Schaeffer, Dixon and Parsons (Lazer file photo)LOUISA, Ky. -- City Attorney Eldred "Bud" Adams said this morning that a resolution was passed at last night's city council meeting to ask the state legislature to deem Louisa a 4th class city. The issue was brought up at the January meeting but was tabled when member Brad Stark said more information was needed.
The vote was 3-1 last night with member Raymond Dixon not present. Council member Rita Rose cast the only dissenting vote, Adams said. Lisa Schaeffer, Rose, Tom Parsons and Gloria Johnson were present. Ms. Johnson abstained from voting on the issue. were present.
Rose could not be reached for comment.
Adams said last week that it appears that council members want to become a 4th class city which, he said, will make the city eligible for larger state and federal grants and would permit the city to ask to be reclassified. It would also mean there can be a wet-dry vote.
"The next stepis to ask the state legislature to vote on the change in classification," Adams said. "The city has to show we have the required 3,000 population and there are several ways to do that including a house to house canvas, checking census figures and more."
Adams, who said the city is responsible for coming up with proof, said the census figures from 2010 show the city with 2,467, just below the needed number.
But Louisa businessman Gene Wilson disagrees and has said the city has well over the required 3,000 population using census figures. Wilson wants to build a franchise restaurant near his Best Western Plus Motel on U.S. 23 which after an annexation was added last year, is in the city limits. He said Louisa is the only one on the U.S. 23 portion called the 'Country Music Highway' and many customers inquire where they can get a good meal with an alcoholic beverage.
State law does not allow wet-dry elections in cities of the 5th and 6th classifications.
Adams said the state legislature is required to vote on the issue of raising the city from a 5th to a 4th class city.
Lawrence Co. judge/executive John Osborne visited with Governor Steve Beshear in Frankfort conference
Lawrence County Judge/Executive John Osborne & Magistrate John J. Lemaster attended the 29th Annual KCJEA Winter Conference, held last week in Lexington.Judge Osborne spoke with Governor Steve Beshear (pictured above), and a number of Kentucky officials and leaders on a host of topics plaguing Lawrence County. Some of the major issues discussed during open forum and round table were: economic development opportunities, updates were given by the Kentucky Department of Transportation - regarding the upcoming flex funding for the next fiscal year, solid waste and water issues were talked over, and major discussion was heard on the current jail woes across the state.
In Observance of PRESIDENTS’ DAY, The Lawrence County Courthouse will be closed on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2014. The Lawrence County Courthouse will re-open on Tuesday, February 18 at 8:30 a.m.
Meeting dates for both the fiscal court and the BOE have been changed. BOE will meet next Tuesday, Fiscal Court the following Monday. _____________________________________JOHN A. OSBORNE LAWRENCE COUNTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE
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