Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse Expected to Bring Thousands to Western Kentucky

State and local agencies asking both visitors and residents to be prepared

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 24, 2017) – State and local agencies are preparing for a massive influx of visitors during a Total Solar Eclipse that will sweep across the region on the afternoon of August 21, 2017.  While the celestial event will include 14 states across the nation’s midsection, ground zero for the eclipse runs from near Carbondale, Illinois, to Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

The total eclipse is truly a once-in-a- lifetime event.  According to NASA, any given point on the planet will only experience a total solar eclipse about once every 375 years. Ten western Kentucky counties are bracing for an influx of anywhere from 100,000 visitors up to a half-million or more starting about three days before the eclipse. Another 11 counties are preparing for a mass of traffic as visitors travel to and from the total eclipse zone.

At 2 minutes and 40.2 seconds, Kentucky has the longest eclipse duration making it even more attractive as a viewing destination.

The total eclipse will arrive at 1:20 p.m. CDT on August 21. The partial eclipse will start about an hour before the total eclipse and will continue on until about an hour after the total eclipse has ended.

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) is working with local, state and federal officials on a number of contingencies for the Eclipse event.

“We’ve undertaken a significant planning initiative over the past six months, engaging with local county officials in the 21 counties within the eclipse zone, in addition to our state and federal partners, to ensure the availability of mutual aid resources, communication interoperability and command and control to provide a safe and enjoyable event area,” said KYEM Director Michael Dossett. “Before you leave home, plan a specific destination for viewing off the roadway, possibly from a park or other reserved location.  With the increase in visitor traffic, planning ahead is a must to enjoy the event. Kentucky is always a favored travel destination and our emergency services partners are working diligently to ensure our visitors enjoy a safe venue for this benchmark event,” said Dossett. 

According to weather experts, Kentucky and Tennessee have the least likelihood of cloud cover that might block viewing opportunities. Dossett says visitors should also be prepared for variable weather conditions in late-August such as hot weather and the potential for severe weather.

“During the third week of August, we often have temperatures in the 100-degree range. That creates concern about heat related and other health issues. Visitors should bring plenty of water, about a gallon per person per day for the duration of their stay. During this time of year, there is always a chance for severe thunderstorms. Visitors in rural areas may have difficulty finding shelter and should familiarize themselves with their surroundings.”

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is helping plan for potential traffic issues that might result from thousands of visitors flocking to the area.

“We anticipate that a majority of the visitors will filter into the eight-county region over the two or three days before the eclipse,” said Wade Clements, KYTC District 2 chief engineer. “Once the eclipse is over, we are expecting traffic issues akin to what Louisville faces before and after the Kentucky Derby or Thunder Over Louisville. We urge motorists to plan ahead before traveling to or through the region the day of the eclipse.” 

With the increased number of visitors in the area, there is potential for gridlock along our Interstate 24 corridor through Kentucky and along KY 91 between Princeton and Hopkinsville. Expect local roadways to become heavily congested as well. In an effort to minimize traffic delays, KYTC is partnering with local law enforcement, Kentucky State Police and emergency planning agencies to assist with traffic control before, during and after the event.

Local and state officials are asking visitors who plan to travel to view the eclipse and people who live within the eight counties in the total eclipse zone to be fully prepared for what they will encounter.

State officials provided the following list of specific recommendations for eclipse watchers:

·        Choose a specific place to watch the eclipse. If you stop randomly along area highways, you can be issued a citation for impeding traffic. Parking along right of way creates a number of hazards.

·        Restroom facilities will be at a premium. Pick a viewing location with appropriate facilities.

·        Bring an ample supply of food and water for the duration of your planned stay.

·        Have a specific place to stay – Either a hotel room or appropriate campsite.

·        Be prepared for traffic delays. Thousands of visitors may create traffic gridlock at some critical intersections and interchanges, particularly along the I-24 corridor and KY 91 corridor.

Additional eclipse planning resources are available at these websites:

http://www.kentuckytourism.com/eclipse/eclipseevents.aspx

http://www.starnetlibraries.org/EclipseGuide/

http://nationaleclipse.com/  

https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/

KYTC and KYEM will provide additional information and traffic advisories as the eclipse date approaches.

For up-to-date Kentucky traffic and travel information, visit www.goky.ky.gov  or navigate traffic by downloading the free Waze app to your mobile device.

Additional helpful links and resources can be found on the KYEM website at:  http://kyem.ky.gov where you can follow KYEMPIO on Twitter, like us onfacebook and sign up for mobile alert messages.


City Accepting Bid Proposals for Cable TV

THE CITY OF FULTON REQUEST FOR BID PROPOSAL

  

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE CITY OF FULTON IS SOLICITING SEALED BID PROPOSALS FROM PARTIES INTERESTED IN OPERATING CABLE TELEVISION SYSTEMS WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE CITY OF FULTON.

