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Commission hears reports on HWU audit, humane society activity, need for niches at cemetery

Commission hears reports on HWU audit, humane society activity, need for niches at cemetery

Bill Stephens, Web Editor

November 29th, 2017

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HENDERSON, Ky. – A presentation on the Henderson Water Utility’s annual audit, a quarterly report from the Humane Society of Henderson County and a presentation about the need for niches to hold burial urns were all part of the Board of Commissioners regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
The HWU audit was presented to the commission as the next step in the annual approval process. The HWU board heard the audit and approved at its regular meeting on Nov. 20.
HSHC Executive Director Angela Hagedorn updated commissioners on activity this quarter at her organization, including a recent extreme case of animal hoarding that resulted in animal cruelty charges.
Parks Director Trace Stevens, who also oversees the Cemetery Division recommended to the board that the City purchase and install a columbarium at Fernwood City to provide niche space for burial urns.
The cemetery division sold its last available niche space at The Chapel in Fairmont Cemetery in October. The City oversees both Fernwood and Fairmont cemeteries.
In other business, the commission:
Authorized $9,000 in funding for a bike sharing program proposed by the Henderson Country Tourist Commission in partnership with a Henderson Leadership Initiative project team.
Approved a request from the Tourist Commission that the formation of a joint City-County Tourist Commission be sent to the City-County Cooperative Study Team for its recommendation.
Approved a municipal order issuing parking violation vouchers for downtown businesses to distribute at their discretion.
Awarded a bid for cleaning services at the Henderson Municipal Center and The Depot, which houses the Community Room, The Tourist Commission offices and the Henderson County Historical & Genealogical Society.
Passed second readings of ordinances updating the Code of Ordinance as part of the ongoing update and revision project. Changes were finalizes in Cemeteries and Garbage and Refuse and Rubbish and passed a first reading update in Traffic and Motor Vehicles.
Passed first readings accepting public improvements in Bent Creek Subdivision (water and sewer lines), Wildcat Crossing on North Elm Street (sidewalks) and Best One Tire on Garden Mile Road (sidewalks).
Passed first readings amending the natural gas service rates to reflect gas quality and charges and establishing a 2 percent consumer price index rate adjustment on electric rates.
Heard a review and discussion on the chapter of the Code addressing Nuisances.
The next meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the third-floor Assembly Room.
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