MW looks for place for possible skate park

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By Alex Wimsatt

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - Only a day after the Prescott Lee Goodman Bikes With Wings Foundation hosted its first fundraiser for an extreme park in Mount Washington city officials discussed a possible home for the proposed park. 

During the last regular meeting of the Mount Washington City Council, Mayor Joetta Calhoun said she had recently met with members of the foundation who proposed using the Cornell Park on Waterford Road to house the park. 

Calhoun said that if the Cornell Park is going to be a viable option there would have to be easier access to the property. 

The mayor said the best location for an entrance would be off Highway 44 just east of the Mount Washington Bypass. 

She said the park has been underused or not used at all since the more than 20-acre property was donated to the city by Frank Cornell. 

City surveyor John St. Clair said creating an access point off Highway 44 may be difficult considering the property is a mile from the road, but he said there could be a number of alternatives for access off 44. 

Council members gave their blessing to see what could be done. 

In other business:

*The council heard first reading of an ordinance establishing the city's motor vehicle tax for the 2013 calendar year. 

The 2013 rate is the same as the current rate of 15 cents per $100 of assessed valuation of motor vehicles. 

For comparison, Hebron Estates has the lowest rate of Bullitt County's eight cities with no municipal tax on motor vehicles. 

Hunters Hollow's rate is 10.5 cents, Pioneer Village's rate is 14.4 cents, Shepherdsville's rate is 15 cents, Fox Chase's rate is 17.45 cents, Hillview's rate is 18 cents and Lebanon Junction has the highest motor vehicle tax rate at 34 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

*The council unanimously voted to accept the lowest bid for a waterline extension project. 

The new waterline will run 12,000 feet along Greenbriar and Wales Run Roads between Flatlick Road and Highway 44.

The lowest bid for the project was $829,077 submitted by Mount Washington contracting firm Buky Golf Inc.

A total of four bids were submitted to the city. The next lowest bid was $831,911 submitted by Cumberland Pipeline LLC of Russell Springs, Ky.

The bids were opened Aug. 15 at City Hall.

*City officials briefly discussed Kentucky League of Cities Community Development Advisor Bobbie Bryant's recent visit to Mount Washington. 

During the council's previous regular meeting Bryant shared with city officials all the services KLC offers, namely strategic planning assistance. 

The council had expressed interest in developing a strategic plan for the city, however, with a price tag of around $6,000-$8,000 for basic planning assistance from KLC, Calhoun said developing a whole plan would be cost prohibitive. 

Instead, Calhoun suggested city officials attend KLC retreats to help them lay the groundwork for planning.

Councilman Armstrong said he felt the city needed a strategic plan, adding that he would like the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency to work out a long-term plan for the city's infrastructure.

*Calhoun announced that the city will host its annual fall cleanup days Thursday, Sept. 13 through Saturday, Sept.15. 

The city will have dumpsters set up at the City Hall Annex on Branham Way where city residents are invited to dispose of any items that don't contain freon or explosive materials from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

For more information call City Hall at (502) 538-4216.

*Calhoun announced that the first annual Mt. Washington FamilyFest will be held on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22 in downtown Mount Washington.  

Activities for all ages include carnival rides and games, a car show, food and vendor booths, fish fry and homemade pies, live entertainment, a cornhole tournament and more. 

The fun starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.

On Friday at 8 p.m. "The Pirates-Band of Misfits will be shown on an outdoor movie screen between Mount Washington Middle School and Peoples Bank Mt. Washington. 

On Saturday at 7 p.m. Kentucky Bluegrass band Down on 5th will be performing live at the First Baptist Church of Mount Washington parking lot. 

The event is sponsored by the Mount Washington Lions and Lioness Clubs, Peoples Bank Mt. Washington and the Mountain City Cruisers. 

Booth application forms can be found on the city's website www.mtwky.org. 

*Council members unanimously approved two resolutions updating the legal descriptions of properties annexed into the city by ordinance in 1999 and 2000.

City surveyor John St. Clair began reevaluating the city’s annexation ordinances last year when city officials discovered many properties within the city were deemed unmappable by the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Land Office.

The properties were deemed unmappable because, for various reasons, the legal descriptions in the annexation ordinances provided by the city did not satisfy requirements set forth by the state.

Since last summer St. Clair has taken annexation ordinances one by one to make sure they met state requirements.

*The next regular meeting of the Mount Washington City Council will be held on Monday, Sept. 10 at the City Hall Annex Building on Branham Way. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited.