2020 YEAR IN REVIEW
Without a doubt, this will be a year to remember. The whirlwind started in March, with everything we had been used to doing, completely changed. Some events had to be delayed and some cancelled as the pandemic continued to change and alter our everyday lives. As the year fast forward and comes to an end, things still are not back to what we call normal. With the cooperation of all the employees, managing through this pandemic has been a challenge, as we find ourselves doing the same or more with less, schedules and projects having to be extended out to be able to accomplish the needs and goals of the city. City workers from all departments were still able to maintain required tasks to preform necessary needs of the citizens of Horse Cave. On the downside of this year, we are sad to say that we lost two individuals that contributed their time, talents and services to the city. Former Councilman, Jackie Buckingham was a highly active and knowledgeable about many things and for his contributions I will be forever grateful. David Lindsey served the city in many capacities for more than three decades, as City Judge and Councilman. I am proud I to commission David as a "Kentucky Colonel" for his service to the city and community. I am also proud the city council chose to name a street in the new development "Judge Lindsey Street" in his honor. David genuinely loved the city and always was on top of whatever was going on in the community. Even as his health began to fail, David would call me and ask me to update him about the city. Honored to be able to call both my friends.
Operations has been consistent throughout this year. We have complied with the regulations handed down by the Governor office, recommendations from Barren River Health Department and from the CDC as well. One employee accepted a job in another state in September and we have been operating with two employees and maintaining total operations of the office. We currently have a "window service" to collect taxes and accept documents and other needs of the office. Some overviews for this year:
- Applied for and received $172,144.00 from the CARE act (Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act) related to the pandemic issues. Another application for more funds has been submitted in December
- Community Impact Partnership Award from the United Way of Southern Kentucky for our participation in the 211 programs
- KLC Safety Grant, $561.00
- Another positive audit report from Campbell, Myers and Rutledge, CPA again this year
- Attended meetings whenever the City has a vested interest, locally and regionally. Zoom meetings were valuable to stay in touch with whatever was going on locally, regionally
- Maintain a good working relationship with our local, state and federal elected officials to keep the city interest as a priority
- Applied again this year for the Land and Water Conservation grant, for the Owens Hotel property improvement
- $83,974.00 Discretionary Funds, Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, first time for the city to obtain these funds. Work was completed this spring on designated streets
- Progress is still being made with the "connector road project" with some funds (state and federal) being allocated for this project
- Plant expansions and job growth continues to be strong in Horse Cave, with most exciting news to be announced in the future
With the inmate program being suspended in March because of the virus restrictions, public works department has been challenged to be able to get required projects completed. Mowing season has been a task this year with all the rainfall, with the cemeteries and right of ways being the priority. This department has continued to work on additional projects that have come up during the year to completion. Mowing, maintaining all city equipment, leaf pickup, downtown maintenance, routine projects and unexpected breakdown of equipment that spring up has been a task and the department has found a way to get it done.
Chief Heather Childress has worked extremely hard to restructure and reorganize this department. Current staff of five certified officers and one part time officer with several years of experience has help to bring the department back to where it needs to be. Currently the department is working on building community relationship and working with other law enforcement groups to better serve the citizens of Horse Cave. Some positive outcomes for this year:
- Relocated the department in the old fire department building. Meeting room was renovated with offices, kitchen, evidence room and other improvements to give them their own space to get the job done. Building has been maintained for storage and now we are able to breathe new life for better utilization of this building. Police department moved in October. Joint effort form Mayor, Council and especially work from Horse Cave Maintenance
- New "Safe Space Program" for the children of our community. Several businesses and local partners have also agreed to support endeavors for a safe community
- Supply SRO (school resource officer) at Caverna High School for the entire year
- Received Homeland Security grant to purchase 7 long guns at no cost to the city
- HCPD inventoried all safety supplies and each officer was given necessary equipment to combat COVID-19
- HCPD joined Munfordville PD, Hart Co. Ambulance Service and Hart Co. Emergency Management in a joint effort to stay informed and share information concerning COVID-19. The weekly/biweekly meetings continue often special meetings are also held when information becomes available
- Passed for the first time ever, all agency audits from KLEC, NCIC, KLEPF, KLC and DOCJT
- A new medical truck to the department, HC-449 was added this year. The old medical truck was surplus to the maintenance department for their usage
- Purchased new battery-operated Jaws of Life
- New Air Monitoring device
- Purchased new 20 Motorola pagers
- Purchased new 20 Kenwood radios
Individuals who have received suspicious packages with seeds or bracelets should put them in an airtight bag and ship them to the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Division of Plant Protection Quarantine at USDA-APHIS PPQ, P.O. Box 475, Hebron, Kentucky 41048.
