Clay Fire Chief and Webster County EMA Director Jeremy Moore presented the council with a proposal to purchase an 8’X14’ above ground storm shelter for the use of City employees. The total price of the shelter is $5,411.50, but the city will only be responsible for about $650 of that. Of the remaining amount, 75 percent will come from a FEMA grant, and the state will pay 12 percent. Council members approved the proposal.
Moore also entered a request to accept a vehicle from the Forestry service.
“This 2003 Chevrolet C1500 Silverado is free from the Forestry Service,” Moore explained. “We could combine equipment off of two of our older vehicles onto the one new one. The only catch is when we get done with the vehicle it goes back to the Forestry Service.”
The Council approved the request, pending approval from the city’s insurance company that the vehicle could be covered, and voted to pay up to $1,000 for someone to travel to Texas and bring the truck back.
Moore then told the council that the first of eight Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) courses was going on next door in the Community Center. During the meetings Webster County residents will hear from various sources on multiple topics, including Terrorism and fire fighting.
“If there is a widespread disaster in Webster County, it will take first responders a while to get to everyone,” Moore said. “The CERT training will teach people how to take care of themselves until help arrives.”
Moore said he was testing the water with this class, and because of the interest he’d seen in Clay, he had plans of holding future classes in other parts of the county.
Council member Patty Dennis reminded the council that State Police Information Officer Stu Recke would be in town on Thursday April 18, 2013 to host a drug safety and awareness seminar, which will be free to the public.
For several months the council has discussed trying to get the state to install a guardrail where 109 meets 132 in Clay. Recently the state added a handrail in that location.
“A guardrail is probably out of the question,” said Councilman Todd Vanover. “Guardrails are not designed to take a head-on collision. The State has put up some highly reflective signs, and will consider putting up a solar powered sign if this doesn’t help.”
Mayor Rick Householder reported that he had recently met with Bob Burns from Kentucky Utilities to discuss the recent blown transformer.
In the last eight years the power has gone out in Clay on three separate occasions: July 20, 2005, August 7, 2006 and most recently on February 22, 2013.
“They didn’t change the transformer the first two times,” Householder said. “My question to them was why didn’t they? They said that the first two times the outages were caused in part to trees being on the power lines. When they turned the power back on it powered back up.”
This time KU replaced the transformer with one they located in their Earlington shop.
“They’re also going to try to get us on multiple switches,” Householder said. “That way if the power goes out, it might not be the entire town.”
The council briefly entered into a closed session to discuss personnel matters, but returned to the meeting with nothing to report.
Following the closed session 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 must have it tested once a week. McCoy McCoy Laboratories, Inc. in Madisonville will provide testing services to the city. Having a city worker take the sample will save the city $1,040, bringing the cost of the testing to $16,040.
Council member Jeff Hanor reported that he had received several complaints about a semi being parked on East Elm Street, but since the complaints came in he has not been able to find the truck.
The Clay Council meets in the Council Chamber on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m.
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