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September 12, 2012

City Commission hears Scuffletown Road concerns

Sams named full-time city manager, Corbin hires 5 police officers

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer

Problems with potential for accidents, heavy traffic at certain times, and what could be done about both ends of Scuffletown Road (KY 1259) were voiced at Monday’s regular meeting of the Corbin City Commission.

The two voices heard both asked if a traffic study could be done on the two ends, with the hope traffic lights could be placed at the road’s intersections

The situation on one area of the road — the intersection of Scuffletown and 5th Street Road — was brought up first by Darrell Tremaine, an administrative assistant for Corbin Independent Schools. He asked if help could be provided during school hours.

“If you’re on Scuffletown and looking back towards Corbin, it’s a dangerous scene,” Tremaine told commission members.

City Commissioner Joe Shelton agreed, and later spoke about a possible light at the other end of the road, where Scuffletown intersects with the Cumberland Falls Highway (U.S. 25W).

“I had no idea how dangerous it was until I started driving my granddaughter out there,” said Shelton, who asked if the state Transportation Cabinet would do a study on the traffic situation.

Monday’s session marked the first one for Marlon Sams as Corbin’s full-time city manager. He was approved unanimously by the commission and Mayor Willard McBurney during the meeting, and immediately thanked them for their vote of confidence. Sams was previously the interim city manager after the resignation of Michael Phillips in May of this year.

Sams went into his city manager’s report, pointing out an issue with garbage, including mattresses and box springs left outside for sanitation workers to pick up. He added the city’s Public Works Department was having “major problems” with the matter, and said he would like to see the city issue violations to those involved.

Sams also noted the state Department for Local Government has given the green light for financial help with the planned Bacon Creek Trail Project, and that a grant for bicycle trails from the state Department of Tourism’s “Trail Town” program is available, which he plans on pursuing. The program works with communities and businesses to gain economic benefits from visitors using the trails. In addition, he said work on recent remodeling and upgrading of the Corbin Fire Station on Main Street is “99 percent complete.”

During the meeting, commission members voted approval for Sams to look into all financial requests of the Nibroc Festival, because of the city using police officers, firefighters and public works crews to work overtime during the event held in August of each year.

Also approved was the first reading of an ordinance establishing a no-parking zone on the north side of Roy Kidd Avenue between the bridge crossing and Christian Street. The second reading is expected later this week, and will become law if approved.

In addition, the commission approved repealing a section of the rental property ordinance, dealing with a privilege license fee directed to people who own a house and rent the property. Approval was also given to a resolution adopting the Whitley County Area Solid Waste Management Plan’s update for 2013-2017. And approval was given to appoint Tania Marcum and Jackie Willis as members of the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission, effective Sept. 30.

Five new officers with the Corbin Police Department were sworn in. Officers Jonathan Dean, Arron Peace, Kyle Trosper, Lonnie Sawyers and Robert Gray will begin their first day of work Tuesday. That action came after Police Chief David Campbell commended several policemen with certificates for their work on the PNC Bank robbery at the bank’s Cumberland Gap Parkway branch on Aug. 31. Campbell said partial information on a license plate helped the police track down and arrest the bank robber later that evening, and that almost all of the $8,000 missing was returned.

“We’ve had three robberies within three years. All have been solved,” noted Campbell.

The presentation came after McBurney read a letter from Barbourville’s Police Chief, Michael Broughton, commending the City of Corbin and Corbin Police on the cooperation between the two cities after the robbery.

“I’ll echo their sentiments,” McBurney told the meeting.

McBurney also honored the Loveloud organization — a movement of over 30 churches in the Tri-County — proclaiming Sept. 17-23 as “Loveloud Week” in Corbin. The organization will hold numerous service events Sept. 19-23, and will culminate Sept. 22-23 at The Arena with a health fair on Sept. 22 and a concert featuring “Rush of Fools” on Sept. 23. That weekend’s Loveloud events are co-sponsored by the City of Corbin.

Later, commission members went into executive session to discuss proposed pending litigation and personnel matters. No formal action was taken.

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