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May 23, 2013

Olive Hill Council holds off on appointments

Members make decision to change nominations process

OLIVE HILL — The Olive Hill Council met in regular session Tuesday night to accept the resignations of former Council members Tony Williams and Angie Johnson Fultz.   

After unanimously accepting the resignation, Council member Allen Stapleton made a motion to appoint Matt Kiser, a local volunteer firefighter, to the Council.

That motion, however, died for lack of a second.

Council member Glenn Meade then made a motion to appoint Ken Layne, a local barber, as a Council member. The motion was seconded by Enoch Hicks.

During discussion of the motion, Council members decided to go in a different direction with the appointment process altogether, at which point Meade rescinded his motion.

The Council agreed to allow those interested in serving on the City Council to submit a letter stating why they would be a good choice for one of the two vacant seats.

Special meetings then will be at 6 p.m. on both June 5  and June 6 to review the applications and appoint new Council members.

In other business, the Council also conducted the second reading of the revised electric rate ordinance that reinstates a $50 deposit for meter testing and removes a provision that would automatically enroll customers using more than 8,000 kilowatt hours in a month in a demand metering schedule.

The Council was deadlocked on the issue, with Allen Stapleton and Jerry Callihan voting in favor of the ordinance, while Glenn Meade and Enoch Hicks voted against it.

Mayor Kenny Fankell broke the tie, voting in favor of the ordinance.

Fankell presented his proposed 2013-14 budget to the council, but the group asked for a more thorough document with a list of itemized costs. The document they received was only one page and they felt it did not give enough information about the city’s spending.

Council also discussed how to appropriate a $170,000 refund from American Electric Power resulting from this year’s “true-up” with the company.

Putting the money into an escrow account, using the funds to upgrade infrastructure and refunding customers were all suggested as possible ways to make use of the refund.

The council directed City Attorney George Hogg to research the legality of how they could use the funds before making a final decision.

Discussion then turned to an Aug. 21, 2012, vote by the council to seek an independent audit by State Auditor Adam Edelen. To date, no action has been taken on that vote. Council unanimously voted to direct city hall to take the necessary steps to carry out the Council’s wishes.

Meade then read a municipal order expressly forbidding any city hall personnel from destroying any FEMA records pertaining to the 2010 flooding in Olive Hill.  The Council unanimously approved the order.  

The next regular meeting of the Olive Hill City Council is scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 18 at the Olive Hill Senior Citizen Community Center.

JOE LEWIS can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or by telephone at 286-4201.

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