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City accepts roads along future bypass

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Council also discusses political signs at City Lake

By Josh Claywell

 

The Campbellsville City Council voted to accept roadways into the city along the Campbellsville Southern Bypass, a road that will be constructed in the near future, during its regular meeting Monday night.

Ordinance 18-09 calls for the city to maintain roadways upon the completion of section one of the new road, which will stretch from Highway 55 to Highway 70.

The city agrees to accept the maintenance responsibility from the edge of the pavement of the new road to the right-of-way line and agrees to accept all rights, responsibility and ownership for the operation and maintenance of any sidewalks or multi-use paths constructed with the project within city limits.

According to a letter from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 office in Elizabethtown, some of the roads along the new route will not meet criteria for inclusion in to the state maintained system of roads.

“It is state policy to make sure these portions of road are in good condition at the completion of the project and to offer these to the city for acceptance into your system,” the letter read in part.

Councilman Greg Rice made a motion to accept the roads into the city’s system, with Councilman Allen Johnson seconding.

“I had a meeting late last week with the district transportation out of Elizabethtown,” Mayor Tony Young said. “What they’re doing is kind of a formality. What it is on the Southern Bypass, it’s divided into two sections. They’re in the midst of the first section. They almost have all of the property right-of-ways in their possession. What they’re trying to clear up here is the access roads to the bypass. There are two access roads, the first two that you’ll come to, from Highway 55. One of them will go into the city’s property and the other will go into the industrial park near Infac.

“Those are in the city, so they asked if the city would take responsibility of maintenance of those two access roads once they’re built,” he added. “There are three or four other ones that the county would take on in this first section. They’re asking that we accept that, and this is the resolution to bring them into our responsibility.”

The second section of the bypass will fall under the county’s jurisdiction, Young said.

 

In other news:

• Councilman David Nunery brought up an issue that’s popped up at the city lake.

Nunery said several political signs have been placed in the area near the entrance to Miller Park, and he believed the city should adopt an ordinance prohibiting signs being placed there.

“I’ve noticed there are at least three there on city property,” he said. “A couple of years ago, I thought we had adopted an ordinance prohibiting signs.”

There currently is no ordinance in place, but Nunery would like to see one adopted in the coming months.

Dennis Benningfield, a member of the board of directors at the city lake, spoke before the council.

“Unless it’s not a sight obstruction or off-sight advertising, we really don’t have any jurisdiction to move signs,” Benningfield said. “I’ve looked and I cannot find anything from two years ago that specifically says there’s no political signs at city lake. Somebody can show me that and I’ll enforce it.”

It was uncertain if the council had drafted an ordinance regarding political signage. City Attorney John Miller then said he would send the council members a copy of the agreement the city has with the lake, and the issue would be discussed more at a future meeting.

“I’d like to propose a resolution that solidifies the discussion,” Nunery said. “I thought at one point we actually took a vote about putting signs on city property, so I’d like to propose a resolution that, as a matter of policy, the city not allow political signs on its property and that, if someone erects a sign they are a sent a letter and then given perhaps five days to remove the sign. If they don’t remove the sign, the city would then remove it.”

• The council had the first reading of ordinance 18-03, which calls for the annexing of property owned by Marie Tucker at the Resort Green River into the city limits. Councilman Nunery made a motion to accept the property, with Councilwoman Patti Phillips seconding the motion.

Miller drafted the ordinance, which will have its second reading at the council’s September meeting.

The property is along and near Highway 55 and Highway 1061 and is separated into three tracts.

• The council approved reappointing Frank Kidwell to a three-year term with the Historic Preservation Commission through 2021. Kidwell’s current term expires this month.

“I’d just like to put his name up for recommendation to serve another three-year term,” Young said.