Somerset — Here's what we're following in Sunday's Commonwealth Journal:
• The pieces are coming together for what Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler calls a “monumental master plan” for his city — but officials have to wait and see if all the parts will be in place first.
Initial research has been conducted — and overhauled — on the possibility of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan that would allow for a large-scale infrastructure redevelopment of downtown Somerset through redirection of tax funds, primarily sales taxes.
• The consultant for an ongoing study about the feasibility of a united city-county government in Pulaski County has mailed an open-records request to Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler asking for information about the organization of the city’s government and its financial data, tax structure and revenue sources.
Luke B. Schmidt, president of L.B. Schmidt and Associates, says he wants a snapshot of Somerset’s government. Somerset and Ferguson have opted out of the unification study and Mayor Girdler has refused to meet with Schmidt to discuss the plan.
• It appears that Parkers Mill Fire Department’s winning streak is still going strong.
Members from the fire department brought home its seventh title in eight years — more than any other department in the state — from this year’s Kentucky State Firefighter Olympics, held on Aug. 3 in Ashland.