AUGUSTA | City council members tool time at the opening of their meeting on Wednesday to honor Water Department Treatment Plant operator Susan Butts.

Butts received a plaque identifying her as the recipient of the first Steve Crosman Award for Outstanding Environmental Professionalism.

Crosman's daughter, Danielle Crosman was on hand for the presentation along with two of the late Crosman's co-workers.

Julia Case of the Kentucky Division of Compliance Certification and Licensing introduced the award and explained how Butts devotion to her work and her community made the decision to make her the first recipient of the award an easy decision.

Crosman died in 2011.

“Steve was a wonderful guy. He was my go-to guy," Butts said with emotion in her voice. “He was the reason we were able to save Augusta $14,000 (on the water chlorination system).”

In other business, council approved the Corridor Management Plan for the Kentucky 8 National Scenic By-Way project.

The plan includes historical, archeological and scenic tourism development plans, along with future plans for development of the by-way.

Part of the Mason County to Pendleton County route through Bracken County takes a side trip into Augusta, said Bracken/Augusta Tourism Director Doug Padgett.

“It also includes the improvements to the (Meldahl Dam) area of the hydroelectric plant, at the beach, and the fishing pier, and areas with restrooms there,” Padgett said.

Inclusion in the NSBW project makes Augusta eligible for grant programs, should any be available for tourism in the future, he said.

Augusta Mayor John Laycock also showed off a display of emergency medical equipment, donated to the city by Clopay Corp.

Two portable first aid kits, valued at about $3,800 each, complete with waterproof, FirstVoice Emergency Instruction Devices, and automatic emergency defibrillators were donated, he said.

“We are going to have one in the police cruiser that is on duty and the other one will be available when we have festivals or activities that it may be needed at,” Laycock said.

The kit comes in a bright orange carrying case and has detailed instructions for operation and contacting additional emergency help.

Councilwoman Mary Zeigler also mentioned members of Bracken County EMS were looking for recruits, and ways to offset training costs for new first responders and emergency medical technicians.

Council also approved a second reading of the 2013-2014 city budget, which includes water and sewer rate increases of 22 cents per 1,000 gallons, each.

Officials noted, rates have not increased since 2008, and are needed for maintenance of infrastructure and emergency repair fund.

A copy of the budget can be seen at

In other business, council:

-- Learned eight stern wheelers have expressed intent to attend the Augusta Riverfest Regatta Festival, next month.

-- Discussed tree trimming and road maintenance issues throughout the city.

-- Learned three fire hydrants in the city need to be replaced; two are considered antique and the other is an odd brand that is hard to find parts for repairs.

-- Agreed with the re-appointment of Shawn Hennessey to the Bracken County/Augusta Industrial Authority Board.

-- Placed the 2004 police cruiser up for sale as surplus property.