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May 3, 2016




held MAY 3, 2016


The Russellville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at 5:00pm, in city hall. Mayor Mark Stratton presided over the meeting with council members Jimmy Davenport, Pat Bell, Sandra Kinser, Jack Whipple, Larry Wilcutt and Darlene Gooch present.


Bell moved, seconded by Wilcutt, to approve the minutes of the meeting held on April 19, 2016; the motion passed with no corrections, additions or deletions.


There were no appointments. The mayor said that this being National Small Business Week (May 1st-7th) , he had put out a Proclamation (2016-02) to the chamber last week; he read parts of the proclamation to the council.


Council member Pat Bell reported a total of 132 runs for the month of April and 513 for the year for the Fire Department. Bell said this Saturday the Russellville Rural Fire Department was having its annual fund raiser.


Council member Jimmy Davenport advised that the deGraffenried Committee had recently met and voted on the Enrichment Funds for the year; each council member has a copy.


Whipple moved, seconded by Kinser, to accept the recommendations of the deGraffenried Committee in the amount of $17,328.00; the motion passed unanimously.


Next on the agenda was a financial report by the City Clerk/Treasurer, Bob Riggs.


The mayor said the city’s surplus sale was held last week and had been a success; a total of $13,722.00 in proceeds had been received.


There was no old business.


Next on the agenda, under new business was Debbie Hills with The United Way 211 presentation. Ms. Hills explained after an intensive study and survey of the area the biggest thing they heard was that people did not know where to go to get help. The 211 Program is a national program if there is a need for Health and Human Services (assistance with utilities and rent, senior needs, substance abuse, disaster situations, etc). She explained the program would not be a direct service provider but a conduit connecting individuals in the community with the services that exist that can meet their needs.


Norm Wheeler, also with United Way, further explained the 211 program and how it works. They were in the process of setting up the local office now and hope to have it up and running by July 18th. In the beginning the program will have regular office hours but hope by next year to be expand to a 24/7 service. They are anticipating in the first year of operation receiving about 7,500 calls or contacts and by the third year maybe 25,000 calls or contacts.


Ms. Hills spoke again saying the United Way would be looking at a first year budget between $140-$150,000, this for 2 fulltime staff members. All of these costs are direct service costs, there are no administrative fees. She explained by the time they meet the 24/7 operation with possibly a fulltime staff of four the cost could be as high as $240-$250,000per year. They have secured a grant for just under $56,000 for start-up costs. Hills said that now they are soliciting funds from city and county governments and requested an annual donation from the city of $10,000 until they get on their feet and can generate funds and the need will decrease. The amount is based on the population and percentage thereof. Hills added they had requested funds from the county in the amount of $15,000. The mayor asked if he would be going to some smaller cities and she said that was going to be the next step. Hills said while council was evaluating providing the requested funds to please feel free to contact her or Wheeler to answer any questions.


There was no other business to be brought before council.


The mayor said there was a need to go into executive session for reason of property, personnel and litigation and pursuant to KRS 61.815(1)(a).


Gooch moved, seconded by Kinser, to leave regular session and enter into executive session; the motion passed unanimously.


Whipple moved, seconded by Kinser, to leave executive session and return to regular session; the motion passed unanimously.


Wilcutt moved, seconded by Whipple, to adjourn the meeting; the motion passed unanimously.




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