APRIL 14, 2020
CITY OF HURSTBOURNE
200 WHITTINGTON PARKWAY
Due to the Covid 19 health emergency, the City of Hurstbourne is conducting its regular City Commission meetings via teleconference. This is occurring under the authority of Kentucky Revised Statutes and the orders of the Governor of Kentucky. Residents and news media may participate in the teleconference meeting. The login information for each meeting will be posted and distributed so that any person or member of the media wanting to participate may participate.
Mayor Masick called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m.
C. A. O. Jim Leidgen conducted the roll call. A quorum of the Commission was present.
Present: Mayor Mary Masick
Ben Jackson, Commissioner
Earl Hubbuch, Commissioner
Bill Leavell, Commissioner
Lois Wagner, Commissioner
Present: John Singler, City Attorney
Rheba Roten, Recording Secretary
RECOGNITION OF GUESTS
Mr. Zachary Taylor, from “Run Switch”, signed on to participate in the teleconference meeting but did not speak.
Attorney John Singler began the meeting with opening comments stating that because of the COVID-19 emergency, the legislation in Kentucky has permitted video and audio conference meetings and both methods are considered Special Meetings. Therefore, only topics that are posted on the agenda can be discussed. There is a probability that the next Commission meeting will be conducted by teleconference.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
With a minor change, the March 10, 2020 amended minutes were moved for approval by Commissioner Hubbuch and was seconded by Commissioner Jackson. Motion carried unanimously.
Second reading by summary was conducted by City Attorney John Singler for Ordinance No. 20-03—Setting Compensation for Elected Officials. He explained that Kentucky State Law requires if compensation is to be changed for Elected Officials that action must be finalized in an ordinance prior to May 1st in the year of election. The compensation would take affect the next term of the Commission. The proposed amount of compensation is $690.00 per month for each Commissioner in the City of Hurstbourne. After a lengthy discussion, including noting the fact that the last increase was four years ago dated January 1, 2017, a motion was made to move approval of Ordinance No. 20-03 by Commissioner Jackson; his motion was seconded by Commissioner Leavell. Roll call vote was taken: Mayor Masick—abstain—Commissioner Hubbuch—abstain, Commissioner Jackson—yea, Commissioner Leavell—yea, Commissioner Wagener—nay. Ordinance No. 20-03 was enacted with 2 abstentions, 2 yeas, and 1 nay.
OTHER NON-BUSINESS/ACTION ITEMS
City Attorney Singler stated there were no actionable items at this time.
PUBLIC WORKS—Commissioner Hubbuch
GENERAL GOVERNMENT REPORT – Commissioner Jackson
PUBLIC SAFETY – Commissioner Leavell
CODE ENFORCEMENT/SANITATION REPORT – Commissioner Wagner
ATTORNEY’S REPORT – Attorney John Singler
CITY ENGINEER’S REPORT—Chris Crumpton
TREASURER’S REPORT – Treasurer Bennett
ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT – C.A.O. Jim Leidgen
Mr. Leidgen reported a departmental business summary stating there will be a full discussion on the PVA schedule soon. Also, a form with FEMA was submitted for certain expenses that the City may incur during this Covid-19 pandemic. He added that City Hall and the employees are secure and only a few tenants in the building report to work as most of them are working from home. Communications have been enhanced such as the City’s phone system to accommodate teleconferences. The City’s Reach Alert has also been utilized in order to keep the citizens informed. With regards to finances, the insurance premiums taxes have begun to arrive. In the public works department, all the contracted vendors have been contacted and they are all busy and practicing social distancing. Regarding the public safety department, we are continuing to make our patrols visible and not diminishing their hours. In the department of code enforcement and sanitation, we are working with Metro Louisville and using 311. The areas focused on are foot traffic and solicitors. Mr. Leidgen stated with these uncertain times, each call of concern the City receives that we show them compassion so the residents know that we care.
At 5:13 p.m. Commissioner Wagner made the motion to adjourn. Her motion was seconded by Commissioner Jackson. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Mary Masick James E. Leidgen, City Clerk