Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler, at right, shown with Pulaski County Judge-executive Barty Bullock, has a plan to enact the city’s own occupational tax in hopes of correcting recent revenue shortfalls for the Somerset-Pulaski EMS. Such a move would take a huge chunk out of the county’s budget, which sees 20 percent of its revenue come from its occupational tax.
A heated sidewalk to melt snow and ice was “quite the thing” a half century ago in a small town like Somerset. This town’s first and only electrically warmed sidewalk was installed facing Fountain Square alongside First and Farmers National Bank when the bank’s downtown headquarters building was constructed in 1963-64.
As snow fell, the warm sidewalk melted a walkway about 2 feet wide alongside the bank. It was the talk of the town; quite a gimmick.