Nov. 27, 2013 — Olive Hill City Council met last Tuesday night, with moving its normal meeting time and the repeal of prior ordinances as key items on the agenda.
The meeting proceeded according to schedule until the issue of moving the regular meeting date arose.
At its last regular meeting, City Council conducted the first reading of an ordinance to move the regular monthly meeting from the third Tuesday to the third Thursday.
Council member Jerry Callihan indicated at that time that he would be unable to attend Thursday meetings due to his work schedule.
On Tuesday night, no Council Member moved to introduce the ordinance for a second reading. Consequently, the measure died for lack of a motion. Moving the meeting was a necessary requirement of hiring Gary Conn as the new city attorney – a move the Council unanimously approved at its October meeting.
Bringing Conn on board, however, is proving to be more complicated than a simple vote.
According to Mayor Kenny Fankell, repealing prior ordinances establishing and raising the pay scale of the city attorney is necessary in order to hire Conn at a flat rate of $125 per hour.
“We went ahead and began the paperwork to replace George Hogg with Mr. Conn but he told us later that we would have to repeal these ordinances because they could conflict with his other duties elsewhere,” said Fankell.
Motions were presented in Carter Circuit Court on Nov. 16 replacing Hogg with Conn as counsel on the city’s various lawsuits, although Conn is still not officially on the city’s payroll.
City Council also declined to perform the first reading of a measure that would repeal the prior ordinances pertaining to the city attorney position.
That ordinance then died for lack of a motion as well.
In other business, Council agreed to refinance older utility debt that will save the city approximately $80,000 in the long run.
Council then entertained regular reports from the police and utility departments and went into closed session before adjournment.
Olive Hill City Council will next meet in regular session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Olive Hill Senior Community Center.
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