Carroll County food pantry may build on Sixth Street

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By Kristin Beck

Council gave its blessings to the Carroll County Food Pantry, indicating it would be comfortable donating city-owned property on Sixth Street between Main Street and Highland Avenue for the construction of a new food pantry building.


Council and Food Pantry Vice President Bill Welty discussed what would happen if the food pantry dissolved. Mayor Gene McMurry said he would get an appraisal done and put a lien on the property for that amount, then turn the property over to the food pantry. Design and Review Board also will need to approve the building plans first, he said.

Welty said the food pantry has been around for 30 years and did not foresee it closing, but he agreed the deed should stipulate the amount the city would receive if the building was sold.

Welty picked up initial sketches from Drew Oakley of Carrollton Utilities that afternoon. However, they were far from concrete as he had not even shown them to the food pantry board yet. Welty offered to meet with council before the meeting at the site. McMurry and councilmembers Dwight Louden, Hayley Franklin, Robb Adams and Ann Deatherage attended, and Welty offered to meet with councilmembers Mike Gordon and Tammy McBurney at another time if they wanted.


Resident wants alley paved

Juanita Chilton addressed council about the alley between Fifth and Sixth streets from Hawkins Street to Meade Street that runs behind her property. “It’s the worst alley in town,” she said. “Please, please get it black topped for us.”

Chilton said about 12 people use the alley to park their cars, and it is in such bad shape that she cannot get her car in and out. Mayor Gene McMurry told council he has discussed the alley with Chilton and encouraged her to bring the issue before council. The alley is listed on the city’s paving list as a possibility if money allows, McMurry said.


Electronic Systems to maintain Wi-Fi

Council approved a one-year service agreement with Electronic Systems for maintaining and repairing the 2Rivers Campground hardware, software and the reservation website (as built). Per council’s request at the Aug. 11, meeting, co-owners Doug Ramsey and Shawn Green included maintenance on the computers at the campground and at Carrollton Public Works in the contract. The cost is $1,400 per year.

Councilman Mike Gordon asked what would happen if the campground website was infected by a virus. Ramsey said if they have to go in and rebuild the website piece by piece, they would charge an additional fee. However, he recommended creating a local backup of the city and campground websites so if they do get a virus, they can just update the clean copy rather than start all over.

Ramsey also strongly suggested council purchase adequate virus protection for the campground computer because they are taking credit card information. Mayor Gene McMurry asked them to get a cost estimate on a good virus protection program. Ramsey said he did not know the price offhand, but would research it and get back to them.

McMurry told council they will need to amend the budget to reflect the service agreement because there is a line item for campground Wi-Fi, but no money in it.


Random drug testing not required for all

City of Carrollton office staff will no longer participate in the random drug testing. Council approved a municipal order updating the policy and procedures manual. Mayor Gene McMurry said he spoke to Paul Coombs, and according to Kentucky League of Cities, there was a ruling that random drug testing should only apply to employees in a “safety situation:” police officers, telecommunications employees, fire department employees (including volunteer fire fighters), public works employees who drive CDL regulated vehicles, park employees, building inspection and codes employees and employees who supervise children and child-related activities. However, all employees will still participate in pre-employment screening and if the city has reason to suspect the employee is under the influence.


City signs contract with TWC

Council authorized the mayor to enter into a 36-month contract with Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC for internet and telephone services for the city of Carrollton. Mayor Gene McMurry said he talked to the TWC representative, and he asked him about adding together services TWC is already providing into one bill. The cost will be $359.88 per month, plus a one-time installation fee of $1,150. McMurry estimated the city will save about $1,100 on their bill each month compared to their current contract with AT&T. The price will remain fixed over 36 months.


Motor vehicle tax set

Council approved a resolution setting the 2015 motor vehicle and watercraft property   rate to be levied on Jan. 1, 2015, at 26 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.


BME wins contract

The city entered into a contract with BME Mechanical & Electrical to provide proactive planned maintenance on the air conditioning units at city hall and the 2Rivers Campground bathhouse for a cost of $1,396 per year. This is a year-to-year contract.


EIP application considered

Linda Johnson presented an Enterprise Incentive Program application for the building she recently purchased at 516 Main St. She is planning to open an antique shop. Johnson previously owned and ran Port William Antique Shop for six years. Her daughter Cara Long presented council with bid information on all the work that needs to be done. She received two estimates – one from Clifford Hicks for $21,014.02 and one from Chappell Construction for $28,250.

Councilman Dwight Louden said he remembers her previous business and thought it was well-run, but the building she purchased is in bad shape. He thinks the EIP money should go towards things that would help a business get started, not to rehabilitate an entire building. It seems like a very expensive project for this building, and I don’t know that the city should spend this much money on this, he said.

Long said her mother looked at other buildings in other towns before purchasing this one and one of the incentives of locating in Carrollton was the EIP program. Mayor Gene McMurry said council would take the application under advisement and then make a decision.


Upcoming events

Sept. 25-27 - Carroll County Tobacco Festival

City council approved providing the festival with port-o-lets and closing the following streets:

Tuesday - Close Court Street from midnight to Saturday at midnight

Wednesday - Close Fifth Street on the courthouse side from 1 p.m. until Saturday at midnight; Close Main Street at 516 Main St. to Fourth Street from noon to Saturday at midnight

Thursday - Close Fifth Street from Highland Avenue to Main Street and Main Street from 516 Main St. to Court Street from 3 p.m. to midnight.

Friday - Close Fifth Street from Highland Avenue to Main Street and Main Street from 516 Main St. to Court Street from 3 p.m. to Saturday at midnight.

Oct. 25 - Downtown Art Walk, presented by the Carrollton Main Street Program and the Carroll County Arts Board

Council approved allowing this community art project to be held on the sidewalks surrounding the downtown courthouse. The event is a public art contest using sidewalk chalk. Registration is from 9 - 10 a.m. Contestants will have from 10 a.m.-noon to complete their sidewalk square, using only the chalk provided. There will be prizes awarded to the top three winners in four different age groups.

Main Street Manager Sam Burgess said he has already received permission from Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson.