The Flemingsburg City Council held their regular monthly meeting Monday, September 10, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Annex. Council members present were Ricky Hurst, Marty Voiers, Scott Manning, Georgianna Sparks, Meredith Story and Van Alexander. Mayor Louie Flanery presided.
Councilman Alexander led the Pledge of Allegiance. Minutes of the August 13th meeting were presented. Councilman Story moved to approve. Councilwoman Sparks seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Crystal Ruark, Fleming County Chamber Director, presented the quarterly report of Chamber activities. Ruark noted that it gets harder each year to find volunteers to work the Pride of the County booth at the State Fair. It was suggested that Fleming County join other counties in the Buffalo Trace area and share booths so fewer workers would be needed from each county. Ruark also noted that she has received a lot of calls regarding lodging. Stockton Station stays booked. Fleming County is loosing revenue to surrounding counties due to a lack of additional lodging.
Doug Tumey addressed council regarding the parking situation behind Jeanette Crowe’s property. Tumey stated that he had been parking a vehicle on the city lot behind the Christian Business Center, but was told he could only park there a limited time and then his vehicle had to be moved. Crowe stated he had been parking one vehicle behind her property, but parking spaces were needed for her business as well as the adjoining businesses so there wasn’t room for Tumey’s other vehicles. Chief Sergent stated that one vehicle had a large oil leak and another vehicle was unlicensed, but both vehicles have been moved.
Mayor Flanery presented the bids for surplus property. Due to an emergency with one of the other fire trucks, Mayor Flanery requested that the 1964 Pumper advertised be removed from the list of surplus property and all bids submitted for the fire truck be rejected. Mayor Flanery stated that the engine was out of the other fire truck and the ’64 Pumper would be needed as back up until the engine could be repaired. The Pumper may be added to surplus property and advertised at a later date. Councilman Hurst moved to strike the 1964 Pumper from the surplus property list and reject all bids. Councilman Manning seconded the motion. All were in favor.
The following bids were received:
Ø 20x8 trailer - Robert Drake $125
Ø Generator - Robert Drake $200.20, Wally Thomas $600, Glen Robinson $565, Jack McRoberts $1,000, Herman Shelly $699.01, Perky Masters $1,700, Corbin Equipment $1,852, Barry Thompson $800
Ø ‘93 Chevy truck 4X4 - David Shrout $252.79, Sam Little $311, Jill Crowe $525, Chad Bowling $851, Jesse Hickerson $475, Corbin Equipment $451
Ø ‘96 Crown Vic - Robert Drake $125, Jack McRoberts $250, George Nutter $306, Ernesto Lopez $475, Corbin Equipment $351
Public Works Superintendent Jim Compton recommended that the lone bid on the trailer be rejected. Councilman Manning moved to accept Compton’s recommendation. Councilman Hurst seconded the motion. All were in favor. Kent Corbin, Corbin Equipment, made the high bid of $1,852 for the generator. Councilman Manning moved to accept the bid. Councilman Voiers seconded the motion. All were in favor. Chad Bowling made the high bid of $851 on the 1993 Chevy 4X4 pick-up. Councilman Story moved to approve. Councilman Alexander seconded the motion. All were in favor. Ernesto Lopez made the high bid of $475 on the 1996 Crown Vic. Councilwoman Sparks moved to approve. Councilman Voiers seconded the motion. All were in favor.
City Clerk Joy Roark presented the first reading of the property tax rate. Councilman Story moved to adopt the compensating rate of .1474. Councilwoman Sparks seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Council discussed the Insurance Premium Tax. After reviewing the county’s ordinance, City Attorney Tom MacDonald concluded that city residents were not exempt from the county’s insurance premium tax. Councilman Story recommended raising the city’s rate to equal the county’s rate of 6%. As it is the county will collect 1% from city residents. Story stated that the additional 1% would generate around $50,000 and should be kept in the city’s coffer. Mayor Flanery noted that there was verbiage in the county ordinance exempting businesses with four or more employees that would hinder growth of the city if those businesses were eligible to be annexed. Councilman Voiers asked if the city ordinance could be changed after the county starts collecting. MacDonald will check into the matter further. Councilman Story noted the city had until February of 2008 to put changes in place for next year. This issue will be addressed again in the October regular council meeting.
