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City OKs swap with library for its expansion

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By Becky Barnes

The Cynthiana City Commissioners agreed to swap pavement for pavement at Tuesday’s meeting to accommodate a library building project.

James Gray, a member of the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library board,  told commissioners that the library has outgrown its facility.

“I’m amazed at the amount of activity that takes place at the library day to day,” Gray said. “We value and enjoy our location, but we are extremely strapped for space.”

He said design possibilities have been reviewed and the best option is to expand the facility toward the parking lot, a portion of which is owned by the city and the rest by the library.

However, the city’s lot is closest to the library and the library’s lot is closest to City Hall.

Pat Barnes, library director, said the expansion will give more space to the Kentucky Room and allow for the community room to move back across the street. 

She added that the children’s sections are scattered throughout the library now. The addition will allow those areas to be together.

“We need a skoosh more space,” she said, adding that the addition will bring the square footage to that which is recommended for a county with a population equal to Harrison County’s.

The commission unanimously agreed to an equal land swap so that the library can move forward with its plans for expansion.

In another matter, a contingent of people opposed to Sunday sales of liquor by the drink appeared to have their position entered for the record.

 “The fourth Commandment reminds us to keep the Sabbath Day holy,” said John Chamberlin, pastor at Faith Baptist Church.

Chamberlin said he appealed to the commission when the issue of liquor by the drink sales was raised. However, he said he got in on the tail end of that discussion.

“I want to be heard at the front,” Chamberlin said.

Wayne Tolson, pastor at Oddville, said he wanted to keep this day holy.

“If you are a Christian, I ask you to pray about it,” Tolson said. “You don’t have to have liquor to support Cynthiana.”

Sunday liquor sales was raised at the last commission meeting by Mike Aldridge, president of the Cynthiana Country Club.

No action was taken.

In other business, the commission:

•Heard Mayor Steve Moses read a proclamation for National Businesswomen’s Week, which is Oct. 21-25.

•Awarded the solid waste collection bid to Legacy Carting at $9.80 per month for residential customers. Other bidders were Rumpke at $10.80 and Advanced Disposal Services, $10.67.

•Authorized the mayor to sign a franchise agreement with Blue Grass Energy.

•Agreed to hire Matthew T. Royce as a police officer recruit.

•Announced the retirement of Meri Patterson, 911 telecommunicator.

•Agreed to post internally for a full-time 911 telecommunicator to replace Patterson.

•Announced that trick-or-treating will be Thursday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. for children 12 and under. The city siren will be sounded to mark the beginning and end of trick-or-treat hours.

•Hired Harley Flack as a maintenance worker for the public works department.

 •Awarded a sludge removal bid to Kentucky Hauling Inc.