Henderson Seal 02 300HENDERSON, Ky. (1/9/19) — Henderson Board of Commissioners focused on organizational matters and awarded a few bids during its regular meeting Tuesday.

It was the first meeting of a commission elected Nov. 6 consisting of Mayor Steve Austin and Commissioners Brad Staton, Austin Vowels, Patti Bugg and XR Royster. As is traditional, Commissioner Brad Staton was appointed mayor pro tem as the top vote-getter in the election.

Others appointments approved by resolutions at Tuesday's meeting:

• Commissioners Vowels and Royster were appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Civil Service Pension Fund.

• Commissioners Staton and Royster were appointed to the Audit Committee for the City.

• Commissioner Royster was appointed to the Board of Occupational License Appeals.

• Mayor Austin was appointed to the Henderson-Henderson County Flood Mitigation Board.

• Commissioner Bugg was appointed to the Audubon Area Community Services Board.

• Commissioner Vowels was appointed to the Downtown Henderson Partnership Board.

• Commissioner Staton was appointed to the Agency Funding Ad Hoc Committee.

• Commissioners Staton and Vowels were appointed to the City/County Cooperative Study Team.

• Austin and Commissioner Bugg were appointed to the Kyndle Large Investor Council.

• Austin was appointed to the Green River Area Development District Board.

  Austin was appointed to the Board of Directors of Public Energy Authority of Kentucky.

In other business, the board:

 • Approved a deed between the City and 4-Star Industrial Park for the benefit of Henderson Water Utility and an easement of a 1-million-gallon water storage tank on the 4-Star property.
• Approved an agreement between the City and Henderson County Fiscal Court for the Ohio Drive widening project. The Fiscal Court approved the agreement at a meeting on Tuesday morning, Jan. 8. The project has no financial obligation for the City. Henderson Water Utility will provide some in-kind services with fire hydrant relocation.

• Awarded a bid of $20,415.25 for the purchase of a small pickup truck to D-Patrick Nissan. The truck will be used by meter readers and utility servicers.

• Awarded a bid of $31,195 for the purchase of a ¾-ton pickup truck to Town & Country Ford. The truck will be used by the Traffic Control Division of Public Works.

• Awarded a bid of $28,299 for the purchase and installation of an emergency warning siren to be installed near Third and North Green streets. The purchase will be funded with a grant from the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security.
Special Project Manager Dylan Ward provided an update on the restroom project at The Gathering Place senior citizens center.

Britney Smith, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Henderson made a request for title to two city-owned Letcher Street lots for a housing redevelopment project. Commission approved her request.

Tom Williams, general manager of Henderson Water Utility, gave a presentation about how closure of Station 2 power plant could impact HWU’s South Water and Wastewater Plants.

Finance Director Robert Gunter presented the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award that was recently received by his department by the Government Finance Officers Association. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement. The city has earned this distinction 10 consecutive times.

The next regular meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the third-floor Assembly Room at the Henderson Municipal Center. There is no work session planned for January.

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