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Commission allocates funds to outside agencies; passes first readings on HWU rate table, natural gas services

Commission allocates funds to outside agencies; passes first readings on HWU rate table, natural gas services

Bill Stephens, Web Editor

April 25th, 2018

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HENDERSON, Ky. – The City of Henderson Board of Commissioners conducted its annual public hearing on outside agency funding and passed the first readings of ordinances on both water, wastewater and stormwater services and natural gas service at its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 24.
The board approved funding for the following outside agencies: Henderson Area Arts Alliance ($9,000), Henderson Christian Community Outreach ($4,000), W.C. Handy Festival ($5,000), Humane Society of Henderson County, Animal Control ($121,000), Kyndle Education Foundation ($3,200) and Henderson Tennis Club ($1,500).
The ordinance passed at the request of the Henderson Water Utility adds new phased in charges for water, wastewater and stormwater effective July 1 and a second on July 1, 2019.
The ordinance passed at the request of Henderson Municipal Gas amends the service rates and charges to reflect the quality of gas being delivered. Gas System Director Owen Reeves said the change should have a neutral impact on customers.
The remainder of the agenda was fairly routine.
Proclamations were read acknowledging Arbor Day and Building Safety Month. The City will have its annual Arbor Day observance on Friday, April 27, at 4 p.m. with the planting of a River Birch in Atkinson Park near the sand volleyball court. Codes Administrator Ray Nix also has some activities planned for Building Safety Month, including a seminar with vocational school students and hosting a regional meeting on codes enforcement.
Presentations at the meeting were made by:
Lindsay Locasto of Downtown Henderson Partnership and Scott Davis of Preston Family Foundation, who delivered a $35,000 check that is to fund The Perch park in the 200 block of Second Street.
Leslie Newman and other representatives of Healthy Henderson Coalition, who talked about their organization and delivered an award for the City from the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy at the University of Kentucky.
Fire Chief Scott Foreman and crew members who demonstrated a grain rescue tube and auger that has been donated to the Henderson Fire Department by Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Henderson Office. Farm Bureau representatives also were present.
In other business, the board:
Passed a first reading of an ordinance accepting public improvements on Arrow Way Extension in the Canoe Creek II subdivision.
Authorized the sale of surplus property on Fifth Street. Henderson Municipal Power and Light is purchasing property from HWU that will be used for employee parking.
Authorized grant applications to U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the purchase of emergency warning sirens and for a rescue boat. The siren grant, if successful, will replace an older siren on the south end of town that has been out of service for several months. The rescue boat grant would purchase a smaller vessel that could be used to access areas where the current boat is too large, such as small streams, lakes and flood water. The Fire Department responded to several calls in the past year where a smaller boat was needed.
Awarded a contract renewing stop/loss insurance coverage and organ transplant coverage for the current year as well as the management of the City’s health benefits program.
Awarded a bid to Rogers Group Inc. ($601,716.10) for asphalt paving and related street maintenance services.
Awarded a bid for asphalt pavement milling services to Charbon Contracting LLC ($113,600).
The board also heard a second review and discussion by City Attorney Dawn Kelsey on a beekeeping ordinance that will likely be considered at the next meeting. Local beekeepers attended to ask questions.
The next meeting will be a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. on May 8 in the third-floor Assembly Room.

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