By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Dec. 19, 2012 — Grayson City Council met last Tuesday to discuss the handling of impounded vehicles, plans for recreational property and issues with city boundaries.
In an effort to move abandoned vehicles out of the city’s overflowing impound lot, Council unanimously approved a measure that will exercise the city’s legal right to claim title to these vehicles.
The measure was limited to 10 vehicles to start as a “test run” for the procedure, which is being overseen by Police Chief Ed Ginter. Once titled in the city’s name, the vehicles will be either sold at auction or kept for city use.
The Council then discussed potential conflicts with the Carter Fiscal Court over a 31-acre tract of property near the county jail. A recently approved recommendation from the planning and zoning commission to zone that property for recreational use only was said to be consistent with the purposes for which the land was originally deeded.
Fiscal Court, however, is continuing to move forward with plans to bid use of the property for agricultural purposes.
According to Mayor George Steele, Judge-Executive Charles Wallace contacted him about leasing the property but Mayor Steele indicated that the city needs a long-term solution in order to apply for grant funds and that a short-term lease would not work.
Steele then appointed Council members Pam Nash, Jack Harper and Terry Stamper to negotiate with the Fiscal Court for a positive solution.
Council then addressed issues with the city’s boundaries, particularly discrepancies between maps recorded with the County Clerk and those on file in Frankfort, which are used by insurance companies to determine who pays the city’s insurance premium tax.
Currently, only those within the city limits of Grayson are subject to the city-imposed tax. However, some non-residents have been inappropriately taxed and were subsequently reimbursed for the error.
Council unanimously voted to solicit quotes from a licensed surveyor for mapping the problem areas to resolve the issue.
In other business, Mayor Steele informed the council that Governor Beshear had appointed him to the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board.
“This appointment letter should really say ‘Grayson City Council’, because it’s the work that they have done over the past six years that has brought about all the positive changes in the city,” Steele said of his appointment.
The next regular meeting of Grayson City Council is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at City Hall.
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