Carrollton City Council members took another step toward making Carrollton's Riverwalk a reality during a special meeting Tuesday.

The council entered into a contract with Heritage Engineering of Louisville to draw up plans that will allow the city to bid out the job to contractors. Council members approved the contract not to exceed $19,000 for the plans and drawings.

Dave Eberenz, a senior engineer with the company, and Scott Hannah, a landscape architect and partner with the company, listened to ideas the council had for the riverwalk after showing preliminary plans at the meeting.

The preliminary plans showed outlook areas and space for benches along the riverwalk. Hannah noted sweeping concrete benches would allow for the movement of the river to be added to the riverwalk.

"I think you want to keep the movement of the river throughout the walk," Hannah said.

Mayor Gene McMurry agreed that the riverwalk should follow the curves of the river.

"We want a meandering walk," he said. "There's nothing more boring than a straight walk."

The council also discussed lighting for the riverwalk. The city needs to make sure to be in compliance with the lighting regulations in the Americans with Disabilities Act, McMurry said.

Hannah suggested the city look into leasing lighting fixtures for the riverwalk instead of purchasing everything themselves.

Council members also discussed the possibility of selling benches to city residents or families hoping to memorialize a loved one. The council also talked about possibly selling paver bricks should someone want to coordinate the efforts.

Those decisions will be made at a later meeting once plans for the walk are more complete, McMurry said after the meeting.

Also during the meeting, the council voted in a 4-3 vote to fix sidewalks at Highland Avenue from Second Street toward the Prestonville bridge near Lizzy B Goods, Fourth Street near the First Baptist Church and on Sycamore Street from Sixth to Seventh streets.

The council tabled the vote during the regular meeting last week so city attorney G. Edward James could look at city ordinances pertaining to streets and sidewalks.

James read from the city ordinance that property owners are required to maintain sidewalks in good condition or owners could be responsible to bring sidewalks into good condition. The ordinance goes on to state that "time to time the city may acquire or allocate funds which are appropriate for sidewalk repair or replacement. The City Council will at its discretion determine which sidewalks are to be replaced."

"You have discretion to do what you want to do," James told council members.

Councilman Robb Adams discussed several areas in Carrollton that don't have a sidewalk at all. During his campaign, some constituents complained about the walking on the road to the sidewalk into the city.

"We do very little for the back side of town," Adams said. "There's probably more places to spend sidewalk money (than downtown)."

Gordon agreed that replacing already existing sidewalks was not fair to other taxpayers without a sidewalk at all.

Council members Ann Deatherage, Tammy McBurney and Hayley Franklin voted for the sidewalk proposal to allow Charlie Mac Concrete and Construction of Owenton to replace three sidewalk areas for $8,350. Council members Dwight Louden, Gordon and Adams voted against the proposal. McMurry cast the tie-breaking "yes" vote.