City Council Discusses Outstanding Garbage Bills and City Flag | Local News
Collect overdue garbage bills, city flag and upcoming events.
These were some of the issues discussed at Monday’s monthly London City Council meeting.
The approval to collect overdue garbage bills is one that City Streets director Steve Edge said had become a huge issue. Edge said many people receiving the city’s rubbish collection but were not in London’s public service district. Those who live within the city limits receive garbage bills along with their water and sewer bills. But those outside that range often don’t pay their bills, so many have bills up to $ 600 or more.
“The situation we have with Woods Creek and East Laurel and West Laurel,” he said. “We have clients who have these services for which we provide garbage services, within city limits. We do not have an agreement with them to collect the garbage that we charge. We just send them garbage bills. who hasn’t paid a garbage bill in six years. “
Edge added: “We’re the only game in town, you can’t not get it back. We’re going to have to say we’re going to take a penalty and pursue it aggressively. I don’t know how to handle it, but I think that if they’re 90 days late, we should take legal action right away. It’s a little out of control. “
Councilor Daniel Carmack asked if the city’s code enforcement council could deal with it, but Bryson responded that it would be better to file a complaint in Small Claims Court.
“I would like to see us do an interlocal agreement with Wood Creek, East Laurel and West Laurel,” added Edge. “We could do like the utilities board – if you’re outside of our district, charge a little more and give that to those districts, because once it goes on their water bill and becomes past due, they cut water. Believe me, that makes them pay their bill. “
Councilor Danny Phelps brought a motion to bring a civil action after bills were unpaid for 90 days, with the motion passed unanimously.
Council members also voted on their choice of a flag representing the city. The flag represents the state of Kentucky with the City of London logo with a star over the location of London on the state map. One design offered a medium blue background with Kentucky being a Navy. The other had a green background – and that’s the one the board members chose. Kelly Greene and Carmack both said the green made the state’s navy blue color stand out and looked “fresh” and “springy.” With London being named Garden City, the green pairs well with some of the city’s recognitions. Risk and safety management chief Rick Cochrane said the idea for the flag came after the city took over Levi Jackson Park.
Order 2021-12, which deals with the rezoning of an area on Sulfridge Drive, has undergone its second reading. This property, owned by Jason Handy, has already been the subject of a first reading and a public hearing. Handy had requested that the 504 Sulfridge Drive area be rezoned to C-2, or commercial, rather than residential, as he wanted to use this location as a commercial office. After council approval, the rezoning will take effect upon publication in the local newspaper.
London City Council also passed a resolution on the telecommunications offering that will provide fiber optic services to the region. The unique offer was accepted at a previous council meeting for a non-exclusive franchise agreement, which means other providers could establish service with the city as well.
Offers on air packs for the City of London Fire Department were also approved. Fire Chief Carl Hacker explained that COVID relief money helped purchase the necessary equipment. Part of that was PPE supplies. The most recent is the advertisement for offers for 25 air packs that come with tracking devices. So if the firefighters are inside, their location can be identified. Hacker said the current Air Packs are 26 years old and cannot be used even for training purposes. Costs for the new air packs will be around $ 190,000, with that amount being provided by COVID funds.
Hacker also said that a new COVID response mini truck was purchased with money from COVID relief funds which has been beneficial in serving people in the community.
Sgt. Travis Dotson also requested an advertisement for bids for five new vehicles, including two Dodge Durangos for K-9 officers in the London Police Department. Safeguarding vehicle production has limited state contract offerings and no vehicles are available. Dotson said the cost of the Durangos was $ 34,000 each. These vehicles are already classified as chase and crash. This was approved by the members of the council.
City Tourism Director Chris Robinson briefed the council on upcoming events and changes with the Tourism Commission. Robinson said Boo on Main had gone well, despite the rain. The “Throw Down at the Branch” disc golf tournament is scheduled for Saturday, which will require the park to be closed to the public. All the places for the tournament competitors have been filled. Other events include the Christmas on Main parade on Friday December 3, the London Community Orchestra concert on December 4, Lights Around London December 4-31, the Southeast Kentucky Chorus will perform a holiday concert on December 5 and the celebration New Years Eve in downtown London on December 31st.
“As you can see, we’re quickly going from pumpkins and ghosts to thousands of twinkling lights,” he said.
Julie Rea, Director of London Downtown, also announced some of the accomplishments of the Downtown Board of Directors. Rea said the group had “a good October and November which was shaping up to be even better.”
Rea announced that the Redbud Ride has been named Kentucky Main Street’s Best Downtown Event and that for the second year in a row, a member of the Downtown London Board of Directors has been named Volunteer of the Year. Rea was selected last year. Daniel Carmack was selected this year.
The cancellation of Sights and Sounds of Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving inspired downtown London to host a similar craft event. Rea said the very first mistletoe market would coincide with Small Business Saturday, which falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. She announced that many vendors who use Sights and Sounds have expressed an interest in attending an event. Studio London and the Music Director of First Baptist Church in London will provide live music during the mistletoe market to be held at the London Community Center this weekend. The Kentucky Realtors Association has provided a $ 5,000 grant that will be used to distribute $ 10 coupons to encourage shopping at local merchants during the holiday season. These will include both restaurants and retail stores in London.