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February 7, 2017

Minutes of Regular Session

of the Board of Council

of the City of Russellville, Kentucky

held February 7, 2017



The Russellville City council met in regular session on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 5:00 pm, in city hall. Mayor Mark Stratton presided over the meeting. Council members present were Jimmy Davenport, Pat Bell, Sandra Kinser, Jack Whipple, Larry Wilcutt and Darlene Gooch.


Present for the meeting was the attendance of family and co-workers, for the swearing in for the 1st ever new Sergeant position for the City of Russellville Fire Department.  The Mayor swore in Jordan McDonald with the help of Fire Chief Shawn.  Mayor thanked Jordan and all of our men, women and volunteer Firefighters for what they do and the sacrifices they make and we appreciate that very much.


Mayor asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the council meeting held January 17, 2017.


Davenport moved, seconded by Bell to approve the minutes of January 17th.


The motion to approve with no corrections being made passed with Bell, Whipple, Wilcutt and Gooch voting yes.  Davenport and Kinser abstain due to being absent from January 17th meeting. 


The Mayor at this time re-appointed Larry Wilcutt to the LEAD/IDA board. 


Kinser moved, seconded by Bell for the re-appointment of Larry Wilcutt to the LEAD/IDA board. The motion passed with Davenport, Bell, Kinser, Whipple, and Gooch voting yes and Wilcutt abstaining due to appointment.


The Mayor at this time appointed Darlene Gooch to the Humane Society Board.


Bell moved, seconded by Wilcutt for the appointment of Darlene Gooch to the Humane Society Board.  The motion passed with Davenport, Bell, Kinser, Whipple and Wilcutt voting yes and Gooch abstaining due to appointment.


Under Committee reports, the Mayor welcomed and introduced Jim Ray as the City of Russellville new Code Enforcement Officer.


Pat Bell gave the City of Russellville Fire Department report, for the month of January 2017 there was a total of 137 fire runs, making as of February 1, 2017 a total of 137 so far.


City Clerk Bob Riggs presented a financial report for the city.


There is no old business.


Under new business, Tammy Tinsley the Director for the Chamber of Commerce appeared before the Mayor and City Council asking for direction and enforcement.  The area in front of the Chamber Office has hosted different vendors for fundraisers over the past several years, the city has a packet that the organization must fill out and complete with all of the rules that must be followed.  Most of the fundraisers are held on Friday’s, and some of the organizations don’t follow the rules and it’s becoming a safety hazard due to the high traffic.  Along with safety concerns, Tammy also mentioned the noise makes it difficult to hear when trying to talk on the phone at their job, businesses in the area has had complaints due to no parking during these events. 


After the concerns from Tammy, the Mayor asked for suggestions from the council to help remedy the issues, council member Sandra Kinser suggested the fundraisers be held at the “Old Theatre” parking lot.  Council member Larry Wilcutt agreed, and mentions his concern of the public nuisance and the safety issues when the fundraisers are held in front of the Chamber office. 


After discussions and suggestions the Mayor and City Council ruled on the fundraisers being held in the parking lot at the old theatre and the Chamber office will continue to be the gatekeeper of the fundraisers and the City will help reiterate what is expected of them beforehand. 


Wilcutt moved, seconded by Gooch for the relocation for fundraisers to the parking lot of the old theatre.  The motion passed unanimously.


City Attorney Neil Kerr read Resolution 2017-01; Fire Department SCBA Equipment & Administration of KY Office of Homeland Security.


Bell moved, seconded by Whipple for Resolution 2017-01.  The motion passed unanimously.


The first reading of Ordinance 2017-01 the Rezoning of 505 Nashville Street from R-3 Residential to B-2 Commercial sponsored by Pat Bell was read by City Attorney Neil Kerr.


The Mayor asked if anybody had anything at this time; Mr. Tom Ripple attended the meeting with Jacob Farwick , a young gentleman from the Scout Program to learn how basic government works. Jacob Farwick wanted to meet with the Mayor with some basic questions.  The Mayor said he would set up a time and meet with him.


Also, attending the meeting was the property owner from the Gladdish Court in reference to the alley and zoning matter.  The Mayor and Attorney Neil Kerr both spoke to the lady and told her that they were working on this and we’ll be getting back with her.


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


Davenport moved, seconded by Bell, to leave regular session and go into executive session; the motion passed unanimously.


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


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











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