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The Louisa City Council met Tuesday, July 11 for the regularly scheduled meeting. Those in attendance were Mayor Harold Slone, Mitch Castle Council, Lisa Schaeffer Council, Tom Parsons Council, John Nolan Council, Police Chief Greg Fugitt and City Attorney Eldred Adams. Absent from the meeting was Ron Cordle Council and Matt Brown Council. The meeting was called to order following the opening prayer and pledge.

Volunteers that were recognized this evening are from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The members have repaired homes, participated with the community's youth as well as supported the local economy. Volunteers that were recognized this evening are from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The members have repaired homes, participated with the community's youth as well as supported the local economy.

The city courtroom was alive and very well attended. Various groups, speakers and residents of Louisa were present and eager to participate in this open meeting.

Mayor Harold Slone recognized and thanked the many volunteers that have spent the last 10 weeks in Louisa, summer vacation, helping out our elderly and less fortunate. There are eighty teenagers at the Trinity Christian School who leave Friday and make room for the next 80 that will replace them.

Volunteers that were recognized this evening are from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The members have repaired homes, participated with the community's youth as well as supported the local economy.

Other business:

*  Motion by Mitch Castle, second by John Nolan to approve the minutes from the June 13, 2017 meeting.

*  Several resolutions were approved by Council with no opposition.

  • Approve Resolution 2017-05, “A Resolution of the Louisa City Council of the City of Louisa, Kentucky………”. EEC Grant.
  • Approve Resolution 2017-06, “A Resolution of the city of Louisa, Kentucky Approving An Interlocal Cooperation Agreement Between The City of Louisa and Other Parties thereto Regarding the Kentucky Association of Counties Interlocal Finance Corporation”.
  • Approve Resolution 2017-07, “A Resolution Approving a Lease….. for the Financing of the Cost of Various General Energy Savings projects…….”
  • Approve agreement for Municipal Road Aid Cooperative Program.
    Approve Resolution 2017-08, Resolution adopting and approving the execution of a Municipal Aid Co-op Program…….”

 

*  There were no bids offered for the replacement of breathing apparatus for the Louisa Fire Department. LVFD Asst. Chief Jeff Kinser informed the Council that there was only one vendor state-wide who sells the equipment.

He also stated that the air packs were about $6,400 each and approximately 21 of them were needed.  Eldred Adams and Jeff Kinser will work on solution and report back to the Council.  

Monies for this equipment will be provided by a grant received by the City.

*  The Director of the Lawrence Co. Health Department, Debbie Miller, addressed the Council and presented them with evidence based information on why Council needs to adopt a resolution regarding the Harm Reduction Program, (needle exchange) for the City of Louisa and Lawrence Co., Ky.

A motion by Mitch Castle, second by John Nolan was made to approve a resolution in support of implementing this life saving program by the Lawrence Co. Health Department.

All were in favor except Tom Parsons who voted 'no'.

 

Melissa and Ken ShapakaMelissa and Ken Shapaka

*  Louisa residents Melissa and Ken Shapaka of 320 S Main Cross St. were in attendance to inform the Council of problems around their property with public parking.

Melissa Shapaka ... "The parking on Powhatan St. adjacent to our property has become dangerous for our children. We have witnessed domestic violence, foul language, suspicious behavior and loud music. We have told our children to come in the house when cars are parked there. We would like to request a no parking sign for that part of the street."

"...Most of the cars parking there appear to be coming from the Water Street Apartments. There is sufficient parking for anyone who lives there. The Fire Department would have a hard time servicing this area should there be a fire."

After a lengthy discussion, Council voted to put up a NO PARKING sign from Main Cross to Water St. on Powhatan St. The vote was 3-1 with councilwoman Lisa Schaeffer opposed.


The Council was then asked to review a request by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC). Several cities in Kentucky are seeking legal representation to oppose the rate hike by American Electric Power. (SEE STORY ON LAZER MAIN PAGE) They have asked for a 11.25% rate increase in electricity

Louisa city council member Mitch Castle and two empy seats at July Council meetingLouisa city council member Mitch Castle and two empy seats at July Council meeting

costs. Council voted unanimously to pay $1,600 to participate with other cities in the state to oppose these rate hikes. The $1,600 cost to be divided equally between the City and the Water Co.

The Council then went into executive session to discuss a possible real estate transaction. When the Council returned, Eldred Adams informed the audience that no action was taken.

The meeting was then adjourned.

