Beautification project on 245 will need to be scaled back

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By Mary Barczak

SHEPHERDSVILLE--The new floor at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre has left some of the members of the Shepherdsville/ Bullitt County Tourist & Convention Commission grinding their teeth.

During the recent commission meeting, Conference Centre Director, Vicki Downing said she was not happy with the lobby floors, which were recently redone.

She said there are grind marks in the floor and some patchwork and edges were not dyed the right color along with the tourism emblem.

Downing said she's spoken to the owner of the company and he said he would fix it.

She just has to set up a date for them to come out again to fix it.

Downing will be visiting some other places where the company has done work to get a feel for what they want.

In other business:

-The commission approved the minutes from last month's meeting.

- During the financial report, Tom Kelly said they still owed more than $1 million on the mortgage of the centre. Kelly has been a long-time proponent in paying off the loan as quickly as possible.

- During the tourism director's report, Troy Beam said hotel occupancy was at about 57 percent for the month of August and that attraction numbers continued to grow at places such as the Jim Beam Stillhouse and Kart Kountry.

He also told the council the Chamber County Chamber of Commerce reappointed James Watkins for another three years and it was OK'ed by the county judge.

Beam also mentioned due to the recent approval of Bullitt County Fiscal Court to allow wineries to sell alcohol on Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. He expects it will help their business.

-During the conference centre director’s report, Downing said there had been a decline in social events, which raises the most revenue.

-Downing mentioned the centre is thinking about investing in some plastic chairs that can be painted and then used for receptions outside if it rains in Barnes Courtyard.

-Beam gave an update on the highway beautification project. He recapped that the bids were "not good" and they had revised the plan which is still waiting on approval from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The revised plan is to "scale back"  by only planting prairie grass and wildflowers at the exit ramps.

Beam said he hopes the plan will be approved within the next week.

-Watkins reminded the council that it's time to make nominations so the committee will bring their recommendations for officers to the commission's next meeting for a vote. The nominating committee consists of members Buddy Deeley and Kirit Gandhi. He told members if they had any input to share it with the committee.

-Towards the end of the meeting, Kelly brought a concern to the table. He said he thought Beam should be cautious being on the board of the Bullitt County Family YMCA Pool Steering Committee. Beam told Kelly he agreed and thought it was odd they asked the tourism director to join the board.

"I'm concerned as the treasurer, I don't see what the Y has to do with tourism,"Kelly said.

The discussion continued, and Beam said he would step down if need be so it doesn't give the appearance tourist dollars are going to be used to build this pool.

-Pioneer Village city council member Tony Thompson attended the meeting. He is also a candidate for judge executive. 

The next tourism commission meeting will be Nov. 12 at 4:30 p.m. at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville. The public is invited to attend.