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00:00:06 - Career overview

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Partial Transcript: This is an unrehearsed interview with Gordon Garner of the Louisville-Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District on July 11th, 1989.

Segment Synopsis: Gordon Garner is introduced. He gives a brief overview of his education and career.

Keywords: Arizona; Commissioner of Public Works; Engineering; Kentucky Highway Department; Mergers; U.S. Public Health Service; University of Kentucky; Virginia

Subjects: Education--Kentucky; Employment

00:03:28 - Growth planning--Sewer system

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Partial Transcript: Uh, what we wanted to ask you to do were--was to talk about major, uh, efforts you've been involved in to protect environmental quality in Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Garner talks about planning for growth and development in regard to the sewer system, and talks about replacing septic tanks with sewer lines.

Keywords: Development; Environmental quality; Growth planning; IBM; Mergers; Planning systems; Priorities; Septic tanks; Sewer systems; Unmet needs

Subjects: Community development.; Lexington (Ky.).; Organic wastes.; Sewage.; Sewerage.

00:07:59 - Growth planning--Transportation

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Partial Transcript: The--there was a similar need in, in the transportation network.

Segment Synopsis: Garner talks about planning for growth and development in regard to transportation. He talks specifically about the proposed plan in Lexington to build a freeway through the center of the city, why he opposed such a plan, and the solution that was ultimately chosen. He talks about policies relating to subdivision development.

Keywords: Alumni Drive; Balance; Circle 4 (New Circle Road); Community; Computerized traffic control network; Developers; Freeway systems; Gentrification; Growth; Man O' War Road; Mayor Foster Pettit; Mayor Jim Amato; Neighborhoods; North-South Freeway; Planning; Preservation; Strategies; Subdivisions; Transportation networks

Subjects: Community development.; Environmental protection--Kentucky; Land use.; Real estate development.; Transportation--Kentucky; Transportation--Research

00:15:33 - Politics and plans for growth in Lexington

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Partial Transcript: Um, where did that plan come from?

Segment Synopsis: Garner talks about various leaders of Lexington and their attitudes toward development. He talks about varying priorities and plans for Lexington, and discusses the importance of community support for development plans and conservation.

Keywords: "Communism"; Alliance; Attitudes; Business; Changes; Citizens; Commissioners; Communication; Community involvement; Developers; Goals; Growth planning; Infill development; Issues; Mayor Foster Pettit; Mayor Jerry Abramson; Mayor Scotty Baesler; Plans; Population; Priorities; Sewers; Strategies; Vision

Subjects: Community development.; Development policy analysis; Environmental protection--Kentucky; Land use.; Lexington (Ky.).; Louisville (Ky.); Mayors--Kentucky--Lexington; Sewage.; Sewerage.

00:25:28 - Land preservation

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Partial Transcript: Um, one question I had as you were talking, you seem to talk about the whole idea of preserving the horse farms as something accepted and, uh--whereas it seems to be still something very much up to debate.

Segment Synopsis: Garner discusses changes in attitudes regarding the preservation versus development of horse farms.

Keywords: Athens (Ky.); Attitudes; Changes; Farm owners; Growth planning; Horse farms; Horse industry; Park lands; Preservation; Property; Rural areas; Selling

Subjects: Community development.; Conservation of natural resources; Environmental protection--Kentucky; Land use, Rural--Kentucky; Land use.; Real estate development.; Rural development.

00:29:11 - Leadership in Lexington

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Partial Transcript: Um, and is all this coming out of Mayor Pettit's, uh--

Segment Synopsis: Garner talks more about Lexington leaders and their attitudes regarding development, focusing mainly on mayors Pettit, Amato, and Baesler.

Keywords: Attitudes; Legislature; Mayor Foster Pettit; Mayor Jim Amato; Mayor Scotty Baesler; Power; Representation

Subjects: Environmental protection--Kentucky; Leadership; Lexington (Ky.)--Politics and government; Lexington (Ky.).; Louisville (Ky.); Mayors--Kentucky--Lexington

00:36:39 - Problems at Metropolitan Sewer District upon his arrival

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Partial Transcript: Given this comparison you've just drawn, why did you come to Louisville?

Segment Synopsis: Garner talks about beginning his employment at Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and the issues that he encountered, including politics, reputation with the community, and ecological disasters.

Keywords: Appointment; Board of directors; Changes; Coal; Community; Contamination; Credibility; Customer satisfaction; Disasters; Floods; Image; Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD); Opinions; Policies; Priorities; Problems; Reputation; Sewers; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Wastewater treatment plants

Subjects: Environmental protection--Kentucky; Environmentalism; Leadership; Lexington (Ky.)--Politics and government; Lexington (Ky.).; Louisville (Ky.); Mayors--Kentucky--Lexington; Pollution.; Water quality.

00:49:36 - Sewers and storm drainage

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Partial Transcript: The, the fourth thing had to do with the expansion of sewers into neighborhoods.

Segment Synopsis: Garner discusses how he and MSD changed attitudes in the community regarding storm drains and the conversion from septic tanks to sewage systems.

Keywords: Accountability; Agendas; Attitudes; Citizens; Committees; Costs; Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD); Neighborhoods; Policies; Priorities; Rain water runoff; Responsibility; Roles; Septic tanks; Storm drains; Voluntary

Subjects: Combined sewers; Community development.; Effluent quality; Environmental protection--Kentucky; Louisville (Ky.); Pollution.; Storm sewers.; Urban runoff.; Water quality.

00:57:46 - More on leadership in Lexington

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Partial Transcript: Okay, so we can pick up with that--

Segment Synopsis: Garner talks more about various mayors of Lexington, focusing again on Pettit, Amato, and Baesler. He talks more about their policies and attitudes regarding growth and development versus preservation. He talks about the issue of sign control, and discusses the changes in the community now that people are more educated due to open access to information. The interview is concluded, but is continued in a second interview (1989OH162 Env 016).

Keywords: Billboards; Chamber of commerce; Changes; Citizens; Differences; Enlightened; Environmentalists; Information; Issues; Legislators; Legislature; Lobbying; Mayor Foster Pettit; Mayor Jim Amato; Mayor Scotty Baesler; Open access; Policies; Problems; Projects; Rural areas; Sign control

Subjects: Environmental education.; Environmental protection--Kentucky; Environmentalism; Leadership; Lexington (Ky.)--Politics and government; Lexington (Ky.).; Louisville (Ky.); Mayors--Kentucky--Lexington; Transportation--Kentucky