The City of Caneyville, this week, agreed to participate in a meeting of local leaders and elected officials to plan for how to make Grayson County a full-fledged Work Ready Community.
During the regularly scheduled Monday, March 14 Caneyville City Commission meeting, Grayson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Becky Escue and Chamber Board of Directors member Steven Smith, of The Cecilian Bank, addressed the City Commission regarding the Work Ready initiative.
Grayson County recently received the distinction of being a Work Ready Community in Progress, having met three of the six criteria to become a fully certified Work Ready Community, according to Smith.
To fully meet the requirements, Escue said the Chamber of Commerce is calling for “a strategic plan county-wide,” involving community commitment from the Grayson County Fiscal Court, Grayson County Board of Education, Leitchfield, Clarkson, and Caneyville city governments, Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, the Chamber of Commerce Board and members, and the Leitchfield/Grayson County Industrial Development Corporation.
“I think we’re all going to need to come together to address the big picture,” Escue said. “This is going to be a meeting of the leaders.”
With that said, Smith and Escue requested that the Caneyville City Commission commit to support and participate in the upcoming community leaders and elected officials’ meetings, during which they will discuss and plan for correcting the deficiencies that presently prohibit Grayson County from becoming a full-fledged Work Ready Community.
After some discussion, the City Commission resolved to support and commit to participate in the joint meeting with local community leaders and elected officials on Thursday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Centre on Main in Leitchfield.
In other business:
*The City Commission agreed to pursue replacing about 15,500 square feet of roofing on the old Caneyville School/Community Center.
The City of Caneyville will advertise for bids for the installation of a Conklin Polyurethane Foam Roofing System on the roof of the gym, stage, and band room portions of the school.
*Friends of Caneyville High School member Marilyn Templeman reported to the City Commission that the city Easter egg hunt will be held Saturday, March 19 at 12:00 p.m. (noon), weather permitting.
*The City of Caneyville has begun its three-show run of “The Lamb of God,” a locally performed Easter program at the old Caneyville School/Caneyville Community Center.
The first performance was scheduled for Friday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Caneyville Community Center, and the second and third performances will be held Saturday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m., respectively.
Both the March 19 and 25 performances will be held at the old school/Caneyville Community Center, as well.
*Templeman reported that features of the first annual Caneyville Day are beginning to be finalized.
Elvie Shane Payton has agreed to perform at the event, according to Templeman, who added that she intends to begin looking into renting a bouncy house for the event, as well as schedule a car show, softball tournament, three-point shoot-out, food and concessions, and arts and crafts booths.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 25.
*The first reading of an ordinance repealing Ordinance 115 was held. The ordinance removes the City of Caneyville’s commercial truck loading and unloading fees from the city ordinance, per new legislation by the Kentucky State Legislature.
This state legislation and other state funding cuts have resulted in the City of Caneyville’s looking to be under its budgeted revenue this year, according to Caneyville Mayor James Embry.
City Commissioner Scott Majors suggested that, to balance the city’s budget, the City Commission consider raising the Caneyville occupational tax, which has not increased in several years.
The current City of Caneyville occupational tax is $104 per year—or $2 per week—for a full-time worker, Majors said.
*The City of Caneyville will once again participate in the County Wide clean-up this April.
County workers will pick up items such as old appliances and furniture on Tuesdays and Fridays. Citizens are asked to call Caneyville City Hall at least one to two days in advance if they have items they wish to have picked up.
County workers will not pick up bags of garbage.
Elderly and/or disabled Caneyville residents who require assistance moving items to the road may also call City Hall, and volunteers will come and move their items for them.
*As a result of a property on Highway 62 East that has become an open junkyard, the City Commission discussed the possibility of annexing the property to require the property owners to clean up the property.
No action was taken on this matter, and further research will be conducted to determine the best course of action on this matter.
*Friends of Caneyville High School member Brad Mudd, of Designs by Brad, hosted a wreath-making class last Saturday, March 12 and raised a total of $90.00 for the Caneyville Community Center restoration project.
Mudd plans to hold another wreath-making workshop this summer with grapevine wreaths.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.