WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (6/19/13) - In the absence of Mayor Rick Householder, Clay council members selected councilman Jackie Edens to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for the night of June 11, 2013.
Fire Chief Jeremy Moore was also not at the meeting, but he had presented a copy of his Fire Report to the council. Clay Rescue made 10 runs in May and had been on four prior to the meeting. There were three fire runs in May with another coming in the first ten days of June, bringing the 2013 total to 12.
Mike Baumgarden of McCoy McCoy Laboratories, Inc. of Madisonville was at the meeting to discuss recent changes to the state’s requirement on the city’s water testing.
At the April meeting, city employee Paul Stone told the council that regulations for water analysis had changed. Previously the water had to be tested once a month, but now the city is required to have it tested once a week. McCoy McCoy, who tests the city’s water quality, will provide testing services to the city at a cost of $16,040.
“There are some things you can look at that would reduce your cost,” said Baumgarden. “Currently we are coming down to get the ‘grab’ samples but if you could have one of your own employees do that, it would lessen the cost.”
“How long until we can get the frequency decreased?” asked councilman Todd Vanover.
“That varies,” Baumgarden said. “The state isn’t in the business of putting municipalities into the red. They demand compliance, and to confirm that they need data from tests to judge by.”
“It usually takes about a year,” added Paul Stone. “We’ve been out of compliance for years. Because of the changes we made, we had to get a new permit. Apparently since we were out of compliance before, they upped our tests.”
Clay water is now in compliance with regulations, but in fact, the way the water is treated hasn’t changed. The quality is the same as it was before. The difference is that because of a few changes on the new permit, the compliance numbers themselves have changed.
Council members tabled a vote on a proposed Special Business License Ordinance until city attorney Ben Leonard could present them with a final draft. In May city clerk Jullianna Rhye told the council about a situation she had recently faced.
“I received a lot of calls from residents concerned about a group of girls going house to house with conflicting stories,” said Rhye. “One said it was for a class while another one told residents they were part of a contest.”
The women, all appearing to be in their twenties, were going door to door trying to sell magazines to Clay residents. They asked for credit card information and insisted on coming into the house, even if the home owner wasn’t interested in buying anything.
Rhye contacted the Clay police department and the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, and sent word to the young women that their presence was requested at the city building.
“Three of the girls came into the office,” said Ryhe. “They said that the people who were calling were all lying. When I asked for IDs, two of the girls said they didn’t have one, even though they were clearly old enough to drive. The third gave me a fake ID.”
The Clay police department was aware of similar activities that had gone on in surrounding counties. In some cases the women going door-to-door were trying to get into people’s homes to steal valuables. By the time CPD and the Sheriff's Department responded, the women in question had left town.
The proposed ordinance would require any “peddlers” who sold wares door to door to first purchase a permit from this city. This would allow the city and it’s police to know who was doing business within their jurisdiction.
Finally council members voted on the second readings of the 2013-2014 Compensation Ordinance and the 2013-2014 Budget Ordinance. Both passed unanimously.
The total amount of the balanced budget was $2,325,655.
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