Commissioners praise Rod Run committee's success

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By Becky Barnes

Huge success doesn’t even begin to cover what organizers deemed the second annual Cynthiana Rod Run.

Jerry Adams, president of the Rod Run Committee, told Cynthiana City Commissioners Tuesday that over 1,200 cars were on display and over 10,000 spectators milled through town spending money at local businesses and restaurants.

Commissioner Gary Brunker noted that Mary Todd Ashbrook, owner of  Biancke’s Restaurant, had a record-breaking sales day and did so with 65 fewer seats than last year.

“As a commission we owe you all a debt of gratitude and applaud your work,” Brunker told the members of the Rod Run Committee.

Committee member Kevin  Florence said they have been approached to help with a car show for the Kentucky Horse Park.

Florence said that while he and others will be glad to help, they will be keeping their main priority on the Cynthiana Rod Run.

“Our focus is our town,” said Adams.

“Thank you very much for what you did,” commended Mayor Steve Moses.

Kathy Brown, who chaired the first Rod Run 5k, said the run raised nearly $2,000 for the Refuge for Women.

“It’s a group effort,” said Adams, adding that without the total support of the city and county and the volunteers, it wouldn’t be possible.

He said the planning started with 20 to 25 people and by Saturday there were well over 90 volunteers.

In other business, the commission:

• Heard Commissioner Billy Grayson ask that commissioners consider adding a concession stand in the City Hall Sports Complex. He said the area formerly used by the Economic Development Authority would provide enough space to accommodate concessions.

Moses said he wanted to discuss the proposal with Grayson but would do so at another time.

“It would be a really long discussion,” Moses said.

Grayson said that decisions about the use should come from the entire board.

•Approved the second and final reading of a pretreatment/sewer-use ordinance.

•Agreed to authorize the mayor to sign a franchise agreement with Kentucky Utilities.

•Agreed to offer employment to a police officer recruit and a part-time telecommunicator.

•Accepted the resignation of a part-time telecommunicator.

•Heard Brunker report that the Planning and Zoning task force had met and would be presenting its recommendations to the city and county in November.

“It’s pro-business,” Brunker said, noting it allows for more flexibility in the business park.

 •Heard Moses report that negotiations are continuing with Community Action to work with the Senior Citizens’ programs.