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July 2, 2014

Berea council opposes retail lumber deal

BEREA — A local retailer’s proposal got a cold reception Tuesday night from the Berea City Council.

During a council work session, Tom McCay, the city’s business development director, described the offer recently presented to him by representatives of Tri-State Wholesalers.

Tri-State wants to create a lumber yard on a vacant city property on South Broadway Street, that was once home to the city streets department.

Under the proposal, Tri-State Wholesalers would rent the property for $1 per year for 10 years. In exchange, the company would assume the cost of renovating the property’s structures, replacing the roof, installing fencing and doing various other improvements, McCay said. Renovating the facility probably would cost at least $40,000, including new fencing and roofing.

 Councilman Chester Powell was the first to object to the idea, saying it would be unfair to other retailers in town who have received no help from the city. If the property is worth something to a retailer, the city should use it or sell it, but not lease it for $1 per year.

Also, Powell said he didn’t think South Broadway would be a good location for a lumber business. Councilman Jerry Little suggested the idea might be more acceptable if it was for five years instead of 10, but overall he still didn’t think the city could justify the deal.

“It’s not really fair to other businesses,” Little said.

In another work session item, Streets Department Director Dwayne Brumley asked the council to consider whether improvements should be made this year to the intersection of Jefferson and Ellipse streets.

He suggested that in the process of addressing drainage problems at the intersection, the city may want to consider adding a right-turn lane to reduce congestion, which can be a problem when school is in session.

Brumley said the council would have to make a decision fairly soon for contruction be completed before school goes back into session.

Council member Virgil Burnside said the city needs to study the issue carefully before a new intersection design is chosen, because the intersection has a lot of pedestrian traffic from both Berea Community School and Berea College.

In other business:

• The council adopted an ordinance approving a zone change at 591 Paint Lick Road from R-1 Residential to B-2 Major Commercial. Mayor Steve Connelly recused himself from discussion, explaining that the property is owned by his clients, Scott and Lorna Crane. The zone change was recommended April 22 by the city’s planning and zoning commission. All members present voted for the change. Chad Hembree was absent.

• Police Chief David Gregory outlined a new program he will be teaching to Farristown Middle School students this fall. “Too Good for Drugs” is a nationwide anti-drug education program designed to address self esteem and substance abuse issues. Gregory said he hopes the pilot program will grow to include Berea Community Middle School and Foley Middle School. He noted some startling facts about drugs in the community. There has been a 750 percent increase in drug trafficking cases, a 124 percent increase in drug-related crime, and a 400 percent increase in juvenile drug cases, according to the 2014 Berea crime report. Gregory said his curriculum will include educating kids on setting goals, decision making, managing their behavior and other social skills.

• Council members again discussed how to improve the annual budget process. After some officials recently suggested the budget should be split into three individual measures – General Fund, Tourism and Utilities, Mayor Connelly explained that the council could examine the budget on a fund-by-fund basis in the future. The council also can amend the budget during the year.  

• The mayor opened three bids for the Indian Fort Trail Phase II project. Bluegrass Contracting of Lexington bid $284,689; Ford Contracting of Lancaster bid $399,000; and The Allen Company bid $360,513. The bids were referred to city staff for analysis. The second phase runs east from Shortline Pike to Indian Fort.  


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