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Mayor says city will remove phone lines if AT&T ignores request

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By Becky Barnes, Editor

Cynthiana Mayor Steve Moses said a conduit of phone lines is causing a major blockage in the city’s storm drain at Pike and Church streets.

The mayor said AT&T bored through the city’s storm drain to run its lines.

He said he has made numerous attempts to get someone from AT&T to address the issued, however, his communication with the company has been ignored.

“So either they come and get it or we’ll remove it,” Moses said.

Moses asked city attorney John Lair to write a letter to AT&T advising that they had 30 days to rectify the issue or the city could take care of it.

Commissioner Jack Keith asked if removing the lines would impact any city residents’ phone service.

Moses said it was likely that some constituents would be affected.

“We would work with [AT&T], but they have paid us no mind,” Moses said.

In other business, the commission:

•Approved the second and final reading of three ordinances that make text amendments to planning and zoning codes.

The first amendment deals with swimming pools and requires fence or walls to be constructed around all in-ground or above-ground swimming pools. The pools would also have to be secured with a self-locking gate.

The second amendment relates to a overlay zones at the Business Park.

The third amendment makes requirements for the surface in parking, loading or unloading in a business zone.

•Agreed to advertise for a part-time administrator of the Main Street Program for Cynthiana.

•Hired Teresa Biggs as a new part-time telecommunicator beginning Dec. 14.

•Heard Commission Gary Brunker report for an absent Roger Slade regarding salt on hand for road treatment. Brunker said the city has 75 ton on hand.

•Heard Brunker report that due to the wet weather, the city’s leaf vacuum would not longer be vacuuming leaves. He said those who still have leaves may bag those and they will be picked up as time and weather permits.

•Heard Cynthiana Fire Chief Jay Sanders report that no information has been made to the arson hotline regarding the fire at the Handy Farm barn.

Anyone with information that may lead to an arrest and conviction are eligible for up to $1,000 reward. That information should be directed to 1-800-27-ARSON or the  Cynthiana Fire Department at 234-7158.

•Announced that there will be no Tuesday, Dec. 24, meeting due to the holiday.

 •Commissioners wished a Merry Christmas to the community and to the city’s employees.