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Louisa City Council June 13, 2017

Louisa citizens attended the meeting to express their opposition to the proposed annexation of new properties.Louisa citizens attended the meeting to express their opposition to the proposed annexation of new properties.
 
The Louisa City Council met for the monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Those in attendance were Mayor Harold Slone, Mitch Castle Council, Ron Cordle Council, Matt Brown Council, Lisa Schaeffer Council, Tom Parsons Council, John Nolan Council and Greg Fugitt Louisa Police Chief.

The Mayor explained to the audience and council that the newly purchased garbage truck is awaiting some minor alterations and then it will be road ready.

Mayor and Albertville Mission Group representativesMayor and Albertville Mission Group representativesMayor Slone also recognized a Mission Group from Albertville, GA who graciously decided that Louisa would be their summer home away from home. The volunteers will be helping the elderly and those less fortunate with repairs and improvements to their homes.

A large majority of the meeting focused on the 3 options for the Council on annexation.

Several residents from Highbottom and Springhill were in attendance and expressed a strong feeling about not wanting to be annexed into the City of Louisa.

Their concerns were not new ones. Most of them just did not accept the proposal because they have been against it in the past and just do not want to become a part of the city.

The Council discussed the options and came to the conclusion to annex the strip of land on Rt 2565 and Rt 644 to include the businesses along that strip. It will involve a few residents who live in the area. (subject to vote by those who live on the proposed annexed area)

Mitch Castle made the motion, second by John Nolan to proceed with this route. The next step is to contact a surveyor to lay out exactly what land and businesses will be included. All members were in agreement.

*  Motion made by Ron Cordle, second by John Nolan to approve the Second Reading of the Amendment Ordinance 2016-06-A Establishing the Meeting Time and Date for the Louisa Utility Board. The meeting was changed to the first Tuesday of the month.

*  Motion by John Nolan, second by Ron Cordle to approve the Second Reading of the Amendment Ordinance 2017-03 Establishing the Annual Budget for the FY 17/18 for the City of Louisa

*  Motion by Ron Cordle, second by Tom Parsons to approve the Second Reading of the Amendment 2017-04 Establishing the Budget for the Louisa Utility Board for FY 17/18

*  Motion by Mitch Castle, second by John Nolan to approve the Second Reading of Ordinance 2017-05 Compensation of City Employees pursuant to KRS 83A.070

*  Motion by Ron Cordle, second by Tom Parsons to approve the Second Reading of Ordinance 2017-06 Compensation of Utility Board Employees pursuant to KRS 83A.070

*  The Mayor proposed an alternate way to pay for the new Mini Excavator. Instead of borrowing the money at a rate of 7.5% interest, the City has in its possession an old CD valued at more than the expected purchase amount of the new peice of equipment. The City would make monthly contributions toward the CD until the balance was restored to the original value. This would allow the City to enjoy the benefits of the new excavator without incurring any new debt. Motion made by Lisa Schaeffer, second by Tom Parsons, all in agreement to proceed .

*  Motion made by John Nolan, second by Ron Cordle to advertise for bids for the construction of the new City Garage Buildings. Two buildings are needed. One for equipment and the other for the storage of salt needed for the winter. This would help the City cleanup and organize this area. Funds needed for the project came from the sale of land to the State of Ky.

The Mayor also swore in the newest member of the City of Louisa Police Department. Officer Shane James, is the son of Bobby and Bridget James of Louisa, Ky. (See separate Lazer story)

The meeting was then adjourned.

 

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-1 #8 Yea 2017-06-21 19:48
Quoting Hypocrisy runamuk:
So in other words the mayor/council are blatantly ignoring and going against the will of the people who oppose the highbottom annexation. We aren't talking about a few residents.....we're talking about a clear majority. Shame on you for this, and shame on you all for dragging this out and giving the impression that the decision could go either way when you clearly had your minds made up from day one.


Yea looks like so many people "clearly" don't want the annexation from the picture. lol it is a few residents who don't want it and council needs to annex Highbottom. Council members run unopposed it's not like it's a big deal if some people are mad. Need to have best interest in the city.
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+4 #7 Highbottom 2017-06-20 21:10
Highbottom has mooched off the city for as long as I can remember. They want all the services and conveniences but someone else to pay for it. MOOCHERS!
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0 #6 JEP 2017-06-19 12:16
Quoting Confused:
Quoting Cathi:
Thanks to Albertville Mission for coming to help but I want to give a "shout-out" to the 700-+ volunteers that come here every summer through the Beiting Mission Center. We have volunteers from NY, PA, OH, MN, TX, and several other states that work from March to October working on homes for low income and elderly people.
what does this have to do with the annexation?

UH, maybe because it's part of the article. Did you not read the article?
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+3 #5 Confused 2017-06-17 21:54
Quoting Cathi:
Thanks to Albertville Mission for coming to help but I want to give a "shout-out" to the 700-+ volunteers that come here every summer through the Beiting Mission Center. We have volunteers from NY, PA, OH, MN, TX, and several other states that work from March to October working on homes for low income and elderly people.
what does this have to do with the annexation?
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+4 #4 Bob 2017-06-17 14:13
Its in the article.

"The Council discussed the options and came to the conclusion to annex the strip of land on Rt 2565 and Rt 644 to include the businesses along that strip. It will involve a few residents who live in the area. (subject to vote by those who live on the proposed annexed area)"
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+4 #3 Just wondering 2017-06-16 21:56
If I am remembering correctly, when another council wanted to annex the property by Walmart they were told it would be possible if only all residents (which there weren't many) were in favor of it. This is what Bud Adams told the Council and Bud also insisted this was the law. Has something changed? Has there been a poll or a vote on this, of the people it will affect the most? Maybe the best thing to remember if the annexation happens, for these new citizens is that they will be able to vote for the City officials in the next election!
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-1 #2 Cathi 2017-06-16 17:04
Thanks to Albertville Mission for coming to help but I want to give a "shout-out" to the 700-+ volunteers that come here every summer through the Beiting Mission Center. We have volunteers from NY, PA, OH, MN, TX, and several other states that work from March to October working on homes for low income and elderly people.
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+5 #1 Hypocrisy runamuk 2017-06-16 03:31
So in other words the mayor/council are blatantly ignoring and going against the will of the people who oppose the highbottom annexation. We aren't talking about a few residents.....w e're talking about a clear majority. Shame on you for this, and shame on you all for dragging this out and giving the impression that the decision could go either way when you clearly had your minds made up from day one.
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