This week at my urging the Council confirmed the $100,000 budget allocation for pedestrian and traffic signalization improvements on Henry Clay Boulevard. I will be meeting preliminarily with Traffic Engineering after Thanksgiving to get their thoughts. I will then spend time with the neighbors there to hear what solutions they would most like to see as plans develop. Until then please slow down as you traverse the beautiful neighborhoods of our communities.
The Council also voted yesterday on a transaction I have had much interest in. We bought the “Granville” streetlights from Kentucky Utilities for a one time fee. We will still pay for electricity but now won’t have to “rent” the fixtures too. This will save money immediately and will give the city the right to decorate the poles as they see fit without permission from anyone. These decorative lights add aesthetic value to downtown and are appreciated by many.
As a follow up to the Ecton Park Sewer Replacement project, here is a brief update about the lights for the park property. I just received a briefing from Parks & Recreation stating the delay was a result of not having any capital funds to replace the security lights after the sewer project caused them to be removed. There was some discussion regarding whether Parks or Water Quality was responsible for replacing these lights.
Parks staff has now been instructed to utilize money from the Director’s budget and issue a purchase order to the electrical contractor to construct the base and run conduit. Once that is done, we will ask Kentucky Utilities to erect new security lights. It will be a while before any construction is actually taking place, but we’ve started the process internally to make it happen.
As Thanksgiving arrives, the office will be closed for most of the week; but emails will be checked and I always try to be available. Some readers will remember that I enjoy Thanksgiving the most. It is a quintessential American holiday celebrating not only our history but our hope.
Please enjoy with my best compliments to you all.
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