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Mount Washington latest to deal with changing of signs

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By Mary Barczak

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - Here’s your sign: take it down. 

The Mount Washington City Council continued with their discussion about what to do about the federal sign mandate that is approaching.

During the mayor’s report, Joetta Calhoun told the council they still needed to put a plan together but other deadlines have been eradicated and they are to proceed as resources allow.

The federal mandates require government entities to replace existing street signs with highly reflective signage.

No money was appropriated for the change.

City Utilities Superintendant Ronnie Fick said an ordinance has to be in place June 4. 

“The deadline is moving back because a lot of cities are fighting it,” he said.

Fick told the council he would be attending another workshop about the changes in December. 

The mayor brought color choices for the signs to the meeting, but the council did not decide on one.

She suggested they go with either the brown with white lettering or white sign with black lettering since Shepherdsville has already chosen blue and the county signs are green.

In other business:

-Lori Puchino, director for the Main Street program, updated the council on the farmer’s market and Music on Main events.

She said the market, which recently added another day (Wednesday) in addition to Saturday, has been a great success this year and the farmers and vendors are already planning for next year.

She said they had about 200 people come each Saturday. The last days for the market will be Sept. 28. Next year they will have the market open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

Puchino said the Music on Main events had pretty low attendance with about 80 people coming each time. In order to increase that, she said they are considering adding things like a movie night or car show with the music.

She said she is still working on getting the black fencing done on the other side of bypass from McDonald's to the red light.

Puchino reported there was one vacancy now on Main Street where the eBay store used to be. She said she knows someone who is considering to fill it as a book or antique store.

Puchino said she has also applied for a grant which would help to plant trees, add benches, landscaping and paint on Main Street.

After her report, Council member Greg Gentry thanked Puchino for her efforts.

"I've heard a lot of good things," he said.

-During the mayor's report, Calhoun said she was recently invited to a community event at Crossroads Elementary and she received a card from one of the students asking her to support their effort to get a playground built. Lemme informed her that the city council could not donate money for it.

-The council approved two annexation ordinances. One for 5.424 acres located at the east end of Hardy Lane and the other for 7.968 acres located west of North Bardstown Road known as Wells Salvage Yard.

-The council also unanimously voted to keep the real and personal property tax rate the same, at 11.4 cents on each $100, for 2013. Calhoun said she believes MW has the lowest tax rate in the county and "that's a good thing."

-All council members were present for the meeting.

The next council meeting will be Oct. 14. The public is invited to attend.