The Middlesboro City Council met for their regular monthly meeting recently.
The meeting started with the approval of the minutes of both the regular meeting held on May 20 and the special called meeting on June 3. A second reading of the annual budget for the fiscal year beginning on July 1 was also approved. A resolution approving Municipal Aid Co-Op Program Contract beginning July 1 and a contract between the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Transportation Cabinet, Department of Rural and Municipal Aid and the city of Middlesboro were approved as well.
Committee reports were heard with several committees reporting a busy month.
The parks and recreation committee reported that they will have a fun-filled day for the Fourth of July. Festivities at the Middlesboro pool will begin at noon and include free hot dogs and ice cream until supplies run out. The pool will be open and there will be live music until about 5 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dark.
In other discussion, motorists may have noticed workers in various locations along Cumberland Avenue recently. The street committee reported that the state has been working on drains throughout the avenue. The street committee also brought up the possibility of installing red lights at 19th and at Winchester.
The safety committee discussed the current conditions of sidewalks in the city. Several parts of the sidewalk are damaged and handicap ramps need to be installed at various locations.
Community speaker John Thacker spoke to the council about possibly changing the name of Middlesboro to something that will represent the fact that the city is sitting in a large crater. He suggested the names “Crater City, Ky.” or “Big Crater, Ky.”
Reina P. Cunningham may be reached at 606-302-9100.