Corbin to begin road improvements

By Dean Manning

For the Mountain Advocate

With $200,000 in state money to spend on street repairs in the Knox County portion of Corbin, city officials are in the process of determining where and how the money will be spent.

At Monday’s meeting of the Corbin City Commission, the commissioners authorized Mayor Willard McBurney to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to receive the funds.

City Manager Marlon Sams said the city is not required to put up any matching funds to receive the money, which was earmarked by State Rep Jim Stewart, R- Flat Lick.

“We are working on a street list,” Sams said, noting the money may be used for road improvements from repairing potholes to repaving entire streets.

Sams noted that Master Street, Hamblin Street and Beatty Ave. are each part of the state highway system and maintained by the transportation cabinet.

“It could probably do a lot of it,” Sams said of needed repairs to other streets.

The commissioners also voted to authorize Sams to advertise for bids.

Sams said work will likely begin in about two weeks.

“We have to wait for the blacktop plants to open,” Sams said.

In other business the commissioners:

• Appointed Annie Hoskins and Robbie Miller to the Corbin Public Library Board.

• Approved the dates for the City of Corbin Spring Cleanup.

For the East Corbin area, the cleanup will be April 13-17.

For the remainder of the city, the cleanup will be April 20-24.

On those dates, Corbin Public Works will have two dump trucks out from 7-30-3 p.m. picking up trash.

Residents with a large load are encouraged to bring items to the Corbin City garage where there will be no charge to dump it during this period.

Residents who bring items to the garage will be required to provide proof of residence in the city limits.

Sams said the city will not be taking tires because of the cost of tire disposal.