Tourism director, Coast Guard on city agenda

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]

Maysville has a new tourism director.

Lacy Holleran comes to the office with six years under her belt as assistant and later tourism director for Bracken County and Augusta. She brings with her what she called a “quirky enthusiasm” for the job.

Holleran lives in the Minerva Area and is anxious to begin her new job, she said Thursday after her appointment was revealed during Maysville City Commission meeting.

“I’m excited to bring my energy and put it to work for Mason County now, ” she said.

Holleran was selected from a pool of candidates who applied for the position and replaces Suzie Pratt who resigned from the office last month. Her appointment was approved unanimously by commissioners and Mayor David Cartmell.

Also Thursday, commissioners agreed to provide office space for a US Coast Guard Auxiliary detachment in Maysville. The office space in the One Stop Center will be provided at no cost through November.

Thom McQueen, FC-55, flotilla commander of Northern Kentucky’s Flotilla 5-5, part of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, began efforts in July with an eye toward eventually placing a detachment in Maysville. He has enlisted the help of Auxiliarist Steve Zweigart. During the meeting, McQueen presented Zweigart with an honorary Kentucky Admiral certificate from the commonwealth in recognition of his environmental efforts.

Community activist Bryan Helpenstein also addressed commissioners to offer thanks to Maysville Police officers for their handling of a situation recently involving someone on crystal meth.

Commissioners also heard complaints from a resident of Buckner Avenue concerning a body shop and the paint fumes the business generates.

The woman said she has three small children and two dogs and is concerned about the air her family must breath when the shop is in operation, normally from 5 p.m. until early morning hours. She said she is even concerned about the effect of the fumes and chemicals on her vegetable garden.

The woman said she has contacted the Environmental Protection Agency and asked the city to do something.

City Commissioners Kelly Ashley said the city has been down this route before and was unable to get any results. City Manager Matt Wallingford said the city could also contact the EPA again.

Also Thursday, commissioners:

— Approved reports from city departments.

— Approved resolutions to send letters to ABC to allow liquor sales during Maysville Uncorked, Oktoberfest and Pig OUt.

— Agreed to purchase fireworks from Rozzi for July 4 and New Year’s Eve celebrations at a cost of $10,000.

— Authorized CDBG self-help grant applications.

— Accepted $180,000 in Municipal Road Aid.

— Accepted floodwall mural project reimbursement.

— Approved the second reading of an amendment to the street sweeper ordinance deleting Houston Avenue form the schedule at residents’ request.

— Approved the second reading of an amendment to the garbage ordinance requiring residents who have furniture and/or trash that is placed for collection at times other than the normal pick-up day to dispose of the items within a 24-hour period or pay a fee for the cost of disposal by Public Works.

Mary Ann Kearns

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