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June 3, 2014

First budget reading postponed

London City Council member asks for it to wait so it could be reviewed more closely

CORBIN — By Kristina Smith / Staff Writer

The London City Council meeting agenda for Monday called for the first reading of the city’s 2014-2015 budget, however, board members didn’t find themselves quite prepared for that reading. As a result, two specially called meetings for the council will have to be held before the budget goes into effect on July 1.

Council member Dan Phelps asked the council to wait on the first reading so that the budget could be looked at more closely. London City Mayor Troy Rudder agreed to postpone the reading but was open to any questions council members may have.

Phelps asked the council if an emergency fund for the city could be included in the budget for the upcoming year.

“I would like to see the city establish an emergency fund to protect from any catastrophe that may occur. If a garbage truck or a fire truck needed repairs, we could take that from the emergency fund,” Phelps said.

Rudder agreed it would be a good idea, but no plans were made to include an emergency fund in the budget.

However, Rudder did point out that funding for two new garbage trucks had been included in the budget.

These garbage trucks run off compressed natural gas instead of diesel and will be more environmentally friendly and cost effective, according to Rudder.

The garbage trucks currently owned by the city have a five to seven year lifespan, but they were purchased in 1999.

“We just had to wait until the right time,” Rudder said regarding the purchase of new garbage trucks.

In other council business:

—A grant for $13,600 was approved for the London Fire Department.  This Homeland Security grant would go toward the advancement of the London Fire Department dive team and purchase of necessary equipment.  The grant does not require a matching contribution and comes at no cost to the city or fire department.

—A request to close a section of Long Street was tabled.  The section of road, which runs behind the Laurel County Correctional Center, is looking to be closed for security reasons, according to Rudder.  Rudder maintained that the city would keep ownership of Long Street even if it closed.

—The council passed a traffic signage control program.  This program would make sure the city is in compliance with traffic signage laws.  According to the program, traffic signs will now be dated as they are replaced to ensure their quality.  The city has 18 to 24 months to follow through with this program.

—The council agreed to advertise for bids to complete the city bike park.  They are looking to fund the bike park through restaurant taxes and grants.  So far $220,000 has been spent on the park with an estimated final cost of $800,000 to $900,000.  The city is aiming to have a grand opening for the park in October.

—Rick Cochrane was recognized for earning his silver certification by the Kentucky League of Cities.  Cochrane completed 48 hours of safety training and was awarded in Cave City on March 7 at the Annual Kentucky Municipal Environmental Health and Safety Association Conference.

—A bid to repair Liperote Drive was approved.  The road had eroded and the reason behind the erosion is yet to be determined, according to Rudder.  Rudder did explain that there were drainage issues with the road.

—A discussion on adding speed humps to Reams Lane was tabled.  Eugene Whitt, who was to lead the discussion, was not present.  Rudder, however, suggested turning the speeding issue over to the London Police Department. “In high traveled areas, speed humps can cause problems,” Rudder said.

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