PIONEER VILLAGE – It was nearly 17 years ago when a tornado swept through northern Bullitt County and Mount Washington.
Since that day, the city of Pioneer Village has gradually gotten back to normal. Homes were rebuilt and most residents returned to the community.
But a lingering reminder of that horrific election night storm has been a debt to remove the tornado debris.
Next summer, the city of Pioneer Village is hoping to celebrate two occasions – the community’s 40th birthday and the retirement of its tornado debt.
City clerk Ricki Daniels felt it would be good for the community to celebrate both occasions.
Currently, the city still owes about $21,000 on the debt and it is due to be paid off and the note burned next summer.
Daniels said she would like to see something done in June or September 2014.
The actual anniversary of the city’s incorporation would be December 2014.
A committee was set up to begin work on the celebration.
Daniels said she isn’t looking for something that would be expensive. She just wanted something for current and past members of the city to enjoy for the day.
Some of the events being discussed include:
*City flag design contest
*A cake for the city
*Guest speakers, including past and present city officials
“I think is would be good for the city,” said Daniels.
Committee members working with Daniels will include councilmembers Peggy Druin, Darlene Herps, Tony Thompson and Dorleen Garrett and magistrate Joe Laswell.
Anyone wishing to become involved, the first committee meeting will be on Tuesday, July 23 at 6 p.m. at Becknell Hall. If you would like to be involved, contact Daniels at 957-3800.