 

FRANCHISE(S) AWARDED PURSUANT TO THIS REQUEST FOR BID PROPOSALS WILL BE NON-EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE FOR TEN (10) YEARS

 

SEALED BIDS ARE TO BE DELIVERED TO FULTON CITY HALL, CITY CLERK’S OFFICE, 101 NELSON TRIPP PLACE BETWEEN THE HOURS OF

9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM. BY JUNE 1, 2017.

 

ALL BID PROPOSALS SUBMITTED WILL BE OPENED AT 2:00 PM IN THE COMMISSION ROOM ON JUNE 1, 2017.

 

THE CITY OF FULTON SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO WAIVE ANY INFORMALITIES AND IRREGULARITIES IN AWARDING THE BID FRANCHISE AND TO ACCEPT WHAT, IN THE CITY’S OPINION, IS THE BEST RESPONSIVE AND RESPONSIBLE BID.


Public Hearing Notice

City of Fulton, Kentucky

Zoning Ordinance Change Hearing Notice

 

Public notice is hereby given to all persons in the City of Fulton, Kentucky that a public hearing will be conducted on Thursday May 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM at City Hall to solicit comments on the City’s adoption of the updated zoning map.

 

 

All persons interested are invited to attend this hearing and be heard.  Written comments will be accepted through Tuesday, May 23, 2016 by 4:00 PM and may be submitted to:

 

Fulton City Clerk

Fulton City Hall

P.O. Box 1350

101 Nelson Tripp Place

Fulton, Kentucky 42014

 

A copy of the proposed changes can be reviewed at Fulton City Hall, 101 Nelson Tripp Place, at the City Clerk/Manager’s Office during normal business hours, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Mon – Fri.  Or you may also review a copy on the website at www.fulton-ky.com

 

 

David Ware, Chairman                                                 04-27-2017

City of Fulton Planning Commission                              Date:


SCAM ALERT

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The City of Fulton does not make automated calls requesting payment.  We take payments at City Hall, or on our website (www.fulton-ky.com), or you can call 1-877-885-7968.


Public Hearing Notice

City of Fulton, Kentucky

Zoning Ordinance Change Hearing Notice

Public notice is hereby given to all persons in the City of Fulton, Kentucky that a public hearing will be conducted on Thursday April 27, 2016 at 5:30 PM at City Hall to solicit comments on the City’s proposed change to its zoning ordinance.

Changes would include allowing manufactured housing to be done as a condition use in a R3 zone.  The following section would be impacted:

ARTICLE 2 SECTION 2.1.24 and 2.1.25 Definitions

ARTICLE 2 SECTION 2.6.10 and 2.6.11

ARTICLE 2 SECTION 4.1.3 (C) (6)

All persons interested are invited to attend this hearing and be heard.  Written comments will be accepted through Tuesday, April 25th, 2016 by 4:00 PM and may be submitted to:

Fulton City Clerk

Fulton City Hall

P.O. Box 1350

101 Nelson Tripp Place

Fulton, Kentucky 42014

Proposed Amendment to 1974 COF Zoning Ordinance RE Manufactured Homes

A copy of the proposed changes can be reviewed at Fulton City Hall, 101 Nelson Tripp Place, at the City Clerk/Manager’s Office during normal business hours, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Mon – Fri.  Or you may also review a copy on the website at www.fulton-ky.com

David Ware, Chairman                                                 03/30/2017

City of Fulton Planning Commission                         Date:

 


City Hiring Temporary Seasonal Help

TEMPORARY /SEASONAL HELP

THE CITY OF FULTON WILL BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR A TEMPORARY/SEASONAL HELP IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT UNDER THE DIRECTION OF PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR BILLY NELMS, JR. A VALID DRIVERS LICENSE AND A COPY OF A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR G E D EQUIVALENT IS REQUIRED. APPLICANT MUST PASS A PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG AND ALCOHOL TEST AND CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK.

APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AT FULTON CITY HALL FROM 8:00 A.M. UNTIL 4:00 P.M. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 29.

THE STARTING PAY IS $7.25/HR. JOB WILL CONSIST OF MOWING, WEED EATING AND OTHR MISCELLANEOUS DUTIES.

THE CITY OF FULTON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Public Service Notice from Fulton County Dispatch

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

POLICE, FIRE, EMS NUMBERS ARE NOT WORKING EXCEPT FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WHICH YOU CAN ONLY CALL MON-FRI 8 TO 4. IF YOU NEED POLICE, FIRE, or EMS PLEASE DIAL 911 OR 270-236-3480 OR 270-236-2594.