By Jeff Noble
Traffic on Main Street — or in one Corbin City Commissioner’s case, traffic going too fast on Main Street — was brought up during the commission’s regular meeting Monday afternoon.
The concern was mentioned toward the end of the session by Commissioner Joe Shelton, who said a couple of business owners had complaints of people driving too fast on Main Street.
“From a business standpoint, it would be good to slow traffic down. We have the same problem on Kentucky Street. Writing tickets are a short-term solution. I’d like to have the city manager call the road engineer in Manchester to study the situation. Maybe more traffic lights would be the solution. I really don’t know.”
The commission directed City Manager Marlon Sams to contact the state highway department’s district office in Manchester to look into solutions to the problem.
Sams also reported the city will buy five vehicles from the state of Kentucky to be used in three of the city’s departments. All five are state fleet vehicles that he and a city Public Works Department employee checked out in Frankfort during a recent visit.
All five are trucks, with the total cost being $14,950 to the city.
Three of the trucks, a 2005 Chevy Silverado, a 2005 Chevy Silverado 4x4, and a 1997 Ford F150 4x4, will go to the Public Works Department. A 2002 Dodge Durango goes to the Corbin Fire Department, while a 1998 Ford pickup will go to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. After a motion was made, the purchase of the trucks was approved by commissioners.
The city will also sell off some surplus equipment, including two large trucks that are no longer operating. The commission voted to approve declaring the equipment surplus, then made a motion to authorize the auction to be put on the website eBay, which was also approved.
Officials said it was the first time the City of Corbin had ever auctioned off surplus on eBay in its history.
Second readings of two ordinances were passed. The first was written by city Building Inspector Frank Burke with some revisions made by City Attorney Bob Hammons, and will regulate the use of temporary structures, activities and uses in all buildings open to the public, or their use adjacent to other buildings and/or businesses.
The second one will enact and adopt a supplement to the city’s code of ordinances, which includes recent updates made to some of them.
Both ordinances passed their first readings last month unanimously, and they did so again Monday when read the second time. The two will become law after legal publication.
Also approved was a resolution to authorize Mayor Willard McBurney to enter into an agreement with the state Department for Local Government for certain city projects. Another resolution approved the interlocal agreement with the anti-drug organization Operation UNITE, which would allow schools to get grant money from the organization for educational purposes. While a similar resolution was passed by the commission last December, it was redone to add the city Parks and Recreation being in favor of the plan.
Approval was also given to approve the city’s school bus lease with the Corbin Board of Education, where buses are parked at the Corbin Tech Center. Hammons told commissioners the lease was the same as last year’s.
Bids were closed pertaining to the city’s fire station renovation, but again, no bids were received. The commission again gave approval to authorize Sams to re-advertise for new bids. In addition, a proclamation making the month of April as “PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in the City of Corbin” was also approved.
Appointments were made as well. Approval was given to appoint commissioners Suzie Razmus and Bruce Hodge to the Personnel Committee, with Hodge and Razmus disqualifying themselves. Commissioners Shelton and Ed Tye were appointed to the Budget Committee, and both were approved with Tye and Shelton disqualifying themselves. Also appointed was Bill Sosh to the Board of Adjustments, to fill the unexpired term of Marvin Alsip, who resigned.
Before the meeting began, McBurney read and signed a proclamation designating this week as “Corbin High School Girls Basketball Week” in the city. It was done to honor the Lady Redhounds after they won the Girls 13th Regional Tournament in Harlan County on March 4. Team members, coaches and staff were there on hand for the signing and twice received a large round of applause from those at the session.
Corbin’s girls team now goes to the first round of the KHSAA State Girls Basketball Tournament in Bowling Green, which begins Wednesday. Corbin will play Shelby Valley from the 15th Region in their first round game Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Central Time, at Diddle Arena on the campus of Western Kentucky University.
Wednesday’s game will be the first time the Lady Redhounds have gone to the Sweet 16 tournament in 31 years.