Before the city of Nicholasville can secure streetscape funding, it must first come up with a downtown master plan.
"We have applied for grant funds from the state to do our downtown streetscape, and we've been turned down twice," City Clerk Roberta Warren told the city commission at last Thursday's meeting. "We don't have a downtown master plan. They want us to be ready to roll, and we've not had that in place."
This came as eye-opening news to Commissioner Chris Moore.
"Should this not be one of the first things Nicholasville Now! should have done?" he asked. "If we've needed this, and Nicholasville Now! knew about this a year ago, what has Nicholasville Now! been doing for the past year? We need this."
Nicholasville Now! Executive Director Carola Hartley wasn't at last Thursday's meeting, but said on Tuesday that her organization has already begun the work to get a master plan completed.