03/02/10 — Pikeville eyes higher rates for electricity

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Pikeville eyes higher rates for electricity

By Laura Collins
Published in News on March 2, 2010 1:46 PM

At the town of Pikeville board meeting Monday, members assured citizens they were taking a closer look at the higher electric rates.

Mayor Johnny Weaver said board member Vance Greeson was researching when the rates peak, and if it's possible to use less electricity during those times.

"I know you have concerns over your electric bill. I do, we all do," he said. "We can't control the electric rate. We have to bill you for what we are billed. It's a no-brainer."

One citizen questioned whether turning off the lights at the baseball field in the park would help rates, but Town Administrator Kathie Fields said the lights only cost the town about $30 each month.

Also at the meeting, resident Rosie Colvin addressed some improvements she would like to see at the park. Ms. Colvin said she would like to see picnic tables and lawn chairs under the shelter.

"If it's a matter of moving some picnic tables, I don't see (anything) wrong with it," Weaver said.

Ms. Fields said a new picnic table could run around $200 to $300, so the board decided it would be best to move an existing picnic table to that location. Pikeville police Sgt. Eva Scott recommended to the board that the table and chairs should be secured to deter anyone from stealing them.

Also at the meeting, the board approved hiring a new part-time officer Chris Kimbrell, pending a psychological evaluation.