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March 16, 2006

City to execute/submit $640,000 grant
Article from The Nicholas Countian & The Carlisle Mercury

Neal Building Restoration
The Carlisle City Council passed a resolution at Monday night’s regular monthly meeting authorizing and directing Mayor Gene Kelley to execute a grant agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for restoration of the Neal Building for use as visitors’ center associated with the US 68 scenic highway. The amount of the grant is $640,000.

The vote in favor of the resolution was unanimous among the four council members present – Betty Fay, Sandy Ritchie, Doug Garrett and Billy Mac Gaunce. Council members Betty Barton and Larry Jolly were out of town not present for the meeting.

The resolution states that the City of Carlisle will be obligated for a match of at least $160,000, but Mayor Kelley explained that funds in the amount of that obligation are to be raised, and emphasized that there will be no expenses actually paid from the city’s budget.

Bob Garvin spoke and expressed the Nicholas County Historical Society’s appreciation for the city’s willingness to assist in the restoration of the historic Neal Building on West Main Street. He added that other members of the historical society would have been present to show their appreciation, but the society was actually having its meeting at the same time as the city council.

Garvin stated to the council that federal requirements are still to be met related to fire protection, handicap access, and some other matters. He requested the assistance of city personnel in completing work necessary for the installation of a required sprinkler system in the building, pointing out that the use of city manpower and equipment in helping with the water line could save as much as $7,000.

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