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Milton won't pursue grant for food kitchen
, Courier Staff Writer
Friday, May 10, 2013 11:00 AM
Milton City Commissioners discussed a possible avenue of funding for the community food kitchen during a meeting Thursday before letting a motion of support for the funding die.
The group organizing a food kitchen had asked the city to support them as they apply for a government grant. Mayor Denny Jackson found out during a recent meeting with a Kentuckiana Planning and Development Association representative that the city would be responsible for the grant funding.
"If they get the grant and the group fails, the city is responsible to repay the grant," Jackson said.
Commissioners noted they are already helping with the community garden and were worried about the longevity of the food kitchen.
"Let's see how well this (garden) works out," Commissioner Tom Mahoney said.
Commissioner Lynn Comeaux asked to see how much of a benefit the group provides to the area before committing to a possible six-figure grant obligation.
"We don't have a track record with them," Comeaux said.
All of the commissioners voted to not pursue the grant funding.
"I'm all for helping people out," Jackson said. "I'm sorry, but the city just can't do this."
During the meeting, the commissioners discussed issues that have come up with the Milton Swap Meet that will be held this weekend.
People have already begun to set up, which caused Comeaux to question whether the city should charge per day or not allow people to set up until Saturday morning. She said swap meet participants will begin their sales early if people stop by. Commissioners plan to monitor the set-up and discuss possible changes for the fall swap meet.
Jackson also noted a past visitor called to warn him of a case of potential animal cruelty at the swap meet a few years ago. The caller said she hadn't returned in several years because she saw many chicks in a cage without water.
Commissioners agreed Ernie Mack, who is overseeing the event, might need to walk through the event to make sure animals are being treated well.
In other business:
Jackson said Mark Bates, the city's field coordinator, earned certification as a water distribution system operator from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.
"This is something we've needed for a while," Jackson said.
City Clerk Pam Joyce discussed some unneeded lighting in the city that had been billed to the city's light bill. She noted a light behind the Lions Club building, a light near an empty lot on Pyles Lane and a light on the property of an apartment building - the former Milton Elementary School - had been billed to the city. All of those lights will no longer be the responsibility of the city, which could be a savings of about $50 a month.
Another light on Agin Way near U.S. 421 might be turned off should commissions decide the light is unnecessary because of other street lights in the area. A decision will be made at a later date.
Commissioners discussed taking a look at other lighting issues in the city at some point.
"I think at some point we got carried away with street lights," Commissioner Jerry Harmon said.
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