By Jeff Noble
A proposal for lighting and maintenance of pole lighting along four streets was approved Monday by the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission.
The commission voted on the agreement with Celebration Lighting of Corbin doing the work. The company’s sales manager, Daniel Mackey, said the proposal would add the installation of 25 additional decor units which would fill gaps and balance unit design. He added the cost of each unit, at $53 per year for three years, with the commission owning the decor units at the end of the three years, comes to a total of $3,825 a year for three years.
Celebration Lighting made recommendations for this year — one being a longer display time for the holidays from Nov. 15 to Jan. 4, 2014, which would get the displays up earlier before Thanksgiving. The other was the use of a banner design to complement the lighting design to fill in the gaps.
A total of 187 poles are within the four areas the company wants to service in the proposal. One is along Kentucky Avenue, with 78 poles from the bridge to the Cumberland Falls Highway, while the second area is on the Falls Highway, with 62 poles from Main Street to the Corbin City Utilities Building. A third is along Master Street, with 32 poles from the bridge to the Knox County line, while the fourth is along Main Street, with 15 poles from the Main Street split at West 18th Street down to Corbin City Hall.
Last year, 102 poles were decorated by Celebration Lighting, with two at the company’s expense to fill the gaps.
The total pole decor costs for 2013 would be $21,000 under the existing contract. With the proposed 25 decor unit additions, this year’s contract came to $26,275. After a motion was made, the contract with the additions was approved.
Estimates for banner service by Celebration Lighting was also discussed. The company proposed installing mounting bases that are adjustable or removable, installing two adjustable aluminum brackets for 30-inch fiberglass rods, and installation of the first banner at $129 per pole, including parts and labor. Banner service would be $19 per pole, including banner storage. A total of 243 poles within sections of Kentucky Avenue, Cumberland Falls Road, Master Street and Main Street would be serviced.
Three service plans were given, which would take care of 150, 125 or 100 poles. Overall, board members preferred the 125 pole plan, which Mackey recommended. For the first year, that plan called for installing 90 additional brackets with quarterly service and storage for a total of $19,400, with quarterly services and storage for the second and third years coming at $9,500. After discussion, the board voted to take the banner service proposal under advisement.
Masonry work on Sanders Park was also discussed, with City Commissioner Suzie Razmus sitting in at the meeting. Razmus, a member of the organization “Friends of Colonel Sanders” also brought a representative from Ken Bird Masonry, who gave an estimate to finish the masonry work on the park site, at the corner of Main and Monroe Streets.
“We’ve raised just about $19,000 on the park from the sale of bricks. We’ve spent $10,000 on the work, and we have about $9,000 we can put towards the statue.”
Board members were told Bird could finish the work in two months, and approved giving $8,400 towards completing the masonry project.
City Commissioner Bruce Hodge made a request on behalf of the Cumberland Valley Cruise-In, with the group asking for a $5,000 donation for two classic car shows this year. The cruise-ins will be held on two Saturdays on Main Street from 4-7 p.m., with the dates being June 8 and July 13. Hodge added last year’s cruise-in was the first one held on Main Street in several years.
“We’ve been getting it back on Main Street, and people are starting to come back,” he said.
“Honestly, I think having it on Main Street adds a lot to the event,” added Main Street Corbin Manager Andy Salmons, who backed up Hodge on the interest in the event returning downtown.
After Kyle Perkins, a certified public accountant who works with the commission, said while last year’s cruise-in was not a budgeted item last year or this year, he noted funding was available for this year. Moments later, board members approved $2,500 for the classic car show.
The planned gospel music concert in April at The Arena in Corbin was also brought up, with Rev. John Burkhart returning to face the board. After asking for a $2,000 donation at last month’s meeting, he asked Monday if the donation could go up to $2,500.
He stated the two-hour show would cost $6,000, with ticket prices $8 a person. Burkhart pointed out if a church group brings in 15 or more people to the show, the cost would be $5 a person. The total income projected for the event would be $8,000. He said 3,000 flyers promoting the show would be going out to 800 churches over a wide part of the region.
“Flyers are going out as far as Richmond, Pikeville, Somerset and down in Tennessee. … We want to showcase The Arena, the people performing, and showcase this area as the hub of gospel music. … I truly hope this will be a yearly event,” Burkhart told the board.
Burkhart’s friend, Bob Terrell, who is helping with the planned concert, reported the show will focus on local talent with an emphasis on young performers.
“Connie Hunt (The Arena’s general manager) has been a tremendous help on this, and she’ll be promoting it. … We’re trying to reach out to bring families to this event and make it a success in its first year. … Our goal is to have you (the commission) help us with this event this year. The the event can sustain itself each year after that.”
After the motion was made, board members approved giving a $1,000 donation for the gospel music concert. Late Monday afternoon, Burkhart confirmed the concert will be held Friday, April 26, from 6:45-9:15 p.m. at The Arena.
Both the financial report and minutes of the January meeting were later approved. Perkins told the board the audit is now in, “and we made a few adjustments. It was a good audit.” He suggested setting up budget workshops for March and April, noting the commission’s budget for 2013-14 was set at $1.1 million.
Perkins also mentioned he and the accountant doing the audit would like to implement some procedures as a system of checks and balances.
“The procedures are for the money that you as a community volunteer board are spending. It’s an internal control policy to see where the money is spent, and where it goes.”
Starting next month, the commission will meet at a new day and time. Commission member Alan Onkst proposed a change for their meetings to be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at their headquarters on Depot Street. He said the reason for the new time and day would be more convenient for many other board members, instead of the current 12 on the second Monday of the month.
The board approved the motion. Next month’s meeting will be 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12.