FRANKFORT FIRE CHIEF POSSICH WINS AWARD
The Southeastern Association of Fire Chief’s awarded the prestigious Presidential Award to Chief Wallace Possich of the Frankfort Fire Department at the annual leadership conference in Hampton, Va. Possich is the Kentucky State Director and has been serving the Southeastern Association of Fire Chief’s Board of Directors since 2002.
Possich joined the fire service in 1969 with Williamsburg, Va. He then transferred to James City/County Fire Department where he rose through the ranks to district fire chief. In 1994, he was appointed fire chief of the South Burlington, Vt., fire department, serving until 1998. In 1998 Possich became the fire chief for Frankfort, where he has served for 14 years.
Possich was awarded the Chief Fire Officer Designation by the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Commission on Professional Credentialing in 2009. He is one of only 660 professionals that have achieved that designation worldwide. In 2009, Possich was inducted into the United States Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers. He is a lifetime member of the Virginia Association of Fire Chief’s, serves on the Executive Board of the Kentucky Fire Chiefs, Board of Directors for the Kentucky League of Cities and the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs.
Possich has an applied sciences degree in fire administration and has held certifications in Firefighter I, Fire Officer I & II, Fire Service Instructor I, Hazardous Materials Technician, Hazardous Materials Safety Officer and a Emergency Medical Technician.
President Douglas Cline described Possich during the award ceremony as a true leader and mentor of the fire service.
FREE PLANE RIDES SATURDAY
The Experimental Aircraft Association will offer free airplane rides for those ages 8-17 beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Capital City Airport. A free pancake breakfast begins at 8 a.m.
The Association is composed of those who build their own airplanes. For Saturday’s free rides, however, spokesman Gene Roach says commercially-built aircraft will be used. For more information call Roach at 319-2438.
FPB RAISES ELECTRIC, BULK CABLE RATES
The Frankfort Plant Board has raised electric rates 7 percent in response to higher energy costs from Kentucky Utilities.
The plant board voted unanimously Tuesday to the rate increase, which officials say will cost the average residential customer $6.15 more each month.
KU has charged the plant board $3.3 million more for bulk electric this year, and the new rate will cover that increase, Vent Foster, FPB’s chief electrical engineer, said at a May 31 public hearing.
The electric rate increase will take effect July 1.
The board also unanimously voted to increase bulk cable rates for Kentucky State University, Frankfort Regional Medical Center and local office buildings.
Bulk cable one customers – namely the hospital and KSU – will see their cable costs increase 25 cents per cable outlet. Bulk cable two customers – mostly office buildings – will pay 65 cents more per outlet if the board approves the new rates.
FPB Cable Superintendent John Higginbotham has said the newly renegotiated retransmission agreements with major networks and other cable costs caused the proposed rate increase, which will take effect July 15.
‘SUPER LOAD' WILL CLOSE LOCAL ROADS TONIGHT
Movement of an overweight/over dimensional “super load” of equipment from a dock in Louisville to a plant outside Harrodsburg will require temporary closure of U.S. 60 and 127 in Franklin County, according to the state Transportation Cabinet.
The load, a 275,500-pound industrial dryer, is being transported on a 16-axle trailer. It is expected to reach the Wausau Paper plant, north of Harrodsburg, in the early hours of Thursday, according to the cabinet.
The load reached Shelbyville by 5 a.m. today and will be parked under sheriff’s watch on the KY 55 Shelbyville Bypass. The move will resume at 7 p.m. on Wednesday through Franklin County.
Most of the move will occur at night, under Kentucky State Police escort, to minimize disruption of traffic, the cabinet says.
When the transport trailer is included, the load is 20 feet, 5 inches high. Along the route, various work crews will raise utility lines to create necessary clearance, the cabinet says. Some bottom panels of overhead highway signs also will be removed and will be replaced when the load has passed.
The load and its convoy left Louisville around 9 p.m. Tuesday night.
CAMP TEACHES COMPUTER SKILLS FOR KIDS
Franklin County Public Schools is conducting two three-day camps covering basic computer knowledge and skills at Peaks Mill Elementary.
Camps is June 25-27 for fourth- and fifth-graders.
Kids will present what they’ve learned at the end of the camp for parents and guests.
The application can be found on the district website http://franklin.kyschools.us/Downloads/Elem%20tech%20camp%202012.pdf.