HARRODSBURG — A contentious debate over new crosswalk safety signs along Main Street was expected at Harrodsburg's City Commission meeting Monday night, but the debate never came.
Thirty people packed out the City Commission chambers, but when Mayor Eddie Long called for public comments at the beginning of the meeting, no one came forward concerning the bright yellow signs intended to slow downtown traffic. Some have complained the signs disrupt the Main Street ambiance.
The commissioners moved through their agenda in less than 45 minutes — initially skipping over an item labeled “pedestrian crosswalk signage” — and then headed into an executive session to discuss pending litigation.
During the executive session, half the room emptied, and when Commissioner Charlie Mattingly brought up the pedestrian signage item after the commission had returned, only one person wanted to make any public comments.
“I have noticed the pedestrian crosswalks … and they are working,” city resident Danny Woods said. “I repeat, they are working. Keep them.”
Woods also complained of badly-painted crosswalks in other areas of the city and agreed to provide the commission a list of crosswalks in need of re-painting.
In other business, the commission:
n passed the first reading of a ordinance designed to clarify that absent a city manager or administrative executive, the City Commission has authority over city personnel;
n signed off on a letter from the law firm Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney informing the commission that the firm has been retained to provide legal advice while the city hires a new police chief, and that Kentucky League of Cities Insurance will pay the first $2,500 if the city accrues any legal fees with the law firm during the process;
n passed the first reading of an ordinance that would increase military leave for city employees from 10 working days or 15 calendar days to 15 working days or 20 calendar days; and
n set a public hearing on the new property tax rates, to be held at the beginning of the commission’s Sept. 12 meeting.