Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

March 27, 2013

Olive Hill City Council votes to close pool, airport

By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer

March 27, 2013 — Last Tuesday’s meeting of Olive Hill City Council started differently with the mayor and Council members in a 60-minute closed session before the public meeting started.

Spectators were told that no action was taken during the closed session and that the Council and Mayor Kenny Fankell discussed several matters of ongoing litigation with City Attorney George Hogg.

Following up on last month’s discussion of the future of the city’s swimming pool, the mayor said the facility lost $23,000 last year and the city cannot afford to keep in open.

Kim King, community and safety coordinator, identified several places at the city park which have been vandalized that could be rehabilitated with funds in the recreation budget.

She also outlined plans for a splash pad to replace the child pool at the park and reminded the Council that the adult pool is not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which requires public facilities to be accessible to handicapped persons.

Council voted unanimously to close the pool indefinitely until funding could be found to address the issues.

Council also voted unanimously to empower the mayor to sign a document removing the old city airport from all piloting and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) maps, effectively closing the facility to further air traffic.

There was no further discussion regarding an alternative use for the property. It has been used for group camping in connection with trail rides.

A special meeting of City Council was scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. The next regular meeting will be 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at the Olive Hill Senior Community Center.

Joe Lewis can be reached at or by telephone at 286-4201.