Calvert residents get chance to mold city's future

(Filed March 11, 2014)

Calvert City- A second meeting to allow citizens of Calvert City to give their views on the future of Calvert City and the city new comprehensive plan has been set for March 20, 2014 in the meeting room on the lower level of the Calvert City Hall at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is the second of three meetings set by a group of community advisers contracted by the City of Calvert to develop a new comprehensive plan for the city. State law requires cities to review and update their comprehensive plans periodically.

The study so far by the group from the Kentucky League of Cities has made several site visits and interviewed several people in the community, conducted one public meeting previously and held a small group discussion with a group of high school seniors who live in Calvert City.

About 30 people attended the first public meeting last fall in Calvert City Hall. Residents in that first meeting were given an opportunity to talk about their current concerns about the city and discuss possible goals for improvements and give their ideas on how the city should re-shape itself for the future.

According to one of the advisors Bobbie Bryant several site visits and numerous personal interviews have already been conducted by the KLC staff that is working in conjunction with the Calvert City Planning Commission on the project.

The city contracted with the KLC to organize the community conversation about the future of Calvert City which is part of developing the comprehensive plan. The information developed from what residents tell the development advisors is key information the Planning Commission will use in updating the plan.

The date for the third and final public meeting has been set for April 29, 2104 at 5:30 p.m. During this meeting the group will work to finalize and adopt the updated plan.

Calvert City Mayor Lynn Jones has encouraged all residents of Calvert City to attend the meeting on March 20, 2014. He said, “This is one of the first times the City Council has really sought community input and we hope folks will turn out and let us know what they are thinking. We really do want our residents to give us their ideas and suggestions for the future of Calvert City.”

Calvert City Councilwoman Lisa Sills said, “I was very excited about the first meeting we had in September.  I shared with several people about the great turn out and exciting ideas that were being shared that evening.  Many asked that they be notified about the next meeting.  I have not been shy about expressing my dissatisfaction that it has taken so long to actually hold a second meeting.  Not only were ideas shared, but I felt like there was a sense of "community" shared in that room that I looked forward to repeating and expanding upon.  As we have discussed the idea of engaging in a "marketing research" campaign for our city, we have discussed that the cost of something like this might have to be "sold" to our citizens.  I felt no better kick-start for an effort to "brand" our city than the community listening session that we had already engaged in.  We already had a group of people gathered in one room, excited to think about Calvert's future, with another group anticipating joining in, the first chance they got!”

Sills also said she had been contacting people about the upcoming meeting and she has asked that the event be posted on the Calvert City Facebook page. She said that she had also asked for an Emailed reminded be sent to all the people who attended that first meeting to let them know about the meeting on March 20, and encourage them to come back.