull from surrounding counties also.

So now all we need is someone to invest in such a plan.

The incentive I found from the state says...

A $500,000 minimum project development cost can recover 30% of development cost over 10 years for projects such as;

• cultural or historical sites;
• recreation or entertainment facilities;
• areas of scenic beauty or distinctive natural phenomena;
• Entertainment Destination Centers;
• Kentucky Crafts and Products Centers;
• Theme Restaurant Destinations;

Folks, that is a HUGE incentive! For the minimum $500,000 development cost the investor would receive $150,000 back! That's free money!

There are a lot of this type of incentives from the state and federal government. I'll have everything compiled soon for the public, with our own local programs highlighted also.


Friday, February 8, 2019

Various Items

Just thought I'd pop in to let you folks know of a few items recently addressed.

I finally got a call back from Houchens. The more I talked the hotter I got. I did calm down finally. Nothing changed. They said they would lease or sell the building with "certain restrictions." That means if you bought it or leased it you couldn't put another grocery store in the building. Still makes me mad.

A couple of potholes have been filled in recently. Only another month or so before we can get a lot more patching done on the city streets.

The Water Supervisor and I went to Frankfort this week for a meeting with the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority to secure a low interest loan (0.5%) for planning and design from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, for our sewer plant project. We did get approval of a $251,000 loan for that purpose. We are waiting on the results of our ARC and CDBG grant applications. After that we will apply for the remainder of the construction cost with the KIA.

A handicap parking sign will be placed at the boat ramp after the water recedes enough to install it

We will be slowly changing the old bulbs in the streetlights to LED bulbs. These bulbs will not only be brighter, and last longer, but will reduce utility costs for the city.

Since the Net Profits Return for businesses are used to collect the correct business license fee (occupational tax), this will be strictly enforced. It is required by law, and considered a Class A Misdemeanor to not submit the Net Profits Return by April 15th. A list of businesses not in compliance with this law will be published in the newspaper.

Still working on a solution for a traffic light at the south end of town.

There are many other items that have been addresses, and/or will be soon.

I've been extremely busy since taking office. But am enjoying the process. Thanks for being such great citizens! I love talking to everyone about different issues. And you folks have got some great ideas!

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