LIBERTY - City officials accepted a new streetscape enhancement plan Wednesday for downtown.
"This will serve as a guide to the City Council and help the city when it makes capital improvements downtown," said Scott Southall, director of landscape architecture and planning with CDP Engineers Inc. in Lexington.
The goal is to protect existing assets and strengthen the character of downtown through planning. Southall, who went over the plan with the City Council, focused on short- and long-term wishes of the local Renaissance Committee's recommendations.
Short-term plans are to clean and paint the black-iron trash receptacles, add benches, and renovate or replace handrails at steps.
Long-term plans include improving the area near the Courthouse Square to make it safer for motorists and pedestrians.
He said it could be a city and county venture and suggested that both governments seek funds.
He said some of the blacktop around the courthouse can be converted to green space but will cut the number of parking spaces. Courthouse Square can be a one-way street to provide additional parking and good circulation around the courthouse.