City Clerk Joy Roark presented the first reading of the motor vehicle tax rate of .1977. Councilman Voiers moved to approve. Councilman Manning seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Mayor Flanery presented the two bids received for the Sidewalk Improvement Project. The area included in the project is west from Ash Alley around the Presbyterian Church following W. Main St. to Bob Jones Insurance. S&S Stamp Concrete submitted a bid of $31,945.46. Pack’s submitted a bid of $72,998. Mayor Flanery stated that he and Jim Compton had gone to Germantown to view the work of S & S Stamp Concrete. They were doing an excellent job. Mayor Flanery asked permission to negotiate with him. Councilman Voiers moved to accept the low bid for the sidewalk improvement project. Councilwoman Sparks seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Mayor Flanery presented two bids on a Skid loader for recycling. Wilson Equipment Co. bid $26,545 for a new Case 420 Skid Steer Loader. Bobcat Enterprises, Inc. bid $22,115 for a S185 Bobcat Skid-Steer Loader. Both bids included an allowance for trade-in of a Case 580 K Backhoe. Councilman Voiers moved to accept the bid from Bobcat Enterprises, Inc. and negotiate the purchase of the teeth attachment. Councilman Story seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Mayor Flanery reported that Fleming-Mason Service had been sold to Liberty Communications. He is working with Marvin Suit to redo the contract agreement. He and Tom MacDonald met with the new owner. Liability concerns were addressed regarding the Service workers being on the city towers.
A meeting of the Finance Committee was scheduled for September 25th at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall to discuss a prepayment plan for natural gas.
Councilwoman Sparks reported that the skateboard park equipment had been ordered. The committee has discussed playground equipment for the Foxspring Ave. Park. No equipment will be ordered until site improvements are done. A public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, September 20th at 5:30 p.m. at the park.
Councilman Voiers reported that he has been working on recycling with FCCLA. Members are doing sign-ups at football games. They have a calling list and a phone script to contact people not participating. There are plans to do a recycling scarecrow for the Scarecrow Round-up. The students are organizing teachers to recycle paper and drink containers. They are also working on educational information, a radio ad, and a newspaper article. The Gazette has offered to sponsor a news program through local access featuring the recycling program.
Codes Enforcement Officer Gene Schwartz reported a court case involving a property owner who had placed a building too close to the property line. The building will have to be moved. Schwartz also reported the target opening date for Arby’s is November 1st.
Chief Sergent reported that former Deputy Sheriff Eddie Vice would be working part-time as a police officer beginning Tuesday, September 11th. Two potential candidates for police officers are currently being tested and have completed and passed two of three tests. To help clean up the city, police have been tagging abandoned vehicles giving owners an opportunity to move them and not be towed.
Waste Water Superintendent Dale Clary reported that work on the Cherry Grove Project was almost done. The Thompson Brother’s have finished the Valley View project and it is ready to hook up. Jewett Hyatt may develop his land off of the Stockyards Road. If he does, the sewer line would also take in the New Life Church of Christ. Money has already been budgeted for this project and included in the grant.
Councilman Manning requested streetlights at 309 and 341 High Ridge Drive. The poles are already set.
Councilman Voiers asked if a copy of the county’s initial E911 ordinance had been located and if the city had made appointments to the board. Gene Schwartz said courthouse staff was unable to locate a copy of the ordinance. Mayor Flanery asked Voiers if he would continue to serve. Voiers agreed and noted the police chief was automatically a member but another police officer would need to be appointed. Chief Sergent said Officer Fugette had offered to serve. Councilman Story moved to approve the appointment of Councilman Voiers and Officer Fugette. Councilman Manning seconded the motion. All were in favor.
The sewer project for Industrial Park II was discussed. Mayor Flanery stated that he was waiting on final paperwork from Tommy Carpenter. Once that is done work can begin on easements. Then Cann-Tech can start on surveying for the sewer line. Councilman Story asked who was applying for money to run the sewer line to Industrial Park II. Mayor Flanery stated that it was part of our request, but the Industrial Authority would have to get involved. The projected cost of the project is $765,000. The Industrial Authority would submit a separate application.
Councilman Alexander asked if the city had a burn ordinance. Gene Schwartz stated that the trash ordinance says no burning of household items is permitted, but it doesn’t mention limbs, leaves or brush. Councilman Voiers commented that Maysville had a good burn ordinance and recommended that the Safety Committee look into updating the city’s ordinance.
Councilwoman Sparks expressed concern over the condition of the old Princess Theatre. The building continues to fall down. Chief Sergent said it is a safety issue. It could fall into the street. Mayor Flanery stated that if it falls into the creek it will create a dam and if there is a hard rain it will flood the downtown. Gene Schwartz said the EPA had looked at it this past spring and said it was not ready to condemn yet. If the city condemns the property the city will have to pay for the demolition and clean up.
There being no further business Councilman Manning moved to adjourn at 9:12 p.m. Councilwoman Sparks seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Louie Flanery, Mayor
Joy Story Roark, City Clerk/Treasurer Date approved: ______________________