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May 17, 2016




Held MAY 17, 2016


The Russellville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 5:00 pm, in city hall. Mayor Mark Stratton presided over the meeting with Council members Jimmy Davenport, Pat Bell, Jack Whipple, Larry Wilcutt and Darlene Gooch present; member Sandra Kinser was absent.


Bell moved, seconded by Wilcutt, to approve the minutes of the last meeting held May 3, 2016.


Wilcutt asked on page 2 in reference to the United Way presenter, had he not said $15,000.00 had been requested from the county instead of received from the county? The mayor said Wilcutt was correct and the minutes would reflect this change.


The motion to approve the minutes with the change noted passed with all council present voting yes.


Under appointments, the Mayor asked the council’s approval to re-appoint to the Electric Plant Board Jeff Grosnik.

Whipple moved, seconded by Wilcutt, to approve the mayor’s appointment of Grosnik to the EPB; motion passed with all present voting yes.


The mayor reported he had done a Proclamation, being Building Safety Month; the mayor read the proclamation.


Next the mayor reported he had something come to him today. We have previously approved an agreement with the Russellville-Logan County Airport Board and the county. They are requesting a payment of $480.50. He added this should be close, if not the last, payment.


Next on the agenda Bob Riggs, City Clerk, gave a financial report on city funds.


There was no old business.


Under new business was Jacky Hunt with the Southern Kentucky Drug Task Force. Hunt, who took over a couple of years ago after retiring from the Kentucky State Police. The task force was created in 2004 to bring everybody together and get them on the same page and work closely with the KSP, FBI and the DEA. They work a lot of state and federal investigations. Hunt says they began an investigation today of an in-door grow operation in the trailer park on the Bypass. The operator caused a fire and burnt the trailer down. Some highlights of what they do includes path intervention (drugs coming through the mail); they had intercepted a package recently worth $4-5,000 a pound. They make numerous undercover drug buys, surveillance and do information meeting. The drug of choice in Logan County right now is crystal meth. Our guys and trained to clean-up and investigate these meth labs. They are actually going away from these and bringing in the Mexican meth which is called crystal meth (clear looking).


The mayor asked Hunt what the substance was that was being added to the heroin that made it deadly and Hunt said it was fentanyl and it has been found here in Logan County. A powder form of the fentanyl is being put on pain patches and sold as heroin. We actually bought heroin here in the county and when we sent it to the lab it tested positive for fentanyl. There have been a lot of deaths statewide from this. Hunt said there was a drug overdose at the jail recently where an inmate got heroin.


The mayor asked about the portable, mom and pop, labs in the county. Hunt said these started showing up in Kentucky in 1990 and grew rapidly with people burning their homes down. People started using household items as substitutes. As it got harder to make the meth the Mexican cartels started flooding the market with crystal meth. Hunt said he was glad the labs were down because the clean-up was so dangerous.  


The mayor said the task force was very fortunate to have Hunt as its director.


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).


Wilcutt moved, seconded by Gooch, to leave regular session; the motion passed with all present voting yes.


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


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







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