TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local News

December 11, 2012

2nd reading of business license ordinance approved

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff writer

The big breaks for busineparkingss owners in the City of Corbin will begin in three weeks, after the Corbin City Commission approved the second reading Monday night of a revised ordinance which halves the costs of business licenses.

The vote was unanimous on the new ordinance, which amends the existing business license ordinance. After legal publication, the updated ordinance becomes law on Tuesday, Jan. 1 — just 21 days away.

The license tax or fee for restaurants, lunch rooms and dining rooms, including carryout and delivery, will be reduced in one of the sections of the revised ordinance. Fees and taxes for businesses selling groceries, vegetables and fruits will also be reduced in another section of the ordinance. Yet another section will deal with both retail and wholesale merchants, while the updates to the ordinance will add certain professions, occupations, trades and businesses to be subject to license fees and taxes. Management firms, bingo parlors, consultants, and operating an oil or gas drilling company are examples of businesses now listed in a new section of the revised ordinance.

City officials said at last month’s meeting that Corbin’s tax on alcoholic beverages has made up the difference in the budget, and that it was time to help both longtime and new merchants in the city.

Approval was given to the second reading of another ordinance that would establish a no-parking zone on the west side of Main Street starting at the intersection of Main and 21st Street on the south end of town. And two more ordinances got their first reading — both of them dealing with placing a stop sign at the intersection of Cloverbrook Lane and Covey Trail, as well as at the intersection of Covey Trail and Setters Point. Both were unanimously approved and will get their second readings at the next session.

Some better lighting will soon be shining down on the municipal parking lot near downtown bordering Depot and Monroe streets, and Gordon Avenue. The commission authorized City Manager Marlon Sams to advertise for bids for the lighting project, which Sams said would put five new lights in the area, “similar to what they have on Main Street. We already have the money available.”

Main Street Corbin Director Andy Salmons noted the project’s a collaboration with his organization and the city, with money for the lights coming from a fund for Main Street Corbin that currently has $35,000 allocated to lighting.

“We’re wanting to ‘humanize’ the parking lots. A dimly-lit parking lot looks bleak, and can be dangerous. This is the first component. The things that need to be looked at after the lighting will be landscaping of planters, parking layout, green features like pervious pavements, which allows rainwater to go back into our groundwater supply and takes the load off our storm drains.”

An artist’s rendering of the parking lot before and after the changes showed a marked difference, according to Salmons, who did the rendering work.

“We’re looking at that in the next phase — deciding on the scope and scale of the project. I have spoken to some architects, and we’re looking at some possibilities, depending on our limited budget. We’ll use our funds wisely,” he pointed out.

Salmons added he felt sure the lighting improvements on the lot would benefit Corbin’s Nibroc Festival next summer. The parking lot is the scene of many carnival rides set up for the annual August event.

“I feel that Nibroc will benefit from the upgraded infrastructure. There might have to be some adapting to different layouts, but more lighting and readily-available power supplies could only help at Nibroc time.”

Holiday closings were set by the commission during the meeting. Corbin City Hall will be closed on Christmas Eve, which is Monday, Dec. 24, and on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25. City Hall will be open on New Year’s Eve day, Monday, Dec. 31, but will be closed the following day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 (New Year’s Day). In addition, garbage pickup in Corbin on Christmas week will be early on Wednesday, Dec. 26, while garbage pickup in the city will be Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

Among other actions at Monday’s meeting, the commission approved an interlocal agreement with the anti-drug organization Operation UNITE, as well as a resolution adopting the Cumberland Valley Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Later, they went into executive session, to discuss personnel and pending litigation. No formal action was taken. After the executive session, the commission went back into regular session to announce that Rodney Gray would not be retained as an employee in the Recycling Department. In addition, Sams announced that city employee C. J. Wilson would be moved from part-time to full-time status.

Four city Public Works employees were also recognized for helping an elderly woman with moving her belongings that had been stored in her home’s attic for many years. The recognition came from the city by way of Caren Long, an Oregon woman who has a mother-in-law who was living in Corbin at the time, and because of health issues, was moving to Lexington to live with one of her sons. The four employees — Mike Wagers, Robert Barton, Jack Strickland and Public Works Director Gary Kelly — will receive certificates of appreciation from the city in the upcoming days.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • swiss officer for web.jpg Swiss officer spends time with Laurel Co. deputies

    Fabien De Lucia is a police officer in a two-and-a-half square-mile city filled with 30,000 people.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0724 Chris Robinson FOR WEB.jpg Robinson new London Tourism director

    The London Tourism and Convention Commission voted Wednesday to hire Chris Robinson as their new director.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Restaurant tax problems being corrected

    Fazoli’s is now collecting London’s restaurant tax from its customers after nearly a month of not knowing it existed.

    July 24, 2014

  • 0724 J. M. Hall, Donna Smith, Pat McDonald & Julio Cima FOR WEB.jpg Line-item resolution passed by Knox Court

    Several organizations in Knox County and Barbourville will get the benefit of coal severance tax money over the next two fiscal years thanks to a resolution passed Wednesday by the Knox County Fiscal Court.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • U.S. 25 work to begin Thursday

    A weeklong road work project for U.S. 25 in Laurel County is scheduled to start Thursday.

    July 24, 2014

  • 0724 TAYLOR THROW for web.tif Airing It Out

    After another strong showing at the Eastern Kentucky University Passing Camp, first-year coach Justin Haddix is pleased with what he is seeing with his Corbin Redhound football players.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • TODAY'S HEADLINES — July 24, 2014

    Swiss officer spends time with Laurel Co. deputies

    Robinson new London Tourism director

    Restaurant tax problems being corrected

    Line-item resolution passed by Knox Court

    July 24, 2014

  • Couple pleads not guilty to abuse

    A Knox County couple facing charges in connection with second-degree burns on a child’s leg pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning during their preliminary hearings.
    Tyrone L. Person, 22, of Corbin, and Sierra Shepherd, 21, of Flat Lick, appeared before Judge John Chappell in Knox County District Court, according to a court official.

    July 23, 2014

  • Evaluation of Williamsburg Superintendent postponed

    An executive session to discuss and evaluate Williamsburg Independent Schools Superintendent Denny Byrd was slated for Tuesday night’s regular meeting — but an absence of one member postponed those plans.

    July 23, 2014

  • 0723 Capt. Coy Wilson, Harrison Creech & mom Samantha FOR WEB.jpg Heroes For A Day

    This boy likes to touch a truck — or in this case, the Corbin Police Department’s K9 Vehicle that was one of over 20 trucks, cars, boats, a helicopter and other vehicles stationed Tuesday at Corbin’s Rotary Park for the Sixth Annual “Touch A Truck” event.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 U.N. School in Gaza Hit by Israeli Strike Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Officials Warn of Avoidable Death in Hot Cars Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter