city of henderson2017HENDERSON, Ky. (6/11/19) — Henderson Board of Commissioners approved first reading related to a fairness ordinance that has been in the works for the past several months.

The vote was 3-2 in favor of the new ordinance during a meeting held today in the city.

In January, a group of local citizens petitioned the commission to consider an ordinance prohibiting discriminatory practices on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation in employment, housing and public accommodations.

City Commission passed a similar ordinance in the late 1990s, but the ordinance was repealed 18 months later, when a new group of commissioners took office.

In a very packed meeting agenda, the commission also finalized a new $30.8 million general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2020 and amended the current fiscal year  budget by $141,000.

In another second reading of an ordinance, the commission approved a $25 fee for checks returned for non-payment, the first increase in 37 years. The fee has been $10 since 1982.

In other business, the board:

• Passed a first reading of ordinances amending the employee manual to reflect the proposed fairness ordinances and amending the pay plan to allow for a 1 percent cost of living increase for city employees.

• Passed a first reading of an ordinance accepting the fiscal year 2020 budget of the Henderson Water Utility.

• Passed a first reading amending the code of ordinances chapter addressing small purchase procedures to bring it in line with new state law.

• Passed a resolution setting the amount of the benefit for an employee and/or spouse who waive health insurance coverage.

• Approved the sale of surplus property at 1228 Helm St., an old fire station, to a buyer who plans to renovate the building for a music studio, multi-use creative space and upper story housing.

• Awarded the bid for the Wathen Lane Bridge replacement project to low bidder Hazex Construction Co. of Henderson in the amount of $317,875.22.

• Authorized the execution of a quit claim deed for city-owned property that will be used for entrances and sidewalks at the construction of the new Jefferson Elementary School behind South Middle School.

Mayor Steve Austin presented a proclamation to Community Development Specialist Tammy Willett recognizing the work of the 2019 World Changers, who will be working in Henderson next week on exterior home improvement projects.

Austin also presented a 45-year service award pin to Randall Jenkins of Henderson Fire Department and a 20-year service award pin to Shane Onstott, also of Henderson Fire Department.

The next regular meeting is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 in the third-floor Assembly Room at the Henderson Municipal Center.

SurfKY News

Information provided by Donna Stinnett

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