March 10, 2020
CITY OF HURSTBOURNE
Mayor Pro-Tem Ben Jackson 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
Ben Jackson, Mayor Pro-Tem
Bill Leavell, Commissioner
Earl Hubbuch, Commissioner
Lois Wagner, Commissioner
John Singler, City Attorney
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Pro-Tem Jackson
RECOGNITION OF GUESTS
No guests were present
BUSINESS ACTION ITEMS
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
With a minor change, the February 25,2020 amended minutes were moved for approval by Commissioner Wagner and was seconded by Commissioner Leavell. Motion carried unanimously.
City Attorney then John Singler distributed a new printed version of Ordinance #20-01, Series 2020—AN ORDINANCE REPEALING AND REPLACING CITY ORDINANCES RELATING TO PROPERTY MAINTENANCE STANDARDS AND NUISANCES. He requested the Commissioners to review the ordinance and make any additional suggestions. The ordinance will be presented for second reading at a future meeting.
Mr. Singler presented a new printed version of Ordinance #20-02, Series 2020—AN ORDINANCE REPEALING AND UPDATING CERTAIN SECTIONS OF THE CITY’S SIGN ORDINANCE, CHAPTER 153. He again asked the Commissioners to review the ordinance and make any additional suggestions. The ordinance will be present for second reading at a future meeting.
PUBLIC WORKS REPORT – Commissioner Earl Hubbuch
Mr. Hubbuch reported the creek clearing has begun. Mr. Jackson suggested that all Storm Drainage checks, that are written out of the General Fund Operating Account, should be reviewed monthly, followed by immediate transfers of such expenditures from Storm Drainage investment accounts to replenish the General Fund Operating Account. C. A. O. Jim Leidgen concurred and then recommended that Storm Drainage investment accounts be moved to one investment pool fund rather than remaining in various certificates of deposit and other separate accounts. Motion was made by Mr. Hubbuch to initiate the above listed actions. His motion was seconded by Mr. Jackson. Motion carried unanimously.
GENERAL GOVERNMENT REPORT – Commissioner Ben Jackson
Mr. Jackson reported that the Finance Committee met on Thursday, March 5, 2020. After discussion, the Committee approved and initiated an internal funds transfer of $50,000 from the KLCIP Money Market Fund to the KLCIP Equity – Dividend Focus Fund. He also reported that Neel-Schaffer, a tenant, has a lease that ends in July 2020 but is moving by the end of March. They will be requested to pay the full amount of the lease and will be reimbursed if the space is rented prior to the end of the lease in July 2020. In the meantime, the offices will be refurbished.
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT—Commissioner Bill Leavell
Mr. Leavell reported on the ongoing discussion with City Engineer Chris Crumpton regarding the intersection of Nottingham at Linn Station. He then reviewed the February 2020 police report.
CODE ENFORCEMENT/SANITATION REPORT—Commissioner Lois Wagner
CITY ATTORNEY’S REPORT—Attorney John Singler
CITY ENGINEER’S REPORT—Engineer Chris Crumpton
CITY TREASURER’S REPORT—Treasurer Bill Bennett
CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT—C. A. O. Jim Leidgen
Mr. Leidgen’s reported that bids are being received for the Days Inn concrete basin project.
Under KRS 61.810-(1)-(F), Mr. Jackson called to close the regular Commission meeting and enter into Executive Session to discuss a personnel issue. Mr. Hubbuch made such motion. His motion was seconded by Ms. Wagner. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Jackson made a motion to close the Executive Session and reconvene the regular Commissioners’ meeting where no action was taken. His motion was seconded by Mr. Hubbuch. Motion passed unanimously.
OTHER NON-BUSINESS-ACTION ITEMS
At Mr. Jackson’s request, City Attorney John Singler distributed Ordinance #20-03, Series 2020— AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO FIXING THE COMPENSATION OF ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS OF THE CITY OF HURSTBOURNE. Since this is an election year and under KRS law the applicable deadline for passage of this ordinance is May 1, 2020, Mr. Jackson proposed that the compensation of each Commissioner would be fixed at $690.00 per month. Furthermore, the compensation take effect on January 1, 2021 with the newly elected Commission. He further explained that while elected officials receive the annual “rubber dollar” COLA, the proposed amount is a more accurate and reflective representation of COLA dating back to 2016; the last time such an adjustment was enacted. Furthermore, the Mayor’s compensation is also customarily reviewed and may be adjusted before May 1st prior to the Mayor’s election cycle which takes place in 2022.
After a discussion, Mr. Hubbuch made a motion to call for first reading of Ordinance #20-03, Series 2020. Mr. Leavell seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
There being nothing further brought before the Commission, at 6:14 p.m., Mr. Hubbuch made the motion to adjourn. His motion was seconded by Mr. Leavell. Motion passed.
Mayor Pro-Tem Ben Jackson City Clerk / C.A.O. Jim Leidgen