Jan. 29, 2014 — Olive Hill City Council approved the hiring of a new city foreman during a special meeting Monday night.
After fielding more than 20 applications for the vacant position, Mayor Kenny Fankell recommended Darl Skaggs for the post.
Council unanimously approved the hire.
Skaggs was not present and it is not known when he will assume his new duties.
The position became available when Eddie Reynolds resigned his post late last year to pursue other career opportunities.
Council also approved the first reading of an ordinance to refinance outstanding bond debt that was originally issued in 2001 for improvements to the city’s water system.
The new interest rate will save the city approximately $82,000 over the remaining 11 years of the financing term.
Council also unanimously approved a resolution to remain a member of the FIVCO Area Drug Enforcement Task Force (FADE) for the upcoming fiscal year.
Also approved was the second reading of an ordinance repealing all previous ordinances pertaining to the city attorney position.
With the abolition of the old ordinances, the city attorney post is now a contracted position with compensation and job duties governed by instead of by ordinance.
This allows the city a measure of flexibility in changing these terms when the need to hire a new attorney arises again.
Council also approved a grant application to State Farm seeking $50,000 in funds for new police equipment, including a Taser.
The city also applied recently for a grant from Marathon Oil for the purchase of a gas leak detection system but was turned down.
In other business, Council also opened sealed bids for sale of a1998 Chevy Blazer which previously was declared surplus.
Police Chief Bobby Hall’s high bid of $502 for the vehicle was unanimously approved.
Olive Hill City Council will next meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Senior Community Center on Railroad Street.
Joe Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 286-4201.