CORBIN — Corbin’s City Commission heard plans regarding the renovation of Miller Park during its special called meeting on Thursday evening.
Derek Phillips with Deco Architects presented the commission with a plan that would see the two softball fields in Miller Park turned into three smaller fields.
“It’s a really nice and interesting park. The location of it is fantastic. We just feel like it’s a bit limited by the size of these fields and the decline in demand for adult league softball,” said Phillips.
The plan would be to use the three smaller fields for the city’s little league.
“So where the existing fields are 300 and 340 feet deep, we would replace them with 200 feet deep little league fields,” explained Phillips. “We could fit three and really make this an attraction for youth leagues, which we feel like there’s a much higher demand.”
According to Phillips, Deco Architect’s overall plan would give a boost to the park’s parking. It would also add batting cages, a pitcher’s cage, pickleball courts, potentially a basketball court, all to be surrounded by a half mile walking trail. Phillips says Deco also plans to incorporate workout stations into the walking trail.
One section of the park that wouldn’t be affected is Miller Park’s disc golf course.
“Every time someone hears a whisper that we’re working on this project or that we’re at least looking at it, they say, ‘don’t mess up the [disc] golf.’ We’ve heard that loud and clear,” Phillips said.
Corbin Mayor Suzie Razmus called the proposed plan beautiful and stressed the importance that the park should try to include something for everyone.
“It’s certainly an improvement of what’s out there right now and it is a very sentimental park to a lot of us," Razmus said. "I think we definitely look forward to having it see new life.”
City Commissioners also heard reports from each of the city’s departments.
Corbin City Police Chief Rusty Hedrick reported that Corbin’s dispatch had received its new radio tower. The previous tower had been damaged by lightning during a storm a couple of weeks ago.
Hedrick also reminded commissioners that CIS is scheduled to visit the city’s dispatch center in March. Hedrick said CIS will mainly be looking at how the facility is laid out and assessing how staff operate to help provide feedback on improvements that could be taken.
Corbin Fire Chief Barry McDonald announced that the department’s rescue squad rescued 13 people in Bell and Harlan counties during the recent flooding.
“Now we’re on a list from now on for this whole area,” McDonald said on Corbin’s rescue squad. “In fact last week we were on standby again with the possibility of being deployed back to Bell County.”
Razmus said she received a handwritten note from Harlan County’s Judge Executive Dan Mosley bragging on Corbin’s rescue squad.
City Building Inspector/ Code Enforcement Officer Lawrence Benfield reported his department had five building permits, three sign permits, two demolition permits and had filed nine leans. The leans totaled $15,000.
Corbin Downtown Manager Aaron Sturgill announced that the first Moonbow Nights of the year will take place on June 6, with special guest John Schneider. Sturgill also announced that the Eastern Kentucky Leadership Foundation will be coming to Corbin for their 33rd annual meeting at the end of April.
Corbin Arena Manager Kristi Balla announced that the arena’s new speakers were put up over the past couple of days. She said the new sound system is smaller but are angled, and that some of the Arena’s older speakers will still be used to help improve sound quality.
She also reminded the commission of the 13th Region basketball tournament being hosted by Knox Central at the Corbin Arena. The tournament will be March 2-9.
Director of Corbin Tourism Maggy Kriebel announced Tourism is currently working on a motorcycle route to be featured in a motorcycle touring magazine. 150,000 copies of the maps with the route will be distributed in northeast states. Details about the route are still being planned, but Kriebel did announce that Cumberland Falls would be incorporated into the route.
Bruce Carpenter reported the Corbin Center hosted 12 events during the month of January with approximately 1,000 people coming through the facility. The Corbin Center also donated space to the Red Cross to help during flood relief and clean up efforts.
In other business, commissioners:
- appointed William “Bill” Jones, previous principal of Corbin’s Intermediate School, to the Library’s Board of Trustees. The term is a four-year term set to begin on April 1, 2020;
- passed the second reading of an ordinance amending the city’s alcohol ordinance. The amended ordinance would see that payment to the city of regulatory fees be remitted each month, rather than each quarter. The ordinance also creates the classification of small winery;
- passed a resolution that would see the city enter into a municipal aid co-operation contract with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid.This is a yearly contract that the city enters into with the state to procure money from the state to work on the city’s roads;
- hired dispatcher, Tracie Rains;
- hired police officer, Shannon Jones;
- approved a motion that would pre-authorize the purchase of a recycling truck costing up to $18,000. The two trucks currently being used by the Recycling Center have 216,000 miles, and 196,000 miles respectively.