By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer
Actions to hire a new manager at the Barbourville Water Park, and at one as Ballpark Manager, were tabled by the Barbourville City Council at their regular meeting Thursday evening.
Mayor David Thompson told the session those actions would be tabled until their next meeting. The next regular session for the council is scheduled for 6 p.m Thursday, May 2.
When asked when a decision would be made, Thompson said, “It will be shortly.”
Council member Darren West then spoke about the hiring process, and brought up a section of the Kentucky Revised Statutes under the “Mayor-Council” form of city government, which dealt with powers and duties of the mayor and council.
The City of Barbourville uses the Mayor-Council form of government.
He added that one section of the statute stated, “The mayor shall be the appointing authority with power to appoint and remove all city employees, including police officers, except as tenure and terms of employment.”
“We will give the mayor ample time to make those decisions. The council doesn’t do the hiring, the mayor does that,” West said.
At a special meeting on March 26, council members voted to extend the deadline to 4 p.m. April 1 to apply for the positions. The council had been scheduled to meet on March 21 to hire the two managers, but that meeting was cancelled due to discrepancies between the advertising dates.
Council members also voted to take under consideration a request from Union College to resurface six tennis courts on the campus. The college’s athletic director, Tim Curry, told Thompson and the council the courts were “getting in bad shape,” and referred back to a 2002 contract between the city and the college, which he said was to maintain the courts.
“Nothing’s been done to the courts since 2002,” Curry noted, adding that the college is bringing back their tennis teams as a competitive sport later this year.
He quoted a bid of $19,839 from Master Seal Striping, a company from Glasgow that has done “a lot of blacktopping work on the Union campus.” For that price, Curry said the company would resurface, reseal and repaint the tennis courts, as well as donate six new nets to Union to use for the courts.
When asked by a council member if another bid or bids needed to be added, City Clerk Helen Strong said the city “would need three to four estimates only if the cost is $20,000 or over.”
After some discussion, Thompson and the council decided to take the matter under consideration, and let the city’s financial committee look at options when they prepare the upcoming budget.
Among actions also taken at Thursday’s meeting, council members approved a resolution relating to the Cumberland Valley Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan for the city. The approval means as a result of the city adopting the resolution, Barbourville can apply for federal funding for emergencies and disasters, such as floods and tornadoes.
Also approved was the second reading of an ordinance which adopts a supplement to the city’s Code of Ordinances. Strong said the action accepts all the ordinances that were redone and changed by the council over the previous year, and is required by the state. Upon legal publication, the ordinance becomes law.
Also approved were reports from the city departments, and the minutes of the March 7 regular meeting and the special meeting on March 26.
Near the meeting’s end, council members were reminded of the first annual “Chillin’ & Grillin” Barbourville Barbecue Cook-Off set for 10 a.m. June 1 at Thompson Park. The event is being sponsored by Barbourville Tourism and will feature cooks from southeastern Kentucky and neighboring areas competing for prizes and bragging rights.