Cartmell, Pfeffer cite new spirit of cooperation

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
Mason County Judge Executive Joe Pfeffer and Maysville Mayor David Cartmell answer quesstions during a luncheon Thursday at Maysville County Club. -

Maysville Mayor David Cartmell invited the community to “step back and look at our town,” during Thursday’s annual State of the Community address at the Maysville-Mason County Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Cartmell and Mason County Judge-Executive Joe Pfeffer each gave a review of what’s going on and what the future might hold for the area during the annual event.

Addressing those on hand first, Cartmell recounted the projects the city has been involved with over the past year and what is coming up on its schedule, including Enviroflight, a company focused on commercially raising black soldier fly larvae that plans to open its Maysville location soon. The company is now accepting applications for employment, he said.

“Things are really starting to move here,” Cartmell said. Comprehend is making a $6 million investment in the community with its new headquarters now under construction on Forest Avenue, he said.

He also cited the revitalization of the downtown area and the connection to the Entertainment Destination Center license now in the works. He pointed out the rehab of the Merz building and the uptick in real estate movement in the downtown area, which he said is tied to the city’s inclusion on the B-Line, a bourbon destination.

“One city’s floor is another city’s ceiling,” Cartmell said. “We haven’t hit our ceiling yet.”

Cartmell added the importance of services the city provides and how far-reaching those services are, including:

— The Fire Department made 3,000 EMS calls in the past year and 700 fire calls. Firefighters installed 500 smoke detectors for residents, in partnership with the Red Cross, Rotary and Kentucky Injury Prevention Center; 300 students and instructors attended the annual fire school. The MFD is now providing hospital-to-hospital transport for patients, he said.

— The Maysville Police Department now includes 25 officers, the same level as the 1980s. In the last year the department responded to 337 auto collisions and 594 reported crimes with a solve rate of 61.1 percent. Using money confiscated during drug raids, the department was able to supply each officer with a new Glock service weapon.

— Projects either nearly finished, underway or planned include the sewer line extension in cooperation with the county, upgrades to the city’s sewage treatment plant, the EDC designation for The Landing at Limestone, construction of a city park on Forest Avenue, placement of Danny Hay Memorial Skate Park on Forest Avenue and the energy grant project, also in cooperation with the county. A project to revamp streets and sidewalks along West Second Street with more than $800,00 in grant funds is expected to go out for bids in a few weeks, he said. Other projects include upgrades in emergency communication systems and new cruisers for police.

“These projects have many fathers,” Cartmell said. “It takes all of us pulling together.”

Pfeffer began by thanking residents for allowing him to serve the county.

“It’s been a fast four years,” since he took office, Pfeffer reflected.

In addition to the energy project, Pfeffer cited the sewer line extension project that will connect the Mason County Landfill with the Maysville sewer treatment plant, taking trucks that currently haul leachate from the plant to the sewer disposal site off the road. He said the extension line pumps will be turned on next week.

Pfeffer also reflected on the Mason County Justice Center project that was recently completed. The project to repair extension water-related damage to the building, began shortly after Pfeffer took office.

He also spoke of the Kentucky Wired project and the need for high-speed internet access in the area.

Pfeffer praised the new spirit of cooperation between the county and city, recounting how he talks with city officials on an almost daily basis and how that cooperation has placed more resources at the disposal of both entities.

“We did away with a lot of little silos and now are all in a big one and the synergy is working. Working together has really changed the atmosphere in this area,” Pfeffer said.

In responding to questions on flood control and the flood this spring that swept through the Newtown area, Cartmell said the city has applied for grant funding to dredge out back waters and to replace a flood wall pump. He vowed the pump will be replaced, with or without grant funding.

Mason County Judge Executive Joe Pfeffer and Maysville Mayor David Cartmell answer quesstions during a luncheon Thursday at Maysville County Club. County Judge Executive Joe Pfeffer and Maysville Mayor David Cartmell answer quesstions during a luncheon Thursday at Maysville County Club.

Mary Ann Kearns

[email protected]