Holmes Street group shifts focus

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

A number of people have a vested interest in what happens to Holmes Street but the real question is what do the people who live there want?

Members of the city's Holmes Street Task Force Committee at its Monday night meeting decided it would be a good idea to ask the area's residents exactly what they consider to be the community's priorities.

According to city statistics, about 500 people currently live or own businesses in the area.

"Every household and business could be sent a survey on what they want for the community," suggested Ramona Newman, who chairs the committee and is a city grants specialist and special projects coordinator.

Committee members agreed part of its original focus will change because committee members learned at last month's meeting that plans for a new road through Holmes Street aren't included in the Transportation Cabinet's current six-year plan.

However, Holmes Street received a rating of "F" in a 1998 Transportation study of its level of service and is among those projects on the Transportation Cabinet's unfunded needs list.

Committee member Bennie Maffet suggested the group forgo its original intention to create a master plan for the design of a new road and concentrate instead on making Holmes Street more of a priority with city, county and state officials.

"We can design the road but 20 years from now, there'll be an inch of dust on our plan and it'll still be sitting there," Maffet said. "We need to let the right people know this is a major concern."

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