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October 2, 2013

Several local firemen promoted to full-time

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“You’ve been dealing with (getting a light on) Jarvis Avenue for years,” said Girdler. 
Girdler said the state highway department is getting “extremely difficult” on issuing permits for events such as 5k walks and runs. He noted that the local cabinet isn’t the issue, but those in Frankfort. 
Girdler said organizations wishing to hold events on state roads must get state approval first, along with city approval. Wiese said the state must receive an approval letter from the city and a certificate of insurance before the state will consider issuing a permit. 
“It’s not our police department that’s making them do that now ... I just want everybody to know that. So don’t get mad at those guys, they’re just doing what they’ve been told by the state,” Wiese said. 
Girdler said the city has wrestled with state officials on finishing up the greening of U.S. 27 medians as well.
“It’s amazing the amount of red tape and bureaucracy they’re making us go through just to beautify the community,” said Girdler.
Councilor Tom Eastham later in the meeting suggested that citizens who want to see the median work finished on U.S. 27 contact state officials in Frankfort. 
“It’s not the local people that’s the problem, it’s the state,” said Eastham. 
• The city announced that leaf pick-up should begin by mid-October. 
• The city set Halloween Trick-or-Treat hours for Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. 
Girdler said the city is considering having some type of “Trunk of Treats” gathering at SomerSplash Waterpark in an effort to bring several local churches together in one place. 
“Think about how many churches can come there and set up and have a huge crowd and kids are not on the streets, they’re not driving from place to place,” said Girdler.
 

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