EDC will be known as The Landing at Limestone

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]

Welcome to The Landing at Limestone.

Maysville City Commission approved the name for the city’s entertainment destination center Tuesday during a special council meeting that addressed a variety of issues.

City Clerk Lisa Dunbar said the city cannot apply for a license for the downtown EDC until it is named. Other names suggested included The Port of Limestone, Limestone Landing, The Landing, The Gateway and The Trace.

Once established, the The Landing at Limestone EDC will open up the quota system for more by-the-drink licenses for businesses within and adjacent to the EDC. The license will also allow patrons to move throughout the zone, taking with them their drinks in plastic containers.

Maysville is one of the destinations on The B-Line, Northern Kentucky’s answer to the Bourbon Trail, which hosts more than 1 million visitors each year.

While the Bourbon Trail plays into the heritage of Bourbon through major distilleries like Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, the B-Line will highlight the rise of craft distilleries that include the Old Pogue Distillery in Maysville.

That welcome will be extended to all as the city approved the first reading of an ordinance amending equal rights to include sexual identity, gender identity, sexual orientation and family status. It will not apply to religious institutions.

A second ordinance amendment directs the Maysville Human Rights Commission to work with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights to investigate complaints.

Also Tuesday, commissioners appointed a committee including Commissioners Jerry Schumacher and Victor McKay to work with city administrators to secure bids as an option for garbage collection within the city.

City Manager Matt Wallingford said he worked with Controller Penny Frances to compile revenue and expenses associated with three options for trash collection services — conventional collection the city currently operates, automated collection using automated pickup and outsourcing the service. Of the three, outsourcing is the most economical, they agreed.

The committee will work to write bid specifications and secure bids, keeping in mind that the city is exploring all options and may decide to forego the outsourcing option in the end.

In an unexpected move, commissioners voted down the second reading of an ordinance to cut pay for utility commissioners from $3,600 annually to $1,800 for the same period.

During the first reading of the proposal in June, commissioners were split on the issue with McKay and Commissioner Judy Pfeffer voting in favor and Commissioner Kelly Ashley and Schumacher voting against the issue with Mayor David Cartmell voting in favor of the cut. This time around, despite the lack of discussion on the issue, all commissioners voted against the proposal with only Cartmell voting in favor.

In other business, commissioners:

— Approved the second reading of an ordinance closing a section of Mulberry Alley.

—Reappointed Tim Teegarden to the Joint Planning Commission.

— Appointed Lauren Lax to the Tourism Board.

— Approved reports from department heads including Engineering, Utilities, Treasurer/Finance, Codes Enforcement, Main Street, Police, Fire, Public Works and City Clerk.

— Authorized the annual contract with the Mason County District Health Department for TB testing and vaccines for employees.

— Held the second reading of an ordinance amending the street sweeper schedule to delete Cottage Street.

— Held the second reading of a land use management ordinance that reduces signage regulations to include only time, place and manor of display. The ordinance must be content neutral, Wallingford said, to comply with a Supreme Court ruling.

— Authorized change orders on the waste water treatment plant project.

—Approved a resignation and an appointment to the police department.

— Approved the second reading of an ordination amending the official zoning map to rezone 42.542 acres on the AA Highway from A-1 Agricultural Transition to B-2 Highway Business.


Mary Ann Kearns

[email protected]