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Visitors to Taylorsville may soon be greeted by some welcoming new signs.
During his annual State of the City address last Thursday, Mayor Don Pay unveiled several projects planned to improve the town’s appearance, including several new sidewalks and signage throughout city streets.
“We want to see a beautiful city, a great city,” said Pay, by building on what he believes Taylorsville founders envisioned so long ago.
The mayor said revenue from the city’s occupational tax will help realize those dreams. Since January 2008, the 0.75 percent employment tax has collected over $240,000 from workers within the city limits.
“We’re going to take it street by street until we rebuild the city,” said Pay. “People are going to see where their money is going.”
First in line was Main Cross. Crews recently completed paving the road from Reasor to Main Street with a smooth, new layer of asphalt. Pay said that any remaining work on Main Cross should be finished by May. After that, crews would move one street west, to Washington Street, and begin the process of repairing drainage issues, installing sidewalks and paving, all over again. By mid-summer, Pay said he hoped drainage work could begin in the area of Back Alley, Crume Court and O’Dell Court – a section of Taylorsville plagued by flooding.
“I think that we also need to look at landscaping as we go along,” said Pay, however he did not elaborate.
Community members attending the mayor’s address at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday were among the first to see designs for potential signage – including a new “Welcome to Taylorsville” sign. Tentative plans are to build a brick structure at the city’s main entrance along Taylorsville Road/KY 155 and possibly install smaller, but similar, signs at the remaining three major entry points. Pay also presented designs for directional, street and traffic signs that would reflect the wrought-iron appeal of the Main Street renovation.
“The whole idea is creating a brand new look for our city,” said Pay.
At a special-called meeting later that same day, city leaders discussed steps necessary to move forward on replacing the large welcome sign located at Spears Ave and Taylorsville Road.
Harold Compton, Taylorsville director of public works, cautioned commissioners that if the existing structure is torn down, the state may not allow a new sign in its place since the site is on the road right of way.
City attorney Dudley Dale said the city would likely need to verify if the decades-old permit would allow for a new sign, provided that the existing foundation was left undisturbed.
Commissioners were also given a preliminary cost estimate from Eagle Sign and Design, Inc. for making the various signs. Prices ranged from roughly $80 to $1,000 depending on size. While no estimate was provided by the company for the main welcome sign, Pay said the cost could be as much as $9,000.
The sign design concepts are scheduled to be on the agenda at the April 7 meeting.
Also at the special-called meeting, commissioners approved a motion to purchase a floodwall pump for $44,800 from Service Pump and Supply. The bid price included the cost of a trailer. The motion also allowed for the purchase of two 10-foot, and four 50-foot hoses that were estimated by City Clerk Steve Biven to cost approximately $9,000.
The 4,500/GPM (gallons per minute) pump is designed to quickly move water from catch basins over the floodwall and will aid the two existing pumps in protecting the city of Taylorsville.