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Carrollton City Council | July 10, 2013

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By Kristin Beck

Bishop’s Trace stop work order discussed

Code Enforcement Officer John Welch reported to council that he is continuing to look into the berm that caused the stop work order at the Bishop’s Trace subdivision on Schuermann Street. The berm, which is two feet higher than it was originally engineered to be, is causing a drainage issue on Herb Kinman’s adjacent properties. 

Welch said the elevation is now the same as the lowest point of Kinman’s property, which should take care of the problem. Mayor Gene McMurry said he drove by in the rain Saturday morning and did not see any flooding issues on Kinman’s property.

The developers said the plans were approved by planning and zoning with the berm, but Welch said he still needs to look into that. He said they have been very cooperative. Councilman Mike Gordon said he is afraid that the entire plot is off since the elevation was so high and wants to check the rest of the property.

Planning and zoning member Sam Burgess suggested having a bond scale in place for developments, so if, for example, there needs to be a survey performed the money can be drawn from there.

Carrollton Utilities Manager Bill Osborne said water and sewer plant developments require the engineer to certify that it was built according to the architects’ plans as a condition of the work permit. He suggested the city implement a similar practice in the future. 

 

Four businesses leave downtown Carrollton

June was not a good month for downtown Carrollton. Main Street Manager Sam Burgess reported that four businesses closed in downtown Carrollton last month: Two Rivers Antiques, Powered On, Lizzy B Goods and Carrollton Inn’s restaurant. Powered On will continue the service part of its business, and Lizzy B Goods moved to the county.

“We need to re-double our efforts to fill those vacancies,” Burgess said.

The former Carrollton Federal Building has sold, he said. He believes the upstairs is being converted to a loft apartment and the owner is looking for a downstairs renter. 

 

Construction company opens in county

Brown and Root Construction Co. is returning to Carroll County. Mayor Gene McMurry announced that the company is building a five-year project on Lewis Street across from Kentucky Utilities. The company was last here in 1994.

“It was a major boost to our economy then, and I expect it to be a major boost again,” he said. About 500 construction jobs will need to be filled. The company will begin accepting applications in two weeks.

 

City to apply for loan on CU’s behalf

Council unanimously approved a resolution to file for a loan application on behalf of Carrollton Utilities from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. This program provides funding for water treatment improvements. This is the third year in a row that the city has applied for this grant, Carrollton Utilities Manager Bill Osborne said. The grant offers 30 to 35 percent principal forgiveness, and the rest is a loan of about 1 percent interest.

 

Stop sign installed

Council unanimously approved a recommendation from planning and zoning to install a stop sign along Fifth Street at the T-intersection at Short Fourth and Fifth streets. 

 

By Kristin Beck