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July 18, 2017





held July 18, 2017


5:00 p.m.




The Russellville City Council met in Regular Session on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., in City Hall. Mayor Mark Stratton presided over the meeting. Council members present were Jimmy Davenport, Pat Bell, Sandra Kinser, Larry Wilcutt and Darlene Gooch. Council member Jack Whipple was absent.


Mayor Mark Stratton asked for a motion to approve the minutes from the Regular Council meeting that was held on June 20th, 2017.


Wilcutt moved, seconded by Bell to approve the minutes of June 20th.


The motion to approve with no corrections being made passed with Bell, Kinser, Wilcutt and Gooch voting yes, Davenport abstaining due to being absent from June 20th meeting.


Mayor Stratton had two appointments at this time; the Mayor asked to appoint Tracy Gilbert to the Electric Plant Board for the replacement of Bill Decker.


Kinser moved, seconded by Wilcutt for the appointment of Tracy Gilbert to the Electric Plant Board. The motion passed unanimously.


The Mayor asked to appoint Algie Ray Smith as a replacement for a board member to the Code Enforcement Board.


Davenport moved, seconded by Bell for the appointment of Algie Ray Smith to the Code Enforcement Board. The motion passed unanimously.


The Mayor announced there would be more information provide at a later Council Meeting in reference to the August 21st, “Solar Eclipse” area events.


Under Committee reports the Mayor spoke of a dangerous tree at the corner of 5th & Summer Street in front of the Brown Veterinary office. This is a 30 day notice to the public pertaining to the Tree Board ordinance.


City Council member Pat Bell gave the City of Russellville Fire Department report for the month of June 2017 there was a total of 100 fire runs, making as of July 1, 2017 a total of 724 so far.


City Clerk/Treasurer Bob Riggs gave an up to date financial report for various departments for the City of Russellville, the Mayor mentioned that we’ve not received the funds from Municipal Road Aid yet and the City should be receiving those funds soon.


There was no old business at this time for discussion.


Under new business, Deborah Hirsch came before the Mayor and Council with the proposal for two new “luxury hotels”. The “Duncan Hotel” that once was known has the “Duncan Drug Store”, and the buildings known has the “Old Southern Bank” and “Helen’s  dress shop” will be the “Gaelle Hotel”.  Ms. Hirsch introduced Josh Wright and Jim Humphrey as the architects and they would be overseeing this project.

Mr. Jim Humphrey and Josh Wright showed the plans and description for each of the hotels. Mr. Humphrey spoke of how the buildings structure was unsound and unsalvageable and had looked over the buildings to see what could be done with the buildings to enhance the “downtown area”. Josh Wright said that they had exhausted ever resource to save the buildings. The buildings will be demo and under new construction. 


Ms. Hirsch did say they had contacted the City of Russellville, Fire Chief Shawn Ross with the hotel plans reference to the heights of each hotel.  Ms. Hirsch said that Chief Ross was trained for taller building structures and it wouldn’t be hard to train his guys.


Bill Pearson the City of Russellville Building Inspector said the ordinance says that no building structure should exceed forty five (45) feet in height and the hotels would have to be equipped with a stand pipe and sprinkler system. 


Council member Davenport asked how will this effect businesses located next to these places during demolition and structure.  Mr. Humphrey said, demolition will be simultaneously with each building and immediately start under new construction with the precast concrete and fabrication.


Council member Kinser asked how long the construction would take. Mr. Humphrey said after approval 14-18 months. Davenport also asked about parking, Ms. Hirsch said there would be valet parking and she had purchased the “News Democrat” building and there would be parking available there and she was looking at other options too.


The Mayor asked if the “Duncan Hotel” would be pre-formed and precast also. Mr. Humphrey said it would be.


There was many from the business community that had attended the meeting for local support,  Attorney Jay Joines spoke of his support for the hotels known has a “high end-luxury, bouquet hotel” for the growth economically and for our local community also.


Wilcutt asked what the estimated cost was; Ms. Hirsch said “millions”.  Wilcutt also asked about the traffic and his concerns with the traffic during construction. Davenport spoke of his concerns and if/how the businesses around the construction area would be affected, and his concerns about the traffic in that area also. Mr. Humphrey said there would be some delays, traffic would be re-routed somedays and there will be work done some during the evening time hours.


Gooch asked how many rooms the hotel would have, Ms. Hirsch said, “38”.


Wilcutt asked Bill Pearson if he foresees there being an issue with the water pressure in case of a fire, since the hotel buildings are so tall. Mr. Pearson said “no” the volume is there, and “you work top down instead of ground up” and the hotels will have a pump and sprinkler system installed. Mr. Pearson said also that all high rise buildings have to have a pump installed.  Wayne Thomas, Utilities Director mention there is a 6”line that runs through that area.


Ms. Hirsch also announced for those that didn’t know it, she had purchased the “News Democrat” building and she plans on opening the “old fashion” ice cream parlor at that location. The plan for the opening of the ice cream parlor is in the spring of 2018.


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).


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


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


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











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