Caneyville Community Center takes off

By Matt Lasley -

The City of Caneyville’s goal of renovating the old Caneyville High School for use as a community center has proven successful so far as the building is already being used for numerous local events.

Most recently, the city hosted its own Halloween Safe Spot on Saturday, Oct. 31 inside the school, and the community turned out in droves, as citizens were lined out the doors, Friends of Caneyville High School member Brad Mudd told the Caneyville City Commission this past Monday, Nov. 9.

“It was a very huge success,” Mudd said. “I think it shows our community is happy to have a central location to go to.”

The city intends to make the Halloween Safe Spot an annual event going forward, as well.

Caneyville City Commissioner Mike Geary, who made it his goal to lead the old school’s restoration effort upon joining the City Commission, said he is pleased with the community support of the school’s renovation, as well the community’s continued use of it.

Geary said last month’s bluegrass opry fundraiser held in the old school proved successful, as well, generating about $2,000 for the restoration project.

Upcoming events in the old school include a wreath-making class, hosted by Mudd, this Saturday, Nov. 14 beginning at 10 a.m. There are seats still open for this event, and pre-registration will continue at Caneyville City Hall until Friday morning, Nov. 13.

A portion of the proceeds from the wreath-making class will go toward the old school renovation project.

Additionally, Friends of Caneyville High School member Marilyn Templeman will host a chili supper and auction on Saturday, Nov. 21. The chili dinner will be held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and the auction will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Proceeds raised from the chili dinner and auction will go toward the old school’s restoration, as well.

As use of the old school becomes more frequent, the City Commission has also looked into installing wifi and security inside the premises.

During the City Commission’s Nov. 9 meeting, Caneyville City Clerk Connie Gootee presented quotes for the installation of wifi internet, as well as a security system.

The City Commission, upon hearing the quotes, voted to install wifi internet at the old school through Media Com at a rate of $39.95 per month.

Gootee said there will be a $49.95 installation fee for the wifi, as well.

Gootee presented a quote from Monitronics for the old school’s security system, which is $40 per month for four to six door sensors with phone alerts, equipment, a fire alarm system, and free installation.

Security cameras can also be installed for $3 to $8 more per month per camera depending on location and use.

This quote would be on a three-year contract, but the City Commission took no action on whether to purchase the security system at Monday’s meeting.

In other business:

*The City Commission voted to apply for the first of two 2016 liability safety grants offered through the Kentucky League of Cities. If the city receives the grant, the City Commission intends to use it for sidewalk repairs.

*The City Commission announced that the City of Caneyville tree lighting will be held on Friday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the old Caneyville High School.

The city will provide refreshments for the event, and Santa Claus will attend to greet children. Gift bags will be provided by Bank of Caneyville to everyone in attendance, as well.

*Caneyville Police Chief Anthony Clark reported that over 23 pounds of discarded medicines had been turned in from the city during the annual “Take Back” program.

Clark said this program helps to keep these items out of the water system, as well as to allow citizens to turn in old and/or unwanted medications to be properly disposed of.

*The City Commission agreed to support spending $400 to repair the computer system in Clark’s police vehicle.

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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