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August 16, 2016




Held August 16, 2016


The Russellville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at 5:00 pm, in City Hall.  Mayor Mark Stratton presided over the meeting with City Council members Jimmy Davenport, Pat Bell, Sandra Kinser, Jack Whipple Larry Wilcutt, and Darlene Gooch present.


The Mayor asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the City Council meeting held on August 2, 2016.


Gooch moved, seconded by Bell, to approve the minutes of the meeting held on August 2, 2016.


The vote of the approval of the minutes passed with Wilcutt abstaining because of his absence from the meeting. The motion to approve passed with Davenport, Bell, Kinser Whipple, and Gooch voting yes.


Under appointments Mayor Stratton had no appointments at this time.


There were no committee reports.


Bob Riggs, City Clerk/Treasurer gave a financial report of the city finances to date.


Under old business, on the agenda was the second reading of Ordinance 2016-02, the 2016 budget amendment sponsored by City Council member Jack Whipple.  The ordinance was read in full by City Attorney Neil Kerr.


Kinser moved, seconded by Gooch, to approve the Ordinance 2016-02; being no discussion the motion passed unanimously.


Next on the agenda under new business, the first reading of Ordinance 2016-05; Waste Water Collection Pretreatment Requirements sponsored by City Council member Larry Wilcutt.  This is an Amendment from Ordinance 2005-12; article 6, section 13 & 14.  City Attorney Neil Kerr read Ordinance 2016-05 in full.


The Mayor asked if anyone else had anything.


Bob Riggs brought before the Mayor and City Council the suggestion to publish the Notice of Public Hearing, August 30, 2016, at 4:45 pm.  The first reading of the 2016 Real, Tangible, and Vehicle Property Tax Rates Ordinance will be on August 30, 2016 and the second reading will be on September 6, 2016.


Under Other, Quinlyn Bell approached the Mayor and City Council asking for his Business Licenses to be reinstated at the business known as the “Stable”(The Event Hall) .  City Attorney Neil Kerr spoke about a meeting that was held at his office with Mr. Bell, Chief Shifflett, Detective Edmonds, and Pat Bell for representing the City Council, Captain Raymer, and Tim Burnett in reference to what the process would be for his business license to be reinstated.  Police Chief Victor Shifflett approached the Mayor and City Council by saying he didn’t have any issues with reinstating Mr. Bell’s business licenses, under the conditions that Quinlyn follows the rules of the business license and the occupancy rules.  Chief Shifflett felt Mr. Bell was going to make the necessary changes with the security issues.  The Mayor stated that his concern is a safety issue.  That the capacity allowed for that building needed to be within the Fire Marshall Code. Chief Shifflett stated that’s the State guidelines and not the City’s.  The Mayor said he trusted Chief Shifflett and as long as the guidelines for our business license and the capacity were met.  During the meeting, several members of the City Council stated their concerns and asked Mr. Bell different questions in reference to what types of changes were going to be made.   City Council member Gooch, asked Quinlyn Bell “How will you keep the knives from coming in”, Mr. Bell said that” the security guard leg was broken and he had the wand”.  Quinlyn Bell mentioned getting new security guards from Nashville.  Gooch asked Mr. Bell “If you find guns & knives what will you do,” Bell replied, “not let them in the party.  Gooch proceeded to ask Mr. Bell if he will continue to rent to those people that are coming from outside of here (Russellville) that brings all of the groups of people; Mr. Bell nodded “No”.  City Council member Kinser also asked Quinlyn in reference to the Security team using the “wand”, Mr. Bell said it’s a metal detector.  Kinser asked if that (metal detector) was used at the appropriate times, Mr. Bell said “no, he (security guard) was the one that was disable and was standing at the door talking to other people”, Mr. Bell also said, “he was mad and jumped on him about it, and he was really mad and didn’t pay him at the end of the night.”  Kinser spoke and told Mr Bell, “well again, concern about the shooting and that every life matters.  Kinser went on to say that she felt like Mr. Bell is going to have to make sure before they get into the door there are no knives and guns, she certainly had no problem with weddings showers and party’s and things that you’re having for the community, but getting inappropriate people is causing the problem.  Council member Pat Bell asked Quinlyn Bell about women’s pocket books and it they were getting search, Mr. Bell said, “they was doing their job, using the spotlight and everything.” City Council member Davenport asked, Attorney Neil Kerr, if there could be probationary time period made before the business licenses would be reinstated for the “Stable”(The Event Hall).  Attorney Neil Kerr replied that there could be a probation time with conditions that can be made before the reinstatement of the business license for the “Stable” (The Event Hall).    Council member Pat Bell told Mr. Bell,  that building, (The Event Hall), holds less than 100 people and he’s got to sell tickets or something to know not to allow anyone else in.  Mr. Bell said that the building was pretty large.  Kinser asked Mr. Bell if he attends these events, he said “yes mam”, Kinser said, “so you manage most of these events”, Mr. Bell replied “yes mam”.   Kinser asked Quinlyn Bell “how many events do you have”, Mr Bell replied, “not many”, but a party once a month for right now, but Mr. Bell said he’s going to limit it down to maybe 2 or 3, instead of every month “back to back” and have more events in between like, free haircuts, car washes, kids arts and crafts, middle school dances, high school dances, mother and son dances and father and daughter dance.  Gooch then asked Mr. Bell when the next event is with the groups coming in from everywhere else, Mr. Bell said he didn’t have anything right now.  After discussions of what conditions and the probationary time frame, the Mayor and City Council asked Quinlyn Bell if he was in agreement with those conditions.  Quinlyn Bell replied “yes”. 


The motion was moved by City Council member Kinser, seconded by Bell, to reinstate the Business License for the business known as the “Stable” (The Event Hall), with the conditions that already exists by current ordinance, but with the special consent from Quinlyn Bell, allowing local law enforcement or Chief Ross from the fire department for safety purposes, would be allowed to come into the business during a private party being held at the establishment. Council member Wilcutt asked Quinlyn Bell if he’s agreeing to all of these conditions and Mr. Bell, agreed.  City Attorney Neil Kerr told Quinlyn Bell was to first get in contact with Fire Chief Shawn Ross for the capacity allowable under the Fire Marshall Codes for this business. Upon all of these conditions being in agreement with Mr. Bell the motion passed with all present voting yes.


The Mayor advised there was a need to go into executive session for reason of property, personnel or litigation and pursuant to KRS 61.815(1) (a); Bell moved, seconded by Whipple, to leave regular session; the motion passed with all present voting yes.


Davenport moved, seconded by Bell, to leave executive session and return to regular session; the motion passed unanimously with those present.


After leaving the executive session and returning to regular session; The Mayor requested for the hiring of 2 fulltime employees for City of Russellville Street Department and entertained a motion.  Davenport moved, seconded by Bell; the motion passed with all present voting yes.


Bell moved, seconded by Kinser, to adjourn the meeting; the motion passed unanimously.







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