TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Nibroc Park in downtown Corbin will soon become a city-owned park once Mayor Willard McBurney signs the loan agreements at Cumberland Valley National Bank.
The Corbin City Commission’s decision to authorize McBurney as the loan signee was unanimous Monday night during the commission’s regular monthly meeting.
CVN Bank owned the park — which has a price tag of $50,000.
A $25,000 donation from the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission covered half the cost — and helped to seal the deal.
“The city’s thought about buying the property for some time,” McBurney said in July. “We got serious about it a couple years ago.”
The mayor said the bank had been approached early on.
“We even asked if the bank would donate the land to us,” McBurney said, adding Tourism was the biggest help. “It’d have been hard for us to buy it if Tourism hadn’t given us the money.”
McBurney said the city has some ideas for the park once they officially sign the deed.
“We would like to put a permanent covered stage down there, clean it up, do a facelift on it and if we get permission, cut the pine trees down...and fix that wall over there,” the mayor said. “We’d like to put a mural on the wall, showcasing buildings of Corbin’s past.”
The city hopes to continue seeing the park getting use.
“People like to have green space, and we want to make the park more user-friendly,” he said. “People are welcome to come there anytime.”
In other Commission business:
— The mayor was given authorization Monday to re-submit the Recreational Trails Grant for the Lynn Camp Creek Project. The project’s goal is to extend the creek walk. The grant covering that is approximately $100,000.
— Brenda Jones was unanimously appointed to serve on the Corbin Public Library Board.
— A business license fee for data entry businesses was established. Entrepreneurs seeking to open a data entry operation will be required now to pay a $200 license fee. Commissioners were unanimous with this decision.
— The mayor was unanimously given permission to “engage a consultant” to keep the city informed when legislation gets approved which effects the city. McBurney said the consultant would only be used on “an as-needed basis.”
— Commissioners agreed to close the alley way between Nibroc Park and West Monroe Street (behind Whitaker Bank). It was unknown at press time the reason for the closure, but the decision to close it was unanimous.
— A new firefighter has climbed on board with the Corbin Fire Department. Trevor Allen will officially begin working Sept. 14, and when his hiring was approved, commissioners and audience members applauded.
— Commissioners unanimously gave approval for the city’s road department to purchase a new salt spreader. Commissioners learned the newest spreader is approximately five years old, and another one they have is a decade old — but with a refurbished motor. The commission was warned that if the city was short a vital salt spreader this winter, commuters could face as much as a four-hour delay if heavy snow blankets the region. Commissioners approved the purchase, which will cost approximately $7,650.