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August 2, 2016




Held August 2, 2016


The Russellville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, August 2, 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 and Darlene Gooch present; City Council member Larry Wilcutt was absent.


The Mayor asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the City Council meeting held on July 19, 2016.


Kinser moved, seconded by Whipple, to approve the minutes of the meeting held on July 19, 2016.


The Mayor asked for any corrections; being none the motion passed unanimously.


Under appointments Mayor Stratton had no appointments at this time.


The Mayor did announce, at the July 21st, 2016 Tree Board meeting the following is a recommendation of tree removals from the following locations, Southwest corner of 9th & Main, this tree is close to the traffic pole and the Tree Board thinks that the State should handle the removing of this tree.  A damaged and dangerous tree located at 400 Boxwood Drive and also the removal of a dead tree at the Southeast Corner of West 8th Street and Winter Street.  This is a 30 day notice to the public pertaining to the Tree Board ordinance.


Under committee reports, Pat Bell, gave the City of Russellville Fire Department report, for the month of July there was a total of 148 fire runs, making as of August 1st, 2016 a total of 918 runs for the year so far.


The financial report was given by Bob Riggs, City Clerk/Treasurer presented updates on city accounts.


Under old business Bill Pearson, provided an update to the Mayor and City Council pertaining to the Adams Contracting, LLC.  The information was obtained from individuals with businesses that had used Adams Contracting LLC for their Streetscape Project. 


Bill Pearson spoke with Cory Hall from Winchester, TN., Joe Grider from Livingston, TN., and Mark Reed with Georgetown Sidewalk & Streetscape, for a reference for the Adams Contracting LLC.  Mr. Pearson after speaking to those individuals all in all was satisfied with the job that Adams Contracting LLC, had done for them and that Adams Contracting LLC; came to the job site mobilized pretty quickly and stayed with the job until the job was finished, and they did a good job.


Bill Pearson tried to contact the owner of Adams Contracting LLC, which is Scott Adams, but he wasn’t able to be reached.  Mr. Pearson spoke with Melody instead which is that company’s Bid Analyst, after talking with Melody, she assured Mr. Person that they don’t like to “drag their feet  and they like that check quick as they can too,” explaining if they are longer on a job they have invested time and material.  Melody said, she at this time didn’t see any reason why they couldn’t get on the job.  Bill Pearson explained to her that we have a time element.  The City of Russellville would like to have at least more than half completed by the first weekend of October, because we have a festival for a week to ten days; if they were active they would have to pull off the job until we get past the festival.  Melody said, she didn’t see that being a problem, and more than likely they could do it, as long as they could get the approval back from the state quickly, and probably could be completed in 6 weeks.  If Adams Contracting LLC; had to pull off the job they would do their best to be in a shape that the festival could go on without any interference from them. 


The Mayor, talked to Kim Tompkins with the State and she deals with the Streetscape Project and she hadn’t heard anything derogatory about Adams Contracting LLC, or anything else.  Kim said they were qualified which meets the requirements of the state so, as far as she knew they were fine.  Mayor stated that we’ve contacted different places that Adams Contracting LLC, has worked for and everybody seem to be satisfied with their work. 


Mayor would now entertain a motion to approve the recommendation of DDI Engineering of Adams Contracting LLC for the Streetscape Project, for the bid of $89,402.  Davenport made the motion and 2nd by Kinser.  The motion passed unanimously.


Next on the agenda was the first 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.


Next on the agenda, City Attorney Neil Kerr read Resolution 2016-03, Application and Approval Homeland Security purchase of guns for the police department.


Whipple moved, seconded by Kinser, to approve the adoption of the Resolution 2016-03; being no discussion the motion passed unanimously.


The Mayor asked if anyone else had anything.


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); Kinser moved, seconded by Bell, to leave regular session; the motion passed with all present voting yes.


Kinser 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; Chief Victor Shifflett of the City of Russellville Police Department appeared before the Mayor and City Council asking to suspend the business licenses for the business known as the Stable until further investigation can be done.  Chief Shifflett made mention of their being several incidents happening, involving felony assaults, shots being fired and even one shooting that has occurred; upon investigating the shooting they have learned of  several individual’s with fire arms there and including also assault rifles.  


City Attorney Neil Kerr read under the Code of Ordinance of Section 9206, which explains what gives the authorization for the City Council the rights to suspend the business licenses.


Gooch moved, seconded by Kinser, to suspend the Business License for the Stable; the motion passed unanimously.


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







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