By David Stewart
Barbourville City Council’s first order of business at it’s October meeting was Resolution Number 2014-5, which was to rename the old Route 11 bridge as the new Charley Greene Dixon Jr. Bridge. Anyone that wished to express an opinion about the proposed new bridge name was given a chance to speak. No one did, so the Council unanimously approved the resolution.
Police Chief Winston Tye reported 19 accidents, 2 DUI arrests, 24 arrests, 24 house alarms, and a couple of vandalism and criminal mischiefs that they are working during the month of September. Council members Williams and Moore gave Tye commendations for the police presence and traffic flow during the Boone Festival. West also spoke highly of Tye for further developing a police presence in the local school systems.
Fire Chief Doug Dozier reported one house fire, five vehicle collisions, five fire alarms, one gas leak, and an electrical high powered line that was damaged when the Boone Festival rides were brought into town for set up.
Robbie Cobb of the Barbourville Street Department gave his report, after which Councilmen Moore and West applauded Cobb for the cleanliness during the Festival.
Cobb said, “The Daniel Boone Festival created very little damage to the city this year. We expedited cleaning by splitting shifts. This allowed us to continue to clean nearly round the clock.” Preparation will start this week for our next major project; the installation of Christmas decorations.
Tourism Director Denise Wainscott told the council that the Canoe and Kayak event went great. Only minor adjustments will be needed for next year’s event. Eleven teams of canoeists, including folks from Ohio and Indiana competed in the event. The mountain bike race had 80 or more people participate and, according to Wainscott, they all had a great time. She is certain even more will attend both events next year.
Corporate sponsors are needed for the annual BBQ festival. Tourism is looking for ways to make the Water Park area a year-round facility, and her organization is always looking for more volunteers.
Wainscott, who also sits on the Promise Zone Committee, has been asked by Congressman Hal Rogers to join a SOAR bus tour through eastern Kentucky. The purpose is to learn more about the plan to run dark fiber or high-speed Internet cable. It is known that dark fiber is necessary for a large business to operate successfully.