if i was the mayor !!!
clay county concern

Harrison, AR

#1 Mar 11, 2013
what would you change???
Jack Black

United States

#2 Mar 11, 2013
The Fire Department. New Chief and some paid members. I would also cut down on the staff at city hall. I would have people working in the park on a daily basis.
Live in Manchester

Somerset, KY

#3 Mar 11, 2013
Try to bring jobs to Manchester.
Teddi

Somerset, KY

#4 Mar 11, 2013
No new taxes, take away business license fees.
mike

Middlesboro, KY

#5 Mar 11, 2013
if a frog had wings it wouldn't bust it ass every time it jumped.
i would

Manchester, KY

#6 Mar 11, 2013
I would put Manchester on e-bay and sale it to some poor fool.
Stan

Manchester, KY

#7 Mar 12, 2013
Interesting idea! I too would prefer new leadership at the MFD.
Jack Black wrote:
The Fire Department. New Chief and some paid members. I would also cut down on the staff at city hall. I would have people working in the park on a daily basis.

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#8 Mar 12, 2013
I'd do something about all the illegal parking that goes on around here! Oh, and make the police actually patrol and ticket stupid drivers. That alone should just about make up any losses we'd have.

Second, I'd adopt and/or enforce all city ordinances about property maintenance withing city limits. The city proper area just looks run down, and several properties should actually be torn down if they can't be kept up to code. There should also be strict fire codes and inspections done when buildings are constructed or old structures are renovated.

I'd also set up a plan that would reimburse fees to new businesses that STAY in business at least 5 years. Our business fees are MUCH lower than other towns around here, but our businesses don't stay open more than 6 months to a year. One can't insure growth when one can't keep businesses open. In theory, these businesses should have paid more in taxes than the fees they started with.
FACT

Manchester, KY

#9 Mar 12, 2013
Am not posting this as a smart azz remark but you want to know why business don't stay open no longer, it's their prices. You got to realize around here a majority of the people are on fixed incomes, so they have got a limited amount they spend. They will go to where they find the cheapest prices for things they need, and the cheap prices are not in Manchester. Also the few business that are here do not have a large variety to choose from, I know from personal experience I go to London , hazard , or corbin to buy things, lot cheaper and a wider variety to choose from. Sorry if that upsets you but that's the truth.
Like2Know

Flat Lick, KY

#10 Mar 12, 2013
mominmanchester wrote:
I'd do something about all the illegal parking that goes on around here! Oh, and make the police actually patrol and ticket stupid drivers. That alone should just about make up any losses we'd have.
Second, I'd adopt and/or enforce all city ordinances about property maintenance withing city limits. The city proper area just looks run down, and several properties should actually be torn down if they can't be kept up to code. There should also be strict fire codes and inspections done when buildings are constructed or old structures are renovated.
I'd also set up a plan that would reimburse fees to new businesses that STAY in business at least 5 years. Our business fees are MUCH lower than other towns around here, but our businesses don't stay open more than 6 months to a year. One can't insure growth when one can't keep businesses open. In theory, these businesses should have paid more in taxes than the fees they started with.
Do you know of any agency or organization which could provide small business development grants or incentive funding to business startups in Manchester?
Stan

Manchester, KY

#11 Mar 12, 2013
Agree 100% with your point # 2.
mominmanchester wrote:
I'd do something about all the illegal parking that goes on around here! Oh, and make the police actually patrol and ticket stupid drivers. That alone should just about make up any losses we'd have.
Second, I'd adopt and/or enforce all city ordinances about property maintenance withing city limits. The city proper area just looks run down, and several properties should actually be torn down if they can't be kept up to code. There should also be strict fire codes and inspections done when buildings are constructed or old structures are renovated.
I'd also set up a plan that would reimburse fees to new businesses that STAY in business at least 5 years. Our business fees are MUCH lower than other towns around here, but our businesses don't stay open more than 6 months to a year. One can't insure growth when one can't keep businesses open. In theory, these businesses should have paid more in taxes than the fees they started with.
Fred G

London, KY

#12 Mar 12, 2013
The City of Manchester looks like a dump. Run down buildings that have been converted to apartments for dead beats and drug heads owned by slumlords. Everything just looks nasty in downtown Manchester. Just one step from being a ghost town that when you drive through in your car you can say I remember thiry or fourty years ago Manchester was something to see. Buy another Golf Course outside the City Limits Mayor ! Waste that tax money honey.

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#13 Mar 12, 2013
Like2Know wrote:
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Do you know of any agency or organization which could provide small business development grants or incentive funding to business startups in Manchester?
You can actually go through both State and Federal Government Small Business administrations to find information about grants for different types of businesses. There is also a small business "incubator" in London that will help you with getting your ideas together, setting up your business, and finding funds. Here's the website to that: http://www.khic.org/

Good luck if you decide to open shop in Manchester! My husband and I are looking into options as well. Mostly in the paperwork stage right now.
old time way

Pineville, KY

#14 Mar 12, 2013
what bout golf course....when are there gonna be workers down there?
otw

Flat Lick, KY

#15 Mar 12, 2013
old time way wrote:
what bout golf course....when are there gonna be workers down there?
dunno
Like2Know

Flat Lick, KY

#16 Mar 12, 2013
mominmanchester wrote:
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You can actually go through both State and Federal Government Small Business administrations to find information about grants for different types of businesses. There is also a small business "incubator" in London that will help you with getting your ideas together, setting up your business, and finding funds. Here's the website to that: http://www.khic.org/
Good luck if you decide to open shop in Manchester! My husband and I are looking into options as well. Mostly in the paperwork stage right now.
No, the SBA does not provide grants for starting and expanding a business. Kentucky Highlands also does not offer business grants or any other type of non repayable funding just loans and then only if you agree to allow them an equity stake in the business.

You make the point that exempting new businesses from local fees might not be a sufficient incentive to help achieve long term (you mention 5 years) success. Kentucky went after Toyota with substantial tax incentive guarantees along with job training and workforce development grants. Do you know of any source of similar financial assistance available to those who are looking to start or expand a small business even something like a forgivable loan?
old time way

Pineville, KY

#17 Mar 16, 2013
so many playing at golf course....thats not members...is it gonna be free all summer? is this true...just heard about it...are they mowing greens...what is up with that place
just wondering

Manchester, KY

#18 Mar 16, 2013
Stan wrote:
Interesting idea! I too would prefer new leadership at the MFD.
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i would try to teach someone on the fire department to flag traffic when there is a housefire on a main road. instead of the jokes they have that block up the road and just stand and talk traffic is susposed to go both ways just my oppinion, after we set for an hour thursday night no body knew what to do to get traffic going again
Jack Black

Greenfield, IN

#19 Mar 17, 2013
You better been glad you didn't say anything. The chief has been know to cuss you out while your setting in traffic.

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