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Bardstown City Council briefs from July 11

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By Randy Patrick

Downtown Beach Bash set for July 21

Live music, face painting and kids’ crafts will be part of the entertainment for the Bardstown Main Street Program’s 2017 Downtown Beach Bash Friday, July 21, from 4 to 10:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Bardstown City Council approved the request presented by Kelsey Lyon, a Main Street employee, to close Flaget Avenue at North Third Street east to Cherry Alley and west to Raspberry Alley so that vendors can set up to sell their wares on the street and clean up afterward.

The beach-themed shopping event will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Artist Jon Walker will be releasing a summer print of the Old Courthouse, and there will be a Kona Ice mobile vendor and a photo booth.

Bardstown Main Street will have volunteers for traffic control and cleanup.

Mobile food vendor changes proposed

City Attorney Tim Butler read proposed changes to the city’s mobile food vendor ordinance at the Tuesday night meeting, but there was no vote because it was a first reading. Votes are only required for the second and final reading.

The new ordinance would broaden the kinds of zoning districts where mobile food trucks are allowed as permitted, accessory or conditional uses to the following: B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4, B-5, LIP, and as conditional or temporary use in I-1, I-1M and I-2 industrial districts.

The penalty for violating the ordinance would be $10 to $500 or a jail sentence of not more than 30 days, or both, along with court costs. Each day a vendor violates the ordinance would be considered a separate offense.

Mississippi’s food truck gets approval

Mississippi’s, a mobile food truck that sells barbecue, Cajun food, hamburgers and other fare, was approved by the council Tuesday to be located at Bourbon City Bargains and possibly other locations provided the owner, Kimberly Odom, receives the necessary permits and the approval of state health inspectors.

A question arose about whether there could be a barbecue smoker outside or all the food preparation had to be done inside. Odom said the cooking couldn’t be done inside, but Councilman Bill Sheckles said that would be a decision left up to the health officials.

Streets to be closed for Buttermilk Days

The council approved closing South Third Street from the St. Monica Catholic Church parking lot south to McGee Street from noon Aug. 24 to 5 p.m. Aug. 27 for the annual Buttermilk Days festival.

A no-through-traffic sign will be placed at the corner of South Third and Payne Street, and there will be no parking allowed on Payne Street that Thursday through Sunday.

New member on industrial board

Dusty McCoy, a retired business executive and father of state Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, will be on the Bardstown Industrial Corporation Board.

He was named by Mayor Dick Heaton to a three-year term to expire in 2020.