Local Government Update

The Lawrenceburg City Council and Anderson County Fiscal Court addressed a number of issues this past week.  Last night, the city council meeting started with a prayer and pledge of allegiance.  Police Chief Chris Atkins thanked the council and mayor for the support of updating the police fleet with two new cruisers.  He also reported on selecting two new officer candidates who will be going through the testing process to enter the academy as soon as space is available at the academy.  Fire Chief Bobby Hume reported that there were a number of vehicle accidents during the month and that he had very good turnout for the kids pedal tractor pull at the Burgoo Festival.  Bart Powell of emergency management reported on a number of issues, including two hazmat incidents involving YKK and the recent accident of a tractor trailer carrying alcohol on route 151.

After the department reports, the council moved on to approving a resolution to allow Mayor Goodlett to execute a settlement agreement with Charter Communications which is currently in process of merging with Time Warner Cable.  The plan presented was to continue with the current franchise agreement and for their efforts in addressing the merger, Charter Communications will be paying the city $2500.  The resolution passed unanimously.

The council then appointed Ann Bond Chilton to the Planning and Zoning Board before moving onto approving a zoning change.  Three parcels of land on Lynn Drive near Broadway was changed from neighborhood business zoning to two family residential.  Marlene Yung from the Lawrenceburg Bed Breakfast then addressed the council about Small Business Saturday which is the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  She said that she is in the process of trying to gather support from local merchants and promote the day here in Lawrenceburg.  She also announced the Third Annual Lady’s Day which will be on May 14th, 2016.  The meeting was then adjourned.

Judge Executive Orbrey Gritton

Judge Executive Orbrey Gritton

The Anderson County Fiscal Court also met last week and discussed a number of issues.  Among the department reports, County Clerk Jason Denny reported that all the voting machines were inspected and were ready for Election Day.  Bart Powell of emergency management and public safety reported, in addition to a number of activities including the command post setup during the Burgoo Festival, that EMS and Public Safety both received grants for equipment: $10,000 and $11,000 respectively.  The meeting then moved forward with a resolution to accept funding from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for Timber Creek Road.  Next, the speed limit on Long Road was reduced to 25 mph before appointing Jamie Hicks to the tourism board.  After this, the Court approved the following changes in their meeting schedule:

October 20th meeting will now be on October 19th 6pm.
November 3rd meeting will be held on November 4th at 9am.
December 15th meeting will be changed to December 17th at 6pm.
January 19th meeting will be moved to January 21st at 6pm.
February 16th meeting will now be on February 18th at 6pm.
There will be no work sessions for these meetings.

After approving the bill list, the Court then moved on to appointing Janine Mackey as a paramedic and Joey Robinson as an EMT.  The meeting then concluded with a number of other resolutions including the leasing of an ambulance.

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