APRIL 23, 2019
CITY OF HURSTBOURNE
200 WHITTINGTON PARKWAY
Mayor Mary Masick called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m.
City Attorney John Singler conducted the roll call. A quorum of the Commission was present.
Present: Mary Masick, Mayor
Earl Hubbuch, Commissioner
Ben Jackson, Commissioner
Lois Wagner, Commissioner
Present: John Singler, City Attorney
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Masick.
RECOGNITION OF GUESTS
No guest spoke.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
With a minor change, Commissioner Jackson made a motion that the minutes of the April 9, 2019 regular meeting be approved; his motion was seconded by Commissioner Wagner. Motion carried unanimously.
Municipal Order 19-17 Expenses for March, 2019 Commissioner Jackson made a motion to approve MO 19-17; seconded by Commissioner Wagner. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Masick reported she had attended the Jefferson County League of Cities meeting on Thursday, April 18, 2019. She stated that she and C. A. O. Jim Leidgen will be attending a meeting on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Heitzman Bakery with Metro Council member Marilyn Parker to hear citizens’ comments regarding the City of Louisville budget.
PUBLIC WORKS—Commissioner Hubbuch
GENERAL GOVERNMENT REPORT – Commissioner Jackson
Commissioner Jackson reported on the City’s financials and indicated under certificates of deposit that the Storm Drainage account is at the Republic Bank at 2% and the rate of interest at BB&T is 2.4% and not 12.4%. Under Budget to Actual and comparing to last year’s totals, the Insurance Premium Tax and Alcohol Beverage License will meet the budget in the 4th quarter. He congratulated the Finance Committee for tripling the interest on the General Government account because attention was focused on having less money sitting in the general checking account.
Commissioner Jackson made a motion that in order to comply with the ordinance that was set up for the Special Fund for the Stormwater account, $100,000 will be transferred each year into the dedicated special fund. Seconded by Mayor Masick. Motion carried unanimously.
PUBLIC SAFETY – Commissioner Leavell
CODE ENFORCEMENT/SANITATION REPORT – Commissioner Wagner
Commissioner Wagner reported the sanitation bids have been sent out and the opening bid date is May 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
ATTORNEY’S REPORT – Attorney John Singler
Mr. Singler distributed documents explaining small cell telecommunication poles and the AT&T fiber optics program which is planned in four phases throughout the City. He stated in 1996, a federal law was passed because technology started to emerge and the law stated “No state or local statue of regulation, or other state or local legal requirement, may prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting the ability of any entity to provide any interstate or intrastate telecommunication service.” This is specific to small cell poles and that small cities are very limited in directing companies where to place poles within their city. Also, there must be a reasonable alternate location and a time limitation on the decision as not to delay the technology. He added that AT&T has agreed to come to the Commission to explain their position and has already agreed to the issue of insurance and indemnity of the City. There was some discussion on front or backyard easements; however, the FCC states that you cannot prohibit the placing of a small cell pole without citing another location that cannot interfere with a clear signal.
After much discussion about fiber optics installation, the Commission agreed that the residents need to know about this project by either Reach Alert or by paper flyers; therefore, a motion was made by Commissioner Hubbuch to authorize C. A. O. Jim Leidgen to enter into an encroachment permit for the AT&T project and to notify the residents. Seconded by Mayor Masick and the motion carried unanimously.
Lastly, Mr. Singler reported he had a meeting with zoning attorney John Baker for the Bullitt Trust and the trustees have agreed to come to a Commission meeting. They stated that they have no current plan for the property, and they are opposed to the City street closings. Commissioner Wagner replied if they are willing to come to a meeting, we should be open to hear what they have to say. After much discussion, Commissioner Jackson recommended they attend the second meeting in June or the first meeting in July.
TREASURER’S REPORT – Treasurer Bennett
ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT – C.A.O. Jim Leidgen
C.A.O. Leidgen’s management report was distributed and reviewed. With regards to the upstairs renovation at City Hall, Commissioner Jackson stated that it would be better to utilize the first-floor office furniture for upstairs and buy new for City Hall. Also, the large conference room upstairs could be used as an office and the breakroom will be supplied with a round table and chairs from the first floor and can be used for meetings. As previously discussed, the slight increase in cost for wooden baseboards was minimal and they will be installed in the upstairs renovation.
At 5:35p.m. Commissioner Jackson made the motion to adjourn. His motion was seconded by Commissioner Wagner; motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Mary Masick James E. Leidgen, City Clerk