The planning stages


Anthony Cloud|Daily News The canal walk project is currently in its planning stages.

Vaughn and Melton are currently putting together the plans to extend the canal walk, pictured, from 20th Street to Lincoln Park.

Councilman Blake Bowling gave an update on the canal walk during the regular Middlesboro City Council meeting. During the community development portion of the meeting, he said a $100,000 grant was received for the project.

Bowling said he was informed they are currently in the planning stages of the project. Vaughn and Melton are currently putting together the plans to extend the trail from 20th Street to Lincoln Park.

“Hopefully, these plans can get done,” said Bowling.

The councilman said the larger goal is to make the city more connected to the national parks.

“That ties in with the statewide trail town agenda,” said Bowling.

He also said there have been talks about needing more eyes on the canal walk at night. The idea of possibly lighting the canal walk better was brought up by Bowling. He said he knows there have been problems in the past regarding lights being broken, but it might be something to look at in time.

Councilman Bo Green gave an update on the city website under the community development portion of the meeting as well. He said the airport information was supposed to be up prior to the meeting.

They are also working on another section for the calendar where events can be self-submitted for approval. There will be links to the Middlesboro mall for the shopping section, as well as a link for Bell County Tourism sites for different tourism sections.

Council meeting times will be on the website as well. There are currently plans to have city ordinances available on the website.

Other business taken care of included:

• Enter reports;

• Enter lists of city bills paid;

• Approve minutes of regular meeting held May 19;

• Approval of minutes of special-called meeting held June 8.

Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN

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