Eastern Kentucky City Votes To Remain In Existence

An Eastern Kentucky city votes to remain in existence after last weeks elections.

There are two parts to the city of Allen, Old Allen, which was incorporated in 1913, and New Allen. During last week's elections, residents of Old Allen voted whether or not they wanted to become part of New Allen. In the end, Old Allen will still be just that, which leaves many with mixed feelings.

The city of Old Allen may have the chance to meet its 100 year mark. Allen was incorporated in 1913 and after Tuesday's elections, residents decided not to dissolve the city.

"Its home. We still have a home," said Tina Hall.

Tina Hall says she's lived in Allen nearly all her life. It's her hometown, everyone is family.

"It's a hometown thing. People laugh at little hometown places, but this is a hometown," Hall said.

Hall says she voted to keep Old Allen separate from the newest part of the city, New Allen because this place has a history, memories, and that's not something she's ready to forget.

"I'm glad the vote went the way it did," Hall said.

But Jerome Kinzer, who also lives in Old Allen, says the city needs a change and there are bigger issues.

"I've been robbed four times," Kinzer said.

And because there's only one police officer in Old Allen, Kinzer says he questions safety. But he says if Old Allen would incorporate with New Allen by combining tax dollars of the cities, they could increase the police force.

"With additional revenue we can have additional police protection," Kinzer said.

Despite the vote against dissolution, Kinzer says he hopes for the best and while the city of Allen is divided, he hopes united as a community, safety will become a priority.

Kinzer says he's also concerned because Old Allen doesn't have a tax collector and city hall doesn't have daily business hours.

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