Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)


May 22, 2013

Olive Hill Council holds off on appointments

May 22, 2013 —        The Olive Hill Council met in regular session Tuesday night to accept the resignations of former Council members Tony Williams and Angie Johnson Fultz.   

       After unanimously accepting the resignation, Council member Allen Stapleton made a motion to appoint Matt Kiser, a local volunteer firefighter, to the Council.

       That motion, however, died for lack of a second.

       Council member Glenn Meade then made a motion to appoint Ken Layne, a local barber, as a Council member. The motion was seconded by Enoch Hicks.

       During discussion of the motion, Council members decided to go in a different direction with the appointment process altogether, at which point Meade rescinded his motion.

       The Council agreed to allow those interested in serving on the City Council to submit a letter stating why they would be a good choice for one of the two vacant seats.

       Special meetings then will be held on June 5 at 6 p.m. and June 6 at 6 p.m. to review the applications and appoint new Council members.

       In other business, the Council also conducted the second reading of the revised electric rate ordinance that reinstates a $50 deposit for meter testing and removes a provision that would automatically enroll customers using more than 8,000 kilowatt hours in a month in a demand metering schedule.

       The Council was deadlocked on the issue, with Allen Stapleton and Jerry Callihan voting in favor of the ordinance, while Glenn Meade and Enoch Hicks voted against it.

       Mayor Kenny Fankell broke the tie, voting in favor of the ordinance.

       Fankell presented his proposed 2013-2014 budget to the Council, but the group asked for a more thorough document with a list of itemized costs.  The document they received was only one page and they felt it did not give enough information about the city’s spending.

       Council also discussed how to appropriate a $170,000 refund from American Electric Power (AEP) resulting from this year’s “true-up” with the company.

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