Trolley considered for Carrollton
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 11:00 AM
Carrollton resident Deborah Garrett presented information about a new trolley service for Carrollton during the city council meeting Monday.
Council members were provided with information about how trolley operations might benefit and provide a connection for the area.
"It's amazing how many people come to Carroll County annually," Garrett said. She noted several guests stay near the hotels or at the General Butler park, but many visitors never know what other amenities the area offers because of the lack of transportation and distance to other locations.
A trolley might be able to help connect the dots between the interstate and downtown areas to provide a cohesive city for residents and guests alike, she said.
A Carrollton committee studied the trolley services offered in Radcliff, Ky., as a way to see how a trolley might benefit Carrollton. Radcliff uses the trolley service during special occasion events, as well as day-to-day stops at shopping centers and stores in town.
Radcliff purchased a trolley for around $22,000. With the help of volunteers, the operating costs for the trolley are minimal and allow residents and visitors to venture throughout town if they are without their own transportation, Garrett said.
"It was just a small amount of money to make such a large difference to their community," she said.
Throughout the summer months, a Carrollton trolley might be able to shuttle guests from hotels to the downtown shopping district or Point Park, Garrett said, or from the campground to area grocery stores. Senior citizens or other residents might be able to use the services to get to area stores or to doctor's appointments.
"There's so many options to operating a trolley," Garrett said. "The opportunities are endless."
Mayor Gene McMurry serves on the committee and noted the services might not be as expensive as first thought. He hopes to be able to improve the quality of life for residents by offering free trolley services throughout the city.
"I think we could keep the trolley busy," Garrett said.
No action was taken on the presentation during the meeting, but council member Robb Adams hopes to see more information from the committee as the conversation continues.
"I wouldn't mind to see more numbers," he said. He would like to see an annual operating budget for the proposed idea before voting one way or the other.
Council member Ann Deatherage agreed the trolley sounded like something that would be used by the citizens - as well as tourists.
"I can see a lot of advantages," she said.
In other business:
The council heard the second reading of ordinances amending the sewer and water rates for Carrollton Utilities. The sewer rates increase by 2 percent inside the city limits and 3 percent outside the city limits. Water rates increased 2 percent inside city limits and 3 percent outside city limits.
The council approved a resolution to authorize the mayor to enter into a year-long contract with G. Edward James to serve as the city's attorney. Council members also approved a resolution to enter into a contract with Raisor, Zapp & Woods for the 2012-2013 audit.
McMurry told the council he had been approached by downtown businesses about possibly marking parking spaces on the sides of the street on Highland Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets. Several businesses said out-of-town customers are passing up the available spaces.
"They don't know if it's a parking spot or not," McMurry said.
The council approved a resolution authorizing a study by the Kentucky Department of Transportation on striping parking spaces on Highland Avenue.
"It doesn't cost us anything," McMurry said of the state study. "It's no expense to us."
Council members approved awarding sidewalk bids to Charlie Mac Construction of Owenton. The company submitted the lowest bid of $8,350 for the three sidewalk replacements in the downtown area.