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If you’re not too dizzy from the shift in damaging winds, hail and tornadoes to snowball-perfect winter weather, it may be a good time to catch up.
Breaking news is important, but so is catching up on Anderson County news that has continued to change and evolve beyond what is initially reported.
Let’s take this opportunity to catch our breath and recall some temporarily forgotten stories from just a few months ago.
City travel and training policy
Back in December, The Anderson News reported that the city council had been working on finally getting an official travel and training policy with limits on record.
For years, the city had been operating with a travel policy that did not set specific limits, which in my opinion, places too much responsibility on the honor system for employees and not enough responsibility on the employers to keep themselves and others accountable.
City clerk Robbie Hume said that they have already started in-house on adopting the travel and training policy as a working document, but have not yet officially incorporated specific travel and training limits as a personnel policy.
“It’s just going to be incorporated when we do the entire personnel policy,” he said.
The finance committee will look over the final travel and training policy in the next few weeks, Hume said. After that time, the entire personnel policy update — which includes travel and training — will be reviewed by the whole of the city council.
It’s a minor issue, but still an important one when it comes to accountability. And the earlier the city can get travel and training policy limits adopted, the better.
Acoustic Guitar Project
Kevin Riggs decided to start The Acoustic Project in August as a form of therapy after witnessing a car accident on his way back from last year’s Final Four tournament.
“Guitar helped me get through some hard times and it might help others get through hard times, too,” he had said during our interview.
Just last week, Kevin finally was able to give away three guitars and one drum pad to three Anderson County kids and offer free lessons at the library with his brother, Brian Riggs.
Linda McNulty, Caitlyn Martin and Sarak Ashlock all won their instruments after being selected in an essay contest sponsored by Kevin’s non-profit organization.
To be honest, I had forgotten all about this story.
Then again, I can’t ever remember if I’ve turned off my coffee maker five minutes after I’ve already done so.
But I was happy to see and hear the Riggs brothers continuing to provide a service, especially in the arts, that they believe is important for their community.
It’s one thing to promise something, and another to follow through with it.
Perhaps some of our governmental agencies could take some notes.
Historic District Commission
It’s been all quiet on the historic district front, but the historic district commission tentatively plans to make its final recommendation for Anderson County’s own historic district at its next scheduled meeting on March 20.
The scope and size of the historic district will remain the same, with those houses and business subject to the commission’s regulations and guidelines stretching from the west side of North Main Street to Carlton Drive, with a few side streets like Court Street in the mix as well.
I spoke with Bill Bryant, secretary of the commission and president of Anderson County’s historical society, back in January about what he felt the community reaction would be to moving forward with the next step in the historic district process.
Bryant said it’s scary to him that the emptiness of the downtown area will be the future for Lawrenceburg residents.
“It’s not active and alive,” he said. “There ought to be some vitality downtown, places to eat, places to take your family that are downtown, where basically the life of the city should be. I just hate to see it deteriorate like that.”
After the historic district makes its final recommendation, those plans will go before the planning and zoning board, which has 60 days to review what the commission has proposed. It’s still to be determined as to when the planning and zoning board will review the commission’s recommendation for the district.
If you live in the historic district area or not, the consequences of establishing an historic district in Lawrenceburg will be far-reaching.
And as to whether an established historic district will be good or bad for Anderson County, that’s up to you to decide.