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City agrees to 20-year deal with KU

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CU seeks to close streets, plans to build competitive running track in area

By Bobby Brockman

The Kentucky Utilities franchise agreement was approved and a newer, faster internet for businesses could be coming soon to Campbellsville. Those were some of the highlights from Monday night’s Campbellsville City Council meeting in the Campbellsville Civic Center.

KU and the city agreed on a 20-year agreement with a 3-percent franchise fee. The fee could be raised to 5 percent with a possible change recommended every four years of the agreement.

Duo County Telecom had four representatives on hand, led by CEO Tom Preston, for the first reading of an ordinance to create of a non-exclusive franchise to use the public right-of-way for the operation and maintenance of a telecommunications system.

Preston explained it was mainly for business fiber optics, which would run from Adair County through Campbellsville and then to Liberty.

The initial benefit would be to provide businesses and industries with broadband services.

Duo County works through Kentucky Wire, whose goal is to provide internet throughout the commonwealth.

In other business:

• Campbellsville University, represented by Otto Tennant and Marion Hall, asked the Council to shut off Chandler Avenue to the intersection of Spring Street and Matthew Street (with Matthew remaining open).

Tennant explained that Atmos Energy had told CU that a high-pressure gas line, located in that vicinity, was going to be moved elsewhere on campus. This could enable CU to build a competitive running track there.

The council had previously agreed to close off Tiger Way and parts of Proctor Knott and Duluth Street on the CU campus.

• Former Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen spoke to the City Council about Green River Ministries and the homeless shelter needing $30,000 to finish out the year.

Allen said the organization had lost some grant money over the last two years and was hoping Campbellsville City Council and the Taylor County Fiscal Court would add $15,000 each to enable them to finish out the year. She said the group was hoping City Council and Fiscal Court could also contribute each year thereafter.

Allen said the money was used for salaries of the few people employed, but also for $1,200 toward rent on the building.

Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young appointed a committee consisting of David Nunery, Allen Johnson and Patti Phillips to look into the matter.

• The Council also approved previous minutes of the Sept. 5 regular and Sept. 11 special-called meetings plus financial reports from the Campbellsville Water Company and city.

• The mayor also announced that the three 1-million gallon water tanks are filled, and water from the Spurlington one should be providing water to Lebanon soon.

• Approval was given to Campbellsville Police Chief Pat Thompson to sell surplus police items, which were military surplus. Thomson said no heavy equipment would be counted as surplus.

• Campbellsville’s Halloween Trick or Treat hours were established from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

• All council members were in attendance for this meeting.