By Mike Moore
4:25 PM EDT, October 31, 2012
Former Nicholasville City Commissioner Betty Black is looking to regain a seat after falling three votes short of being re-elected during the 2010 election.
Black, 60, served as a city commissioner from 2008-2010.
Black said promoting Nicholasville as an ideal place for new and expanding business would be one way to generate revenue into the city.
“We are the perfect location for growth with the future of the eastern bypass and the interstate connector on the horizon,” she said. “I realize some people are opposed to these new highways, but as Nicholasville keeps growing, change must happen. With the increase in the number of businesses, our tax base will increase, making it possible to keep tax rates low.”
Black said she has a proven track record of listening to the needs of the residents of Nicholasville and she will continue to make herself available to the people.
“My phone lines are always open 24/7 for the residents if questions or problems arise,” she said.
Crime is Nicholasville’s biggest area of concern, according to Black.
“Home invasions and break-ins in the Orchard and the southwestern part of the city have increased greatly,” she said. “Many people are unaware that break-ins are occuring within a block or two from their homes. We need to keep citizens better informed and increase police patrol and encourage neighborhood-watch groups.”
In addition to the crime, Black said traffic problems also plague the city.
“I would work to get an entrance on the backside of Southbrook (subdivision), since there is only one way in and one way out,” Black said.
Looking at the city’s infrastructure, specifically needs in its public-safety departments regarding new fire stations and police substations, Black said the ideas are noble but not feasible in the current economic climate.
“There is a need, (but) I also realize that these things cost money,” she said. “As the economic situation improves, I feel these things need to be addressed.
Black also feels the new city-hall project that has been on hold for the past few years needs to remain in the long-term plans, but the city shouldn’t move until the economy recovers.
Black supports the city-commission form of government over the proposed council form, saying the latter gives the mayor way too much power.
In her campaign literature, Black has vowed to work to “get sidewalks from Maple Leaf Court to East Jessamine High School to enhance safety for our children.”
She has also said that she is in favor of having an indoor facility for recreation.
Black owns and operates Printer's Ink along with her husband, Bill. She is a member of Edgewood Baptist Church, a past member of the Nicholasville Lions Club and a member of the Jessamine County Saddle Club.