MAY 25, 2021
CITY OF HURSTBOURNE
200 WHITTINGTON PARKWAY
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.
Mary Masick, Mayor
Ben Jackson, Commissioner
Norbert Hancock, Commissioner
Bill Leavell, Commissioner
John Singler, City Attorney
Mike Rhodes, City Treasurer
The pledge of allegiance was led by Mayor Masick.
RECOGNITION OF GUESTS
Mr. Drew Phillips, 514 Leicester Circle, along with other residents, addressed the Commission regarding a residence on their circle with numerous code violations dating back over several years. They requested an update on the City’s actions against the subject property. City Attorney Singler spoke in length about the property’s history and the past legal actions that have been pursued. After a lengthy discussion by the residents and the Commission, a motion was made by Mayor Masick to grant City Attorney Singler the authority the file a lawsuit against this property. Her motion was seconded by Commissioner Jackson. Motion carried unanimously.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The May 11, 2021minutes were presented for approval. Commissioner Jackson made a motion for approval of the minutes and his motion was and was seconded by Commissioner Leavell. Motion carried unanimously.
The Special Commission minutes of May 17, 2021were presented for approval. With a minor correction, Commissioner Jackson made a motion to approve the minutes as amended. His motion seconded by Commissioner Leavell.
City Attorney John Singler presented for second reading Ordinance Number 21-06—AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING LETTER OF COMPLIANCE/APPROVAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SOLAR INSTALLATIONS. City Attorney Singler stated that the following should be added to the ordinance. “The City shall send out an annual certification upon which the homeowner shall acknowledge whether the installation is fully operable including documentation showing it is operational by utility bills. If documentation is not supplied, there could be a site inspection.” After some discussion, Commissioner Jackson made a motion for approval and second reading of Ordinance 21-06. His motion was seconded by Mayor Masick. A voice roll call vote was taken: Mayor Masick—yea, Commission Hancock—yea, Commissioner Jackson—yea, and Commissioner Leavell—yea. Ordinance 21-06 was enacted with a 4-0 vote.
C.A.O. Jim Leidgen stated that he, Commissioner Hancock and George Stewart, Code Enforcement Officer, will approve a resident’s building application for a solar system which meets all the required standards. The approval date on the application will be dated after May 25, 2021.
Municipal Order 21-22—Expenses for April 2021.
After a couple of minor questions, Commissioner Hancock made a motion for approval of MO 21-22. His motion was seconded by Commissioner Leavell. Motion carried unanimously.
ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT – C.A.O. Jim Leidgen
Mr. Leidgen reported the recent City shredding event was successful and it will be featured in the upcoming Hurstbourne-Herald. A copy of the new City directory was sent to each Commissioner asking for their review before it goes to print. In addition, the auditors will be coming to City Hall on Thursday, May 27th. The PVA tax files will be delivered to City Hall soon. There was an application process for funding from the American Recovery Rescue Act requiring a budget certification sheet signed by Mayor Masick and the funding amount will be announced on June 9, 2021.
Mayor Masick reported she had recently attended a Jefferson County League of Cities meeting where the funds from the American Recovery Rescue Act was discussed. In addition, she stated that Attorney Steve Porter discussed accessory dwelling units.
CODE ENFORCEMENT/SANITATION REPORT – Commissioner Hancock
GENERAL GOVERNMENT REPORT –Commissioner Jackson
Commissioner Jackson reported the Finance Committee had met prior to the Commissioner’s meeting and Trisha Sikkema, Financial Assistant, has agreed to extend her contract for one month. City Treasurer Mike Rhodes has agreed to train with Trisha to gain additional knowledge about her job duties. Mayor Masick made a motion to extend Trisha Sikkema’s contract for an additional 30 days. Her motion was seconded by Commissioner Leavell. Motion carried unanimously.
In addition, he reported that a CD came due with the funds transferred to the general fund. Treasurer Mike Rhodes is going to look at current rates to reinvest these funds.
The KLIC funds total $388,000. We sold all but $25,000 in the Dividend Focus Equity Fund, $25,000 in the Equity S&P 500 Index Fund. The remaining balance of approximately $338,000 is being held in the KLCIP Money Market Fund. Jim Leidgen was to talk with Mark Snyder of the PNC arm of KLCIP about waiving their fee on the money market account.
PUBLIC SAFETY – Commissioner Leavell
PUBLIC WORKS—Commissioner Wagner
ATTORNEY’S REPORT – Attorney John Singler
CITY ENGINEER’S REPORT—Chris Crumpton
TREASURER’S REPORT – Treasurer Mike Rhodes
Mr. Rhodes reported he was seeking rates for certificates of deposit. He also referenced the increase in the KLIC Investments.
At 6:37 p.m. Commissioner Jackson made a motion to adjourn. His motion was seconded by Mayor Masick. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Mary Masick James E. Leidgen, City Clerk