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Rubberized tracks part of schools’ mission

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By Mary Barczak

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - Bullitt East doesn’t want to get left in the dust.

At a recent Mount Washington City Council meeting, Bullitt East athletic director Troy Barr and track/cross country coach Lenny Raley asked the officials  to consider contributing to efforts in raising $15,000 to rubberize the high school track this summer.

“It desperately needs to be rubberized. We have had several injuries this year,” Raley said.

If they were able to get this done, they could hold track meets in the county and community events.

Currently, the condition of the three high school tracks is in a state of disrepair. No meets can be held at any of the facilities.

The school board recently approved soliciting bids to seal and stripe the current tracks to bring them into a condition where meets could be held.

Barr said it is a facility that is well-used by the community for health and exercise. 

He said there’s numerous times he’s gotten back to the school late and seen people on the track.

“It provides a safe place for them to do family activities,” he said.

The Bullitt East Boosters, Barr said, have been able to raise $10,000 so far, but they still need to come up with the rest before mid-May.

The council agreed it was a worthy cause but asked the City Attorney Matthew Lemme how they could legally help.

“I think if there’s a way, we should do it,” said Council member Greg Gentry.

Council member Barry Armstrong echoed his thoughts.

“I agree. I used to use that track a lot in the past,” he said. “I know there’s a lot of people out there that use it.”

The group asked if Barr had asked any businesses to contribute and he said he had but does not have anyone who will commit yet.

 

 

Barr said North Bullitt and Bullitt Central have been able to raise their amounts already.

The council voted to let the mayor donate the money pending the city attorney’s approval.

If all schools are able to raise the funds, the rubberization would still need to be approved by the school board.

North Bullitt athletic director Ryan Bringhurst said that there is a quick turnaround in getting the second phase of the project completed.

While he didn’t technically have the money raised yet, Bringhurst said he could have funds made available to keep the project moving forward. 

It is early in the process and there is no guarantee the bids would come back acceptable. I the other two schools can find the funds, Bringhurst said North Bullitt would also have funding.

 

 

In other business:

 

-       Lori Puchino, director for the Main Street program, gave her monthly report. She said her local business coffee club is continuing to meet every Thursday at 9 a.m. at Sweet Sprinkles Bakery. Puchino said some of the attendees have asked her to work on a welcome packet for new businesses with contact and ordinance information.

 

She also thanked City Utility Superintendent Ronnie Fick and the police department for their contributions to the recent city Earth Day cleanup effort last week.

 

She reminded the council the spring festival was approaching and said she had been addressing some of the concerns of business owners about there being left over trash near their structure after the parade.

 

The first Music on Main concert will kick off on May 16 at the First Baptist Church parking lot from 7 to 9 p.m. The series, which started last year, will continue on each third Friday of the month until September.

 

She also mentioned the first farmer’s market will be June 7.  It will run every Saturday and Wednesday through September.

 

-       During the mayor’s report, Joetta Calhoun congratulated the police department for their efforts at the Fishing for Kosair Kids last weekend. The event raised more than $10,000 for the charity.

 

She also mentioned the ongoing demolition of the old Methodist church and how she was sad to see it go, but they will have a new “lovely building” there soon in its place.

 

-The  council had a second reading on an ordinance to enact and adopt a supplement to the code of ordinances for the city which was approved. The council also had the first reading on an ordinance to amend zoning regulations. The proposed clause would add a “one-story detached accessory buildings, carports, or structures with a floor area of 200 square feet or less do not require a building permit or payment of a fee.”

 

-The council went into executive session for about 40 minutes to discuss two pending litigation matters. Lemme said he made status reports to the council and instructions were given.

The next city council meeting will be May 12 at the city annex at 6:30 p.m. The annex is located at 186 Branham Way. The public is invited to attend.