Three New Ordinances Introduced at Council Meeting

Police Chief Chris AtkinsFire Chief Bobby HumeBart Powell, EMSEric Silverman

Last night’s Lawrenceburg City Council Meeting was very productive with numerous reports and the introduction of three new ordinances.  At the beginning, Councilman Durr started the meeting with a prayer and Councilman Evans lead everyone for the Pledge of Allegiance.  After the formalities, Mayor Sandy Goodlett reported on a significant dip in the cash balance for the city due to paying upfront for insurance and other similar services.

The meeting then moved onto departmental reports.  Representing the Lawrenceburg Police Department, Police Chief Chris Atkins mentioned the department is looking for new officers to hire due to the passing of Officer Kenny Goodlett and the retiring of another.  He also said that his officers are working hard to keep Lawrenceburg safe as is shown by a recent report highlighting Lawrenceburg to be the third safest city in the state.

Councilman Geoghegan then asked Chief Atkins about the substantial number of car wrecks that were reported in the city, and the possibility that they were caused by inconsistent turn lanes down Main Street.  Chief Atkins responded saying that Main Street’s traffic system is controlled entirely by the state and that many of the accidents reported were minor fender benders.

Fire Chief Bobby Hume was next reporting on the propane gas leak at Corn’s Trailer park from last week.  He mentioned that the fire department had a difficult time in getting a representative from the propane company to come down to fix the leak.  Eventually, the department’s own hazmat team went in to stop the leak before appropriate help could arrive.

Following Chief Hume, Bart Powell from the Emergency Management Services reported on a number of water rescues and issues with flooding from in the county and around the state.  He also mentioned that were issues with AT&T cell service at the time of the gas leak which may have contributed to the problem of getting help to shut down the leak.

The Mayor then moved the meeting forward by reintroducing an ordinance that was tabled earlier.  This first reading consisted of a new regulatory fee for all alcoholic beverages sold within the city limits.  The proposed fee would charge businesses 2% of their gross alcoholic sales to recoup costs associated with policing and administration work.  If passed, it will go into effect on January 1st, 2016.  The new fee will credit current alcohol license owners for the cost of the license. The first reading was approved with an unanimous vote.

Afterwards, the Mayor updated the council on the progress of the new maintenance building which burned down earlier in the year.  He said it should be the last update as the building is nearing completion.

Another first reading of a new ordinance was then introduced by the Mayor.  Robert Myles, City Attorney, explained the ordinance would allow the city to charge a $25 fee and to assess an additional fee if the bank charges a fee for all returned checks.  He also said that accounts will be reset to an unpaid status to the time before the check was written.  And, if anyone writes two bad checks within a 12 month period, the city will not accept checks from that person for another year. The first reading was approved with an unanimous vote.

The Mayor then introduced the third ordinance of the night.  This first reading consisted of an ordinance that would allow the city to join the county in a Joint Tourism Commission.  The Mayor explained that much work went into the ordinance between the city and county governments.  The commission will consist of seven members, three of which will be from the hotel/bed & breakfast community, one from the restaurant community, one recommended by the Chamber of Commerce, and two members each individually selected by the Mayor and Judge Executive.  The new commission will be funded by the 3% transient room tax, which will only affect hotels and bed & breakfasts in the city.  The first reading was approved with an unanimous vote.

After the last ordinance, the Mayor requested approval of the council to allow an Energy Services Performance Contract to help save energy for the city.  The free service, provided by the state and University of Kentucky, would create an energy audit to show how the city can reduce energy usage.  The council approved it with a 3-2 vote.

The Mayor then announced a vacancy on the planning and zoning board before moving on to questions from the audience.  Eric Silverman, from Downtown Lawrenceburg KY, asked about the current state of the design of the new parking lot being constructed on Main Street.  He also submitted a few photos and suggestions about possibly adding picnic tables to the front area of the lot to allow for patrons at the new restaurants to enjoy eating outside.  He then asked about the status of putting crosswalks at the intersection of Main and Jackson Streets.  The Mayor responded that there is a meeting planned with the state department of transportation about this, but ultimately the decision has to come from the state as Main Street is a state road. Eric then brought up a question on the state of the abandoned houses on Woodford Street.  The Mayor responded that the city government has been working on that for a number of years, and it takes time for the legal proceedings to go forward.  The meeting was then adjourned.

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  1. Is there always a prayer at the beginning of the meeting? It is unconstitutional, according to the requirement of separation of church and state.

    • You obviously know nothing on the constitution. Separation of Church and State is a suggestion that Thomas Jefferson posed to the Danbury Protestants….no where in the constitution is there a mention of a separation of church and state. The only thing that is mentioned is that the state will not hold one religion in regard to law.

  2. Freedom of religion and freedom from religion are two completely different ideas. The founding fathers never intended for God to be removed from society or government. Why do you think they pray in D.C. before opening sessions every day? Why do you think they put In God We Trust on our currency? There’s a lot of misconception about what the idea was when they crafted the separation of church and state. It would be wise to do some reading before condemning the actions of God-fearing people that got this nation to where it is today and are barely holding it together in this otherwise liberal society we have now.

  3. Thank You Shawn and Nathan…. We need all the Lord’s Blessings we can get. I am Proud of our Council starting with Prayer. Our Nation was founded on Godly Principles and we are having to literally fight to keep those principles and morals because of people who are basically uneducated about our Constitution. Keep those Prayers Coming and Hopefully God will Bless Our Town with Prosperity.

  4. When is the next city councel meeting and how doI schedule a time I can speak to them about fixing my water problem the city created at my house?

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