TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
Corbin’s Bikeway Master Plan has arrived, and the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission got their first look at the plan at their regular meeting Tuesday.
Around 40 pages long, the Cycle Corbin program’s master plan will determine primary routes, alignment, scope and development strategies for active and passive bicycling in the city.
Board members got their copies of the plan from Andrew Salmons, manager of the Downtown Corbin program.
“It’s finally done. The plan is to attract those who use bicycling to use the streets and trails,” he said during the start of the session.
Salmons added the first step would be to implement the plan, which has support from Cycle Corbin, a grassroots group of local and area cyclists. He listed support from the Corbin Recreation Center, which has a “bike-share” plan for riders, as well as the Union College Cycle Club, which now participates at rides in Corbin.
He said he also talked about the plan to Sherri Chappell, acting executive director of the state Transportation Cabinet’s District 11 Office in Manchester, during their visit earlier Tuesday to discuss the reconstruction of the U.S. 25W corridor in Corbin.
“They believe they’ll get behind the plan,” Salmons told the board.
CARMAN, a landscape architecture, urban design and civil engineering firm, with offices in Lexington and Louisville, worked on the plan for Cycle Corbin.
Site assessments were done in three main sections of the city — North Corbin, Downtown Corbin and the Corbin Loop — to highlight biking opportunities and constraints, and to allow for the best recommendations for planned bike routes and bike paths.
Salmons said he’d like the Tourism Commission to adopt the the Cycle Corbin plan as the master plan for the city.
City Manager Marlon Sams and Corbin Recreation Director Wes Lanham requested to the board a $2,000 donation to help fund this weekend’s Corbin Open Disc Golf Tournament.
The pro-am class, tier C tournament will be held this Sunday at Miller Park off Barton Mill Road. The one-day event is sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), and is sponsored by AT&T.
Sams and Lanham said the money was put on last year’s budget, and would be used for awards and prizes at the tourney.
Board members approved the $2,000 request to be budgeted out of reserves for the disc golf tournament.
Two other requests were made at the meeting held in the Tourism Community Room at their office on Depot Street. Both were taken under advisement by the board.
One came from Brad Ingle of the Border Bowl Committee. He asked for a $1,000 donation towards sponsoring the Border Bowl, the annual high school all-star football game held at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.
The game features seniors from Kentucky playing seniors from Tennessee. This year’s Border Bowl will be the sixth annual game, and will be held Jan. 11, 2014. The other came from Bruce Carpenter, executive director of Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and the Corbin Economic Development Agency. He asked for Corbin Tourism to continue to fund $5,000 towards marketing efforts of the Corbin Industrial Development Commission.
Carpenter said the commission is asking for support from different entities to help them with efforts with the state to market Kentucky, the region, and cities of Corbin and Williamsburg to prospective businesses.
“Last year, they visited 106 site consultants, and visited 116 different companies. It’s a networking process,” he noted.
Later, board members looked at blueprints and discussed what needs to be done at the site of Colonel Sanders Park, located downtown on Main and Monroe streets. They agreed the next step would be to advertise for bids on the park as a whole, but do them in phases.
Kyle Perkins, a certified public account who is the financial advisor to the Tourism Board, told them all five phases of the project could be bid out. Board Member Alan Onkst, who brought the blueprints, added Phase 1, which involves work done on the floor, would be done first. Next to be done would be Phase 3, which involves the outside concrete work.
After the regular meeting, the board voted to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters. No action was taken.