City to seek $800,000 grant for Robertson building restoration

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By Jesse Osbourne

The pursuit of grant money to restore the Robertson building took another step forward on Dec. 12 at the regular-scheduled city council meeting at City Hall.

The council approved a resolution to apply for a National Scenic Byways funding application “for the purpose of funding Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) eligible projects benefitting” the Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway.
City administrator Laurie Smith said the application was for $800,000 in funding to go toward the restoration of the Robertson building.
The ordinance authorizes Mayor Dr. John Cecconi to sign any paperwork in relation to the application. If the application for funding is approved, the funds will granted to the city of Springfield.
Also, if the application is approved, a 20 percent match will have to be provided by the city.
“We plan to do that with in-kind funding,” Smith said. “What I mean by in-kind is, we are going to take the donation of the building and allocate that as our in-kind. That will be the 20 percent. So there will not, in fact, be cash that we will have to match. The building itself will be that match.”
The ordinance passed unanimously.
Smith also notified the council that roof work began on the Robertson building last week.

E. High Street project

RAME Contracting was awarded a demolition contract for $3,850 to for properties at 516 and 524 E. High Street.
The property at 516 E. High Street, the liquor store, has to have asbestos abated before demolition can take place, according to Smith.
The council awarded an asbestos abatement contract to Chase Environmental in Louisville for $750.
Council member Debbie Wakefield recused herself from the discussion.

Police report

Springfield City Police Chief Jim Smith reported that he recently completed orientation for new police chiefs in Richmond.
Smith also reported that Springfield was recently awarded a COPS grant officer. In his report, Smith said several candidates were interviewed for the position, but only one passed the physical requirements. That officer is going through the rest of the hiring process, he said.
Smith told the council the Springfield City Police department also recently created a Facebook page. He said the page could be found by searching for ‘Springfield KY Police Department.’  

Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable notified the city that ‘basic cable service tier’ prices will change from $19.95 to $21.25 per month. The ‘standard cable service tier’ will change from $46.20 to $49.74 per month.
A letter from Carla C. Deaton, governmental relations manager at Time Warner Cable, to Cecconi said that customers will be notified of the change on Jan. 1, 2012. New rates will go into effect on the January billing statement.
“The change is driven both by increases in the cost of programming, as well as the high cost of technological investment needed to maintain our infrastructure and bring customers new innovative services,” according to the letter from Deaton.

Main Street / Renaissance Kentucky committee
The council approved the reappointment of Laurie Smith, John Parker Wharton, Sandra P. Davis and Hal B. Goode to the Main Street / Renaissance Kentucky committee for various term lengths.
All members of the council were present for the meeting.
The next regular-scheduled meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 at City Hall.