During the Richmond City Commission workshop meeting on Tuesday, commissioners awarded the Water Street restoration project to The Allen Company.

The project, which has been on the minds of many for quite some time, should see things kicking off by Oct. 1, according to city manager Rob Minerich.

Minerich also noted that it could take The Allen Co. anywhere from 90 to 120 days to complete the Water Street surface restoration project, but that number could change depending on weather as well.

Order number 19-127 reads that "...the city finds it necessary to resurface Water Street which will include all necessary demolition, labor, materials and equipment for the construction of approximately 900 L.F. of road replacement, storm drainage piping and structures, approximately 670 L.F. of curb and gutter, concrete parking stalls and entrances, and approximately 250 L.F. of paver sidewalks..."

While the project was bid out, only one company, The Allen Company of Lexington, put a bid in.

The construction project was approved in the fiscal year 19-20 budget and will come out the Water Street Restoration Budget fund.

Minerich also said he hopes to work with the local businesses in the area that will be affected by the construction to make sure residents can still access them through other means, such as a path behind Community Trust Bank and other areas, and putting up signage.

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In the commissioners report, Ed McDaniel asked that the commissioners consider letting the Madison County Veterans Association occupy the old senior center.

With a large portion of the county's population being veterans, McDaniel said the old senior center would allow them privacy, help get veterans set up with VA benefits or healthcare and help those in active duty upon their return home.

In other business, Dr. Michael Geile of Baptist Health Richmond gave a presentation to the commission regarding the implementation of bike trails integrated through the city to benefit citizens' safety, health, recreation and city infrastructure.

He made several points about why a bike trail in Richmond would benefit the citizens of Richmond, the first being that it would offer more exercise. According to Geile, Madison County is one of the leaders in Kentucky for high rates of obesity.

He also said that a biking trail would offer recreation to the residents, as well as promoting tourism for people to come to Richmond and offer better travel-ability to those already here.

Lori Murphy-Tatum, the director of Richmond Tourism, said that State Rep. Deanna Frazier plans to meet with county and city officials to work on getting Madison County in for the Kentucky Mountain Regional Recreational Authority grant.

The next Richmond City Commission meeting will be Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. in the commission chambers at City Hall.

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