By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
The Barbourville Police Department will get upgrades, thanks to some state money.
That’s the result of a resolution approved by the Barbourville City Council during their regular meeting Thursday evening.
The resolution lets the city accept state coal severance tax money to purchase new digital radios for the police. Up to $10,000 will be approved.
Officials say the state is requiring all emergency personnel to have digital radios in the future, and the purchase will bring Barbourville up to par with state regulations.
Council members also gave approval to the first reading of a procurement ordinance, amending a previous ordinance for small purchases and procedures of services and materials in excess of $10,000. The new ordinance will bring the city’s procurement policies up to date with the current state statutes.
The second reading is scheduled to be at the next council session in November.
In addition, two previous ordinances were given second readings and were approved. One sets the property tax rate for 2012 at 26 cents per $100 of assessed value — the same as last year.
The other one is the new pawn shop ordinance that was introduced in September. Under the new ordinance, any pawn shop, pawn broker, secondhand store, precious metals dealer, used firearms dealer or gems dealer opening in Barbourville must obtain a license with the city. If the pawn shop doesn’t have a license, they’ll be fined $50 per day for the first five days of operation, then $100 per day for the following 10 days. If they’re not licensed after 15 days, the pawn shop would be fined $2,500, have their business closed and would be denied any future license to operate a business in the city.
The new ordinance also states that any person, business or partnership wanting to obtain a pawn shop license must obtain a criminal history background check through the Kentucky State Police for all employees, and provide the information to the Barbourville Police Department.
Both pawn shop and property tax ordinances will become law upon legal publication.