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Rep. Rocky Adkins, left, and Morehead Mayor Laura White-Brown, right, honored Morehead 911 Director Karen Lewis and Morehead Police Sergeant Erskin Davis for their roles in severe downtown flooding in July. They moved the emergency call center without halting the vital service as water filled the lower level of city hall where dispatches originate. (Photo by Brad Stacy)

Two Morehead city employees were recognized on Monday night during City Council’s regular monthly session for their actions during heavy flooding in downtown a few weeks ago.

“When we had the flooding downtown our police department sustained pretty severe damage,” said Mayor Laura White-Brown. “These two individuals have been working day and night, moving their equipment, preserving evidence, adjusting schedules and working countless hours of overtime so they can continue the emergency services we rely on day in and day out.”

As more than four inches of rain fell in just a few hours, 911 Dispatch was the first to report flooding into the lower level of the former City Hall.

The Morehead Fire Department responded to help reroute some of the water, but still presented a danger to the disruption of the 911 service.

The mayor formally recognized 911 Dispatch Director Karen Lewis and Morehead Police Sergeant Erskin Davis to a standing ovation for their efforts.

“I want you to know how hard the entire department worked to keep our 911 system up and running,” White-Brown said. “They managed to get all their necessities up off the floor and out of harm’s way. The phone lines were kept open and the patrols continued during a difficult time for the city. I think that’s more than recognizable.”

Rep. Rocky Adkins was also on hand for the recognition, saying what makes this community so great is the people that are a part of it.

“To have dedicated servants who respond on a daily basis is a blessing,” Adkins said. “What happened here is unbelievable with the task they had. They preserved hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment and evidence that was able to be moved and put back in operation to continue making this a safe community. We often take it for granted. They don’t want to be recognized but their public service must not go unnoticed. We appreciate you.”

Adkins didn’t stop there. He said this recognition would even go to another level.

“When we go back to session in January we are going to do the recognition you deserve on the House floor,” he said. “The recognition of the public servants that don’t ask for credit and just do the work. We want to share that with the entire state of the Commonwealth.”

In unfinished business, the city approved:

• The second reading of an ordinance amending the zoning map of the City of Morehead to re-classify the properties located at 700-750 West First Street from I-1 and R-2 to B-1.

• The second reading of an ordinance amending the zoning map to re-classify the property known as Center Park and “The Big Dig” off KY 32 from R-3 to B-2.

• The second reading of an ordinance adopting an interlocal agreement between the city and county establishing a join recreation, tourism and convention commission.

In new business, Council passed:

• A resolution to initiate condemnation action for Morehead Utility Plant Board easements.

• Five resolution declaring city property as surplus.

• Two resolutions approving the approval and financing of a new garbage truck.

• Approval of an architectural firm related to the proposed City of Morehead Emergency Service Construction Project.

• A resolution to authorize advertisement for RFPs jointly with the county concerning broadband.

• A resolution to hire a law firm with expertise in logging within city limits. More details on citizens’ complaints of commercial logging on Knapp Avenue will be provided in next issue.

All things city government such as meeting videos, agendas, and more details on discussed ordinances can be viewed at http://morehead-ky.gov.

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.