FEBRUARY 26, 2019
CITY OF HURSTBOURNE
200 WHITTINGTON PARKWAY
Mayor Pro-Tem Ben Jackson called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m.
- A. O. Jim Leidgen conducted the roll call. A quorum of the Commission was present.
Earl Hubbuch, Commissioner
Ben Jackson, Commissioner
Bill Leavell, Commissioner
Lois Wagner, Commissioner
Present: John Singler, City Attorney
Chris Crumpton, City Engineer
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by (Mayor Pro-Tem) Ben Jackson.
RECOGNITION OF GUESTS
No guests spoke.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Commissioner Wagner made a motion that the minutes of the February 12, 2019 regular meeting be approved; her motion was seconded by Commissioner Leavell. Motion carried unanimously.
Municipal Order 19-13 Relating to Check Register Approvals for January, 2019—Commissioner Hubbuch made a motion to approve MO 19-13; his motion was seconded by Commissioner Wagner. Motion carried unanimously.
Municipal Order 19-14 A Municipal Order Approving the Hourly Rate for a Professional Service Contract with Kentuckiana Law Enforcement for Contract Police Services—This municipal order entitles the police patrolling the City of Hurstbourne an hourly rate of $40. Commissioner Leavell made a motion to adopt MO 19-14; his motion was seconded by Commissioner Hubbuch. The motion carried unanimously.
City Attorney John Singler stated that according to KRS 61.810 1 C, the Commission may go into Executive Session to discuss pending litigation. Mayor Pro-Tem Jackson made a motion to adjourn the regular Commission Meeting and go into Executive Session; his motion was seconded by Commissioner Hubbuch. Motion carried unanimously. Upon returning, Mayor Pro-Tem Jackson made a motion to adjourn the Executive Session where no decisions were made and re-open the regular Commission meeting; his motion was seconded by Commissioner Hubbuch. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Pro-Tem Jackson reported that a certificate of deposit had matured a few weeks ago and one matured today. BB&T Bank quoted a rate of 2% for six months, and C. A. O. Jim Leidgen will request additional rates for 11 and 12 months.
PUBLIC SAFETY – Commissioner Leavell
Commissioner Leavell inquired about the City’s logo trademark progress and C. A. O. Leidgen reported that the application has been processed using Stites & Harbison. He added that he will share updates on the logo as he receives them. Mr. Leavell reported that he met with Lt. Kirby Shobe from District 8 of the LMPD. He stated that it was a positive meeting and that Lt. Shobe has eighty officers and four detectives working with him. After some discussion about the length of an officer’s shift while patrolling the City, Mr. Leidgen stated that during any shift the officer’s visibility is priority.
PUBLIC WORKS—Commissioner Hubbuch
Commissioner Hubbuch reported that Bramer Brothers Landscaping and Andrea Hanlon, horticulturist, were consulted regarding the upcoming tree canopy program scheduled for this year and both parties recommended that tree planting should be done in the fall of the year. Commissioner Hubbuch stated that more information will be forthcoming regarding the tree canopy program.
GENERAL GOVERNMENT REPORT – Commissioner Jackson
No report; however, Mr. Jackson did express his appreciation for the new version of the Kentucky League of Cities Official Handbook.
CODE ENFORCEMENT/SANITATION REPORT – Commissioner Wagner
ATTORNEY’S REPORT – Attorney John Singler
City Attorney Singler discussed Ordinance 19-01, Series 2019—AN ORDINANCE REPEALING AND REPLACING CHAPTER 114 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES CONCERNING THE IMPOSITION OF FEES ON COMPANIES WHO ISSUE CERTAIN INSURANCE POLICIES IN THE CITY. He stated that this ordinance involves an increase in the City’s insurance premium tax and should be finalized by the next Commissioner’s meeting.
CITY ENGINEER—Chris Crumpton
No additional report.
TREASURER’S REPORT – Treasurer Bennett
No report; however, Mr. Jackson stated that if the Commission had any questions on the financials to forward them to City Treasurer Bill Bennett.
ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT – C.A.O. Jim Leidgen
C.A.O. Leidgen reported that the City Hall roof replacement is nearly completed, and a final inspection will be scheduled. A draft of the Hurstbourne-Herald was distributed, and he asked the Commissioners to e-mail him with any additional ideas or corrections. He discussed a possible new format for the newsletter which would result in additional cost. He added that the current format is approximately 37 years old and a new design would be worth considering. Also, Mr. Leidgen presented an online version of the City of Hurstbourne Code of Ordinances displayed on the City’s website and explained that all approved ordinances are currently updated which are easily accessible. Commissioner Hubbuch added that Mr. Leidgen should mention this update in the upcoming Hurstbourne-Herald. He reported that all reported potholes in the City are currently are filled. City Attorney Singler and Mr. Leidgen have a scheduled meeting with a potential candidate that will perform Code Enforcement duties and the results of that meeting will be discussed at the next Commission meeting.
At 5:58 p.m. Commissioner Hubbuch made the motion to adjourn. His motion was seconded by Commissioner Leavell; motion carried unanimously.
Mary Masick, Mayor Jim Leidgen, City Clerk