November 26, 2013
CITY OF HURSTBOURNE
304 WHITTINGTON PARKWAY / SUITE 100
Mayor Bob English called the meeting to order.
C.A.O. Leidgen conducted the roll call. Present were: Mayor English; Commissioners Ed Dahlem, Earl Hubbuch, Ben Jackson and Lois Wagner; Attorney John Singler; Treasurer Bill Bennett (later in the meeting) and C.A.O. Jim Leidgen. A quorum of the Commission was present.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor English.
RECOGNITION OF GUESTS
No guests were in attendance who wished to speak to the Commission.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Commissioner Dahlem made the motion to approve the minutes of the November 12, 2013 regular meeting of the City Commission; his motion was seconded by Commissioner Wagner. Motion carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT – Treasurer Bennett
Treasurer Bennett presented the Financial Statements for the month ending October 31, 2013. He also presented a sheet which detailed the City’s various certificates of deposit and also indicated how often the interest on those CD’s are reported. Commissioner Dahlem said a meeting of the Investment Committee will be held in December to discuss those CD’s as well as other financial matters. To a question from Commissioner Hubbuch, Treasurer Bennett listed a number of ways in which a municipality can legally invest funds.
Municipal Order 13-33 Relating to Check Register Approvals for October 2013. Commissioner Wagner made the motion to approve MO 13-33; her motion was seconded by Commissioner Dahlem. Motion carried.
ATTORNEY’S REPORT – Attorney Singler
Attorney Singler reported on a number of pending property maintenance enforcement actions.
Attorney Singler also reported on a number of pending law suits.
A meeting had been held with members of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet about the proposed sound barrier wall. One important issue in this discussion was a 1968 deed that transferred a wooded stretch of property to the State for use as a scenic corridor along I-64. The State’s position is that if they build a wall along the highway it would violate the terms of the transfer. Attorney Singler will research this matter.
Commissioner Dahlem asked the Commission for permission to sit down with Mr. David Nicklies, who accompanied the lawyer for the Trust, to discuss this matter. Also, State engineers designed the sound barrier wall to meet maximum standards. Commissioner Dahlem said he would like to determine what it would take to design a wall of minimum height and be located as close as possible to I-64. He has asked C.A.O. Leidgen to set up meetings to work through these issues. The Commissioners agreed that Commissioner Dahlem should follow through with this.
ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT – C.A.O. Leidgen
C.A.O. Leidgen presented the City’s Call Traffic Log.
Mr. Leidgen said it is always a problem in the fall to get rid of leaves in the city, but he has been working with Bramer Brothers and Pro-Turf to try to get this accomplished.
He presented pictures of the entrance at Linn Station which had been destroyed in an automobile accident. He has reported this and filed a claim with the Kentucky League of Cities. There was discussion as to whether this might be the right time to redesign this entrance. C.A.O. Leidgen will follow through with KLC and with the individual’s insurance company before a determination is made as to how the entrance will be reconstructed.
Mr. Leidgen has been in contact with Mr. Campbell of Granite City who said their intentions are to move forward with this project in late 2014. The Panera Bread project is proceeding and more will be known in the near future about the possible Maserati Dealership.
There was discussion about a possible tree incentive program but no decision was reached.
MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor English
GENERAL GOVERNMENT REPORT – Commissioner Dahlem
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT – Commissioner Hubbuch
CODE ENFORCEMENT/SANITATION REPORT – Commissioner Jackson
There was discussion about possibly offering leaf pickup in the City in the future.
PUBLIC WORKS – Commissioner Wagner
Commissioner Wagner reported that Pro-Turf and Bramer Brothers had teamed up to get much of the cleanup in the landscape areas, including many leaves.
At 5:35 p.m. Commissioner Dahlem made the motion to adjourn; his motion was seconded by Commissioner Wagner. Motion carried.