Shelbyville City Council: Paving project scheduled to be finished during fall break

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Tourism ordinance passes 1st reading

By Todd Martin

Shelbyville’s annual repaving project should start next week, the perfect time as many residents will be leaving town and buses won’t be running because of Shelby County Public Schools’ fall break.

City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell told the council Thursday during its regular meeting at city hall that Flynn Brothers Contracting is scheduled to begin the work on Monday.

The council approved Flynn Brothers’ bid of $142,226.20 for the milling and repaving project that will include West View Drive, Comanche Drive, 870 feet of Seneca Road, Kentucky Street from the railroad to North 10th Street, Kentucky Street from Aspen Way, Kentucky to Henry Clay Street, and 3rd Street north to Washington Street.

“October 15 is the estimated start day,” Herrell said. “Of course, that is weather permitting, but that’s the date they said they’d like to begin. It should only take three or four days.”

Herrell also handed out flyers to the council members with an explanation of the Public Works’ Household Hazardous Waste project, a joint project with the county for Oct. 27 at 120 Midland Boulevard.

Herrell reported that she would be sending flyers out through the elementary schools to alert parents of the event, which is free to all Shelby County residents.

“You won’t even have to get out of your car,” she said. “We’ll have people there to get it, and dispose of it.”

Residents will be able to drop off workshop and paint supplies, outdoor pesticides, automotive products, cleaning products, lawn and garden products and other items for proper disposal.

Tourism ordinance

The council passed on first reading the ordinance that would bring Simpsonville into the city/county tourism commission.

The new ordinance makes no other changes and includes the same 3 percent transient room tax as the former ordinance, which had to be repealed so Simpsonville could be added.

“So, I assume that Simpsonville will be making an appointment to the commission,” council member Shane Suttor asked Katie Fussenegger, Shelbyville/Shelby County Visitors & Tourism Bureau’s executive director.

“No, that’s all pretty much set through KRS statutes; we don’t have any say over that,” she said. “The city with the largest population gets an appointment, and the county gets an appointment, and the rest come from hotels, the chamber and a restaurant. But, in conversations with the judge [County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger], it’s likely that the county’s next appointment would come from the Simpsonville area to give them a voice.”

The ordinance will have a second reading at the meeting on Oct. 18.

Also at the meeting, the council members:

  • Heard a report from Eilene Collins, Shelby Development Corporation executive director, about SDC’s next meeting on Oct. 23 at the Bell House and the scheduled outing to Maysville on Nov. 16 for information and a tour on second-story development for downtown. “Maysville is held up as a city that’s made great progress with second story development in its downtown,” she said.
  • Heard a report from Fire Chief Willard “Tiger” Tucker on the department’s work this month with Fire Safety Week. Tucker said the department would be in touch with more than 2,000 people this month discussing fire safety. He also commended his crew from Sept. 27 that pulled a woman from a smoky house.
  • Heard a report from Weissinger Hills Golf Pro and General Manager Bryan Slone on the status of the course. Slone said there was 2,937 rounds played in September, 251 more than last year. “We have also been aerating and seeding the greens, which we had hoped to finish by today [Thursday], but we should finish Friday. We will be on a reduced rate during the recovery process for the greens.” Slone also noted that the course would host a Glow Ball Tournament on Saturday, the Weissinger Hills Golf Association Tournament will be Oct. 20 and the Haunted Hills Tournament is Oct. 27, with a 1:30 p.m. start.