new stores and restaurant rumors...

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#42 Mar 6, 2013
Paul Revere wrote:
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I was speaking from the standpoint of facilities and ease of access. The local airport is setup to handle all but the largest airframes and really shines when servicing private flights.
You make a solid point the business isn't there...yet. But, attracting new and longterm commitments from business and manufacturers would definately increase the need.
Again, don't look at any one element, look at the whole thing as a puzzle. Put the pieces together and create a properous future for Somerset.
Oh, I agree with you. The infrastructure is in place mostly. The Center / Technology Park has a lot of potential still (remember silicon holler?) I was just hoping you had heard rumors of a regional airline that was interested in Somerset... again.
Paul Revere

Pella, IA

#43 Mar 6, 2013
Skeptical Spectacles wrote:
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Oh, I agree with you. The infrastructure is in place mostly. The Center / Technology Park has a lot of potential still (remember silicon holler?) I was just hoping you had heard rumors of a regional airline that was interested in Somerset... again.
Nothing concrete at this time. Commuter service would probably be the last spoke in the wheel anyway.
I like the plans I've heard about Somerset's intent to become a regional energy hub. That has real potential I think and should be aggressively persued.
More co-op programs involving local companies and SCC should be point of emphasis. Perhaps even the City could get involved as well? A degree in business (or anything else) just isn't very attractive in this economic climate without some practical experience.
I think Somerset would be a great location for a Sullivan University Campus. SU certainly offers some areas of study not currently available at SCC.
On the development front, I'd like to see some actual economic planning take place. To spur commercial development, why not work with property owners to create an option to US 27? Use the same approach as with industrial recruitment and offer breaks on utilities and taxes to new commercial ventures. This would help spread out development in Somerset and lessen the congestion of main traffic arteries. Hwy 914 is ripe for such a commercial/retail park. Think of it as a mini-Hamburg Pavilion.

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Since: Jun 11

London, KY

#44 Mar 6, 2013
Economic Growth wrote:
All the buzz now is the recent news of Frederick's of Hollywood, The Spearmint Rhino and GiGi's Cabaret locating their new venues inside the city limits of Somerset. I was also told something about a Jimmy John's but can not confirm that.
I can't wait to see the blatant debauchery that comes with hot wings, crotch-less panties and bare breasts. Somerset is getting ready to turn into a cesspool of sin all because a couple of people couldn't drive 50 miles for their case of beer. What a shame!
You're an idiot. Worry about dope heads, people poppin pills smokin meth, crack, heorin and what not and then getting kids hooked on it and spreading diseases from sharing needles.. Meth is so very horrible here. Worry about that before alcohol. Most alcoholics won't break into your house for stuff to sell for their next fix. A hardcore drug user will.

“Boogie Chill'un”

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Since: Dec 08

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#45 Mar 6, 2013
Paul Revere wrote:
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Nothing concrete at this time. Commuter service would probably be the last spoke in the wheel anyway.
I like the plans I've heard about Somerset's intent to become a regional energy hub. That has real potential I think and should be aggressively persued.
More co-op programs involving local companies and SCC should be point of emphasis. Perhaps even the City could get involved as well? A degree in business (or anything else) just isn't very attractive in this economic climate without some practical experience.
I think Somerset would be a great location for a Sullivan University Campus. SU certainly offers some areas of study not currently available at SCC.
On the development front, I'd like to see some actual economic planning take place. To spur commercial development, why not work with property owners to create an option to US 27? Use the same approach as with industrial recruitment and offer breaks on utilities and taxes to new commercial ventures. This would help spread out development in Somerset and lessen the congestion of main traffic arteries. Hwy 914 is ripe for such a commercial/retail park. Think of it as a mini-Hamburg Pavilion.
Those are some solid ideas Paul ....you oughta be on zoning and planning or something down there. Good stuff, sir.
Truth Seeker

Richmond, KY

#46 Mar 6, 2013
You folks do realize that SCC will never be a four year institution right? The fact that it is a 2 year institution is VERY hand for the working folks in and around Somerset. It serves the area much better as it is. It is a very important part of the KCTCS system.
Dewey

Harrison, AR

#47 Mar 6, 2013
The lottery and alcohol has is the answer to all of Somerset's needs. Just read all posts.

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Since: Feb 13

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#48 Mar 6, 2013
Dewey wrote:
The lottery and alcohol has is the answer to all of Somerset's needs. Just read all posts.
Stop sobbing, you lost. I can buy beer in Somerset if I want and there is nothing you can do about it.
Paul Revere

Pella, IA

#51 Mar 7, 2013
JumperJuice wrote:
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Those are some solid ideas Paul ....you oughta be on zoning and planning or something down there. Good stuff, sir.
IF there were an office of zoning and planning in Somerset, I might be interested.
Creating such an office might be a good first step, don't you think?

