Public comments sought for Main Street program in Mount Washington

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By Mallory Bilger

MOUNT WASHINGTON - Efforts are feverishly continuing this month to get a portion of Old Bardstown Road classified by the Kentucky Heritage Council as an official Kentucky Main Street.

Newly appointed Main Street Program Manager Dale Salmon said the deadline for the project’s application is quickly approaching and community involvement is needed before the process can be completed by January’s end.

Salmon is seeking community members interested in giving input or helping formulate the application’s “work plan” for 2010. A planning meeting to collect that input is scheduled for this Thursday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the City Hall Annex on Branham Way. 

Mount Washington is currently a “ candidate city” through the Kentucky Main Street Program "  a state-based initiative that focuses on revitalization, including organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.

The affected area includes Old Bardstown Road from Highway 44 to Flatlick Road.

To be eligible to participate in the Kentucky Main Street Program, a city must undergo a lengthy application process to prove it is appropriate for the program.

Mount Washington’s candidate status means the city was deemed appropriate for the Main Street program and its grant money. The city can remain under candidate status for 24 months while it completes the requirements for certification, but is not eligible for any funding until it is certified.

Salmon said those attending the meeting would be asked to contribute ideas on how to enhance the physical appearance of the city’s Main Street corridor. Ideas will be collected on how to build cooperation among groups, businesses and individuals who have a stake in the revitalization process.

Economic development and promotion of the downtown area will also be discussed.

Salmon said all community members have some sort of valuable input when discussing the Main Street revitalization efforts.

Anyone planning to attend should RSVP to 538-0515. Dinner will be served.