Carrollton approves summer street closures
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:00 AM
The Carrollton City Council approved street closures for summer events in the downtown area during a meeting Monday.
A section of Court Street will close for a few hours during First Friday events and the farmers' market from June to September. The street closures will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 7, July 5, Aug. 2 and Sept. 6.
Mayor Gene McMurry noted the street closures would allow events to stay near the Courthouse, even though county officials have asked that events not be held on the lawn because of the streetscape renovations project.
The Carroll County Race Fest committee also requested street closures around the Courthouse square for the event on June 26. Live music, booths and other events will be featured throughout the celebration leading up to NASCAR racing at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.
Carroll County Tourism Executive Director Rhonda Riley said the soap box derby that will be held during Race Fest this year already has six participants signed up, and a shuttle will take visitors to the racetrack throughout the day like last year.
"The festival is coming together quite nicely," Riley said.
Council members also approved the use of Point Park for the annual RiverSweep event on June 15 to clean the riverbank of debris. The downtown area will also host a clean-up sweep the same day.
The Council heard second readings and unanimously approved budgets for the city and for utilities for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The two budgets go into effect on July 1. Council members also unanimously approved ordinances amending the city's 2012-2013 budget and the utilities budget for 2012-2013.
Council members approved resolutions for an interlocal agreement with Carroll County Water District and an interlocal agreement with West Carroll Water District.
Council members also heard the first readings on sewer and utility rate increases. Rates increased by about 2 percent in the city limits of Carrollton and by about 3 percent outside the city limits.
In other business:
A special meeting will be held at 10 a.m. May 21 to discuss a contract with Heritage Engineering LLC of Louisville for a set of plans for the city's planned Riverwalk. Dave Eberenz, a senior engineer with the company, attended the meeting to answer any questions the Council might have had about the company.
Council members agreed to meet with the company to discuss what they hope the Riverwalk might look like, including the location of benches, lighting and viewing areas on the walkway. A decision of whether to enter into a contract with the firm will be made following the special meeting.
The City Council reappointed Bill Osborne and Greg Goff to the Park Board. The term runs until April 2016.
Art Richter was also reappointed to the Utility Commission. The term runs until April 2016 as well.
Council members discussed replacing areas of sidewalk in the city limits. McMurry identified three locations that need work during the meeting, including a small second on Highland Avenue from Second Street toward the Prestonville bridge near Lizzy B Goods, on Sycamore Street from Sixth to Seventh streets and on Fourth Street near the First United Methodist Church.
After discussion of a city ordinance requiring owners to install sidewalks, the council decided to table the issue before making a decision. The issue will be discussed at the special meeting next week once city attorney G. Edward James takes a closer look at the ordinance.
McMurry noted the city's Code Enforcement Officer position will be posted for the next two weeks as the city seeks applicants. McMurry said following the meeting Scott Allnutt resigned from the position for personal reasons. Allnutt's resignation was effective on Friday.
The Carrollton City Council will not hold a regular meeting on May 27 because of the Memorial Day holiday.