MIDDLESBORO — The Community Development sub-committee met prior to the city council meeting on Tuesday. One of the topics that was discussed was sidewalks throughout the community.
Community Development Chairman Bo Green stated that he would like to see some form of schedule developed for the repair of sidewalks. The main issue that the committee ran into to was that no one knows who is responsible for the sidewalks.
According to councilmen Phillip Ball and Ronnie Carter, sidewalks in front of houses are the responsibility of the property owners. If the sidewalk is on a right-away in belongs to the city, according to Carter.
It was decided that Green would ask mayor Bill Kelley to speak with the city attorney who is responsible for the sidewalks.
“As a city, I think that we should look at replacing them somehow,” said Green. “I’m not saying all of them , but you have to start somewhere.”
During the committee meeting it was agreed that they would request a vote to adopt the sub-committee schedule during the city council meeting.
The sub-committees will meet the second Tuesday at 5:00, as it was voted on in the city council meeting. The chair of each committee is to make a report of what happened in the committee meeting and report back to the council.
Since the sub-committee meetings were adopted by the council during the council meetings, each chair is responsible for keeping minutes of each committee meeting.
The city website was also discussed during the committee meeting. Although the city has recently acquired a new website (www.middlesborokentucky.net), Green believes that the city needs a better website.
The committee discussed getting a proposal together for companies to see how much it would cost to create one. When a website is decided on, there are plans to post the agenda for council meetings on it as well as a committee meeting schedule.
Carter brought it to the attention of the committee that the community center is in need of some attention.
“It is nasty,” said Carter about the condition of the community center. Councilman Lucas Carter stated that it might take a contractor to come in and clean it up.
Another option that the committee thought about bringing before the council was charging a deposit for the building when it is rented out. If the individual cleaned the facility they would then get their deposit back.
The committee spoke briefly about the Middlesboro Boys Home. Green stated that the home is looking for new projects for the boys. Not many projects were discussed other than some mowing and cleaning jobs.