Carrollton City Council briefs - Nov. 14, 2012

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By Kristin Beck

State installs directional signs

After 26 long months, the state has finally installed the brown directional signs for cultural and recreational points of interest in Carrollton.

Main Street Program Manager Sam Burgess told city council Monday that the signs from the state Department of Transportation Cabinet Parks and Recreational Signage Program look very nice, and he thinks they will help draw more visitors into downtown.

Now that those signs have been taken care of, Burgess said there are two more he thinks need to be addressed. The first is the green sign owned by the state on Hwy. 227 in front of Arby’s, which indicates downtown Carrollton is 2.5 miles away.

Burgess said the sign is incorrect: 2.5 miles away from that location is the intersection of Hwy. 227 and Hwy. 42, not downtown. And, he said, the sign is in a “terrible state of physical condition” and suggested the sign be removed.

The second sign needing to be addressed, he siad, is the “Welcome to Historic Carrollton” sign, located on the Carrollton side of the Kentucky River bridge from Prestonville.

“It’s the tackiest entrance I’ve ever seen,” Burgess said.

Councilman Robb Adams agreed, and asked Burgess to research the cost of a replacement sign, perhaps one that includes  a brick or stone foundation.

In the meantime, Burgess suggested taking down the sign and have it repainted. He said the sign was put up by the city, not the state. He asked council to consider putting money into the city budget for a new sign, and to add another welcome sign on Hwy. 42 East in front of Growers.

Councilman Mike Gordon asked whose is responsible for maintaining the new brown recreational signs. Burgess said the state will maintain them, but if they are damaged, the city must fix or replace them. If the signs are peeling, he said he believes the state will take care of it, but he said he would check the state’s website for more information.

Pyles retiring; outgoing council recognized

A retirement reception will be held for city clerk-treasurer Becky Pyles from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at City Hall. Mayor Gene McMurry encourages everyone to attend. New city clerk-treasurer Leatha Grimes will be sworn in during a special meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Newly elected councilmembers Hayley Franklin, Dwight Louden and Tammy McBurney will be sworn in at the Nov. 26 city council meeting. If they cannot attend, they must be sworn in before Dec. 31 or they will vacate the position, City Attorney Nick Marsh said. At the Dec. 10 meeting, the only council meeting of the month, the departing councilmembers – Kevin Craig, Adam Raker and Larry Morgan – will be recognized for their service.

New landscaping to be installed at city hall

City council approved spending $3,552 on landscaping from Enviroscape. The city received two bids on the project.

Mayor Gene McMurrysaid he had the shrubs taken out because they looked bad and were overgrown. The new landscaping will look very similar to what was there before.


New computers approved for 911

Mayor Gene McMurry reported to council that the old computers in Carroll County Dispatch will not handle the recently-purchased software update. Therefore, new computers must be purchased at a cost of $5,831.50. McMurry said he talked to Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson, and the city and county will split the cost of the new
computers. The purchase was approved 6-0.

Changes on police,
fire departments

Carrollton Fire Engineer Bryant Hunger will become the newest addition to the Carrollton Police Department, filling the spot left vacant by Tony Stigers, Assistant Chief Steve Abbott reported to city council. He will leave for the Department of Criminal Justice Training Academy in Richmond, Ky., on Dec. 10.

The city will be advertising for a new fire engineer/telecommunicator for the next two weeks, with the deadline to apply Nov. 26.

Officer Justin Doll also will leave the police department soon for a job with the Oldham County Police Department, Abbott said, so CPD will be advertising for his position soon.

Teaching fire safety

Carrollton Fire Chief Greg Beck reported to council that the kindergarten through second grade fire prevention program is wrapping up. The 10-week program will conclude with a graduation ceremony and ice cream social on Nov. 20 at Kathryn Winn Primary. Beck said the fire department taught 475 students in 21 classes about fire safety.

Sinking sidewalk needs to be addressed

Public Works Supervisor Ronnie Knight said he received an estimate to repair a sinking sidewalk problem in front of Pat’s Video on Main Street. He said it won’t pose any danger, but acknowledged it is a problem and will continue to get worse. The sidewalk has been in place for about 10 years, but he believes it was not shored up properly when it was installed. The cost estimate was about $7,300.

Mayor Gene McMurry said the issue is not pressing, but it needs to be taken care of. Councilman Kevin Craig said if it is not pressing, why not wait until the city gets an estimate back on the sidewalk project in front of Down on Main on Main Street.

The issue was tabled until a later date.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 17:Another Reason to be Thankful – Downtown business owners will hold a customer appreciation day during regular business hours. Shoppers can sign up at local businesses for a chance to win a merchants basket. The winner will be drawn at 5 p.m. at McNeal’s.

Nov. 24: Small Business Saturday– Everyone is encouraged to shop locally. Main Street Manager Sam Burgess said the event costs storeowners nothing; they just need to stay open on that day.

Nov. 30: Light Up Carrollton– This is the last year of a three-year contract with Easy Pro Property Services to hang Christmas lights in downtown Carrollton. The Carroll County Middle School chorus and Jeanie Rider will be on hand to sing, Burgess said. At about 6 p.m. Mayor Gene McMurry and Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson will “throw the switch” to light up downtown.

Dec. 1:A Christmas Carroll– The annual event will feature the Christmas parade at 11 a.m., and Burgess encouraged people to enter a decorated float or vehicle.

There will be two $100 prizes and trophies for the best church and youth group floats. Contact Cindy Dunn if interested.

There will be an arts and crafts tent; vendors should contact Rhonda Welch or Rhonda Riley. Santa Claus will visit Carrollton, and children may have their photos taken for a $5 donation to Shop with a cop.

There also will be carriage rides for a $1 donation or canned food donation to the community food pantry, as well as the seventh annual Visions of Sugar Plums bake-off. The entry deadline is 10 a.m. at McNeals, which will be giving away a stove to the winning baker.

Dec. 20: Shop With a Cop