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Council approves Nat’l Bourbon Day event, KY 245 sewer main capacity study

Officer Daniel Stark is sworn-in at Tuesday’s Bardstown City Council meeting by Mayor Dick Heaton. Stark is a lateral transfer from the Springfield Police Department.

 

By JIM BROOKS
Nelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 — Mayor Dick Heaton and the Bardstown City Council welcomed Officer Daniel Stark as the city’s newest addition to the Bardstown Police Department.

Stark comes to Bardstown after serving seven years as an officer for the Springfield Police Department, Chief Kim Kraeszig told the council. He graduated from Washington County High School and Eastern Kentucky University. He lives in Nelson County.

Amanda and Elliot Mattingly explain the idea for a National Bourbon Day 1 Mile race to run the evening of Friday, June 14, 2019. The council unanimously approved the request.

“I’m excited to be here,” he told the council. “I’ve been looking to come to Bardstown for quite a while and join some of my other friends who work here.”

NATIONAL BOURBON DAY 1 MILE RACE. The council approved a request by Amanda and Elliot Mattingly to create the first-ever series of 1 mile races that will take place in Bardstown to celebrate National Bourbon Day on Friday, June 14, 2019.

“We want to do something that celebrates our town, celebrates bourbon, and celebrates the things we have to offer,” Elliot Mattingly told the council.

The event will include food trucks, bourbon tastings, and tours of the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History.

The race is actually a series of five 1-mile races that will take place between 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2019. The race’s route is basically running nine blocks North Fifth Street between from West Stephen Foster and Templin Avenue.

The starting line is on Xavier Drive between City Hall and Spalding Hall, north on North Fifth St. to Templin, then back south on North Fifth to West Stephen Foster, then the finish line is the steps in front of Spalding Hall.

“Its a way to highlight our town, give somebody a cool way to celebrate National Bourbon weekend, and get a little healthy too,” he said.

The planned races won’t mean that North Fifth Street will need to be closed to traffic the entire time, he said. Each of the five races is expected to last approximately 15 minutes, and once a race is completed, the street will be re-opened until the next race is set to begin.

An important part of the event is that it will be eco-friendly — no plastic products will be used by the food vendors. They will be provided with recyclable or vegetable-based utensils and cups, and the event will have recyclable collection containers along with the trash cans.

Even the event’s t-shirts will be eco-friendly, as they will be made with recycled cotton and recycled plastic bottles, Amanda Mattingly said.

HR Manager Greg Ashworth, left, and Councilman David Dones talk prior to the start of Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The Mattinglys said it is their goal of applying the proceeds from the event toward restoring or building new hiking and running trails at the Halstead Avenue Community Park, which is operated by the city’s recreation department. The manpower to rehab the trails is expected to come from area volunteers who enjoy hiking and running, and who would enjoy the trails, Elliot Mattingly told the council.

The trails that were once in place have become overgrown and are largely unused.

A number of local bourbon companies are lending their support for the event, including Heaven Hill, Lux Row, Kentucky Owl, and Bardstown Bourbon, as well as some area businesses who are also lining up as sponsors.

“There’s no other race like it in the state,” he said. “Its very unique.”

The council gave its unanimous approval for the Bourbon City Mile event.

CORMAN’S CROSSING FORCE MAIN EVALUATION. The council approved a contract with engineering firm HDR Engineering to evaluate the 10-inch force sewer main that extends north out of the city limits and serves several communities along KY 245 on its way to Corman’s Crossing subdivision.

City Engineer Jessica Filiatreau explained that at present, there are five pump stations that feed sewage into that force main along KY245. Developers are asking the city about serving new housing developments that may be created in the area, and Filiatreau requested that the city hire HDR to do an extensive study of the forced main’s capacity.

The exact capacity of the sewer main is important because the existing subdivisions it serves have remaining areas that remain undeveloped, Filiatreau said. The city must reserve enough sewer capacity to serve those undeveloped tracts before it can agree to provide connections to new developments that may be proposed for the KY 245 corridor.

Complicating estimating the capacity is the fact that the five pump stations can begin pumping at any time, which means the demand for capacity in the sewer main can vary widely, depending on the number of pump stations that are actively pumping at any given time.

One interested developer has already agreed in writing to help underwrite the $26,500 cost of the evaluation of the capacity of the sewer line.

The line is approximately 32,800 feet long, and runs from Corman’s Crossing to a point near the intersection of Ben Irvin Road and Templin Avenue.

In other business, the council:

— held second and final approval of changes to its classification and compensation plan, which revised several job positions and job titles of city employees.

— approved a municipal order revising the job descriptions of several city employees.

NEXT UP. The Bardstown City Council next meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in the council chambers in the City Hall Annex next to the Rec Center on Xavier Drive.

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