interstate 69 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (2/18/14) – Reiterating statements he made at the State of the City address earlier this month, Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne said he remains committed to the challenge of persuading state lawmakers and colleagues in surrounding communities that Owensboro is the place I-69 should run through if the state’s highway department can’t figure out a solution to the challenge of paying for the construction of a bridge to connect it between Henderson and Evansville, Ind.

"I am very passionate about this issue,” Payne said at the end of the Owensboro City Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night (tonight). “It is time we had an interstate in this community.”

Payne said he doesn’t “fault Henderson or Evansville for being as passionate” about the issue as he is, but that the prohibitive cost of building a new bridge makes moving I-69 west to connect with the Natcher Bridge a viable alternative.

"I think there is a solution that can benefit all communities,” Payne said. “We have an alternative.”

Giving up isn’t an option, he said.

It’s time that we get an interstate through the city of Owensboro,” he said. “I’m going to continue to push this unless this commission tells me not to.”

At least one city commissioner is backing him. Immediately following his comments, Commissioner Deborah Nunley called Payne a “fearless leader” and compared him to “a dog with a bone he’s not gonna let go of.” She called on the public to support the mayor in his efforts to get the interstate route changed.

Earlier in the meeting, commissioners hustled through a relatively light agenda, approving several ordinances – including one to amend the city’s budget for the current fiscal year in order to allocate funds for “design work, real estate re-development, repairs, salt purchase, and contract transfer” – and heard a report on the city’s finances. According to the report presented, the city is 4.7 percent under budget expenditures. City officials noted the city could end the current fiscal year with as much as $11 million in the fund balance.

Commissioners also approved the promotion of David Powell to the position of police lieutenant effective Feb. 23, and the appointments of Nathanial Neal (recreation supervisor, Parks and Recreation Department), Herbert Kendall (public works laborer/maintenance helper, Public Works Department), and James Mattingly (garage manager, Public Works Department).


Dennis Beard


SurfKY News

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Summer Reading Program Brings Fun for All Ages

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (5/23/15) — It's almost time for Summer Reading at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries. There’s a… Read More

Muhlenberg BOE Special Meeting Scheduled

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (5/23/15) ― The Muhlenberg County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at 5… Read More

Most Read This Week

May 22, 2015 6658

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 6070

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 19, 2015 6008

Owensboro Health Proposes Building $15M Health…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 18, 2015 4395

Madisonville Man Wanted for Attempted Murder in…

by SurfKY News
May 19, 2015 3877

Two Charged with Marijuana Possession after…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 10566

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 15, 2015 7437

Investigation of Local Barber Shop Leads to Drug…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 23, 2015 6070

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 1375

MPD Seeks Three in Residential Robbery

by SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 1332

Elks BBQ Fundraiser Quick Sell Out

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 24, 2015 1114

MCC's Felicia Johnson Receives State KCTCS Award

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 998

'Cooking for the Cure' Fundraiser Brings Out…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 992

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Following Week

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 980

Health Department Food Scores Released

by SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 839

Scientists Meet in Louisville to Share Research…

by Betty Coffman
May 23, 2015 719

Sunday Alcohol Sales Discussion Tabled to Next…

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 660

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet…

by Ricki C. Gardenhire