Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

June 19, 2013

Grayson Council to start alcohol planning

By Shayla Menville - Staff Writer

June 19, 2013 — Grayson City Council worked on the city's business last Tuesday while awaiting results of the local option election on sale of alcoholic beverages.

“Before we get the results of this wet dry vote, I would like to commend this Council on the wisdom of remaining out of public debate,” said Mayor George Steele. “It was a hot button issue and it will make it a whole lot easier to administer whatever decision and to write ordinances regarding whatever the public’s vote may be.”

While the issue of alcohol sales was not on the agenda, there was some discussion once it was learned the city was going “wet” after 76 years.

As a result of the election results, the Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 25, at 5 p.m. to serve as a public forum on how to handle alcohol sales in the city.

By law, the city will have at least 60 days to draft and approve an ordinance establishing the details of legal sales.

In other business, Council renewed insurance for the Grayson Fire Department with the American Alternative Insurance Corporation.

The insurance covers property, equipment, crime, general liability, management liability, automobile and umbrella insurance at a cost of $19, 952.28.

Life insurance for the firefighters, underwritten by Combined Insurance Company of America, will cost $4,117.86.

The city’s insurance coverage from U.S. Specialty Insurance Company was accepted at a premium of $37,107.12.

It includes property, general liability, public officials, employment practices liability, law enforcement liability, mobile equipment, automobile and commercial excess liability.

Workers compensation insurance is being covered by Kentucky Employers Mutual Insurance (KEMI) at a cost of $17,375.72.

Donna Wagoner, a broker for Wells Fargo Insurance, has handled the city’s insurance for several years.

She said the premiums were the best available in view of the city’s two open lawsuits.

Acting Police Chief Marlene Stewart reported that about 26 vehicles in the impound lot were ready for public auction.

She also approached the council about the purchase of new cruisers, noting that multiple vehicles are “outdated.”

Action on purchasing new vehicles is currently on hold, contingent to potential grant funding from the USDA.

Council also voted to give two surplus cruisers to Carter County constables.