WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (5/8/13) - The Sebree City Council started its meeting on Monday without a mayor. Ron Todd turned in his resignation at the April council meeting, effective prior to the start of Monday’s meeting.
The council appointed councilman Ozzie O’Nan to act as Mayor Pro Temp, and then City Attorney Dorin Luck addressed the council.
“Mayor Todd has resigned,” he said. “KRS 83A.040 says that we must appoint a mayor. If the city fails to do so within 30 days of the effective date of the resignation, the governor will make that decision for us. I hope we are here to do that tonight.”
Luck told the council that a new mayor would be appointed with an ordinance. Normally this process would require a first reading of the ordinance, followed by notices posted in the paper and a second reading at a later meeting.
“In the council form of government, the mayor is the executive officer,” he explained. “Plus we are currently in the middle of a major water project that will require administration and signatures. We need to have a mayor in place without a gap.”
Luck told the council that KRS 83A.060 allowed for them to pass a new ordinance in one reading, if there were an emergency situation. He said that the absence of the mayor would constitute such a situation.
Council member Pete O’Nan nominated Ozzie O’Nan for the position of mayor. The council voted unanimously in favor with a 5-0 vote.
Judy Gates, Sebree Deputy Clerk, administered the oath of office to Ozzie O’Nan. Upon taking the oath, he effectively resigned from his position as council member and took over the position of mayor.
KRS 83A.040 applied to this opening as well, meaning the council had 30 days to appoint a replacement, but as the absence of a council member, in Luck’s opinion, did not constitute an emergency, the city needed to follow the normal process.
O’Nan will fill the seat vacated by Ron Todd until the end of term in 2014.
“I just want to thank Ron Todd for his years of service to Sebree,” he said. “He’s served the city well for many years. It’s a tougher job than it looks, as I am about to find out.”
The next item of business was to authorize the new mayor to enter into an agreement with the Department of Local Government (DLG) for all waterline upgrades deemed necessary by the DLG, and to act as an authorized correspondent for those projects.
The waterline upgrades are a House Bill 265 project. The legislature set aside $28,840,328,100 in fiscal year 2013-2014, part of which is destined for projects such as this. Sebree expects to be reimbursed $1.9 million, the estimated cost of the project.
Then, with little discussion, the council voted to accept the first reading of an ordinance that would increase the 2012-2013 city budget from $1,644,542.63 to $1,727,071.
Next the council heard the first reading of an ordinance that would adopt a 2013-2014 budget of $3,145,243.79. This budget is drastically higher than the current year because it includes the $1.9 million dollars for the waterline project.
Mayor O’Nan announced that Clean Up Days would be the week of May 13-17, 2013. The items exempted from the pickup included tires, chemicals and paint.
Earlier this year the council heard a request for repairs for the Sebree softball field. Mayor O’Nan reported that Police Chief Randy Durbin had offered to pay for wood that would be used to repair the dugouts, and that when the ground was drier, Kentucky Utilities had shown interest in helping the city relocate lights to both sides of the field.
A special called meeting of the Sebree City Council will be held on Monday May 13, 2013 for the first reading of an ordinance appointing someone to fill Ozzie O’Nan’s vacated council seat.
J-E News Editor
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