Carrollton City Council | Feb. 10, 2014

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By Kristin Beck

CU to provide natural gas to four industries through 2026

Carrollton City Council approved a resolution ratifying and authorizing a contract through Carrollton Utilities with Gallatin Steel that will provide the company natural gas for one year.

Council then approved another resolution to extend the industrial contracts with Dow Corning, Certainteed, North American Stainless and Gallatin Steel through 2026. Previously, CU had ratified contracts with Dow Corning, Certainteed and NAS for five years.

Carrollton Utilities Manager Bill Osborne said the “Big Four” accounts for 93 percent of CU’s throughput of natural gas.

City Attorney Ed James congratulated Osborne on his hard work. “It’s a real good deal and a feather in his hat that he was able to get it done.”

Contract with graphic designer tabled

A resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract with graphic designer Justin Bessinger for the implementation of the new city logo has been tabled until the next meeting. The contract includes a rate of $25 per hour, not to exceed $3,000, and the money would come from the consulting line item.

Mayor Gene McMurry explained that he wants to make sure everything is done properly when the city orders new signs, banners, letterhead, etc., with the new logo on them and wants Bessinger to oversee that project.

Councilmembers Robb Adams and Mike Gordon asked McMurry if Bessinger could come to the next city council meeting to get a feel for exactly what he is going to do.

Adams said he believes whoever is ordering the banner or sign could make sure the logo looked right. McMurry said he does not have time to do that and would not know how to fix a problem should it arise, such as the fonts in the logo not matching those at the printer.

Code Enforcement Officer John Welch explained to council that the mayor is trying to say he wants the option to have Bessinger there for quality control to make sure everything looks the way it should. It may not take Bessinger much time at all, he said.

During the department reports, Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism Director Misty Wheeler told council Bessinger was very helpful when she was ordering her department’s banners. The printers asked her for a vector file, which she was not familiar with, and Bessinger addressed that issue.

None of the council members said they had any problem with Bessinger’s fee.

McMurry said he would ask Bessinger to attend the Feb. 24 meeting.

City opens search for fireworks contractor

Mayor Gene McMurry presented a contract with Freedom Fireworks for the Fourth of July display, but council tabled it until the next meeting.

The contract was for a fireworks show July 4, 2014 at Point Park, not to exceed $17,000.

Councilman Dwight Louden asked, do we want to spend that much money? Mayor Gene McMurry said the city spent $15,500 last year, and this year’s price is $16,000.
Councilman Robb Adams asked if the city could get more prices. He said he knows of a company that did a show in Independence, Ky., for $8,000, and he volunteered to contact them.

McMurry asked that Adams compare their show to Freedom Fireworks’ shell by shell but not to show them the other price. Adams said he would bring the information to the next council meeting.

City to purchase land on Sycamore Street

Council approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the fiscal year 2013-14 budget to add $40,000 to the capital land purchase line item. Mayor Gene McMurry said the city will be purchasing property next to Public Works on Sycamore Street, owned by the Mark Ransdell estate. The second reading will be held Feb. 24.

Campground issues to be billed to Kevco

The concrete in front of the check-in station at 2Rivers Campground has cracked and swelled to the point that the door cannot open, Public Works
supervisor Ronnie Knight told council. He wanted council to know he will have to break the concrete. Mayor Gene McMurry said he told contractor Kevco Construction this will be added to their bill for the campground. The city also had a water bill for 162,000 gallons last month due to the water leaks at the campground, which has also been added, he said.

DRB special meeting

Due to President’s Day Monday during its regular meeting time, the Design and Review Board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Murray’s wins EIP funds

Council approved a request by Murray’s for $2,943.40 in Enterprise Incentive Program funding. This is half the cost of the total project.

Code Enforcement Officer John Welch presented council with two bids from Murray’s: one to install new awnings for $2,101.80 and one to repair the metal façade for $3,785. Weather permitting, the project will take a maximum of three weeks to complete, he said.

Upcoming dates

March 6: Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County will host the annual town hall meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. at the General Butler State Resort Park Convention Center.

April 19: Carrollton Main Street Program presents Easter on the Square.