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May 29, 2013

Olive Hill Council delays appointments

May 29, 2013 — Olive Hill City Council met Tuesday to accept the resignations of former Council members Tony Williams and Angie Johnson Fultz and to appoint a new member.

Fultz and Williams both resigned their Council seats last month because they no longer live inside the city and are no longer eligible to serve.

After unanimously accepting the resignations, Council member Allen Stapleton moved to appoint Matt Kiser, a local volunteer firefighter, to fill one of the vacant seats.

That motion, however, died for lack of a second.

Council member Glenn Meade then offered a motion to appoint Ken Layne, a local barber, to fill one of the seats. The motion was seconded by Enoch Hicks but never came to a vote.

During discussion of that motion, Council members decided to go in a different direction with the appointment process altogether at which point Meade and Hicks withdrew their motion and second, respectively.

Council then agreed that those interested in serving on the City Council should present themselves at one of two special meetings to field questions in order to allow current Council members to better make decisions about which individuals would be the best fit.

Under Kentucky law, the Council has 30 days from the time that the resignations become effective to appoint new members to the vacant seats.

If the Council fails to act within that time frame, the authority to appoint new Council members falls to Gov. Steve Beshear.

Special meetings will be held June 5 at 6 p.m. and June 6 at 6 p.m. for those interested in serving on the City Council to make their case. Council will appoint one new Council member at each meeting.

Joe Lewis can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or by telephone at 286-4201.

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