In Aug. 26 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
The Jamestown City Council discussed the happenings of both the recent cemetery and park board meetings at this month's regular meeting of city leaders.
Mayor Brooks Bates said the cemetery board has talked with a representative from Southern Kentucky Monuments, Inc. about placing a new granite sign in front of the Jamestown city cemetery.
He said the board will have final price estimates and a composite of what the sign will look like at the September meeting.
"(The board) felt like we didn't have anything out there that would really identify the cemetery," Bates said.
The mayor went on to say that the new sign, whatever it may look like, would eventually have flood lights placed around it so it could be lit at night.
The cemetery was established in 1851 and it was a century later, in 1951, when the city took control of the property, Bates said.
Bates also said the cemetery board is set to sell the large lot between the Jamestown Court Motel and the former Wilkerson's Do-It Center building, which was purchased at one time for $50,000 to expand the cemetery.
After that purchase, the cemetery board purchased around seven acres of land from the Pruitt heirs which negated the need for the aforementioned acreage.
He said the park board has also asked for a new sign on US-127, directing them to the park. The former sign was on a telephone pole as you neared the park but that sign is no longer there.
The park board recommended that the softball field at the park be named Walter Bell Field in honor of Bell who spent many years working on the upkeep of the field.
Bates also said the basketball court at the park, now named Cody's Court after the late Cody Wilson, and the volleyball courts were now sealed and needed to be striped.
The mayor said the park is being utilized more now than it has in recent memory, a positive after all the recent renovations at the city park.
Bates said he has also met with the mayor-elect, Terry Lawless, about the city's endeavors at both the cemetery and park and said he will keep him updated as his term nears.
"We've had some nice discussions," Bates said.
In happenings at the meeting:
• The council was invited to an expansion ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 1 for Bruss North American Inc. from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Gov. Steve Beshear has also made plans to attend the expansion ceremony.