Redbuds will line Stanford trail

September 03, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - Next spring, the Stanford walking trail will be lined with 100 new redbud trees, that is if the lawnmower doesn't take out a few first.

City Council members voted Thursday to accept the free saplings for a beautification project sponsored by the South Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association.

The scenic byway program is giving free redbud saplings to civic groups and private citizens, who then plant them within a 10-mile radius of key corridors in Lincoln County to attract tourism.

"People enjoy getting out and just driving around. Like in Tennessee, they have the dogwood trails," Lincoln Tourism Director Luzia Foster said.


Foster said she planned on redbuds being placed on U.S. 127 from Boyle County to the Casey County line, on Ky. 78 from U.S. 127 to Rowland and from Rowland on U.S. 150 to the Boyle County line to form the Cumberland Cultural Scenic Byway.

One hundred of the saplings will be planted along Stanford's downtown walking trail, agreed council members, and an additional 15 are to be placed at the junction of U.S. 27 and Ky. 78. Larger trees will be used in the city limits, said Foster.

The saplings will be planted in November, said Foster, but more volunteers are needed to take and plant trees. Her goal for the byway is 300 trees and could include land from Hall's Gap to Kings Mountain.

Foster said citizens and civic groups can order the free saplings by calling her at (606) 365-2883.

First reading on tax increase

Council members also discussed and held the first reading of a proposed 4 percent tax increase in real and personal tax.

After much discussion, many on the council agreed the rate increase is needed. Mayor Eddie Carter said the council has cleaned house and gotten its finances in order, but would still need more revenue in the near future if lawsuits against the city go to trial.

Councilwoman Ann Booth agreed, saying the city can't spend revenue if none is coming in and the options for penny pinching are getting tight. Six city jobs have already been cut by Carter, and approximately $100,000 in insurance costs has been saved, the mayor said. If the financial belt is tightened any further, municipal services will have to be cut.

"We're either going to have to not replace a police officer that's coming in," or raise taxes, said Booth.

"If we don't take it, we lose it," Carter said of the extra $12,000 in revenue the new rates will generate for the city.

The proposed rates will increase real property tax to $.126 per $100 of assessed value. Personal tax would increase to $.151 per $100 of assessed value.

The council will hold a second reading before the rate takes effect.

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