Stamping Ground Listening and Design Session

Stamping Ground Elementary School Thursday, August 20, 2015 6:00 p.m.

What is the one thing you think of that you value the most, or that makes Stamping Ground unique?

• Name
• History
• Size – Small town atmosphere
• Unity
• Wildlife
• Have one of everything you need and no stoplight
• An elementary school in the community
• Churches
• Park
• Rural
• People
• Post Office
• Drugstore and other stores in the city
• Police and Fire Departments
• Bank
• Balanced small town economy – service, industry, hardware, and productive farms
• Location – close to interstates and larger cities
• Able to make our own decisions because of the size of the community – the people are involved
• The community aspect goes beyond the city limits – a part of the greater community
• Medical – Nurse Practitioner
• A safe place to raise children

What are the strengths of this city?

• Growth potential
• Safety
• Location
• Churches
• Family connections
• Hometown atmosphere
• Local businesses
• Good infrastructure
• Friendly police
• Resilience
• People willing to help each other
• The Name
• Relationship with the county
• Uniqueness
• Small town
• Beauty
• Volunteer fire department
• Drug store
• Bourbon history
• Family ties
• Greenspace
• Low crime
• Good leaders
• Springs that are still running
• Citizen involvement
• Business involvement in the community
• Deep roots in Stamping Ground – Generations
• EMS service
• Masonic Lodge
• Local cemetery

Weaknesses – what should we work on?

• Roads
• Developments need to be finished
• Internet access
• Car wash – need one
• Youth activities
• More family sized rental property
• Stamping Ground ambulance needs to stay in Stamping Ground
• Need hardware store
• Enhance the park with summer concerts, events
• A lot of the problems are hard to solve
• A community benevolence outreach
• Negative perception of location
• No signage on the roads for the city
• Not enough activities for children
• Need more small businesses in general
• Streetscape – lights, benches, flower pots, cobblestone
• Wellness center
• Community center
• Main Street needs a makeover
• Hesitance for change
• Abandoned buildings
• Interstate sign – None
• Internet service not in county
• Farmer interaction
• Senior citizen activity
• Not enough fire hydrants
• Need an annual community event
• Businesses need to support the community
• Lack of jobs
• Water Tower and funeral home – abandoned properties
• More on duty police
• Museum – local history
• Lack of full time staff at fire department
• Signage for community activities – marquee

Opportunities – what is possible?

• Farmers market
• Something for youth
• Room for growth
• Jesse James festival
• Streetscape
• Community center or indoor recreation for kids
• Sports complex
• Craft brewery
• Directory of all local businesses
• Community choir for children
• Senior citizen center
• Kentucky Proud products grown here
• Potential for more businesses
• Promotional program for all of the positive things in the community
• Local computer center for those without internet access
• Tourism built around history
• Developed subdivisions
• Better upkeep of the school grounds
• Additional multi-family housing
• Signage to recognize the community
• Small industrial park
• Child care
• Library
• Walking trail
• Ball field

Threats –what will keep us from success?

• Natural disaster
• Lack of 24 hour police or fire
• Drugs
• Loss of school
• Lack of 24 hour ambulance
• Poor leadership and lack of planning
• Price of gas – keeps people from coming here
• Community of people that only care about themselves
• Nothing planned for the future of the children
• Building closures
• Lack of finances and resources
• Fear of taxes
• People moving away
• With growth = more crime
• Lack of support
• Lack of volunteers/support for businesses
• Keep expectations in check
• Not enough space to grown
• Unable to get people move here
• Attracting the wrong folks
• Excessive regulations on ag and hunting
• Change in county government could affect the support level of this community

Design Session

Table #8
• Use property funeral home into a community center with library, gathering area, activity center, internet access
• Village Green at funeral home property

Table #11
• Day Trip Destination – Take what is not the downtown and reconstruct it as an area that will attract tourists – Look at Midway, Paducah – arts community
• Connect everything in town to a greenway

Table #C
• Thrift/consignment in by the barbershop

Table #7
• Sidewalks/street lamps

Table #10
• Bed and Breakfast – Jesse James home or funeral home

Table #9
• Kiosk/information booth

Table # 11.5
• Get with owners of 2 undeveloped subdivisions = about $19,000 in property taxes per year

Table #2
• Funeral home – community center, senior center, village green
• Old fire station as a museum

Table #1
• Walking trail around town for kids – organized athletics, challenge park

Table #4
• Assisted living facility at the funeral home location

Table #5
• Further promotion of small industrial park

Table #2
• Public parking area – where the development area is located

Table #3
• Farmers market by the water tower

Table #
• Municipal golf course

 

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