Mayor wants inmates to help clean up the streets of Owenton

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By Molly Haines

Spring has sprung in the city of Owenton and Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier is making plans for spring cleaning.

At the April 7 meeting of the Owenton City Council, Wotier announced plans for several things he would like to see done over the next few months.

Wotier said he would like to bring in volunteer help from the Carroll County Detention Center to assist with a street cleanup.

“We’ve had them come here before and clean up,” Wotier said. “We generally bring in Class-D felons, those who are close to being released and who are not serving time for an extremely serious crime.”

Wotier said he thinks a cleanup is essential to providing visitors a good image of Owenton.

“I want to cast a good image of our city,” Wotier said. “I want an image that says we take pride in our city. I want those who visit Owenton to be impressed by our town.”

Wotier said once the city is cleaned up, the citizens should be more apt to keep it that way.

“You’re always going to have people who don’t care what the area looks like,” Wotier said. “But not everyone is that way and I think if we could have the city cleaned up, people would be less likely to throw their trash out on the streets.”

Wotier said he would also like to see street signs throughout the city straightened up.

“A lot of our street signs are bent to where you can’t see them,” Wotier said. “It’s important for us to get that taken care of for people driving through our town. We want everything to look nice and be in place. It shows that we care and take pride in our town.”

Peggie Tisch was at the meeting to discuss plans for the Owen County Historical Tour, which will take place June 26 – during the U.S. Open Sporting Clay Championships.

During the May 5 city council meeting, current nuisance ordinances will be reviewed and possibly revised. Wotier said he encourages concerned citizens of Owenton to attend.

“I would encourage and welcome it,” Wotier said. “It’s a public meeting and I would like to see more people get involved in what we do.”