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Commissioners urge motorists to be cautious during trick-or-treating

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By Becky Barnes

Cynthiana Safety Commissioner Gary  Brunker asked residents and motorists to be aware of small children in the streets during Trick-or-Treat.
Hours for trick-or-treating will be between 6 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Cynthiana for children who are 12 years old and younger.
“I want to remind everyone that it will be getting dark, there will be small children, leaves... and just want to caution motorists to be cognizant of that,” Brunker said Tuesday.
In other business, the commission:
•Discussed a request from the Cynthiana High School Alumni Association asking that Water Street be renamed to honor the late Louis Stout.
Stout was a CHS graduate and stand-out athlete. He went on to serve as commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Stout died Sunday, Sept. 9.
Commissioners settled on renaming the street “Louis Stout Way.”
•Heard a report from Planning and Zoning director Bonnie Skinner and intern Julie Whalen-Muth regarding Main Street projects.
•Heard Brunker report that Cynthiana’s telecommunications/911 center recently received a successful audit for Link/NCIC.
Brunker credited Kendra Jones with making sure all aspects of the audit were covered.
•Heard Commissioner Roger Slade report that he has received numerous complaints regarding furniture that has been left at the curbs for several days before trash pickup.
Slade suggested that it someone has furniture, mattresses or cushions, particularly with the rapidly spreading bed bug problem, that it be wrapped in plastic and that Legacy be notified that it is at the curb.
Slade said neighbors don’t want to look at the furniture for several days.
•Heard Slade announce that the annual leaf collection program will begin Nov. 1 and continue through Nov. 21.
He stressed that leaves should not be raked to the curbs. The debris gets into the storm drains and causes problems, he said.
“That is the way it’s always been done, but not the way it should be done,” said Commissioner Jack Keith, who echoed Slade’s concern about leaves getting into the storm drains.
Slade said that bagged leaves will be picked up the same day they are bagged, if residents will call City Hall.
Those who continue to rake their leaves should leave them at the back of the sidewalk where they can be reached by the city’s leaf vacuum.
•Approved a resolution that will allow Bryan Kirby of Community Economic Development Association to apply for a $200,000 first-year grant to help eligible home owners make renovations to their homes.
•Approved a job classification change for Keith Northcutt from seasonal to part-time.
•Agreed to advertise for waste water treatment plant trainees.