A building has been removed and now the City of Bromley is moving on to the design phase of its Main Street beautification project.
At Wednesday night's city council meeting, Mayor Donnie Jobe outlined the next steps:
- Berling Engineering will produce design drawings within two weeks
- Duke Energy will determine where the decorative lamp posts can go
- Berling will find locations for new trees
The house at 509 Main Street was removed prior to the rest of the work beginning because its demolition was not included in the beautification project budget. A large tree on the property will also be removed because it is mostly hollow.
Residents and others may be able to support the effort through the purchase of commemorative bricks that could be part of the paving. Jobe also said that a time capsule may be involved in the project.
"We could maybe include a picture of the current council, since we are the ones who have been diligently trying to change the city for the better," he said referring to all the work to remove blighted properties and to fix rental problems. Jobe asked if councilman Bob France would investigate the time capsule idea.
The city will put a few things out for bid. The advanced life support (ALS) contract is almost up, and Crescent Springs-Villa Hills Fire Department has offered to keep its price the same as what Bromley paid this year, $30,000. The contract will be put out to bid.
Snow removal, and lawn and flower care will also be put out to bid.
Some property that was declared surplus last month will be put up for sale.
Mayor Jobe also asked councilman Charlie Foulks to get a bid on Pest Control for the city building/fire department, with an emphasis on getting rid of the box elder bugs that are plaguing the interior despite the monthly spraying.
City Attorney Kim Vocke read an ordinance which updates the building code and the residential code to be in compliance with Kentucky laws, an exercise taking place at many local city meetings. The second reading will be at the November meeting.
Councilwoman Gail Smith brought up the no-parking signs for streets where the school buses have to negotiate turns. She mentioned that it had been discussed that the the drivers are having a problem turning the corners, and now that school is back in session it is time to discuss the problem again. Councilman Bob France said that he will question some of the drivers and gather information as to how to address the problem and bring that information back to council next month.
Councilwoman Nancy Kienker will also look into the possibility of applying for the Safe Way to Schools grant which would help fund a fix for some of the sidewalks in the city. Smith told council that she already applied for a $1,500 grant from the Kentucky League of Cities to be reimbursed for work done on West Oak Street.
Attorney Vocke was instructed to update the tree ordinance to include language that the trees on Main Street will be maintained by the city, whereas other trees in the city are the responsibility of the residents.
Charlie Foulks thought the mayor and building inspector Joe Schutzman should receive thanks for their work to help demolish the house at 509 Main. Nancy Kienker thanked the fire department for helping a woman she sometimes cares for when the woman fell down the stairs.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor