Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 5, 2014

IN MINUTES: Industrial Development Economic Authority, Feb. 20, 2014

By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — DATE: Feb. 20, 2014

DISCUSSION: Executive Director Dan Iacconi reported on several topics. The disposition of Oil City Road property is unknown; he is getting quotes for improvement of Prestwick Drive signage; and he has gotten some quotes for street lighting Highland Glen Industrial Park, with four to five lights expected to cost $30,000 to $40,000; a pilot training program based on a model used by UPS is in the works with Western Kentucky University and Sitel, with hopes it would expand later. He also provided updates working on Barren River Area Development District and Bluegrass State Skills Corp. related to on-the-job training programs. He is back on the Work-Ready Community Committee. In response to a question from Chairman Owen Lambert, he said he is working with two companies regarding potential  expansions and another potential project but said he could not disclose any details at that point.

The members chose to schedule a community strategic planning meeting for 8 a.m. to noon March 12. Board member Scott Young spoke regarding the county’s Comprehensive Plan, which is prepared by the Joint City-County Planning Commission with community input and approved by the governments of the county and each incorporated city within the county. State law requires the plan be updated every five years and that process is occurring this year. Some of the goals and objectives are similar to what the authority hopes to do with its strategic plan, and Young, a former planning director, suggested inviting the current planning director to the meeting, because it would be helpful in the long term if the vision documented in the authority’s plan is in line and compliant with the comprehensive plan for development in the county and also so the authority’s input could be considered in this year’s revision of the plan. Lambert noted IDEA’s four-pronged mission – economic development through industry, retail, tourism and agriculture – established in the interlocal agreement that creates the authority, and he said he “can’t imagine a better written preamble” to what we’re going to be addressing in the authority’s plan. He suggested that all the board members take a look at the comprehensive plan, which, as Young pointed out, is available through the planning commission’s website.

Lambert said the strategy meeting may not take four hours, but that much should be allotted just in case, and there was some hesitation expressed. Out of that, Lambert hopes to produce a plan that outlines fewer dozen specific issues or projects, a time table, responsibilities and a division of responsibilities.

“This is pretty important. The time needs to be given by our board members,” Barren County Judge-Executive Davie Greer said, adding it’s always difficult to find a time everyone can be there. “If our board cannot to commit to half a day, once every blue moon, then we need new board members.”

Some draft documents with ideas will be exchanged prior to the March 12 meeting. After the date was set, discussion also ensued regarding how much of the community strategic planning meeting would be open versus closed session, with the determination that it is likely to be a mixture of both.

IDEA’s annual audit is expected to be presented at the next regular meeting, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. March 14.

ACTIONS: The members present unanimously approved the following: minutes from Jan. 10 meeting; financial report; going into and emerging from closed session for discussion of potential industrial clients, real estate and personnel. Following the closed session, they unanimously agreed to request permission from the Department of Local Government for the use of community development block grant funds IDEA already has to install additional lighting and signage at Highland Glen.

MEMBER ATTENDANCE: Aside from Lambert and Young, the other voting members present were Patrick Gaunce and Jim Lee, while Kyle Jones and Charles Campbell were absent. Ex officio members Greer and Rhonda Riherd Trautman, mayor of Glasgow, were present, but Jim Marion was absent.

– Melinda Overstreet, reporter