Downtown will get a bit of a face-lift. Well, at least the garbage will.
The Winchester Board of Commissioners approved a resolution at its regular meeting Tuesday that will replace 40 of the little receptacles downtown.
Winchester First Executive Director Tim Janes said the project came about for two reasons.
“It came to our attention through WMU earlier in the spring that we needed to replace our existing trash cans,” Janes said. “We have a hodge-podge currently of different kinds of trash receptacles.”
The resolution approves Winchester First to purchase 40, 32-gallon trash cans. The cans will be black, stainless steel and open over the top as WMU¿had requested, Janes said.
“We hope they will be durable with a classic look,” he said. “The cost will be about $30,000 but that’s coming from money raised by the Beer Cheese Festival.”
Janes said the festival raised $20,000 in 2011 and $23,000 in 2012.
“Those aren’t tax dollars, but we’re still well aware that we need to spend those wisely,” Janes said.
Commissioner Rick Beach suggested Janes try to get a cheaper price on the bid-winning vendor’s freight rate.
“You might be able to compare that to the other bids,” Beach said. “Sometimes freight is negotiable.”
The commission also approved requests from Winchester First to close Main Street on two dates. The street will be closed from Lexington Avenue to Washington Street, along with Cleveland Avenue, Wall Street and Court Street in the immediate area of the Courthouse from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 for Halloween Main-IA.
Main Street from Lexington Avenue to Broadway will be closed from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 for the Christmas parade.
The board also considered recommendations from the Winchester/Clark County Addressing Committee to change addresses on Denny Avenue and Crawford Avenue. The recommendations were sent back to the committee to be revised when a mistake in the numbering was discovered.
In other business, the board also:
— Approved and authorized an assistance agreement between the city of Winchester and Kentucky Infrastructure Authority to provide $1 million of loan funds for wastewater system improvements on the Bel Air portion of the consent decree.
— Adopted the City of Winchester, Kentucky Financial Administration and Accounting Manual.
— Reviewed the fireworks ordinance, with changes for when and how long fireworks can be sold in the city.
— Received an update from Mike Butler on the historic marker for the Past-Time Theater disaster.
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