Daviess Co. putting community priorities list together

Daviess County elected leaders and residents get their priorities together for the upcoming Kentucky General Assembly session.


Their annual community priorities list highlights projects they would like done.

Every community has their priorities.


"If we're not there, if we don't stay within the forefront with the issues that concern citizens with trying to get the things we need help with, we'll be forgotten," says Daviess Co. Judge Executive Al Mattingly.


The Community Priorities List for Owensboro and Daviess County lets lawmakers remember not to forget their community's needs.


"We look as a region and say, 'How do we make it easier to and from Owensboro from a business perspective and from a commercial perspective,'" says Candance Brake of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce. Brake says transportation projects considered include continued transformation of the Natcher Parkway to an I-65 spur, lighting the Blue Bridge, and improvements along Kentucky 331 on Owensboro's western edge leading to the Owensboro Riverport.


"Right now, it runs through residential areas and it's not safe for the residents to have to try to have a regular life with a lot of industrial vehicles and traffic coming to and from the Riverport,” says Brake.


Other possible priorities include a new judicial center to handle more family and criminal cases, and home rule for city and county governments, giving them more flexibility in tax structure. some residents say they'd like to see an emphasis on maintaining the current infrastructure and roads.


"It seems that we have a lot of roads that are in poor condition in our county and the area, and in my opinion, we've forgotten the priorities need to be and that's maintaining our current infrastructure. we need to maintain,” Cecil says.


Mattingly says he hopes a list is finalized before next month at the earliest. Chamber of Commerce officials plan to discuss the list at next Tuesday's Owensboro City Commission meeting.

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(This story was originally published on November 3, 2017)

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