Councilman Jerry Schlosser gave the council an overview of the Joint Committee’s concerns
Sidewalk regulations-the end result was no change made, was told planning and zoning would leave like it is and use their discretion
Pave parking lots-told shall be paved which means has to but there’s no time limit but still again their at the mercy with no time limit, no change made
Cost of engineering-loaded on the front end, they were willing to waive this and be done on the back end and you can begin selling some lots and things.
There was some disagreement over the wording, Kevin Brooks thought he could take the wording and 15 very successful builders and maybe two could understand-we were told it was written on a 5th grade level. The meeting went downhill from there and I hope we can meet again.
Keith Bratcher brought in some of the community results-modifications
Dudley Cooper-says one of the top questions from industry is “Do you have planning & zoning?”
Mayor-If you want to do away with planning & zoning we’ll vote to do away with it.
Marty Higdon-your limited to what you can do with your industry, their concerned what p&z does for them.
Mayor-before p & z-they were putting buildings together where you can reach out and touch and p & z has done a lot. The subdivisions need to have sidewalks so the city doesn’t have to pick up the tab. The city has been out a tremendous amount of money and it comes out of the taxpayers, today we are running on a deficit as a results as the industry leaving and going to Mexico. This council and myself have made a surplus at $3 million and still have at this time even with the land purchase on Hwy 54. Nobody knew this economy would go to this shape, it’s been a loss of jobs, not planning and zoning. That 2100 jobs lost since 2002.
Kevin Brooks-Nobody is asking to get rid of planning and zoning, we had a good meeting, we’re heading in the right direction, they are aware of what we’re looking for. We never spoke about the industrial portion of planning and zoning. It was a little rough but there’s no question it’s headed in the right direction. We are all talking about the development side with the modifications. Please understand, our group has no intention of gutting planning and zoning.
Mayor-make revisions of private roads-Steve raised it and said-when we went through 10-12 years ago and we relied on Lincoln Trail on their view point on private roads, our exposure and experience over these past 10-12 years, I think we’re wrong. You cannot sale a lot on a private road and I think we need to make provisions certain restrictions where we do allow a private road subject to certain city, street requirements as far as right of way, construction of that road, where a person can do that and people in the future can which to at some point bring it to the city.
Mayor-my worry is keeping up the streets when there not up to our instructions are. We’ve gotten struck over the years that we really had problems with. I just don’t want to turn our streets lose after working so hard to get them here.
Steve-I have found in research that would go along the plat that would address that.
Jerry-I’m concerned-we didn’t have all nine people there. I would like to see them all there next time. We don’t need to have the mess again that Mayor is talking about.
Steve-I am going to try to have proposal done by July 1st so the council can act on it.
Burnt home in Cave Mill Court-neighbors complained and wanted to have city mow every week and board up home until can be torn down. Marty Higdon said his company gave Caldwell Bank three bids for three different options on cleanup. Ken Smart said the Bowling Green real estate agent handling the situation for Fannie Mae, said he was soliciting bids but they were having trouble with getting the paperwork property filed. The Mayor said the city would get the doors boarded up and the grass cut but could not agree to cut the grass once per week but maybe every other week.
www.growgreen.com will go live on Monday, June 8, 2009. Dudley Cooper said Joe Roberts had worked for the past three months developing the website. He said the website will be able to link to anyone in the county that would like to link to the website. The warehousing distribution concept pitched by Councilman Steve Elder in months past was questioned and Cooper said “Unfortunately our competition is directly on I-65 in Shererdsville, KY.” I am interested in pursuing it and will at any opportunity. He said he attended the Kentucky Association of Economic Development in Somerset, KY and they think it’s not all doom and gloom, people are looking to invest but we have to ride through this very conservative time. Mike Pharis has about three available warehouses and Joe helped me get some information on those warehouses on the website to make them more visible and we’ve offered to do any kind of advertising that we could. The Leitchfield Plastic’s building is listed with CB Richard Ellis out of Louisville and they may be the most aggressive industrial real estate company in America and that building is getting a lot of exposure. Brooks asked if we are actively soliciting and Cooper said until the website goes live the county has been somewhat crippled without being able to extend a website for groups to use as research. The new website links to www.thinkkentucky.gov and it advertises all of the buildings we have available for lease or sale. It also shows the number of people that’s available in our labor source and in addition it shows great tourism features for people whom may be looking to relocate.
June 5th-renissance people will be here and the city is attempting to get all of the landscaping finished by then. Dudley made a few calls to Frankfort and got it done.
NAFTA reform-Steve researched and found a number of websites that want to repeal and even stop NAFTA. We might want to contact our Congressman. Mayor said we will write a letter and all will sign and send to all seven house representatives from Kentucky.
Mayor’s budget message-revenue has been adversely affected by the economy. Operating cost, insurance, retirement and supplies continue to increase. No increase in revenue. Ice Storm has costs a great deal of money, the 13% has significant impact on cash flow. We hired additional officers, cleaned up the square, relocated Christmas in the Park, and cleaned up ice storm debris. We did add Rite Aid, Wendy’s and Dollar Tree. I think we need to promote growth and support our local economy. It’s been a tedious job researching every area where we can reduce costs without the citizens or city employees feeling. We still budgeted for yearly fireworks display, .25 cent yearly raises, services residents rely on and enjoy and continuation of recreational parks.