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City of Union Approves Sales of Community Building, Awarded Sidewalk Grant

The Union city commission held a straw vote on a first reading to approve the sale of its community building on Old Union Road this week.

The 4-0 non-binding vote came after a bid of $276,000 from DelMonde, Inc., a local heating and air company, to purchase the property. The company currently rents space in the building for storage.

The city commission also approved a payment from the general fund of the city for the amount of the loan still held on the building.

An official, binding vote will be held at the city commission's December 13 meeting.

The building was purchased by the city in 2008 for $375,000.

“The citizens of Union desire a community center, but this building is not good for that purpose. It would require so many upgrades and major expense to improve and would still not be an ideal community center for our growing city,” said Mayor Larry K. Solomon. “When we looked at the options, improve an aging building with not an ideal floor plan or constructing a new, modern and more flexible use building for our citizens, there simply wasn’t a comparison. By selling this building, we will be able to move forward toward a new era and build a building that is more in line with what the community needs and desires from a community center.”

In additional business, the commission held first readings on an ordinance to allow extended alcohol sales on New Year’s Eve when that holiday falls on a Sunday. 

The revision would allow sales of alcohol until 2:30 a.m. on Monday, January 1, for the holiday period. This revision would bring the City of Union in line with planned changes to similar ordinances in both Boone County and the City of Florence.

Sidewalk grant awarded to city

Union received a $1,500 grant from the Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services (KLCIS).

The grant will be used for sidewalk upgrades to meet American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards in the Lassing Green subdivision area.

“We are excited to use this grant to ensure our sidewalks are safer and more accessible to everyone in the city,” said David Plummer, city administrator. “We are always looking for ways to bring the most benefit to our citizens while still being fiscally conservative and responsible with taxpayer money.”

KLCIS provides liability grants to its members annually. They are Kentucky’s largest municipal insurance program and provide a wide variety of products and services to their members.

-Staff report