MINUTES REGULAR MEETING
JULY 11, 2023
CITY OF HURSTBOURNE
200 WHITTINGTON PARKWAY
Mayor Mary Masick called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m.
A. O. Tyler Johnson conducted the roll call. A quorum of the Commission was present.
Mary Masick, Mayor
Ben Jackson, Commissioner
Bill Leavell, Commissioner
Marc Norton, Commissioner
Lois Wagner, Commissioner
John Singler, City Attorney
Mike Rhodes, City Treasurer
Chris Crumpton, City Engineer
Rheba Roten, Recording Secretary
The pledge of allegiance was led by Mayor Masick.
RECOGNITION OF GUESTS
No guests were present.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The June 27, 2023 minutes were presented for approval. After two minor changes, Commissioner Wagner made a motion for approval of the amended minutes and her motion was and was seconded by Commissioner Jackson. Motion carried unanimously.
City Attorney John Singler read the following notice that had been placed in the Courier-Journal:
The City of Hurstbourne will hold a public hearing on setting its 2024 real property tax rate, 4:30 p.m. on July 11, 2023, at Whittington Parkway, Suite 100, Louisville, KY 40222. The compensating rate is $.149 per $100, which would produce $1,508,085. The proposed rate of $.169 per $100 produces $1,710,512 needed for increased general government expenses.
With the notice read, Commissioner Jackson made a motion to close the regular Commission meeting and open the tax rate Public Hearing. His motion was seconded by Commissioner Wagner. Motion carried unanimously. The floor was open for any public comments. Commissioner Jackson stated this proposed rate takes the City back to the level previously in 2021. With no further comments, Commissioner Norton made a motion to close the open tax rate Public Hearing and reopen the regular Commissioner meeting. His motion was seconded by Mayor Masick. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Masick made a motion for introduction and first reading of ORDINANCE NUMBER 23-02—AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE ADOPTION OF THE CITY OF HURSTBOURNE AD VALOREM TAX ASSESSMENT AND THE LEVYING OF AD VALOREM TAX THEREON FOR CITY PURPOSES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 20, 2024. The tax rate will be $.169 per hundred. Her motion was seconded by Commissioner Leavell. Motion carried unanimously.
Commissioner Jackson made a motion for a Special Commission meeting on Thursday, July 13, 2023, at 4:30 p. m. at City Hall for the purpose of a second reading of Ordinance 23-02. His motion was seconded by Commissioner Norton. Motion carried unanimously.
A. O. Tyler Johnson—Management Report
A. O. Tyler Johnson reported the 4th of July parade was a success. The police and fire departments have agreed for coverage for July 2024.
In addition, the sanitation contract with Rumpke has been officially signed with the provision if the level of service changes the City is allowed to exist the contract and can renegotiate.
City Engineer Chris Crumpton added that the paving bid packets are completed and will be placed in the Courier-Journal this week which gives contractors two weeks to submit their bids. The goal is to have a recommendation for bid approval at the first meeting in August.
Mayor Masick reported that Louisville’s Mayor Greenberg will meet with city mayors at the Jefferson County League of Cities July 24, 2023 monthly meeting. This gathering is exclusively for mayors and their questions for Mayor Greenberg can be submitted prior to the meeting.
In addition, Mayor Masick announced there will be a National Night Out on August 1, 2023, from 5-8 p.m. located at the Warren C. Walker Park on Gatehouse Lane in Douglass Hills. This event will highlight the local police departments and the services they provide.
CODE ENFORCEMENT/SANITATION REPORT – Commissioner Norton
Commissioner Norton reported he observed a new fence being constructed at the Red Roof Inn. C. A. O. Tyler Johnson stated he would contact the hotel to speak with the manager. In addition, Commissioner Norton stated that Metro Government is approaching the twenty-year anniversary since the City and County merged. In addition, there will be public hearings for the residents to express their opinions on its effectiveness.
City Attorney John Singler added that legislation was passed by the State to provide this opportunity for the residents to express what changes need to happen. He added that the residents have the chance to ask what services Metro is providing or not providing within the county and not just the City of Louisville.
GENERAL GOVERNMENT REPORT –Commissioner Jackson
Commissioner Jackson had no report.
PUBLIC SAFETY – Commissioner Leavell
Commissioner Leavell reviewed the June police activity report which reflected one citation. He discussed various incidents within the City and reported there were 165 patrolling hours.
PUBLIC WORKS—Commissioner Wagner
Commissioner Wagner reported that the LG&E light replacement will begin in the next two weeks. Also, she discussed the field notes from Andrea Hanlon, City Horticulturist will be emailed to the Commission for their review. Commissioner Wagner asked the Commission to notice how detailed her notes are and gave examples of how responsive she is to the City. She reported the City will be involved in the Tree Canopy Program again this year. Commissioner Wagner stated that at the corner of Oxmoor Woods and Lyndon Lane there will be a landscape lighting improvement which will make the City’s entrances more cohesive.
ATTORNEY’S REPORT – Attorney John Singler
City Attorney John Singler had no report.
CITY ENGINEER’S REPORT—Chris Crumpton
City Engineer Chris Crumpton reported that Lawrence and Associates will begin the catch basin repairs soon. Also, the City’s streets have been prioritized for paving and the project will begin next week. He added that the walk through the City with AT&T was productive, and their report should be submitted to the City soon.
TREASURER’S REPORT – Treasurer Mike Rhodes
City Treasurer Mike Rhodes reported that a certificate of deposit from US Bank had matured and was rolled over into a Treasury Bond for four months at 5.25 %.
OTHER NON-BUSINESS/ACTION ITEMS
At 5:17 p.m. Commissioner Jackson made the motion to adjourn. His motion was seconded by Commissioner Wagner. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Mary Masick Tyler Johnson, City Clerk