Council to discuss what they want for river walk

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By Kristin Beck

City leaders delayed action on engineering work for the river walk, saying they to provide input on how the project will look.

Mayor Gene McMurry brought a resolution to Carrollton City Council on Monday night that would authorize him to enter into a contract with an engineering firm to develop plans for the river walk. But council opted to table it for further discussion.

Terry Roach and Drew Oakley of Carrollton Utilities began designing plans for the river walk, but they did not feel comfortable with their plans being used for bid specifications, McMurry said.

So, the mayor talked to Dave Eberenz of Heritage Engineering LLC about drawing up the plans. Heritage Engineering, a privately owned civil engineering design firm with offices in Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind., has done work for Carrollton Utilities and is working on a downtown sidewalk project in Ghent, and has developed other river walk projects.

McMurry said the company came “highly recommended.”

The council members received paperwork on the company’s proposal at the beginning of the meeting. Eberenz said the proposal included the preparation of plans and specifications, the hiring of an outside surveyor, the designing of the pavement surface and coordination with the city to choose items such as light fixtures and benches. It also included money for the design of a “signature arched entrance” for the river walk. The company also will draw up the bid documents
and forms contractors will need to bid on the project.

Councilman Robb Adams said he believes council members should brainstorm amongst themselves what they think the river walk should look like before hiring an outside company. All council has decided is that they want a river walk, but he has not heard anyone say what they want on the river walk, he said.

Heritage and council agreed to meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21 at city hall to discuss ideas for a conceptual plan of the river walk.

“We’re more than happy to do that as a part of the initial design phase,” Eberenz said.

Sewer and water rates to increase

Carrollton Utilities sewer and water rates will increase for both in-town and out-of-town customers next fiscal year. City council approved the first reading of both ordinances.

City rates will increase 2 percent for both services, while out-of-town customers will see a 3 percent increase, Manager Bill Osborne said.


Code Enforcement position advertised

The city of Carrollton is currently advertising for a new Code Enforcement Officer, replacing Scott Allnutt. Former code enforcement officer John Welch has been temporarily re-hired as a seasonal worker to fill in until then.

In an interview after the city council meeting, Mayor Gene McMurry said Allnutt resigned effective Friday, May 10, citing personal reasons.


Executive director for CCCDC hired

Mayor Gene McMurry announced that Robert Yoder, business development director for the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, was hired as the new executive director for the Carroll County Community Development Corporation. He starts Monday, May 20. The position has been vacant since Joan Moore retired at the first of the year

Sidewalk proposal tabled

Council delayed a decision on where to repair sidewalks with the remaining money in the line item until the special meeting Tuesday, May 21, so that City Attorney Ed James can read the city ordinance.

Public Works Supervisor Ronnie Knight presented three areas that needed sidewalk replacement: Fourth Street across from the Carrollton Methodist Church, Sycamore Street between Sixth and Seventh streets and at the corner of Second Street and Highland Avenue in front of Lizzie B. Goods. Knight received three bids for the sites.

Councilman Mike Gordon protested the replacement in front of Lizzie B. Goods due to an existing ordinance. James said he was not familiar with the ordinance, but he would read up on it before the next meeting.

According to Ordinance 91.09, property owners are required to maintain sidewalks in good condition, as determined by the city code enforcement officer or building inspector.

“From time to time, the city may acquire or allocate funds which are appropriated for sidewalk repair or replacement,” the ordinance reads. “The City Council will at its discretion determine which sidewalks are to be replaced. The city may remove any tree which encumbers the proper replacement of the sidewalk.”

When there are not sufficient funds or the city does not plan to replace sidewalks in a given area, the property owner may request assistance from council to replace it. Public Works provides that assistance, but will only remove the old sidewalk. The city will not be responsible for tree removal or construction of the new sidewalk.

The ordinance was amended and passed July 22, 2003.

Gordon is concerned about replacing the old sidewalk because it was in good condition when the original sidewalk project went through the area. It is outside of a business that needs its lot repaved, and he believes the business should have to pay for the new sidewalk.
However, Mayor Gene McMurry said he sees the sidewalk as a safety hazard. Councilwoman Ann Deatherage agreed that the sidewalk was in bad shape.

“That sidewalk is unfit,” she said.

Event requests

Race Fest.The Carroll County Race Fest Committee requested the following street closings for its event from 5-11 p.m. on June 26 in downtown Carrollton:

• Fifth Street, beginning at Highland Avenue

• Court Street, beginning at Highland Avenue

• Fourth Street, beginning at Highland Avenue

• Main Street from the alley beside Two Rivers Antiques to Fourth Street in front of Jefferson Community and Technical College, if necessary.

The event, held the Wednesday before races begin at the Kentucky Speedway, will include local music, car shows, a soapbox derby and much more.

The committee also requested that attendees 21 years old or older be able to purchase alcohol in downtown businesses and be able to carry them outside in solid plastic cups, like last year. The committee also requested $500 for expenses and advertising for the event, which was already included in the city’s budget.

Ohio River Sweep.The Carrollton Main Street Program requested the use of the Point Park boat ramp and shelter house next to the restrooms for its annual Ohio River Sweep from 9 a.m.-noon, June 15. Main Street will host a downtown sweep consecutively.

First Friday.Carrollton Main Street requested closing Court Street for this summer’s First Friday events from 3-8 p.m. on June 7, July 5, Aug. 2 and Sept. 6. Due to the new lighting installed on the courthouse lawn, the River View Farmer’s Market vendors cannot set up. Burgess said Main Street also will ask First Baptist Church if they can use their parking lot to set up inflatables.

All of the requests were unanimously approved.


New banners going up downtown

Downtown Carrollton will soon have sets of two new banners. Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism Director Rhonda Riley said the current historic banners are in terrible shape and she hopes to replace some of them soon. The company is charging a setup fee for each banner because the wording is different, so she does not know if she will be able to replace all of them at once.

Carrollton Main Street Program manager Sam Burgess said, because of a generous donation from Dow Corning, he just purchased 12 new banners for downtown.

Board appointments

Bill Osborne and Greg Goff were re-appointed to the PEAK Board, with terms ending April 30, 2016. Art Richter was re-appointed to the Utility Commission, with his term ending April 30, 2016.


Dates to remember

May 27: Carrollton City Council meeting canceled in observance of Memorial Day.

May 28-June 1: Carrollton Fire Department will be collecting for the WHAS11 Crusade for Children. Firefighters and volunteers will collect door-to-door May 28 and 29 and will set up a road block for collections May 30-June 1. CFD will travel to Shelbyville June 2 to drop-off the donations.

May 28: Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County is holding a town hall meeting from 6-8 p.m. at the Worthville city park. The event will feature Kentucky State Police Trooper Dave Roberts, who will talk about heroin and opiate addiction. There also will be free food and giveaways.

May 30: Champions will host the same town hall meeting from 6-8 p.m. at the Sanders city park.

June 7: Carrollton Main Street hosts the opening First Friday of the season from 3-8 p.m.

June 10: Carrollton City Council’s next meeting at 7 p.m.

June 15: Ohio River Sweep, sponsored by Carrollton Main Street Program from 9 a.m.-noon.

June 26: Race Fest in downtown Carrollton from 5-11 p.m.