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City moves ahead with Westside project for redevelopment

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By Kate Darnell

The Westside Redevelopment Project continues, commissioners were told at Tuesday evening’s Cynthiana City Commission meeting.

Lena Datko, a representative from CEDA/WJL, the firm the city is contracting with on the project to redevelop the west side of town, updated commissioners on the progress of the properties in the area.

“Some have been easier to deal with than others,”ee^said Datko about the acquisition of some of the parcels of land.

In the second phase of the project, Datko said four additional property owners have agreed to sell and no agreement remained on three properties.

Commissioners voted to approve the pay resolutions for the properties obtained and also voted to initiate condemnation procedures on three properties - 213 W. Mill St., 112 N. Locust St. and 110 N. Locust St.

Other business included:

•Commissioners proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month, reminding citizens that housing discrimination is illegal.

•Commissioners voted to approve the agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet relating to the reconstruction of North Church Street, after the construction of the bridge on US 27 North.

•Marilyn Wash was reappointed to the Housing Authority Board, with her new term expiring in April 2012.

•Commissioners opened bids on surplus property, rewarding bids to Larry Jones for $1,400 on a 1996 Jeep Cherokee, Roger Thomas for $1,255 on a 1997 Ford F150, William Chambers for $550 for a 10 foot by 16 foot storage unit and $300 for a 10 foot by 12 foot storage unit.

•Commissioners voted to offer employment to an individual as an E911 Telecommunicator and to offer employment to an individual as administrative assistant to the Board of Commissioners.

•Commissioners voted to donate $1,000 to Project Grad.

•Commissioners voted to proceed with legal action regarding the 206 W. Pearl St. and 413 N. Poplar St. residences.

“We’ve got to move on with the demolition of these houses,” Mattmiller said to commissioners.

•Commissioners promoted Gary Barrett to Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator Class I.

•Commissioner Amanda Moore announced that Jeff Thomas completed training on April 10 and has joined the Cynthiana Police Department.

•Commissioners voted to work with an engineering firm on renovations to the Bundy water storage tank.

“This could possibly be a problem if we don’t take care of it fast,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Jack Keith.

•Commissioner Jimmy New reminded citizens that recycling will be picked up every other Thursday, with the next recycling day being April 23.