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December 5, 2017




held December 5, 2017



The Russellville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 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.


Whipple moved, seconded by Wilcutt, to approve the minutes of the council meeting held on November 21, 2017.


The Mayor asked for any additions or corrections; roll was called and the motion passed unanimously.


The Mayor had no appointments at this time.


The Mayor did announce that Tuesday, December 12th, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” at 6:00 p.m. this event will take place at the City/County Park.


Council member Pat Bell had a report on the Fire Department. There was a total of 117 runs for the month of November and a total of 1,327 for the year.


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


There was no old business at this time.


Under new business, Dale Vowell from the Electric Plant Board gave the audit results for the year ended June 30, 2017, The audit results was dated October 30, 2017, from York, Neel, and Associates, LLP.  The results showed an unmodified/clean opinion. The total Assets for FY 2017 were $ $22,783,679 compared to FY 2016 of $23,585,719. The total of Liabilities FY 2017 was $13,753,824 compared to FY 2016 of $14,070,159.  The total Net Position for FY 2017 was $10,528,394 with FY 2016 balance of $9,768,994.  Total Unrestricted Net Position amounted to $6,594,520. The Net Operating Income (Loss) 2017 was $1,049,146 compared to $694,957 in 2016. The 2017 Change In Net Position was an increase of $759,400 compared to $383,873 for 2016. The components of this increase were an increase in net position of electric operations of $297,284 and an increase of net position of broadband operations of $462,116. Additions to plant in 2016-17 amounted to $728,819. Depreciation against operations was $973,588. No new debt was issued and principal debt payments reduced revenue bonds payable by $505,000.


Mr. Vowell stated that TVA had had a1.50% wholesale rate increase and the EPB had passed the increase through to its retail customers. He stated that the EPB also made a revenue neutral change in the Residential rate increasing the Customer Charge by $1.00 and lowering the kilowatt-hour rate to offset it. In addition, he said the EPB had increased the Customer Charge of its GSA1 customers by $1.00. Mr. Vowell said that the EPB Residential rates are still lower than those of BGMU (Bowling Green Municipal Utilities) and other utilities in the area.


Mr. Vowell gave the update on the EPB’s video service stating that Broadcasters are demanding significantly higher fees for renewal of carriage agreement which will adversely impact its video rates.  The EPB has completed the renewal carriage agreements to continue to carry the Bowling Green ABC station (WBKO-13) and Nashville stations NBC (WSMV-4) and CBS (WLAC-5). Pricing and options are being presented to the EPB Board so they can make a well-informed decisions as to programming and pricing going forward. The Mayor and Council thanked Mr. Vowell for coming.



Next on the agenda was Council Member Jimmy Davenport presenting a recommendation from the deGraffenried Advisory Committee for the auditorium. The Committee unanimously approved recommending to Council that the deGraffenried Fund provide one-half ($55,000) of the cost of repairs to the roof of deGraffenried Auditorium which totals $110,000.


Kinser moved, seconded by Bell for the recommendation for roof repairs to the deGraffenried Auditorium in the amount of $55,000 the motion passed unanimously.



The Mayor asked if anybody from the audience had anything at this time. Judy Kirkland the Logan County Director of Girl Scouts had Troop#320 from Russellville attending the meeting, the troop is currently working towards the “City & Government” badges. The Mayor said we really appreciated them attending.


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 Whipple, to leave regular session and go into executive session; the motion passed unanimously.


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


The Mayor discussed the one time pay increase; full time employees $250.00 and part time employees $100.00.


Bell moved, seconded by Whipple, for the one time pay increase for the employees of the City of Russellville.


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









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City Clerk                                                                               Mayor