Individuals are also encouraged to contact the Kentucky Department of Agriculture at (502) 573-0282 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CITY OF HORSE CAVE INFORMATION RELEASE TO
ALL CITY RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES
Starting January 1, 2020, Hart County Solid Waste will be receiving all calls
from residents and businesses located within the city limits of Horse Cave,
for pick-up of brush, limbs, and bags of grass clippings and/or leaves. This is
a free service offered by Hart County Solid Waste.
Please set bags of grass clippings and/or leaves out to the curb and brush
piles to the closest curb. Limbs can be no larger than four (4) inches in
diameter with the large cut ends toward the curb. No roots or dirt are
Please call the Hart County Solid Waste Drop Off Center at 270-524-5178.
The Horse Cave Public Works Department will again assist residents to dispose of leaves. Residents of Horse Cave may rake leaves to the edge of their yard, close to the street to be vacuumed. Call City Hall at 270-786-2680 for pickup.
Please do not rake leaves or throw grass into the streets or onto sidewalks which causes a slip hazard for pedestrians and vehicles as well as clogs storm drains.
You are reminded that burning leaves or other items is forbidden in the City and subject to a fine.
2020 Hart County Comprehensive Plan Update
Thank you for the privilege of working with the Hart County Planning Commission to update the Comprehensive Plan. We appreciate everything that you and others in the community did to help us complete this complex document. The plan can be found by clicking on the above link. There it will take you to KLC’s website. Once again, Thank you.
HART COUNTY SOLID WASTE
Hart County Solid Waste now has Free Large Item Drop Off the
1st Saturday of each month from
8:00am - 12:00 noon
Shop Local First
Hometown Dollars can be used just like cash at any participating business. From restaurants to entertainment; from farm produce to automotive repair and supplies, retail stores and specialty shops....Hometown Dollars are truly a unique gift. These gift certificates would be great for company parties, employee incentives, holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or just because...the possibilities are endless. Hometown Dollars Gift Certificates can be purchased at the following locations:
* Hart County Chamber of Commerce 119 East Union St., Munfordville
* Munfordville Welcome Center 113 Main St. , Munfordville
* Horse Cave City Hall 121 Woodlawn St., Horse Cave
Each certificate may be redeemed for merchandise or services at full face value at any of the 40+ local participating businesses. This program is sponsored by the Hart County Chamber of Commerce. If you have any questions about this program or experience any problems in using the gift certificates, call : (270) 524-2892
A Walk Through Time Antiques T-shirts for sale
You can purchase these t-shirts at the Antique store in Horse Cave.
Cost for shirts are $15 ea.
A Leaf In Time
These wonderful books hold so much knowledge and history of Horse Cave. Our ancestors worked hard making a living and building a future for the generations to come and to honor them, this pictorial history was compiled and published by the Horse Cave Heritage Festival Book Committee and can be found and purchased at the Horse Cave City Hall. Please call 270-786-2680 with any questions you may have.
Horse Cave Mayor Randall Curry Presents Historic Proclamation
On March 5, 2016 Mayor Randall Curry attended the WKU 1971 Final-Four Team Reunion Luncheon. He presented a proclamation from the city of Horse Cave, Kentucky declaring March 5, 2016 as “Clarence Glover Day”. Mr. Glover is a graduate of Caverna High School and was a starting-forward on that historic Western Kentucky University team.
In 1971 Houston hosted the NCAA Final-Four for their first time ever in the Astrodome. The teams were WKU, Villanova, Kansas, and UCLA. Attendance was over 35,000 people. On April 2, 2016 Houston will host the NCAA Final-Four again…this time in the NRG Stadium.
While watching the games being played in Houston on April 2, 2016 we can keep one thing in mind. The proclamation to Clarence Glover illustrates our city’s connection to the NCAA Final-Four in 1971 and 45 years later in 2016.
Additionally, Western Kentucky University remains the FIRST and ONLY team in NCAA Division I Final-Four history to have the (1) president of the university – Dero Downing, (2) athletic director – Ted Hornback, (3) entire full-time coaching staff – John Oldham, Buck Sydnor, & Jim Richards, and (4) the entire starting line-up – Jim Rose, Rex Bailey, Jim McDaniels, Jerry Dunn, & Clarence Glover - all from the same state-KENTUCKY.