GLASGOW – The Glasgow Common Council's first of several votes during a regular meeting of more than two hours Monday was to approve a resolution recommending to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to exclude a portion of Ky. 90 from the designation of Cordell Hull Scenic Byway.
The “byway” begins at Mammoth Cave National Park and continues to Celina, Tenn., said Rich Alexander, a local attorney presenting the proposal on behalf of Glass Holdings, which wishes to “modernize and digitize” an existing billboard at Rogers Road, along the U.S. 31-E Bypass near where U.S. 68-Ky. 80 (West Main Street) crosses it. A digital “billboard” is prohibited along such byways.
Multiple members of the Glass family as well as other individuals associated with project to update the billboard were in the audience.
Alexander said the portion of the byway that coincides with U.S. 31-E Bypass from Happy Valley Road to West Main Street is not “scenic” at all, but rather is heavily commercialized, and the designation given in approximately 1995 has made no difference one way or another to the development there. That is the segment proposed for exemption from the designation. He pointed out that while the designation provides no apparent value to the community, the electronic billboard would. Aside from being a better option for the businesses that would use it to advertise, Amber and Silver alerts, severe weather updates will be posted there, and the owners were willing to allow 75 percent of the time allotted to their own businesses' advertising to be used for public service announcements, ads for local events, etc., Alexander said.
The vote on the resolution was unanimous, but that is not the end of the effort. The resolution is to be forwarded to state transportation officials, among others, for consideration of the proposal. Joe Plunk, chief district engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's 10-county District 3, based in Bowling Green, told the Glasgow Daily Times that only a local government can actually make such a request, and the state transportation secretary has the final say on whether to remove such a designation.
Plunk was there to answer questions if any arose regarding the proposal, but before that agenda topic, he made use of his attendance at the meeting to discuss the statuses of several state road projects that are in various stages of work and/or funding.
In other business:
• Second readings were unanimously approved for ordinances authorizing the organization of the Entertain Glasgow Committee, adopting a supplement to the Code of Ordinances and authorizing Fort Knox Federal Credit Union Service Organization Inc., access to Happy Valley Road by use of the driveway to American Legion Park.
• Second reading of approval of renewal of an interlocal agreement for the soccer cooperative among Glasgow and Barren County governments and Glasgow and Barren County school systems was approved unanimously.
• First reading of an ordinance amending rules affecting collection of garbage was approved 11-1, with Councilman Joe Trigg voting against it.
• Scott Young, general manager of the Glasgow Water Co., presented information about the capital projects of the past several years and upcoming work and requested that GWC be allowed to apply for a low-interest loan of up to $2.6 million through the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority to help fund the next phase of construction on a redundant 24-inch water line, Phase 4 of which is under construction now. The vote was unanimous to allow the application.
• Municipal orders appointing Stevie Riddle, Danny Gibson and Greg Scott to the Board of Building and Housing Appeals Stormwater Advisory Committee, with the first two filling unexpired terms of others and Scott's being for a new term were approved unanimously.
• Municipal orders appointing Jackie Brown and Councilman Gary Norman to the Barren County Economic Authority were approved, but the vote on Brown's appointment was a 6-6 tie, which the mayor broke by voting in favor of the appointment. The mayor also announced that Gary Hartell, whose term has not expired, remains as a member of the authority.
• Municipal orders appointing Wes Simpson, Brandi Button, Brian Clemmons, Chasity Lowery and Amy Vann to the newly forming Private/Public Parks Investigating Committee that will, among other things, explore avenues for creating a public space in the downtown area, were all approved unanimously.
• Matt Mutter's appointment to the Veterans Wall of Honor Standing Committee to fill the unexpired term of the late W.S. Everett was unanimously approved.
• A discussion requested by Councilman Patrick Gaunce regarding the possibility of an ordinance to reduce the numerical composition of the council to nine members rather than 12 was postponed to the next regular meeting, Aug. 26, as the meeting had already taken so long by the time it reached that point in the agenda.
• The Sept. 23 council meeting was cancelled due to the fact a significant portion of the members plan to be attending a Kentucky League of Cities event on that date.