50 Years, 50 Stories

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Published Feb. 12, 2000, in The Ledger Independent

Work on the Maysville-Mason County comprehensive plan is progressing and officials say their top priority is community input.

“I want to stress this is truly a community plan,” Maysville Codes Enforcement officer Mark Brant said.

Together the city and county contracted RM Associates Inc. to develop a plan that will take the area into the 21st century.

Several meetings have already been held to gather input concerning strengths and weaknesses as they are seen by people in the community and more are scheduled.

A list of 24 strengths and 24 weaknesses already developed form the early meetings.

Planner Ron Marionneaux, AICP, owner of RM Associates is currently working on what he describes as “reconnaissance mission” portion of the plan.

“I’m her meeting with folks, trying to get a feel for the community, Marionneaux said.

The first step in developing a workable comprehensive plans is assessment of the community, then goals and objectives will be outlines and prioritized, finally a strategy fro accomplishing goals will be developed, Marionneaux said.

The planner will take a close look at the area’s populations to get an idea of how much use existing infrastructure, such as roads, water and sewer will be consumed so he may make recommendations for improvement.

In the projections portion of the plans, population numbers are the most critical information the planner uses, Marionneaux said.

“We have to look at the population closely. Then we can address consumption,” he said.

The population in Maysville appears to have remained stagnant over the last several decades, but Brant thinks old numbers are incorrect.

“I think the 2000 Census will show that we were slighted in the 1990 Census,” Brant said. But the community will be more involved in the upcoming census. “This time we’re telling the Census Bureau where to go to count,” Brant said.

Although the plan, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year, in in its infancy, an important need has already been identified.

“We will be looking closely at the farm situation,” Marionneaux said. Much of the farming populations is aging and with the latest rounds of tobacco quote cuts many may feel pressured to sell their land for commercial use, he said.

“We need to develop a system to accommodate those needs,” he said.

Another priority — addressing the needs of the aging population 00 was identified during a market study meeting. Brant said he was surprised to find out that was an issue on several in the community’s minds and that is why community involvement is so important.

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