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The City of Taylorsville and the Taylorsville Main Street Program recently announced the hire of a familiar face as the Main Street manager — Annette King.
A Spencer County resident, King served as Main Street manager for several years before choosing not to renew her contract at the beginning of the fiscal year in July 2011.
King declined an interview with The Spencer Magnet and instead, the Main Street Committee issued the following regarding King’s hiring into the position:
“The Taylorsville Main Street Committee is proud to announce the return of a familiar face as the new Main Street Program manager, Ms. Annette King. The primary focus of Ms. King’s work on the committee will be to establish Taylorsville again as a ‘certified city’ through the National Main Street Program. This will make us more eligible for grant funding and more desirable to new businesses.”
The City Commission voted unanimously at a special-called meeting June 13 to approve a 13-month contract for King. The contract will run through June 30, 2014.
King will be compensated $7,583.33, payable $583.33 per month, for 13 months, according to that contract. The position is part-time and will require the documentation of 20 hours per week.
According to the contract, King is an independent contractor and will determine her own work schedule.
The contract has a 30-day clause, which states that either party can choose to terminate the contract before it expires with a 30-day written notice.
Prior to approving King’s contract, the commission debated the benefits of funding the Main Street manager position, with Commissioner Ellen Redmon asking exactly what the city would get for $7,000 per year.
“This is a $7,000 job,” Commissioner Beverly Ingram said. “It’s $7,000 for a $100,000 work load ... I don’t think $7,000 is that much money to spend on a Main Street manager when I know what the job consists of.”
Redmon stressed that she took no issue of King being hired into the position, but wanted to make sure the city was spending its money wisely.
City Attorney Dudley Dale explained that in order for the city to participate in the Main Street program at the state and national level, it has to have a Main Street manager.
Three candidates applied for the Main Street manager position. The commission advertised the position, conducted interviews with each candidate and ultimately chose to hire King.
In other Main Street business:
With the completion of the Phase II renovations on Main Street the committee has set its sights on several new goals, according to an announcement from the committee. The committee is awaiting permit approval to begin a landscaping project on the Ky. 55 corridor across the street from the Spencer County Library and City Hall. The new features will include evergreen trees, flowering shrubs, benches and trash receptacles.
“Watch for and enjoy this new shaded rest area as it comes to our city in the fall,” the announcement said.
The Taylorsville Progressive Dinner is another highlight of the fall calendar. This year it will be Saturday, Sept. 28, with the appetizers, soup, salad and dessert sponsored by local businesses and a main course at the Chamber.
The Taylorsville Main Street Committee continues to work with other community organizations by providing distribution of advertising materials for the Tourism Committee, supporting the local Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, teaming with the Chamber of Commerce and working in conjunction with the City Commission to improve the image and appeal of the city.
To become a part of the Main Street committee or to sit in on their meetings, join the group on the second Thursday of each month at the City Hall Annex at 6 p.m.