Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Owensboro City Commission Moves to Create 'Entertainment District' Downtown

Owensboro Seal 01 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/17/13) -- The Mayor and commissioners introduced an ordinance Tuesday night that creates an “Entertainment District” in downtown Owensboro. The ordinance makes sure that if there were a wet-dry election in that precinct, the downtown area would be exempt from such a vote. The ordinance was passed in a unanimous vote.

“We’re not initiating anything,” said Mayor Ron Payne. “We are protecting what’s already there.”

Several in the audience took the opportunity to address the council during the evening, including some who expressed opposition to the ordinance. One man called the ordinance “an evil law that could result in injuries and suffering to citizens.”

The Mayor and commissioners approved an ordinance for the purchase of parcels of land worth $115,000 to be sold into the litigation of the city. Officials said these properties are encumbered with delinquent tax liens and/or are nuisances to the community. The ordinance includes appropriating funds for the demolition and for the cleaning up of the land that will be purchased by the city. The ordinance was passed in a unanimous vote.

The Owensboro Police Department introduced three municipal orders. One order was to receive a new K-9 that would be trained in explosives detection and patrol operations. There was a former K-9 at OPD, but its handler retired in 2008. Another order proposed to file an application for grant funds in the amount of $4,158.00. This amount will be used to purchase seven bulletproof protective body armor vests that each officer uses when on duty. The last order proposed from the OPD was to file an application for grant funds in the amount of $17,138.00. The proceeds will be used to purchase tasers for the safety of the officers. OPD has only 77 working tasers currently for their 108 police officers.

“Our officers are out there protecting, we want to protect them the best we can,” said Chief Arthur Ealum, Jr.

Other discussion at the meeting included topics such as:

“Give A Hand And Pay It Forward” campaign will be held Aug. 5 to Aug. 19. Cards will be located at Owensboro City Hall;

New Life Church’s Farmers Market will be extended until August;

Mayor Payne proposed to have all people fly an American flag to show support for the All-American city award and to ‘make the community look good.”

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 17, 2014 5583

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Drugs,…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 18, 2014 2739

Madisonville Man Arrested for Meth in…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 17, 2014 2649

Beechmont Man Charged for Assaulting…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 17, 2014 2484

Madisonville Staples Locking Doors for…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
July 17, 2014 2445

One Hospitalized after Three-Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 17, 2014 5583

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Drugs,…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 18, 2014 2739

Madisonville Man Arrested for Meth in…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 17, 2014 2484

Madisonville Staples Locking Doors for…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
July 17, 2014 2445

One Hospitalized after Three-Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 19, 2014 915

Local Hip-Hop Artist, Marack, Talks About…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 17, 2014 1516

Portion of Daviess Street Closed Monday,…

in News by Sherry Girten
July 17, 2014 1495

Camp Superpower Students to Show Off…

in News by Beth Blandford
July 18, 2014 1380

Owensboro Police Department Reports…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
July 17, 2014 538

Owensboro Police Department Reports…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
July 18, 2014 383

Owensboro Begins Year-Long, Long Range…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 17, 2014 2649

Beechmont Man Charged for Assaulting…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 17, 2014 1965

Muhlenberg Woman Injured in Motorcycle…

in Top Stories by Trooper S. C. Recke
July 17, 2014 1853

Muhlenberg Prayer Vigil Held at County…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 18, 2014 1604

K9 Unit Helps Find Meth in Muhlenberg…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 18, 2014 1509

Man Injured in Depoy Accident

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03