 

Comments  

0 #8 Peggy 2017-07-19 01:12
No parking they won't listen there's one on the other side of our driveway they pull right to it stop park get out go in school then the issue of what side to park on then just stop in the street wait for 30 minutes and block all flow of traffic. Police need to come and pull them all in the parking lots or buy the lot by the west loop and bus the pickup at the east to the west please. Traffic is so bad around the east school more than 2 times a day.
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0 #7 So seriously 2017-07-18 17:19
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[quote name="Christian who loves"] First of all the subject isn't even about diabetics because if you do your research there is help out there for diabetics. The subject is Needle Exchange protecting not only the addict, but the people surrounding it. I am so thankful that GOD loves us all and didn't decide who gets help and who doesn't. Something to think about when you are saying your prayers.


Whew, seriously, aren't you being too judgemental? The God I worship doesn't want me to sit and judge others, but to help them. I don't know how I feel about this program, I can see some positive and negative points. I really hope you can calm down about this and maybe try doing something more positive about it in one direction or the other instead of calling names. I don't know our City Council well at all. In fact I only know 2 of them a little. I don't think John Nolan or Tom Parsons are convicted felons or junkies and before you continue to defame anyone more - it is called libel and I think everyone on the City Council would have a legal case against you.
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-1 #6 Seriously 2017-07-17 04:09
Quoting Christian who loves:
First of all the subject isn't even about diabetics because if you do your research there is help out there for diabetics. The subject is Needle Exchange protecting not only the addict, but the people surrounding it. I am so thankful that GOD loves us all and didn't decide who gets help and who doesn't. Something to think about when you are saying your prayers.

Quoting Christian who loves:
First of all the subject isn't even about diabetics because if you do your research there is help out there for diabetics. The subject is Needle Exchange protecting not only the addict, but the people surrounding it. I am so thankful that GOD loves us all and didn't decide who gets help and who doesn't. Something to think about when you are saying your prayers.

Quoting Christian who loves:
First of all the subject isn't even about diabetics because if you do your research there is help out there for diabetics. The subject is Needle Exchange protecting not only the addict, but the people surrounding it. I am so thankful that GOD loves us all and didn't decide who gets help and who doesn't. Something to think about when you are saying your prayers.
you addicts live in your own little world feeding the problem with a bunch of lies! The truth is most of your precious needles WONT come back and other counties with this program can verify that 80 % are not returned.! Your only inviting more addicts to join in your fun!!! And since you proclaim to be a Christian, Do you really think God approves of enabling people to to kill themselves???? Because that is exactly what this program does. What a shame that we have a city council compiled of drug addicts and convicted felons pretending to live at the foot of the cross leading others astray. May the Lord have mercy on your soul for the wrath of God will raise his hand and smack you down.
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+1 #5 Upset citizen 2017-07-16 13:31
Everyone is against this rate hike and rightfully so. AEP has been running this scam for years. They'll inflate the amount needed and then agree on a lesser amount to make it appear like the consumers have scored some kind of artificial victory, and in the end they still get a rate hike. The Lazer should look into some of the salaries of the higher-ups at AEP and put it out there for the public so they can truly see exactly what a rate hike helps finance. And then there's the matter of cities having to pay $1,600 to participate in legal representation? Good lord everyone wants a piece of the action to make a fast buck!! Mr Adams is intelligent enough to represent the city on this matter without us having to fork over $1,600 to let someone else do it. At the end of the the day and when the smoke clears, who ultimately picks up the tab? I rest my case. Years ago I remember reading that a small town in Michigan got fed up in a similar situation and the entire community took a stand and said no more. People can only absorb so much, and most people don't mind doing their part, but when it gets to the point that it becomes a financial burden on everyone it changes everything. In closing: careful who you vote for and think of the potential ramifications of your vote based on the track record of these candidates. The Obama administration destroyed Ky Power as promised at the beckoning of environmentalis t who have successfully convinced people that they can't breath and claim that it's gonna be even worse for our grandchildren, and we are picking up the tab due to collateral damage.Just look at your electric bill for proof. In the end and once again, someone gets rich at our expense and we're breathing just fine....we have been all along.
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-1 #4 Christian who loves 2017-07-15 17:28
First of all the subject isn't even about diabetics because if you do your research there is help out there for diabetics. The subject is Needle Exchange protecting not only the addict, but the people surrounding it. I am so thankful that GOD loves us all and didn't decide who gets help and who doesn't. Something to think about when you are saying your prayers.
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+3 #3 Cathi Wells 2017-07-14 15:25
Just wanted to make sure that your readers know that the guys who received the recognition for working on homes are interns at the Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center. They committed to working 10 weeks this summer in Eastern Kentucky.
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+1 #2 Seriously 2017-07-14 02:11
Love how former drug addicts on the council jump at the chance to to enable ! Sorry diabetics your life isn't as important!
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0 #1 Very Mad Citizen 2017-07-13 19:52
I do not live in the city but my child goes to the school in the city and this Needle exchange is stupid putting the kids life in danger instead of exchanging needle pit the door heads in jail Rant over!
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