Bowling Green City Commissioners today approved the second reading of an interlocal agreement regarding the downtown parking garage wrap and then tackled SNAP grants, sidewalks and snow removal, among other issues.
At their regular monthly meeting, commissioners approved an agreement between the city, Warren County Fiscal Court and the Warren County Downtown Economic Development Authority that calls for the county to issue $30 million in industrial revenue bonds to pay off debts and complete the development.
The commercial wrap on two sides of the parking garage in Block 6 of the Tax Increment Financing District, known as Hitcents Park Plaza, has been entangled in a series of financial and legal troubles this year. Contractors filed liens on the property in February for money they said they are owed for their work, and the county and development authority subsequently sued Mills Family Realty, which previously managed the wrap, and contractors to remove the liens. The county is working on a settlement with the contractors while negotiations continue with Hot Rods owner Jerry Katzoff to eventually take over as developer and complete the wrap.
The agreement still needs approval from Warren County Fiscal Court, the development authority and the Kentucky Department of Local Government. The first reading of the agreement came Monday. Fiscal Court meets Wednesday on the matter.
Commissioners also approved grants to various community organizations and to build new sidewalks.
The commission is distributing $35,255 to 14 neighborhood and community organizations through Select Neighborhood Action Program grants.
The program had a budget this year of $40,000 – up from $25,000 the previous year.
The largest grants, of $5,000 each, went to homeowner or neighborhood associations for the Bent Tree, Delafield, Hillview Mills and Pine Grove neighborhoods.
"The grants give neighborhoods the opportunity to do things they would be unable to do themselves," Commissioner Melinda Hill said.
The commission also approved allocations to five partner agencies from the city’s Community Development Block Grant funding. The Housing Authority of Bowling Green will receive $45,000 for a small business development program; The Bowling Green Human Rights Commission will receive $34,400 for fair housing outreach; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southcentral Kentucky will get $25,000 for a mentoring program; The Bowling Green/Warren County Welfare center will receive $24,400 for an assistance program and Hope House will get $10,000 for a substance abuse program.
Commissioners also approved a bid of $996,345.80 from Scott and Murphy Inc. for sidewalk construction in the city.
The city expects to build 9,500 linear feet of sidewalk, curb and gutter at the following locations:
•Lehman Avenue from Fairview Avenue to U.S. 31-W By-Pass.
•Cherry Drive from 10th Avenue to High Street.
•Meredith Drive from Ogden Avenue to U.S. 31-W By-Pass.
•Emmett Avenue from Russellville Road to Nashville Road.
•Covington Street from Scottsville Road to Lehman Avenue.
Commissioners also approved a bid from Municipal Equipment of Louisville for $31,000 for salt spreaders and a bid from JBK Network Consulting for $35,060 to be used to install security cameras at Circus Square, Fountain Square and River Walk parks.