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Sidewalks cause mixed views in MW

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By Mary Barczak

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - Sidewalks were the hot button of topic at last week’s Mount Washington City Council meeting Monday.

During the mayor’s report, Mount Washington Mayor Joetta Calhoun said she has been receiving complaints about the new sidewalks.

“Some people think we are wasting our money (on this),” she said. “When not one penny of city money has gone into this.”

Calhoun explained that 80 percent of the project was funded by an urban grant and the rest came from a toll revenue grant. 

She said the city was allocated funds from the state for this project and “if we don’t use it then some other town will.”

Calhoun said she hoped residents would prefer to see the money kept here and used in their city.

“The sidewalks improve the appearance of the city which draws in more businesses and improves the economy,” she said.

Sidewalk construction began about three weeks ago and is estimated to be completed in two weeks. 

The new sidewalk will stretch from the intersection of Highway 44 and Bardstown Road to the intersection of Snapp Street and Bardstown Road. 

In other business:

• The mayor thanked members of the Lions and Lioness Club for their efforts for the Spring Festival.

• Councilman Barry Armstrong was disappointed with the sparse attendance at the meeting. “People should be concerned and come listen,” he said.

• In relation to the sidewalk project, Councilman Brent Wheeler said he thinks the town is “moving in the right direction.” About 10 years ago, he said Mount Washington always got “left out” when it came to receiving grant money, but now the federal government has seen the town is making an effort of its own, it has made it easier. 

He cited the downtown area where the Spring Festival is held as a good example of utilizing the land. 

• Wheeler also mentioned that he thinks the signs have been “more under control” around town and that he hopes to start reworking the sign ordinance.

• The council unanimously passed a resolution, which renewed a contract with the Kentucky Department of Rural and Municipal Aid to help with road maintenance.

• The council also unanimously passed an ordinance which will rezone lot 43 East Brooke Pointe Subdivision from a B-2 central business zone to a B-1 Highway business zone.  The owner desires to open a Tire Discounters on the property.

• The council also had their first reading of the 2013-2014 city budget which will be voted on at the next meeting June 10.

• The new city attorney Matthew Lemme told the council that he wants to be as “accessible” to them as possible. He also shared that he has set up shop on Old Bardstown Road.