Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

April 3, 2013

Olive Hill City Council looking at major changes

By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Journal-Times

April 3, 2013 —     During last Tuesday's special meeting, Olive Hill City Council examined the electric rate ordinance for any errors or items overlooked originally that should be corrected and also considered job duty changes for two city employees.

    After lengthy discussion regarding the demand metering threshold for residential electric customers, Council decided to table the matter and hold a working session before the next regular Council meeting to allow pertinent information to be collected regarding average residential kilowatt usage.

    Under the current ordinance, any electric customer that exceeds 8,000 kilowatt hours of usage in a single month would be automatically billed as an industrial customer for a one-year period.

    Industrial customers pay the lowest rate per kilowatt hour but also pay the highest flat rate each month of any customer group and are subject to demand metering charges.

    The working session will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at the Olive Hill Senior Community Center.

    Mayor Kenny Fankell was empowered by Council to assign general labor duties to the city’s code enforcement officer, Taylor Duncan, rather than create a new position of civil enforcement officer/general laborer.

    The move will ease the budgetary burden on the city and require Duncan to work a standard 40-hour week.

    The Council hopes the change will give Duncan more opportunity to address structural issues within the city while also performing other tasks.

    Council member Glenn Meade moved for  second reading of an ordinance that would require all city-appointed boards and commissions to make monthly reports to the City Council or face being dissolved.

    While all Council members agreed that these reports need to be filed, some feared the language of the ordinance might be too strong and could be interpreted as forcing the Council to dissolve groups that might have a legitimate reason for missing a monthly report.

    “I agree that we need the ability to dissolve them if necessary, but I think we need to hear their side of the story before we make that decision,” said Council member Angie Johnson Fultz.

    The Council agreed to revise the language to allow for more flexibility. Another second reading will be scheduled.

Under Kentucky law, an ordinance cannot go into effect until it undergoes two public readings and is published in the newspaper of record.

    Meade then read an ordinance that would reclassify the position of city clerk, reducing the job’s pay grade and limiting the clerk’s duties to only those expressly defined by state law.

    Specifically, the ordinance would prohibit the clerk from exercising any “managerial or administrative authority over any city departments or personnel therein, including purchasing decisions” and also require that “all duties related to utility operations outside the scope of city clerk duties shall cease on adoption of this ordinance.”

    That ordinance also will need to be read a second time, approved by Council and published before it takes effect.