Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

April 24, 2013

Mayor vetoes Olive Hill city clerk ordinance

April 24, 2013 — Olive Hill Mayor Kenny Fankell vetoed an ordinance Monday that would have stripped City Clerk Cheri James of her utility office and supervisory duties, as well as her responsibilities as city treasurer.

“On the advice of the city’s legal counsel, I’ve decided to veto this ordinance to avoid potential legal liability,” Fankell said when asked why he struck down the measure.

James declined comment. She has held the dual positions for several years.

City Attorney George Hogg provided Fankell with written advice earlier Monday on why he believes the ordinance is invalid.

According to Hogg, the first reading of the ordinance was conducted incorrectly because it was held during a special meeting of City Council and the agenda item pertaining to that action was not specific enough to comply with the Open Meetings Act.

Hogg also stated that a “designation of purpose” must be delivered in person, by mail, or by fax to each Council member when a special meeting is called and that he was unsure if Council member Tony Williams had been informed of the proceedings.

Williams, who was appointed to replace Fankell on Council, has yet to attend a Council meeting.

The language in the ordinance also is called into question in Hogg’s letter.

It is his opinion that the new ordinance is an attempt to amend a previous ordinance (2000-12) but does not comply with state requirements under KRS 83A.060 for amending ordinances.

The second reading of the ordinance in question passed 3-2 margin at last Tuesday’s regular meeting.

With Fankell’s veto, however, the measure cannot be enacted into law unless the veto is overturned on the affirmative votes of at least five Council members.

Council members Angie Johnson Fultz and Allen Stapleton, along with Fankell, also expressed reservations about the ordinance, warning that such a measure could disrupt city operations.

Text Only
Local News
  • 16 indicted by Carter grand jury

    Indictments of 16 persons have been handed down by a Carter County grand jury. Although 11 of those were processed June 27, the documents were released Monday to the Journal-Times.

    July 23, 2014

  • Wreck4.JPG Wreck leaves trail of gravel

    Members of Carter County Emergency Management, Norton Branch Fire Department, Kentucky State Police
    and Carter County EMS responded to an overturned truck Monday afternoon.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rex Collins.JPG Package liquor sales begin in Grayson

    It took more than a year, an investment of about $750,000, and a lot of paperwork but packaged liquor went on sale last Thursday in Grayson.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Star Elementary renovation underway

    Ongoing renovation of Star Elementary School was one of the main topics of conversation at Monday night’s meeting of the Carter County Board of Education.

    July 23, 2014

  • Standout Youth Rally

    The third annual Standout Youth Rally will take place this weekend at the Olive Hill Shrine Park. The Christian praise and worship experience is free and includes admission, food, camping and entertainment.

    July 23, 2014

  • Stage lighting welcome at renovated OHHS

    Performers at the Olive Hill Arts and Education Center, previously known as Olive Hill High School, eventually will be highly visible to their audiences in the future, thanks to help from the Carter County Community Fund (CCCF).

    July 23, 2014

  • Olive Hill fire chief to step down

    Olive Hill Fire Chief Wes Gilliam has informed the Journal-Times that he will resign from his position effective July 31.

    July 23, 2014

  • DSC_9807.JPG Beer on sale in Olive Hill

    Malt beverage sales began in Olive Hill last Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • store.jpg Packaged liquor sales begin this week

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_7242.jpg Rodeo rides again at Carter County Fair

    After three years with no rodeo, the bucking broncos will return to the Carter County Fair this Thursday and Friday.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo