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Carrollton takes action on EIP requests
, Courier Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 11:00 AM
Carrollton City Council members made several decisions concerning business funding requests from Carrollton's Enterprise Incentive Program during a meeting Monday.
The Council unanimously approved an EIP request from the Lizzy B Goods consignment and second-hand store at 203 Highland Ave.
The $2,367 request will help the business' owner replace windows on the east side of the building, as well as repainting the building, the city's code enforcement officer Scott Allnutt said.
"It's a nice establishment," council member Ann Deatherage said of the business.
Mayor Gene McMurry and Deatherage encouraged other council members to stop by all of the new local businesses in the downtown area - especially businesses supported by the city's EIP.
"We've got a lot of activity going on downtown," McMurry said.
McMurry also told the city council that a business owner who received EIP funding for improvements had broken the EIP agreement. Steve Buchanan violated the agreement by never opening his business and selling the building to another business.
Also, even though the scope of work was completed, it was not exactly what the Design Review Board and city council approved for the façade improvement.
McMurry said Buchanan's violation of the agreement would require him to repay the 2012 request in full to the city.
McMurry also said three council members plan to take a look at the EIP ordinance to clarify points and take out unnecessary wording. He hopes to have an updated ordinance to present to the council for a vote at a later date.
Also during the meeting, Greg Beck submitted his resignation as Carrollton's fire chief after accepting another job in Northern Kentucky. The council unanimously accepted the resignation with regrets. Beck's resignation will be effective March 24.
The city plans to advertise the full-time fire chief position as soon as all of the new state requirements for the job are clarified, McMurry said.
In other business:
Council members unanimously approved the second reading and adoption of an ordinance to establish the job description for a seasonal campground manager.
A calendar of activities and events for the Two Rivers Campground received approval from the council members during the meeting with adjustments to the proposed schedule.
The schedule was approved with a few changes, including only one buy-one-get-one-half-off weekend during Derby Weekend festivities, moving bands to Point Park for community entertainment and to make sure no campground activities will conflict with the First Friday events at Carrollton's Courthouse Square.
Beck told the city council the fire department received a $6,400 grant for the purchase of a camera. The purchase will replace the department's current camera, which is now obsolete.
The grant is a 50/50 matching grant that requires the city to provide $3,200, while the state provides $3,200 for the purchase. The council unanimously approved the funding request for the purchase.
"I think the grant is absolutely great," council member Robb Adams said. "That's a huge, huge piece of equipment."
Easter on the Square will be held March 30 in the First Baptist Church parking lot, Carroll County Public Library and along Court Street because of the streetscape project construction at the Courthouse, Main Street Program Director Sam Burgess said.
"We'll do everything we've always done, but just in a different location," he said.
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