Main Street goes parallel

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By James Roberts

Main Street traffic could soon be a little less cramped.

During a special meeting Monday, Campbellsville City Council gave the OK to convert diagonal parking spaces along one side of Main Street to parallel spaces.

"It's a huge problem," Mayor Brenda Allen said. "Every day someone calls and complains."

Diagonal parking spaces between the old Merchants Hotel and South Central will be converted within the next two weeks, Allen said.

As it stands, the street is too narrow, Allen said, and with diagonal parking spaces on both sides, some vehicles stick out in the road. This can cause vehicles traveling on Main Street to collide when trying to avoid parked vehicles.

Converting the diagonal spaces on one side of the street, Allen said, would give motorists more room. About three spaces would be lost in the conversion.

The conversion was due to happen as part of the City's streetscape project, but Allen said she believes the change needs to happen sooner due to safety issues.

Armed with a $200,000 Renaissance Kentucky grant, the City opted to use the money to renovate the courthouse square and form a master plan for the City's historic district.

Project highlights could include a courthouse square adorned with a decorative, cobblestone-like walkway, several statues, additional parking, landscaping and a 40-foot-wide stage sitting in front of a mural.

Allen said the project is currently in the surveying phase.

Though some merchants objected to parallel spaces during a public meeting on the streetscape project last fall, Allen said the Downtown Business Association and the Renaissance Committee agreed to the changes.

The Council approved the change unanimously.

Clinkscales honored

A half-dozen red roses sat in the space ordinarily occupied by Councilwoman Frances Clinkscales during Monday's meeting. Clinkscales died on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

"We are really going to miss her," said Mayor Brenda Allen. "She was a big part of this Council."

City Attorney John Bertram read a resolution honoring Clinkscales.

"Her life and legacy should serve as a challenge to all of us," Bertram read.

Allen presented a copy of the resolution, the roses and Clinkscales' City Council name plate to Clinkscales' granddaughter, LaQuita Goodin, who attended the meeting with her husband, Christopher.

The Council approved Allen's recommendation of Sharon Hoskins as Clinkscales' replacement.

Hoskins currently serves on the Housing Authority Board. She was reappointed by the Council in 2006 to a four-year term. Allen said Hoskins would resign that position.

Assistant vice president and loan officer at Forcht Bank, Hoskins said Tuesday that she is "looking forward to serving and being more involved in my community."

Hoskins said she will file as a write-in City Council candidate. With the death of Clinkscales, only 11 candidates have filed for the 12 City Council seats on the General Election ballot in November.

Hoskins will be sworn in before the next City Council meeting.

Also at the meeting:

- Council members gave Allen the OK to apply for a $100,000 Community Initiative in Tourism for You grant to stabilize the Merchants Hotel. Allen said the City is also eligible to apply for a $250,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant, which would fund efforts to construct a transportation museum in a portion of the building. Created in 1991, the Transportation Enhancement Grant program offers states funding opportunities to expand transportation choices, increase recreational access, restore historic buildings, renovating streetscapes or providing transportation museums and visitors centers. The hotel was formerly a Greyhound station, Allen said.

- The Council approved the purchase of two fully equipped police cruisers at a cost of $72,836.

- Allen told Councilmembers that with Columbia's new water plant now operational, the City would lose about $40,000 annually in water sales to Adair County. She said Campbellsville Water Co. would continue selling water for the Knifley and Pike's Ridge areas of Adair County.

- The Council approved second reading of an ordinance changing the name of the Campbellsville/Taylor County Industrial Development Authority to Campbellsville/Taylor County Economic Development Authority.

- Councilman Stan McKinney told the Council about a homelessness awareness event at Campbellsville University on April 18-19. Serving as a fundraiser for Green River Ministries' homeless shelter, participants in the event will seek donations and then spend 12 hours in a box on CU's Stapp Lawn. The size of each participant's box depends on the amount of money they raise.

For more information, contact Green River Ministries at 465-9880.

- Staff Writer James Roberts can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 226 or by e-mail at writer@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.