Paintsville City Council recognizes Porter, others

Mayor Bill Mike Runyon, right, presented multiple awards Monday to Paintsville Main Street Director Bonnie Porter recognizing her years of service.

The Paintsville City Council’s regular September meeting Monday opened with recognition of some distinguished city servants and entities. 

The first was Bonnie Porter, with Paintsville’s Main Street organization.

“For a lady who has given many years of service, we felt it would be appropriate tonight to present her with a few awards,” said Mayor Bill Mike Runyon. 

Those awards included a five-year service award from Kentucky Main Street, a plaque from the City of Paintsville for her service and a vase of flowers.

Porter has been battling ongoing health problems, but was in good spirits Monday evening.

“Thank you so much,” Porter said. “It’s been such a pleasure. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.” 

Runyon also presented several of The Paintsville Herald’s “Best Between the Lakes” awards, including “Best City Employee” to John Cantrell Jr., “Best City Police Officer” to Danny Smith, “Best Recreational Activity” to the Paintsville Recreation Center and “Best Ambulance Service” to Paintsville Ambulance. Runyon also received a “Best Between the Lakes” award.

In regular business, the city council also voted to authorize up to $80,000 to go to the purchase of three used ambulances, and accepted the only asphalt bid that was submitted to them this year, from Mountain Enterprises.

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