Sun. Nov 17th, 2019

Council approves resolution lifting scenic byway designation for billboard conversion; trash code amendments pass first reading

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GLASGOW, Ky. – In a more than two-hour meeting Monday night, the Glasgow City Council heard three presentations and appointed 11 citizens to area boards. The Council also adopted an ordinance to amend the city’s garbage collection rules and regulations.

Chief Engineer of the Kentucky Department of Highways Joe Plunk presented before the council an update on current road projects. Plunk also says designs have been drafted to correct the Water Street tunnel. Plunk says the passageway, although not a technical tunnel, has been closed since 2015 due to its failing structure.

Plunk told the council the building above the passage is the main concern. For that reason, the passageway is going to be revived in a way that allows the building above it to continue to be used.

Signage was also discussed.

Local business owner Larry Glass owns a large billboard near Sonic Drive-In. Glass’ representative Rich Alexander presented to the council a reason to remove the scenic byway designation portion of the Cordell Hull Scenic Byway.

Alexander says this designation was placed after Lady Bird Johnson fueled passage of the 1965 Highway Beautification Act.

In short, Glass wants to convert his billboard to a digital billboard, but he cannot due to this federal designation. Alexander says the area is clearly not a scenic way but a business district. The Council approved the designation be lifted, but it must be approved by the state Secretary of Transportation before Glass’ sign can be converted.

In other news, the trash amendments discussed changed a few stipulations in the current city trash codes.

While it was just the first reading, the trash codes would be amended to mandate trash be placed for pickup no earlier than 6 p.m. the night before and no later than 7 a.m. the morning of pickup. Councilman Joe Trigg voted no to adopting the amendments.

And, as stated yesterday, Council Patrick Gaunce was to deliver remarks on why he feels the council size should be reduced. The conversation was moved to the next meeting because of the extensive meeting last night.

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