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Shelbyville City Council
to move on land purchase
The Shelbyville City Council is expected to agree on a land purchase deal during Thursday’s regular meeting at 6:30 p.m., which is at city hall, 315 Washington Street.
Mayor Tom Hardesty said he does expect the council to take action after a closed session, allowable under Kentucky Revised Statutes, to discuss the acquisition.
The city water company has been in discussions with several landowners about acquiring a location for a new water tower to service the downtown area.
The council also will hear the first reading of an ordinance to amend the salary ranges.
“That’s something we do every couple of years,” Hardesty said. “We just have to make sure everyone’s salary falls in range.”
State fair attendance up
More than 615,000 visitors traveled to the Kentucky Exposition Center in August to be part of the 109th Kentucky State Fair.
A report released by the state fair board says that 615,648 visitors came through the gates, which was up slightly from last year, and that included a last day that had 9,000 more fairgoers than last year.
“We celebrated eleven days of Kentucky music, culture, agriculture and entertainment, and the response we heard was tremendous,” Kentucky State Fair Board President and CEO Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe said in a release announcing the figures. “We introduced some positive changes to the Fair this year and heard encouraging feedback to build on.”
The fair board touted a new weekend parking plan that included free parking at neighboring Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
“The new parking plan worked as smoothly as we hoped,” Rippetoe said. “People who used it raved about it and we saw a marked difference in weekend traffic flow.”
More than 12,000 fairgoers took in the Casting Crowns concert and 15,000 saw Montgomery Gentry.
In addition, 29 competitive entry departments brought in more than 46,000 entries, an increase of more than 2,000 from last year.
Collins, Whitman appointed
Steve Collins of Shelbyville, a recent reappointment to the Kentucky Heritage Council, has been named the chair of the council by Gov. Steve Beshear. Collins is an attorney and funeral director for Hall-Taylor Funeral Home.
Beshear also announced that Paul Whitman, emergency management director for Shelby County, would serve on the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board. Whitman, who will represent emergency services disciplines, will serve a term expiring June 20, 2015.
Frankfort passes antidiscrimination ordinance
The Frankfort City Commission finally passed an ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations. The move makes Frankfort the fifth Kentucky city — alongside Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Vicco — with an ordinance protecting lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
The vote is the culmination of months of contentious debate both within the commission and the community.
Leadership program for eighth-graders
Shelby County Public Schools, Leadership Shelby and Shelby County Parks and Recreation are partnering for a Leadership Discovery Day for all eighth-graders who reside in Shelby County to “foster leadership, teamwork and collaboration skills.”
The event, set for Sept. 21 at Clear Creek Park, is a free activity and will include a low-ropes course, a 10-plus-station obstacle course, local businesses, high school mentors and more. Lunch will be provided, and candidates should understand that all activities are outdoors.
Student drop-off will be between 8:30 and 9 a.m., with pickup between 4 and 4:30 p.m.
Road work, projects
The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.