Morganfield City Council approves 4-way stop; presented update on utilities project in downtown

Motorists traveling in Morganfield need to be aware of a new 4-way stop in the City after action by Morganfield City Council last (Thursday) night.

Since all the traffic in downtown is being rerouted due to ongoing utility construction, Dr. Darrell French requested stop signs at S. Townsend Street and W. O’Bannon Street.

All councilmen agreed with Dr. French’s suggestion. However, Morganfield Police Chief Chris Toman suggested making it a 4-way stop rather than a 3-way stop. After a short discussion, councilmen agreed to the 4-way stop.

In other business, councilmen heard an update from Engineer Ed Bell of Derrick Engineering of Louisville regarding the continuing utilities construction in downtown who said they have some retarder to put on the road to help with dust control.

He added that they will leave a rough grade on the road until the state blacktops it next year.

In other action, City Administrator Gary Vetter informed councilmen the City has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Kentucky League of Cities.

He noted the $3,000 will go toward the actual project bid amount of over 11-thousand dollars, meaning the City will need to come up with about 8-thousand dollars. He said they had to start using the grant by December 31st or the City would lose it. After a brief discussion, they decided to let the finance committee review it.

Next, Mayor Dickie Berry presented a letter they received from the Union County Garden Coalition.

And Councilman and Union County Tourism Director Paul Monsour announced that the Morganfield Christmas Parade will be held Sunday, November 20th.

During comments from the audience, Alexandra Guyer presented some ideas for beautification of downtown Morganfield.

After some discussion, councilmen favored her idea but the City does not have the money to fund the project. However, they agreed to look into to possible grant money they could apply for in order to pay for the beautification project.

The next regularly scheduled city council meeting will be held Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at Morganfield City Hall.

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