By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
The first reading of an ordinance which amends the City of London’s budget for this fiscal year was given approval by the London City Council at their regular meeting Monday.
The reading was done after the city recently received a $462,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for God’s Pantry Food Bank.
City Clerk Carolyn Adams said after the meeting the amending of the ordinance was done for bookkeeping purposes. It adds the $462,000 in grant money to the city’s previous resources of $7,193,550, which brings the new total resources available for the 2012-13 fiscal year to $7,655,550.
“We have to put it in a run-through account in the City of London for God’s Pantry,” Adams explained.
The ordinance also gives authorization for Mayor Troy Rudder to enter into a a legally binding agreement resolution, as well as establishes a procurement policy for the CDBG resolution, a cost overruns resolution and a fair housing resolution.
The second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for next month’s council session. If approved, the ordinance becomes law after legal publication.
Council members also denied a request for what was to be called a “Glow Run” — a 5K run on May 31 sponsored by Extreme Rhythm Dance Studio. The council cited the run being requested not by a community or charitable organization, but a private business. Another reason for the denial was the fact the run was to be held at night.
The request was brought up by Debbie Kizato of the dance studio, who said the purpose of the 5K run was to raise money for the dancers to go to the Nationals Dance Competition in Orlando, Fla.
“The running community is exploding, and we want to do a night run, a ‘Glow Run,’ and we have the support from the rescue squad and the State Police. We’ll raise money for our dance studio, and we’ll donate a portion of the proceeds, 20 percent, to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. … We already have a million dollar insurance policy in place for the run. We think this will be beneficial to the city,” Kizato told council members.
Rudder told Kizato, the council and the audience the request was something new for the city.
“It’s the first time we’ve been approached by a private business for a run or walk,” said the Mayor.
Kizato mentioned the run would be starting at 8 p.m. on May 31, with the actual run beginning at 9 p.m. She added the event would be held at a designated run site in the city.
Capt. Derek House of the London Police Department had some concerns. “We could be dealing with an issue with an event like this being held at night. Right now, all we can do is limit the flow of traffic at night. There is a big concern about safety.”
After City Attorney Larry Bryson asked Kizato more about what the dance studio does, she noted, “We’re trying to pay our to go to the Nationals. We have 10 dancers, ages six through nine.”
“I like the idea of a night run, but it does bring up an issue of safety, and being at night,” said council member Bobby Joe Parman.
“We really haven’t established a precedent for a private business,” added council member Jim Hays. Moments later, after a motion was made and seconded, the council gave approval to deny the request.
A request for another 5K run, this one made by the cheerleaders at East Bernstadt School, was approved. Cristen Acciardo represented the school’s cheerleaders, and said their event would take place on June 15 at 8 a.m. She added the time for the run would be the same as last year’s event, with proceeds helping the cheerleaders go to the Nationals competition as well.
London Downtown manager Chris Robinson told the council this year’s Redbud Ride bike event would be next weekend, starting Friday, April 12, in Barbourville then traveling to London that Friday night for a run Saturday night, April 13, before heading to Richmond on Sunday, April 14 (called the Redbud Lite run).
“We anticipate 700 people who are pre-registered,” he said.
Robinson mentioned everything was ready for another season of “Thursday Night Live” and “Cruisin’ on Main” events in downtown London, with “Thursday Night Live” running from June to the first Thursday in August. He pointed out everything would be the same as last year’s events.
Robinson brought up a new event, “Motorcycles on Main” that will be held June 7-8. The weekend will feature several customized Harley-Davidson motorcycles that will parade into town, then parking downtown where the public can see and admire the bikes for free.
“It’s the first year the ‘Hog Rally’ is hosted by Harley-Davidson of London, and over 1,500 participants are expected to be there,” he said.
After Robinson talked with Rudder and the council about insurance interests and a lease, approval was given on getting the agreement signed after recommendations were made by the mayor, as in previous years.
Before the session ended, Crystal Mays of Laurel County Social Services brought to the council’s attention that a candlelight vigil for victims of child abuse would take place next Friday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. on the Old Courthouse Steps in downtown London.
Earlier in the meeting, Rudder signed a proclamation designating this Friday, April 5 as “Arbor Day in the City of London.” The city’s Tree Board chair, Karen Wyan, brought the proclamation to the meeting, as well as other tree board members who witnessed the signing of the proclamation.
“We were named a Tree City last year, and we’ve been named a Tree City again this year. We are a ‘Tree City’ twice. Arbor Day is this month. Celebrate trees if you can. …Some of them need more care than others. We’ve already given 300 redbuds out this year,” she said, bearing gifts including a new Tree City plaque and banner from the Arbor Day Foundation, the nation’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to planting trees.
While this Friday is Arbor Day in London and across Kentucky, Wyan noted the nationwide celebration of Arbor Day is April 26.