Wilmore City Council receives praise for revival handling, seeks input on sidewalk project

Published 12:52 pm Thursday, March 9, 2023

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The Wilmore City Council’s regular meeting on Monday saw the city receive praise for its handling of the massive crowds the Asbury University revival drew and discussion about a sidewalk extension.

The beginning of the meeting was almost a small celebration of the city’s handling of the two-week religious event that pulled tens of thousands of people from around the world.

A designer in Wilmore, Jeffrey James, took the podium first and read the council and all city services an open letter. He said that as a citizen observer, the city’s work seemed “all but flawless.”

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“The scheduling, the deployment, the rotation, the daily meeting, the preparation could not be lost on anyone who observes our normal resources and situation,” James said. “You not only stepped up but you pushed into every potential threat.”

Wilmore’s finance director, Lori Vahle, announced that the city is receiving calls and checks- small and large- in response to the revival from all over the country.

The council also discussed a special project – one that council members say is still in need of community input.

The project is a sidewalk extension project for better accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists.

“The Bellevue Extension Pathway proposal is to create a pedestrian-only sidewalk between the dead end and the extension of the same road. Currently, there is a fence at that point. If created, this [pathway] would allow residents of that neighborhood to walk or bicycle along the city-owned easement to commute to work or walk around the block. The pathway would be created to enhance the appearance of this area and would not be accessible by motorized vehicles,” said Councilman Andy Bathje.

The council will discuss this matter further at its next meeting. The public is welcome to join and give comment after the council goes through its agenda.

In other news:

• Wilmore City Clerk, Sharon Moore, met Gov. Beshear on Friday, Feb. 17 to receive $321,892 in committed funds from the State’s Cleaner Water Program. Moore stood in for Mayor Rainwater, who has a fractured foot.

• For the Main Street Renovation Project, the council approved the project committee’s recommendation to contract the project to Banks Engineering.

• The fire department has received its new fire truck purchased with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, and used it for cleanup after last weekend’s windstorm.

The next city council meeting will be held on Monday, March 20 at 6 p.m. at 210 S Lexington Ave in Wilmore. The meetings are held on the first and third Monday of the month.