WEBSTER COUNTY, KY (1/11/12) – In a session that lasted just under 30 minutes, the Dixon City Commission approved the first reading of a revised park board ordinance that increases the number of members to six and establishes a seventh typically non-voting position that will be filled by a city commissioner. The commissioner would only vote in the event of a tie, Dixon Mayor Linda Frederick explained during a review of city committees and new appointments later in the meeting.
The new ordinance will also require criminal background checks to be conducted for those who seek appointment to the park board. It must pass a second reading to become official.
The meeting began with a presentation by Rod Martin of Hunter Martin Engineers, who spoke to the commission about an ongoing water project to replace water lines within the city. At a previous meeting, Martin told the commission the city may not have enough in its funding to cover the entire cost of the project, and commissioners spent part of Thursday evening in a workshop session to discuss how to proceed.
Monday night, Dixon Commissioner John Ramsey made a motion to allow Hunter Martin to develop bids on the entire project, which was approved by the commission. Martin said the next step would be to submit the plan to the Kentucky Division of Water, probably in March. He said the project should be ready for bid by early summer.
Martin also told the commission that if the grant money arrives before the project is finished, they may be able to simply do change orders if the contractor who wins the bid wants to do the additional work.
Commissioner Anthony Powell asked if the commission could lock in its price before the bids are submitted.
“There’s no way to do that,” Martin said.
In other business, the commission reviewed a list of appointment proposals with Frederick before adjourning. Committee appointments included:
•Mayor Pro-Tem—John Ramsey;
•Interim Mayor—Anthony Powell;
•Water Committee—John Ramsey and Terry Webb;
•Streets/Sidewalks Committee—Anthony Powell and Jennifer Stone;
•Administrative Department—Linda Frederick and John Ramsey;
•Parks Committee—Linda Frederick and Jennifer Stone. Frederick said she planned to attend park board meetings with Stone but that she wouldn’t vote on any discussions. The names of the park board were then read aloud. They include Gina Townsend, Tonya Franklin, Melanie Payne, John Roy, Paul O’Nan, and Donna Matheny.
Earlier in the meeting, the commission tabled two other ordinance revisions, one regarding how to handle water leak adjustment requests and the other pertaining to a city ethics committee. David Frasier addressed the commission over Frederick’s initial objections as he raised questions regarding the list of candidates being considered for appointment to that committee. He pointed out that one member works for the county, and asked the commission to look into whether that person’s appointment is legal. The list of candidates for the ethics committee includes Paul Lashbrooke, Jimmy Davis Melton, and Junior Little. The commission said they would direct Dixon City Attorney Ben Leonard to check the legalities of the proposed appointments.
Frasier also asked if others would have the chance to apply for appointment on the committee saying that the effort to fill posts on the committee hadn’t been made public, but Frederick said the city had been working for nearly a year to come up with a list of people to serve on the committee.
Included in the agenda was a list of information items regarding ongoing city work, such as the demolition of a house on Lydia St., cleaning up and seeding of two other lots on Lydia St. as well as a corner lot on Ky. Hwy. 132, completion of work at Bourland Ave., purchase and installation of a new computer in the city building, and set up of “Children At Play” signs on Lakeview Drive.
The commission’s next regular meeting is set for Monday, Feb. 13, but commissioners and Frederick indicated during the meeting that they are planning to schedule a special called meeting before then.
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