“This is not be the end. This (is just) starting,” said Girdler, about the fire department’s upcoming promotions and new hires.
In other news from the Sept. 23 Somerset City Council meeting:
• Somerset Fire Department Chief Tyler Jasper told the council that the fire department is ready to bring on two volunteer chaplains for the fire department.
“It’s going to provide another asset for the guys, just for times in need and other things like that,” said Jasper.
Jasper introduced Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Pastor Paul Hines during the meeting. Jasper said Pastor Dusty Phelps will also volunteer with the department.
• Councilor Linda Stringer said she’d received a call from a local business owner planning to locate in downtown Somerset who was concerned about parking.
Somerset City Attorney Carrie Wiese said the city is currently working to provide signage to help clarify downtown parking, including to ensure that judicial center parking doesn’t spill over into other parking areas.
“We are working on that,” said Wiese. “There are some reserved spaces there (behind businesses facing Mt. Vernon) for what was supposed to be essential employees and owners of the businesses.
“If everybody would just kind of bear with us and let us get the signs up and see how it’s going to work ... just come to my office if you need more spaces ... we’ll make it work,” Wiese added.
• Stringer said a Richards Court resident complained of a strong sewage odor at her home. Girdler said the city would check the problem out.
• Councilor Mike New asked that the city look into providing a traffic officer in the Barnett Street area to help with school traffic flow.
“They need some help,” said New.
• Councilor Pat Bourne asked about the possibility of installing a traffic light at the Bourne Avenue-Murphy Avenue intersection. A traffic light must be approved by the Kentucky Department of Transportation before it can be installed — something Girdler said isn’t likely to happen anytime soon.