Bowling Green Looking at Possible Small Expansion; Sidewalk Construction

The first Bowling Green City Commission meeting of the year is usually a lot of housekeeping, routine items, and this one has its fair share of that, but city officials will also be looking at expanding its limits for a new property.

In the first meeting of the year, the bowling green city commission also plans to move ahead with a second phase of sidewalk construction.

A topic that always has the interest of community members.

"We started just a few years back taking some money and setting it aside to finish some gaps in sidewalks usually near either a school or a heavily trafficked area, or one of the city parks," said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.

The City of Bowling Green is looking at spending about one hundred fifty thousand dollars on building new sidewalks on Russellville Road and East Eleventh.

"We want to be a pedestrian friendly community, and out of sheer need to, there's a lot more people walking places. Folks with cars may not realize that as much, but there's a lot of people that still have to walk to get around," said Bowling Green City Commissioner Bill Waltrip.

Another issue they'll be looking at is adding about ten acres to the city limits.

It's in the area near the new Smallhouse and Cave Mill Road intersection.

It's a fairly routine process, but Commissioner Waltrip always wants to know if this is beneficial.

"I think when we look at taking any property into the city, we have to look at does it benefit the city tax payer?"

The empty lot now is suspected to become single family homes.

By adding this to the city limits Mayor Wilkerson said it now makes it easier for city resources to function.

"Especially from an emergency response situation, if the entire intersection is in the city, you don't have to worry about if it's on that side of the road, if it's in the county and so forth. So, it will help us out in that area, plus it will allow us to install, if it's in the city, we'll be installing some street lights along that curb section," said Wilkerson.

The commission will discuss both of these Tuesday night.

The commissioners will be meeting at city hall at seven p.m.

This is just the first reading about the new lot, and will not become official until whatever is decided on the second reading.

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