River walk heads to bid, C’ton entrance signs OK’d

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By Kristin Beck

Significant progress is finally being made on two Carrollton City Council pet projects — the river walk and the new city signs.

Carrollton City Council approved design plans for the city river walk Monday, allowing them to go out for bid next week. Heritage Engineering Project Manager David Eberenz told council he will have a set of bid specifications at city hall by next Friday.

The bid will be advertised in next week’s News-Democrat. If contractors would like copies, they will need to contact Heritage Engineering, he said.

Mayor Gene McMurry asked Eberenz if this would be a 90-day project.

“Yeah, I think it could be,” Eberenz said.

Eberenz said the bid specifications will include an alternate for construction around the Jefferson Community and Technical College parking lot. Currently, the city cannot work on the area around the parking lot because the city does not own the right-of-way. Eberenz agreed to design that piece so that council will have it for use later.

The other alternate will be for an 8-foot-wide walk with one foot of stamping, rather than the 10-foot walk included in the bid.

Councilman Dwight Louden asked if it was necessary to have the construction entrance indicated on the plans.

Eberenz said, yes, it is required by the state for the contractor to have if they disturb more than one acre of land. Theoretically, there should not be a single piece of dirt that leaves the work site, he said. The purpose of the entrance – called the storm-water pollution prevention plan – is to ensure that the mud from the work trucks comes off in the gravel, and there is no silt runoff from the construction site.

McMurry said the city had to have the SWIPP plan when the 2Rivers Campground was constructed.

The plan is expensive, but Eberenz said he did not think any contractor would submit a bid without it. If they did, they would likely request a change order later on because it is a state regulation mandated by the federal government.

The initial bid plans included nine lights, with the option to add or delete lights. However, council decided to add the conduit necessary for as many lights as needed to eliminate dark areas along the river walk. The lights will be rented from Kentucky Utilities.

Entrance signs

City council voted to approve purchasing two new “Welcome to Carrollton” signs from the Sign Shop – one across from General Butler State Resort Park and the other next to the Prestonville Bridge.

The cost for two signs – one 5 feet by 8 feet and 12 inches thick and the other about 8 feet by 14 feet by 21 inches thick – cost $10,270.75.

Mayor Gene McMurry and Public Works Supervisor Ronnie Knight estimated installation would cost an additional $800-$1,200.

The price increased by $712 for the two signs since the original estimates. Councilwoman Ann Deatherage talked to the Sign Shop owner Vernon States. He said he never had any signed paperwork that council had accepted the original bids, and costs had risen.

The increased price puts the city over the budget it had set of $9.200. However, Deatherage said the Enterprise Incentive Program ordinance states that those funds also can be used for public improvements in the downtown redevelopment district. The Prestonville Bridge sign is included in this area.

Council voted to use the $9,200 from the general fund to pay for the sign near Butler Park and for part of the Prestonville Bridge sign. The remaining balance for the downtown sign will come from the EIP fund.

Main Street Program Manager Sam Burgess said the new awning for Maguana’s Gifts is the only project funded so far this fiscal year. Two other businesses are working on façade grant applications. Burgess said it “shouldn’t be a problem” to take the money out of the EIP fund.

Next, council approved a motion to accept the price for the two signs from the Sign Shop. The signs will have two colors: one for the background and the other for the letters. It will have a stucco finish and have writing on one side.

Deatherage attended last week’s Design and Review Board meeting and returned with approved color schemes that can be used in historic downtown. Council agreed they wanted the signs to match.

Council approved a light background, called “sourdough,” with lettering in a dark-red color called “brick dust.”

McMurry said he will sign the approved documents and take them to States the next morning.



Carroll County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Robert Yoder was appointed to the Design and Review Board.



After an executive session, Carrollton City Council approved a motion to enter into litigation with Kevco Construction, regarding their contract at the 2Rivers Campground.