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Commission honors businessman: Road repairs, county clean ups discussed at meeting

GETAWAY — The Lawrence County Commission paid tribute to a South Point businessman who recently received an award from the state of Kentucky.

The commissioners recognized Louis K. Green, president of Robinson Contracting, who recently won the 8(A) Award from the Kentucky Small Business Association.

Robinson, who founded the company in 2000, operates in five states. He said his work can employ “anywhere from 1-100 people.”

“We’re going to be starting a division of Robinson Contracting here in Lawrence County shortly,” Green announced at the meeting, which took place at Collins Career Technical Center. “This will create more jobs for electricians and pipefitters.”

Green said he would be meeting with CCTC’s superintendent, Steve Dodgion, to discuss job opportunities for students with his company.

Commissioner DeAnna Holliday said she was “so excited” for Green when she heard about the award last week and praised him for his plans with CCTC.

“I’m always promoting collaboration among the county,” she said. When you want to come to Lawrence County and work with our young people,” that’s huge.

Commissioner Colton Copley, who said he has long known Green, also congratulated him.

“As good of a businessman as you are, from what I know you, you’re an even better person,” he said.

His comments were echoed by Commission president Freddie Hayes Jr.

“You know what I think of you, Lou,” Hayes said. “You’re top shelf.”

The commission also heard from Tom McCallister who expressed gratitude for the work of Project First Impression in cleaning up the county.

McCallister said he has also seen the Lawrence-Scioto County Solid Waste District cracking down on dumpers and issuing citations.

“I want to thank you for how much progress I’ve seen myself,” he said, noting that he works to clean County Road 15. “I’m just excited to see it — this area — it’s beautiful. If we clean our creeks and roads, we can see how much more we can have.”

The commission also heard from residents requesting an update on plans to repair a slip on County Road 30.

County engineer Patrick Leighty said that he is working with FEMA on the matter.

“We have the funding, now I can do the design to be able to fix it,” Leighty said.

Hayes concluded the meeting by reminding people that Our Day dinners resume at First Baptist Church in Proctorville on Friday, March 29.

He also announced that the Lawrence County Fair, set for July 6-13, will host three derbies and multiple singers this year and encouraged everyone to come.

He also said the commission has been working to establish a suicide prevention group, in memory of former Commission President Bill Pratt, who died in December.

“Everyone knows I lost a great friend and colleague in him,” Hayes said.

He said there would be a walk planned by the coalition, set for April 4, and encouraged people to attend.

Livestreaming for the Tuesday meeting was handled by students of CCTC.