Since: Aug 10

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#52 Mar 7, 2013
Paul Revere wrote:
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IF there were an office of zoning and planning in Somerset, I might be interested.
Creating such an office might be a good first step, don't you think?
http://cityofsomerset.com/planning-zoning/BUI...

“Boogie Chill'un”

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Since: Dec 08

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#53 Mar 7, 2013
Paul Revere wrote:
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IF there were an office of zoning and planning in Somerset, I might be interested.
Creating such an office might be a good first step, don't you think?
yes, it sure would! I was unaware there was no such animal. I've been gone for a little over 18 years. Something to think about Paul, you have some very good ideas, in my opinion. I know we've disagreed on some things, but we agree on some too......I have a degree in Construction Management if you ever need an assistant, hit me up! Always looking for bigger and better opportunities. You obviously have the business acumen, I have some technical knowledge and experience.....ya never know!

“Boogie Chill'un”

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#54 Mar 7, 2013
Skeptical Spectacles wrote:
Oops....didn't see this. Looks like more code enforcement and building inspections than it is a TRUE zoning and planning commission. However, it's a start, thanks for the link.

Since: Aug 10

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#55 Mar 7, 2013
JumperJuice wrote:
<quoted text>yes, it sure would! I was unaware there was no such animal. I've been gone for a little over 18 years. Something to think about Paul, you have some very good ideas, in my opinion. I know we've disagreed on some things, but we agree on some too......I have a degree in Construction Management if you ever need an assistant, hit me up! Always looking for bigger and better opportunities. You obviously have the business acumen, I have some technical knowledge and experience.....ya never know!
Somerset has a building and planning department.
Paul Revere

Pella, IA

#56 Mar 7, 2013
Skeptical Spectacles wrote:
Glad we have one. But, does that dept do anything beyond inspect buildings? Do they give regular reports to City Council? Offer suggestions or detailed plans for 10, 20 or 30 years down the road?
My point is, we must be engaged to affect positive economic revitalization. Action is needed, not more lip service.
When was the last time we had an update from our Industrial Recruiter? His report should be on the agenda at every meeting of Fiscal Court. Does he even attend meetings?
I've put my ideas in writing and sent them to County and City officals. That's a start but, we've got to demand more from our local governments. Either demonstrate some initiative that will justify my tax dollars or get out of the way and let someone else try.

“Boogie Chill'un”

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#57 Mar 7, 2013
Skeptical Spectacles wrote:
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Somerset has a building and planning department.
See post #54....lol

Since: Aug 10

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#58 Mar 7, 2013
Paul Revere wrote:
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Glad we have one. But, does that dept do anything beyond inspect buildings? Do they give regular reports to City Council? Offer suggestions or detailed plans for 10, 20 or 30 years down the road?
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Heck if I know! I don't even know how the position(s) gets filled.
I admit, I'm not nearly as involved with local affairs as I should be.

It looks like there's both a code enforcement/zoning official and a building inspector in that department.

You said you'd be interested in the position if there was such a position. So, get your resume ready ;-)

Since: Aug 10

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#59 Mar 7, 2013
JumperJuice wrote:
<quoted text>See post #54....lol
Yeah, sometimes topix is a little laggy. Every now and then I'll see older posts pop into place that weren't there on the last refresh.

“Boogie Chill'un”

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Since: Dec 08

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#60 Mar 7, 2013
Skeptical Spectacles wrote:
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Yeah, sometimes topix is a little laggy. Every now and then I'll see older posts pop into place that weren't there on the last refresh.
No worries....

“Boogie Chill'un”

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Since: Dec 08

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#61 Mar 7, 2013
Paul Revere wrote:
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Glad we have one. But, does that dept do anything beyond inspect buildings? Do they give regular reports to City Council? Offer suggestions or detailed plans for 10, 20 or 30 years down the road?
My point is, we must be engaged to affect positive economic revitalization. Action is needed, not more lip service.
When was the last time we had an update from our Industrial Recruiter? His report should be on the agenda at every meeting of Fiscal Court. Does he even attend meetings?
I've put my ideas in writing and sent them to County and City officals. That's a start but, we've got to demand more from our local governments. Either demonstrate some initiative that will justify my tax dollars or get out of the way and let someone else try.
Get on it Paul.....you have some good ideas, the knowledge and desire it seems too.....I'd definitely get on board with you.
anonymous

Bowling Green, KY

#62 Mar 7, 2013
I worked for Kohls for almost two years and Somerset is not on the map at all doesnt match their population standards and demographic.There needs to be more population and an interstate keep dreaming people
james

Tucker, GA

#63 Mar 8, 2013
anonymous wrote:
I worked for Kohls for almost two years and Somerset is not on the map at all doesnt match their population standards and demographic.There needs to be more population and an interstate keep dreaming people
Dunkin Donuts came. That's prove enough that Somerset is changing. Been to several Kohls stores that weren't off interstate highways.

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